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  • How to Get Your Foot in the Singaporean Market

    November 26, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Those who have a small business in Singapore understand how competitive the business climate has become over the years. This nation is now a major importer and exporter of a wide range of products that are shipped all over the world. Countless businesses have come into this financial center of Southeast Asia with nothing but a small startup and become very successful.  What many new entrepreneurs want to know is how to get their foot in the door. There are plenty of opportunities for new business owners, but how can you get big companies to trust you enough to do business with you?

  • Why Embrace Technology as a Business in Singapore

    November 24, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is a hot destination for companies looking to make a mark in Southeast Asia because it opens the doors to major markets such as The Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. Now, with broad support from the government, the small to medium business ecosystem in this island is thriving.

  • How to Rent a Virtual Office in Singapore and Appear Bigger Than You Really Are

    November 04, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    A sharp new business in Singapore can become profitable in just a few short years, butnumerous entrepreneurs find it hard to lease the right office space. You want to be in the best parts of the business district with access to good transportation. When investors come into town, it will also be important to have good hotels and restaurants nearby. Once you start looking for prime office space in popular regions of Singapore, you'll quickly see how expensive it is to lease a space, add furniture and hire employees.

  • Office Space Solutions for Startups in Singapore

    October 20, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    A clever startup business in Singapore can quickly turn into a profitable business venture, but many new entrepreneurs struggle to find adequate office space. Some believe it's necessary to go forward with leasing space, furnishing it and hiring employees, but this is often a dangerous mistake. For one thing, these types of expenses are monthly and will take a huge chunk out of your budget. Hiring good employees is especially expensive and then you have to train them, give them benefits, such as insurance and hope they will stay with you for the long-term.

  • How to Start a Home Business with a Rented Virtual Office in Singapore

    October 12, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Running a small business in Singapore is not only exciting, but it's very lucrative these days. That's because this region is so open to business ventures and the government offers many programs to help people get started.  Singapore is known as a major hub for import export businesses, and a proven financial leader in South East Asia. Large companies all over the world come to this area each year to set up their own offshore company. The exceptional seaports, airports and ground transportation make this an ideal location.

  • First Half 2015 Singapore Business Review

    September 18, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore offers investors and entrepreneurs numerous financial advantages and during the first half of 2015, their economy remains pro-business.  The lucrative investment climate appeals to both new business start-ups and large corporations. The stable political environment has also been a positive factor in drawing businesses to the region. The low tax rate of 14.2% and beautiful climate make Singapore an attractive destination for foreign investors and entrepreneurs. Each year, companies are drawn to the area and it continues to be one of the world's most open economies.

  • How to Choose a Virtual Office for Your Home Based Business in Singapore

    August 29, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Many Singaporeans are now working from home because it offers so much versatility in their everyday schedule. In most instances, you can work whatever hours are best for your family, plus you are able to duck out at specific times. You might need to leave at 3 in the afternoon to pick up children from school. You might need to go to the doctor or pick up groceries. With a regular 9 to 5 job, you just can't leave anytime you want. But home-based businesses do afford this type of freedom and that's why so many are choosing this now.

  • Marketing Solutions for Small Business in Singapore

    August 11, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    If you run a small business in Singapore then you already know how fierce the competition is in this nation. Singapore has long been a hub for the import export business, as well as a strong financial center in Southeast Asia. Many of the largest companies in the world have an offshore office in Singapore due to its excellent availability of seaports, air transportation, low-cost labor force, and many other incentives.

  • Quick and Easy Ways to Find Office Space in Singapore

    August 03, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore offers a great deal to investors and entrepreneurs and though thousands come each year looking to start their own small business, the language and culture can be complex. One thing that can benefit newcomers is simply to hire a local consulting firm to help fill out work visa paperwork, get business licenses and offer advice about leasing commercial space. When you have a reputable local consulting firm to advise you, you might be able to avoid common errors made by foreigners.

