Anya Koen, owner of a printing and designing company named Ctrl-P Graphics, shares her inspiring story. Learn more about her printing business.
Read below to find out more about this exciting young entrepreneur.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia. Finished school in 2011 in WHS, after that I studied photography and graphic design in Stellenbosch. I came back to my homeland (Namibia) in 2013 and started my photography career but it ended soon, because my dad came up with a “great” idea to start a printing and designing company. So I started my own printing and designing company named Ctrl-P Graphics, actually in “partnership” with my dad. From 2013 we have created a very successful business and we are running full steam.
Q: What is the name of your company and what does it entail?
Ctrl-P Graphics, that means Control Print on the keyboard. We are located in the Southern Industrial Area, Windhoek, and Marconi Street 44 – 46 in the same building as Dolls Paradise & Gift Shop. What we do: Designing, business cards, magnetic name tags, posters, flyers / brochure, canvas, PVC, one-way vision, banners, pull-up banners, teardrops, vinyl prints, vinyl cut-outs, sandblasting, vehicle branding, magnetic stickers, t-shirt branding, Vista Signs, laser engraving – wood, Perspex, glass, leather, stainless steel, etc…,laser cuts – wood, Perspex, leather, etc…,customized gifts & trophies. So basically we do all kinds of printing, just a little bit more. We are three designers (including me), three applicators and one receptionist. We are a great team, just saying!
Q: What motivated you to venture into this business?
Actually my dad. I would have never even imagined owning a business; my dad helped me through it all. Even though we argue and have different opinions we will at the end of the day make a success with this business
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Probably with a bigger and more successful business, I’m hoping for that, and somewhere around the world traveling.
Q: What challenges did you face when starting up this business?
There is so much competition in this industry; we struggled to get clients in the beginning, and also comparing our prices in the market. I think after a few years this business is now a success.
Q: What or who motivates you?
My parents and boyfriend are always on standby to help me lift my spirit. They are always here to make sure that I reach my goals no matter what. My friends and family are also behind me to support me no matter what.
Q: Do you plan to compete in the global market place? If yes, how? If no, why not?
No, because we are local and “Local is Lekker”.
Q: Final words of motivation for people looking to start a business?
You must always give 110% into the business, 100% isn’t’ enough. Be proud of the business and never doubt yourself.