Disability is not an excuse to become a successful person and compete with everyone else in doing business. Meet Ikhsan Sirat who is an OKU and successfully competing with regular individuals in the food truck industry. He even outdoes them with the profit that he earns monthly!
1. Ikhsan generates RM8,000 per day and over RM20,000 per month!
With a small donation from Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA), he started his kebab business with only one food truck. His business grew quickly and he managed to grab profit instantly and to date, he has five food trucks and currently earning RM8,000 per day.
Ikhsan is lucky to have his two wives and five children to help him run the business. As he doesn’t have a grounded base of operation, the food trucks will always be at a university area and other functions.
2. He started by selling RM1 burgers in the night market
His interest in the business started when he was young and his journey as a street food vendor began around 30 years ago by selling burgers in the night market. He was selling burgers at an affordable price of RM1 and easily got loyal customers.
At that time, he only has a small van to run the business. He then realised that selling burgers required more workers and the big skillet made it hard for him to move around. So, he switched to selling kebab because it is more convenient for him and gives better profit.
3. His secret recipe makes his kebab unique and mouth-watering
Ikhsan uses only fresh meat to produce the special kebab daily. What makes it unique is all the meat are marinated using 25 spices to give them the strong aroma yet melt in the mouth easily. That what makes his customers remember his kebab and keep on buying it. In fact, his small body frame is an advantage as his customers can remember him easily.
4. Ishak proves that disability is not an obstacle for success
For Ikhsan, he never uses disability as an excuse. As an OKU, he said that he needs to be brave and grab any opportunities before it’s too late. To be a successful person, one must have a strong interest in the business itself and the courage to strive for success.
He shared that he had to compete with five other burger stalls when he started the burger business 30 years ago. All of the stalls were operated by regular people, but he didn’t think less of himself because of the disability. He proved that if the service is good and the food is delicious, customers will keep on coming to his stall.