A Malaysian who worked as an engineer supervisor had quit his job to sell buns from his car boot last year is now providing jobs to those unemployed youngsters during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
As reported by NST, the young entrepreneur, Ridzuan Jamal said he managed to earn enough to open his shop after being in operation for less than 6 months.
Last year during the interview with NST, he said that he managed to sell around 1,000 buns daily in Penampang and Putatan, Sabah.
Despite selling the buns at an affordable price, Ridzuan said that he is actually making more money from selling the baked goods than from his previous job.
“Now, my bakery has nine workers who recently lost their jobs, and also newly-graduated youngsters.” he said.
His newly opened bakery is called En.Rotiboy and they specializes in cakes, buns and biscuits.
At the moment, he had 3 secondary school students working as part timers with him too. He said that the students wanted to help their parents whose income were affected by the pandemic, apart from getting some working experience. Ridzuan added that he is currently paying his employees a basic salary of between RM900 to RM1,200.
Moving forward, he said that he had plans to recruit more employees to work at the bakery and as agents to sell their products.
In addition, Ridzuan aims to expand his business and to have at least one agent in every district of Sabah to distribute their products. As a start, he is targeting 15 agents, but has only 8 to cover Sepanggar, Inanam, KK, Putatan, Papar, Kinarut, Kimanis and Telipok.
“I am concentrating on having as many agents as possible to even cover more districts from Tuaran to Menumbok,” he added.
He also said that he needed more people to increase the supply of the product, at same time, to help others to survive through employment and sales especially during the movement control order now.
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Check out how the buns were being made in his bakery: