11 Years Journey Of Aman Bhangu, From A Freelancer To An Entrepreneur
When he started working for himself in 2009, He didn’t consider himself an entrepreneur; he thought of himself as someone who wanted to pursue his passion in his terms.
Freelancing is a common occupation today as compared to back in days. It was a tough decision when you are dropping your studies at that small age to become a full-time remote worker.
Aman was a data entry specialist and web developer until 2014 when he met a music director Ramandeep Singh known as Sound Shikari on Facebook. Ramandeep shared music distribution challenges for an Indie artist in India and Aman came up with an idea of starting his own music distribution company called Trendy Beat Network.
It took him 6 months to understand the complexity and about the digital rights management system. He started working with major record labels in the Punjab region which gives him exposure to the round zero situation and challenges. Not only the distribution but content piracy is making a huge loss to the right owners, which leads him to add Anti-Piracy services.
In May 2017, Aman started a subsidiary FMD Media which allows indie users to upload content directly. It was an instant hit and become very popular in India but there was a con, it does not allow instant registration. In mid-2019, Easy Distro was introduced. It is the only distribution service that pays 96% revenue while no setup or per release cost. The company now serves over 4100 clients in 190+ countries, which raised the status of the company from a distributor to an aggregator.
For 2020, the plans are even bigger and Aman is working on a custom web application that is designed for sub-distributors and allows them to use the services as a white label.
Aman also worked as a producer in Yeh Zindagi (Single Audio) by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Sahir Ali Bagga. He limited his Anti-Piracy service to some selected clients including Diljit Dosanjh for El-Sueno, SK Films for movie Race 3.
Being nominated to numerous awards, Aman grabbed position on Top 100 in Asia (2017) by Red Herring Inc, Startup of the Year by Golden Globe Awards.
Going from freelancer to entrepreneur can be a natural shift if you are prepared and approach it thoughtfully. While it may be scary at first, the magic happens outside of your comfort zone.