Ananya Banerjee Founder of Unico Legale

“The road ahead isn’t smooth. Don’t chicken out as soon as you face the very first glitch.”

Meet Ananya Banerjee


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I’m a the founder and a team member of a boutique corporate transactional law firm Unico Legale, a start-up advisor and strategist, an occasional corporate speaker, a passionate traveller and amateur photographer and a small time social entrepreneur pursuing and developing ideas as they come. Each aspect of my life is equally important to me and I pursue each one of my passions.

How long have you been an Entrepreneur?

If I count my student life, it’s been almost 5 years

Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?

Yes

What is the name of your current project / company?

Unico Legale

Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.

We help companies with their transactional work, representative work and help them develop their ideas in a manner which would be profitable and yet, legal.

Where did the idea of your current project come from?

I started as a transactional lawyer but along the way, I honed my already existing skills of business advisory through several courses and practical experience. Business ideas and finding a way to make them feasible comes to me naturally. And I knew that I couldn’t pursue every idea. Hence, I help others.

Why do you do what you do?

Because I am passionate about everything I do. I pursued my career in corporate law because I loved working in that field. I changed it into my firm because I knew I wanted to take the risk and didn’t want to have the safety of a paycheck. I used my idea of a social entrepreneurship because I believe it is my duty to give back to the society. I help start-ups develop their ideas because every risk taker, who has come up with a good idea, needs a boost. I travel and I write about it because, again, it is my passion and I wish to help others decide how can they travel around the world on a shoestring budget.

What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

That there’s no perfect time for starting on your own. So, stop wasting your time and start now. That you need to make a list of things that could go wrong. Keep them in mind, and start anyway. Lastly, I’d gladly tell my younger self that you did a great job by not going with the flow when everybody around said it wouldn’t work out.

What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?

The road ahead isn’t smooth. Don’t chicken out as soon as you face the very first glitch. It’s a long difficult road, every minute of which is totally worth it. And most importantly, starting up isn’t the destination. It’s just the first step. Have several long and short term goals.

What is the hardest thing you have had to do regarding your business?

Choosing my team. As a startup, having a strong team with the right kind of mentality goes a long way. I made that choice and have been sticking to it even now. One more thing – not everyone is suitable for every venture. So, you got to have separate teams for separate ventures. One other thing that I used to face was having no time for myself. But now, I have learnt that I got to take some time off just to pursue my other passions. Work life balance is a very important thing.

What does your typical day look like?

There’s no such typical day in a lawyer’s life. There are times when I don’t get to sleep for days, when I work throughout the weekend. But I make sure to take a day off after every project. That helps me rejuvenate. Otherwise, working nonstop for days looking at the computer screen has it’s downside.

If you were to start again, and could change one thing, what would it be?

Starting sooner than I did, taking more risks than I have, and finding more time to travel.

What is the most important thing in life?

For me, passion and never forgetting who I was before it all started. While passion gets me going on the toughest of days, not forgetting about the root helps me be grateful and humble. And I strongly believe and follow that there’s something to learn from everyone I see.

What is one problem you encountered as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

When you start, people are often sceptical about your lack of experience. For many people, experience reflects quality of work. You have to convince themselves otherwise. Convincing with words is often not enough and you require to show them your work before making them believe.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

People say I am a walking contradiction. I have studied mathematics and statistics and then, ended up being a lawyer. But I see it everyday how my knowledge helps me taking business decisions. In fact, it helps me with my advisory work. Then again, people find it odd that I have such a passion for traveling. I guess they’re used to seeing lawyers working around the clock through out the year. But I don’t let anything define me or defy me. I have found a balance and every day, I work on improving it. Life is too short to do just one thing.