Internet Savvy and Rich"
his khaki pants and black sweater, Irfan Khairi looks like any other
young man on the street. Hes boyish and hardly looks like
the millionaire that he is. Irfans success story is something
many of us dream of but few attain.
and hardly looks like the millionaire that he is. Irfans success
story is something many of us dream of but few attain. He set up
an online business when he was 22 and reaped his first million three
years later. Now hes 29 and probably is still the youngest
self-made millionaire in Malaysia.
If people are
amazed at his achievement, Irfan hardly think so. In fact, the foundation
of his success was laid when he turned 18.
was to make my first million when I am 30. So I read motivation
books and attended seminars and talks. Whatever I achieved now is
the result of hard work.
in multimedia design from Staffordshire University in the United
Kingdom. While working in a multimedia company, he decided to set
up a part-time online business designing book covers, posters and
banners. A year later, he decided to pursue it full time from home.
there was no money to be made. I had only three customers that first
year. But business soon grew. Now I have about 40 customers a month.
There are no limits or boundaries to online business. You just have
to understand the business and know how to market it. Most of my
clients are from abroad and that is where the money is.
In 2005, he
set up his company, Irfan Khairi Sdn Bhd, specializing in Internet
business training. Irfan was awarded the Young Achievers Innovation
Award this year. He has also written a book, Secrets of Internet
Millionaires Revealed, published early this year. His second book,
Millionaires Notes, will be released soon, probably within the next
seminars on How to Start an Internet
Business are conducted in both Bahasa Malaysia and English.
He hopes that through his seminars and talks, more Malaysians will
start their own online business.
parent can stay home with the family and take care of the children
as a result of starting an online business, that is good enough
for me, says the father of three children.
and Internet business is something that unemployed graduates should
look into. It is simple and requires minimal model. I started my
business with RM500.
So what did
he do with his first million?
a house and a car. I dont believe in spending money on unnecessary
things. For me being wealthy is not how much one makes a month but
how much one saves.
And how much
is he worth now? Irfan not telling but you can be sure he is certainly
on the list of young Malaysian millionaires.
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