Nyoman Puja Astawa walked away from a high paying engineering job in Jakarta to become one of the few Balinese people to develop his own villa and cafe business in Bali.
When he quit, his mother also had a stroke and Puja went home to care for her. He lost his income and for a little while, his way.
Puja shares how he used his engineering skills, and his network, to help develop his site. Without a background in hospitality, he is also learning as he goes.
Puja talks about the challenging relationship between business and culture in Bali. A traditional way of thinking means that being entrepreneurial, or investing in the future, is not considered by many locals. The many customary obligations also make entry into business difficult.
But four months into building his business, Puja's philosophy of "don't look back" and an emphasis of fostering relationships with guests has brought early success.
Other issues covered in the chat: Leaving the high paying job, Bali business culture, the process of setting up a villa complex and lessons learned, marketing and personal service.
Andrew saw it first hand when staying at Puja's Villa Puspa with his wife - no "cash for comment" here - just a chat with another Rooster sharing his interesting experiences in another part of the world!
Villa Puspa is in an amazing location - a quiet Balinese village among rice paddies a a kilometre from Kedungu Beach (known for its great surf break). It is just a couple of k's from Tanah Lot temple. Visit: www.villapuspa.com
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