Tales of Entrepreneur – Matsaleh Barber & Roti John Mozzarela Hey young chaps!
Looking for a neat fade and haircut for Chinese New Year? Check Matsaleh Barber out! Matsaleh Barber is a business providing services for all men of all ages needing haircut or a shave. The founder, Mr. Ahmad Affiq, 31 started hair grooming at the age of 18. He started off by cutting his families’ hair and learning basic cuts by himself via YouTube. He then began building his customer base slowly by doing home calls. Back then when Mr. Ahmad Affiq was catering his customer’s needs by doing home calls, he also ventured into the food and beverage industry. He also had shares in small businesses such as burger stalls and small cafes. He had a passion for culinary, but he had always wanted something bigger. He then started taking one step into barber shop business as his friend encouraged him to. At the age of 28, he successfully opened his first physical barber shop and had to make use with pre-used equipments as financial resources were pretty limited. Today, Matsaleh Barber’s coverage expanded to 3 areas of Penang island, located in Batu Lanchang, Gelugor and Bayan Baru. There’s a saying by Leroy Paige that goes, “Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” Ahmad Affiq is living by this quote as he is better prepared now on the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) as compared to last year. He knew that if he had not leave his comfort zone, Matsaleh Barber and his staffs would be in trouble as he had no income but still needing to pay his shop rental for 3 months last year. He then began to put his cooking skills he learnt earlier to good use by opening a Roti John stall to help support the livelihood of his 15 staffs and of course himself. They worked together as a team, where some helped prepare the food while some delivered to their customers. Just as what Leroy Paige’s quote meant. Mr. Ahmad Affiq advices that if one has the passion, determination and dreams to open their own barber shop, they must at least have 5 years of experience in this industry because by then you will already have a stable customer base. He has seen individuals who started off after 2-3 months being in this industry and failed abysmally. Owning only a barber shop, you will not have much money but just enough for you to live on at the very start. Be patient, persevere and always look for opportunities to expand your business. Feel free to visit them at the details below:- Matsaleh Barber 86-84, Jln Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, Jelutong. Whatsapp for appointment : 0192500805 Price Range: From RM 25 Operation time: 12pm – 10pm (Last call at 9pm) Roti John Mozzarela Price Range: From RM 5 Operation Time: 3pm – 8pm (While stock lasts)