The lessons We have Learnt
Search English has now almost 5750 members and may be within 2 days, we will pass 6000 members. May be within this month, we will pass 8000 members and within one month from now, we will have 10,000 members. By the end of the year, it should be around 25 to 30 thousand. It indicates that this group is growing and becoming popular.
We are not using any marketing tricks or spending any money. Just pure and simple activities are the key to this growth. The founders of Search English are four- Abul Khayer, Neyamottullah Mohan, S M Mehdi Hasan and Razib Ahmed (that’s me). For us, it is more than having fun. We are trying to build it as an e-learning platform. It is a startup business venture for us. We really work hard for it. It is very tough for us as we are already busy with e-CAB and our personal works. Still, we try our best for Search English not only because it is our business initiative but also because we believe that it will change the lives of many people.
At first, our vision and dream were confined to Bangladesh only. Now, we can realize that it has potential to attract people of every country on earth. We have passed the initial struggle and we just need to sustain the quality upon which this platform has been built.
I have learnt some important lessons over the past 44 days- we started our journey form 1 July 2016. I am sharing some of the lessons:
- You need a dedicated team to move forward with a platform. I am the main man behind this platform. I have thought about using technology since 1996. So, I have been dreaming about it for the last 20 years. There was not a single day in the last 20 years that I did not think about it. But you cannot achieve something solo. You always need a dedicated team.
Abul Khayer vai and Mohan vai always take care of the technical part. S M Mehdi Hasan is writing a lot of content for us but most of the time, he is behind the scene.
We have Sifat to help us too with the website. Then, there is Naim Zaman vai always helping us with graphics design for the group. You already know Partho Pratim Majumdaer. There is Kamrul Hasan Shaon too. So, these four persons are also important part of Search English. These four persons have been with me for a long time. So, we understand one another.
- Sincerity matters: We do not charge any money directly or indirectly. This is not the main attraction of this group. The main asset of this group is that we are sincere. Farhana Asha apu is a very good example in this regard. We admire her for her sincerity. She tries from her heart to write and she has become popular among us because of it.
- Bhejal free platform will always grow naturally: I think that the biggest assest of this platform is its friendly environment. There is no bhejal. No one is allowed to offend or insult others. If you do not like this matter then there are many other groups where you can argue and insult others.
I know that there will be many attempts to follow Search English. There will be some skype addas and some Facebook groups too. Well, I wish all of you all the success but remember the simple lesson- there is no short cut.