  • Startup Financing Options in Singapore

    July 28, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Doing business in Singapore can offer so much more than in other countries. Singapore has long been known as a global financial center and many large and small companies have made it big here. The country's pro-business policies coupled with its strategic location make it a real contender for successful entrepreneurship. Many people all over the world dream of coming to Singapore to set up and run a profitable startup business. The first obstacle to overcome is the financing. Though some businesses do require more money to begin operations, any type of company will need some cash.

  • Business Culture in Singapore and What You Need to Know to Succeed

    July 20, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore continues to offer rewarding financial opportunities to entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe.  A low tax rate at 14.2% is highly attractive to businesses from a wide range of industries. This major world economy attracts large corporations who desire an offshore presence in Asia. It also attracts people who are ready to take the plunge and become business owners. Since so much work is outsourced to Singapore and comes in all shapes and sizes, one of the best ideas is to find a need and fill it. A new manufacturing plant will need workers, but they will also need managers and all the products to run an office. These could include copy paper, pens, toner and small office machines.

  • How to Set-up a Company in Singapore

    July 16, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore has long enjoyed a very lucrative import/export business. Companies come from around the world to do business here due to the excellent shipping lanes, low cost labor and availability of manufacturing and industrial space. Many global companies now have an offshore presence in Singapore and this is a favorite destination for business people, tourists and investors. If you've visited Singapore recently, you know the wide variety of housing, entertainment and shopping available.

  • Five Ways to Expand Your Business in Singapore

    July 03, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore has a very long history of being a center for businesses and manufacturing plants that service the world. Today, much of the world's manufactured goods come out of Singapore. It's no surprise that entrepreneurs come by the thousands each year looking to make it big. Some do and some don't. For those who do find success, the next step in their journey is often business expansion. Since Singapore is such a large, modern city, there may be many ways suitable to a business growth idea.

  • Which Business Networking Events to Attend in Singapore

    June 24, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    The nation of Singapore is very pro-business and freely opens its doors to new business start-ups each year. With so much competition, it's important to find ways to stay ahead of everyone else. Professional Networking gives your business a definite edge over the competition because you get out there and make the connections necessary to keep those orders coming in. Singapore offers a great deal in the way of networking opportunities.

  • Five Questions to Ask Before Expanding Your Business in Singapore

    May 11, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore has long enjoyed its role as a global leader in the import export business. As industry and commerce has grown, so has Singapore's ability to accommodate large and small businesses around the world. Regardless of what type of business you run or how successful you are, Singapore has something to offer if you're ready to build an offshore office.

  • How to Set-Up a Business Bank Account in Singapore

    May 07, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Companies in Singapore have numerous options when it comes to opening a business bank account. Singapore is a very business friendly culture and many banks offer numerous attractive features such as trade financing, credit cards, and Internet banking. Most entrepreneurs find that opening a corporate bank account is fairly straightforward and allows them to move funds both locally and internationally.

  • How to Start an Import and Export Business in Singapore

    April 28, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    As a global port of call, Singapore is known the world over as a major import exporter. In fact, this country is currently the 14th largest exporter of merchandise in the world. Entrepreneurs come here each year looking to establish a successful import export business. Though many of them do succeed, a number of them fail and the reasons for this can be varied. Most often a business fails for lack of preparation.

  • How to Get Funding for Small Businesses in Singapore

    April 04, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    The dream of people in every culture is to own their own business and be their own boss. Though the economy is still somewhat sluggish worldwide, thousands of would-be entrepreneurs work hard each year to build their own new business. Funding for a small business in Singapore can be the first and most daunting obstacle to overcome.

  • What Are the Biggest Export Markets in Singapore?

    April 2, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is currently listed as the 14th largest exporter, as well as the 15th largest importer worldwide. Their international trade industry has greatly influenced the direction of the country's economy. Their global economic position has been strong for many years and the World Trade Organization shows them with the highest trade to Gross Domestic Product ratio of any nation.

