Syed Faizan Ali is a 19 year old Karachi based cyber entrepreneur who runs MBL and Templateism blogs, two well established Blogger resources on the web. MBL was Faizan’s maiden blog where he started writing about Blogger, the Google’s blogging tool. Later on, he started Templateism where several high quality Blogger templates can be found. He earns big from both blogs. He shared his opinion and experiences with Technology Times in a recent interview.
Q 1: Tell us briefly about yourself?
My name is Syed Faizan Ali, I am 19 year old Web Entrepreneur by choice and a computer engineering student at SSUET by passion. I have skilful knowledge about most of the significant web developing languages like HTML5, CSS3, PHP and WordPress Development.
“I have worked with some top-notch companies like Themeforest.com, WPBeginner.com and Templateism.com”
Q2: How you plunge yourself into cyber entrepreneurship?
I wasn’t a great student at school, as my grades were always ordinary. There a time came, when I failed in a few subjects, this bad luck continued for almost 3 years as I kept on failing consistently. Because of constantly failing in different grades, my relatives used to mock me a lot about becoming either a vegetable vendor or a office clerk in future.
Then a time came, when my family was going through some financial crises. Just to support my family, I changed my life and started to look for ways to “Make Some Money”. Since, I was passionate about computers and internet I search for quick ways of making money online. At that time, I was just a 14 year old teen.
Q3: Where do you see yourself after 5 years?
Allhamdulillah, Allah has blessed me with a lot of success in such a short period of time. I have founded Templateism.com which is a blogger template (web development) website that is ranked as the No1 Blogger template website of the world. This is not all, I also founded MyBloggerLab.com which is ranked at 10,000 Worldwide.
Other than these two established startups, I have been working lately on new projects just to motivate younger generation to use computers and internet as there source of income. Rather than wasting time on playing video games and etc.
After 5 Years, I would surely expand my online portal on a even bigger level, more websites to come, there is a lot going around in our team as we keep on exchanging ideas to improve as much as possible to offer the best of us to our clients.
Q4: How you recognized the need of creating an online portal and what solutions do you offer?
We offer quite lot solutions to our users both FREE and PAID as we think not everyone can afford our services. Other than that, we offer web development, Search engine optimization, career consoling and blog development.
Q5: At what level you want to take your blog, being an entrepreneur?
Every entrepreneur likes to see its blog at the number spot, they always working hard to reach that goal and kept on re-trying until they reach it.
Q6: How your initiative is helping the community and contributing towards awareness as far as technology is concerned?
We are consistently visiting different universities in Pakistan to motivate and inspire young students. We offer FREE career counseling to those students who have great potential but can not afford the high fees of institutions to get their skills polished. We offer them funds to create their own blog, so they can start their own empire in a form of a blog or website. Our last visit to provide free career counseling was at IBA CED (Center of Entrepreneurship Development) Karachi in 2014.
Q7: How did you manage to cope with the difficulties that hindered you in attaining your objectives, both professionally and psychologically?
Difficulties are great; they give you a reason to polish your skills. They are part of an entrepreneur’s life, and almost everyone finds different ways to over-come any sort of hindrance that may fall into their way of reaching success.
Q8: Can a small online business could also be setup with small investment?
Sharing my experience back in 2008, I started as a l small startup. It was a very basic computer tips and tricks blog on which I invested 5000 PKR to buy hosting and domain. The results were slow but came in great numbers and now that site is a well established famous blog.
So, don’t worry about how small the investment is, always work hard to achieve your goals.
Q9: What factors do young entrepreneurs must take care of before setting up an online business?
Young entrepreneurs always look for quick ways of getting success which is certainly not there. Having young blood, they lack a lot in terms of patience and control. Entrepreneurship is a name of both hard work and patience. If there is a correct combination of both anyone can be successful in online business. The mantra is also the same for offline business too.
Q10: What future of cyber entrepreneurship do you see in developing countries like Pakistan?
Pakistan is ranked at 5th largest freelancer community in the world so this is a great sign that Entrepreneurs are going at exceedingly fast rate in our country. You will see a lot of young freelancer from Pakistan working from home to support their families. This has been one of the biggest reasons why Pakistani youngsters are into freelancing than any other country.
The future of cyber entrepreneurs in Pakistan is very bright; they just need more governmental attention to resolve the hurdles that cause hindrance. Pakistan cyber entrepreneurs plays key role in bringing forging exchange to the country.