Afiq Iftarudin Juanidi - MEC Alumni who are Successful Entrepreneurs
Every child must have dreams when he was little. Many aspire to become doctors, police, teachers, or presidents. But not with Afiq Iftarudin Juanidi, Alumni of the Mandiri Entrepreneur Center (MEC) in Class 11. The man who is familiarly called Afiq, has been dreaming of becoming a painter since childhood. For him, by drawing or painting, he can express himself.
In order to realize this dream, Afiq had the desire to study at the Indonesian Institute of Art in Yogyakarta. "When I graduated from Vocational School, I registered and took a test at the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta or the ISI. Unfortunately I was not accepted," Afiq recalled. His failure to enter the ISI turned out to open another way to achieve success.
One of the administrators of the Muhammadiyah Babat Lamongan Orphanage told Afiq that there was an educational institution that provided good knowledge of entrepreneurship and religion, namely at the Mandiri Entrepreneur Center (MEC) in Surabaya. "At first I didn't know what MEC was at all. Finally I find out first. It turned out that there was a graphic design department, from which I was interested," said this native Babat man.
Afiq also took the MEC test in Gresik in 2015. After taking the test, Afiq was declared accepted by the MEC Force 11. "Thank God, I was accepted in graphic design. So that I can continue my ideals," he added.
Entering MEC turned Afiq had to adapt. Himself who is shy must be able to mingle with many people from various regions. One of the things that most impressed Afiq and was able to take his lessons up to now is the MEC entrepreneur program. "I'm really shy. Then asked to go around selling people's merchandise. At first, I was only able to get Rp. 2,000 a day,” recalled this graduate of the 5 Babat Lamongan Muhammadiyah Vocational School.
However, because of his strong determination, Afiq finally had his own strategy until finally he began to be confident and able to start an entrepreneur. In addition, Afiq studied design at MEC. "I used to be a hobby of drawing and calligraphy but still manual. Learn a little about Adobe Photoshop. But at MEC I learned a lot about Corel Draw and Adobe Indesign too," said the man born in 1997.
After graduating from MEC, Afiq worked in one of the embroidery printers. There Afiq can apply his knowledge and get new knowledge. In addition, Afiq also received sketch and vector services, named Apock Design. From the results of the work and the side, Afiq began buying various new drawing tools, so that he could receive more orders. "I used to give a price of Rp. 50,000, and many people protested that they were too cheap," he recalls.
Finally, Afiq resigned from his job. One friend who is also an MEC graduate, Abdul Muhaimin Ramadhani, invited him to start a joint venture. The business he sparked was acrylic printing. Afiq is good at drawing while Dhani who is good at marketing makes the collaboration both run smoothly and successfully. The name Surabaya Acrylic began to be known.
Surabaya Acrylic accepts various orders starting from vandals, placards, cups to key chains. The price also varies. Starting from Rp. 3,500 for key chains, up to Rp. 95,000 to Rp. 250,000 for acrylics, vandals and trophies.
At the beginning of starting this business, Surabaya Acrylic only had IDR 1,500,000 in cash. As the network grows and grows, now Acrylic Surabaya has a turnover of up to Rp. 16,000,000 per month. Although it does not yet have its own printing machine, Afiq has many partners so there is no difficulty in production.
From the results of this effort, Afiq was finally able to continue his studies. Now he is studying at the University of Muhammadiyah Surabaya majoring in architecture. "By learning to become an architect I can still realize my ideals. I used to want to be a painter, but the painting's benefits were not so pronounced. If I become an architect, I can draw and the results of the images can be realized and utilized by many people. I can still be a painter, which is more beneficial for the community," said the man who is also a music hobby.
With college while doing business, Afiq has many friends and partners. In accepting his business order, Afiq invited several of his friends to become his freelance employees. "Many friends who want me to ask for help to receive orders. Alhamdulillah, the work is smooth, it can also share sustenance with friends," he concluded.(grc)