  • Best Places to Set-Up an Office in Singapore

    March 25, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the more competitive office rental markets throughout Asia, while also being a very expensive area of Asia for expatriates, as well as local business owners. Hong Kong is still 49 percent higher than Singapore, but the two areas are among the most highly sought and expensive in that region of the world.


  • Cost Saving Strategies for Small Businesses in Singapore

    March 20, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Even the world's largest companies have had to cut back on expenses and lower their work force over the last five years. Sometimes it can be quite helpful to analyze expenses in your small business in Singapore to see if you could be wasting money in some areas. Generally, there are places where almost any company could shave money off their expenditures. The first step is to evaluate whether every disbursement is completely necessary.  Your expense analysis should include everything, such as building lease, employee salaries and utility bills.

  • 2014 Economic Review of Singapore

    March 10, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    For 2014, Singapore continued to excel in offering lucrative financial opportunities to investors from all over the world.  The low tax rate of 14.2% attracted HR and IT consultants, as well as real estate investors. As a major world economy, the Singapore government works to create an exceptional investment climate.

  • Tips for Expats Buying a Small Business in Singapore

    March 03, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    For those who wish to relocate to Singapore and start a business, it can be helpful to get as much professional information as possible. Before coming, explore business incorporation procedures and learn about the requirements for expats relocating to Singapore. It can be difficult and expensive to purchase property in Singapore and permanent residents and foreigners are restricted about the types of property they are allowed to buy.

  • Small Franchise Businesses in Singapore

    February 26, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    As a major financial hub in Southeast Asia, Singapore offers small business owners a great opportunity to build a profitable business and become a successful entrepreneur. The city is one of the world's best for all types of businesses, but if you're new to the region, then a small franchise can be the perfect solution.

  • Singapore Economic Forecast in 2015

    February 11, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    With an overall low tax rate of 14.2%, Singapore continues to offer entrepreneurs a wide range of financial advantages over other regions. The economy there is consistently ranked as highly pro-business and one of the most open economies in the world. Because of the stable political environment and appealing investment climate, large and small companies are drawn there each year to do business.

  • Most Profitable Small Businesses in Singapore

    February 6, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore traditionally scores high on the top ranking world economies for several reasons. It only takes three days to start a new business there. The government makes it easy in order to attract entrepreneurs from all over the world and thousands do come each year looking for a big score in some type of small business endeavor. Though it takes venture capital and hard work to succeed, Singapore offers everything that small business owners and investors are looking for in a business opportunity. There are literally dozens if not hundreds of business types that can be successful in Singapore.

  • How to Run a Successful Business in Singapore

    February 3, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is often voted best city for business by various financial organizations. Almost any type of business, if set up and run properly, can become prosperous and successful there. The city is a popular global tourist destination and contains many of the iconic buildings that everyone is familiar with seeing in photographs. In addition, there is a great diversity of restaurants, housing and shopping. All this explains why Singapore is still a favorite world city for business people and travelers.

  • Creating an Equipment Checklist for an Office-based Business in Singapore

    January 19, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is a bustling and vibrant business hub that has received much recognition and praise from the business world. It is home to a multitude of national and international companies. The government actively encourages businesses to relocate their operations to Singapore via a number of attractive incentives. They recognize the important aspect of a flourishing business sector in relation to the success of Singapore. The government has introduced extremely favorable financial and investment policies to attract even more businesses to the area. Singapore has a fantastic infrastructure and is the perfect location for businesses of all sizes. A high number of skilled professionals choose to make Singapore their home due to the vast amount of opportunities on offer. Invariably, this has resulted in a lot of new business ventures, particularly office-based. If you are considering an office-based business in Singapore, creating a checklist may be an efficient way to ensure that the startup process runs smoothly. There are a number of key items that should be included in any office-based checklist.

  • How to Improve Business Management Levels in Singapore

    December 17, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    One of the most important driving factors behind a successful business is the ability of its management team. In such a business-orientated city like Singapore, putting together a management team that understands the intricacies involved in direct management is essential. They must be aware of various business management strategies that will ultimately inspire your workforce and improve success levels. When it comes to selecting your management team, you should look for individuals with high levels of commitment, team work, experience and ability. These are four basic characteristics that any manager should have. There will also be other qualities that you desire relating to the nature of your business.

  • How to Recruit Top Quality Employees in Singapore

    December 9, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore has long been considered the business capital of South East Asia. A high number of quality professionals travel to the area in order to find employment opportunities. Ensuring that your business benefits from a team of quality employees is paramount to the success of your business. However, with so many companies all competing for the best staff members it can be a difficult task to secure their services. It is important to promote the positive aspects of your business to prospective employees. Outline your future business strategies, the positive working environment within your company together with the opportunity for progression. Individuals who possess the required levels of knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly have a number of options so it is vital that you emphasize the benefits associated with joining your company. It is advisable to carefully plan your recruitment drive so that you give yourself and your company the best possible chance of identifying the quality candidates. In addition to advertising vacancies in the local press, it is also possible to contact suitable candidates via alternative means.

  • Business Taxes for Small Business Owners in Singapore

    December 3, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    There are many tax breaks and incentives for foreign-owned small businesses and corporations in Singapore. The country also has one of the most efficient tax regimes in the world, along with an extremely transparent regulatory environment.

  • Five Tips to Reduce Business Costs in Singapore

    December 2, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is considered by many to be the business hub of the world. The city has been voted as the number one location in the world to do business for the second year running by the Economist Intelligence Unit.  With so many businesses looking to gain a foothold in this prominent location, rental prices for suitable business premises look certain to remain high. However, this has not had an effect on the city itself and indeed the businesses within it. There are a number of reasons for the popularity of Singapore in terms of business opportunities. Perhaps the two most prominent factors concern the favorable government polices relating to finance and investment. With business costs a lot higher than many other locations within South East Asia, ensuring measures are taken to maximize investment is certainly an important factor.

  • Start-Up Business Ideas for Women in Singapore

    Nov 16, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Many aspiring businesswomen want to establish their start-up in Singapore and for good reasons. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Singapore has once again topped the World Bank's survey of the best countries to do business in for the ninth year in a row. This is due to the ease involved in launching a business, getting permits, paying taxes and even closing a business in the 'Lion City'.

  • How Can a Serviced Office in Singapore Save You Money

    Oct 24, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    The World Bank lists Singapore as the best country in the world for doing business. As a matter of fact, launching a business in the 'Lion City' requires no minimum capital, involves only three procedures, and takes only three days. There is no legal minimum wage (although the National Wage Council looks after adjustments), and inflation is kept well under control. Local and foreign businesses are treated equally, and there are no tariffs on imports. The list of reasons for setting up a business in Singapore can go on and on.

  • Accounting in Singapore for Small Businesses

    Oct 13, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Business accounting is an important aspect of managing a startup business or a small company. It involves budgeting cash flow, forecasting growth, adhering to tax regulations, and many other tasks.

  • What You Should Know Before Starting a Business in Singapore

    October 3, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Many expatriates wish to start a business in Singapore for various reasons: its robust economy, low crime rate, and excellent social services being on top of the list. However, starting a business in Singapore as a foreigner can sometimes require nerves of steel. But do not worry. As long as one is aware of the possibilities and possible pitfalls of having a Singapore-based business, it's an achievable and worthwhile goal.

  • Business Startup Ideas in Singapore

    September 25, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is one of Asia's (and the world's) top countries. Though relatively small in its geographical size and population, the country thrives and stands out in all aspects of life.  Singaporeans are more driven to excel in whatever they do. They tend to be more innovative and progressive in their approach to earning a living.

  • Singapore Business Etiquette

    August 29, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Singapore is home to three ethnic groups comprised of Chinese (76.7% of the population), Malay (14%) and Indian (7.9%). The rest (1.4%) is composed of other Eurasian communities. Doing business in Singapore may seem quite daunting due to its numerous laws pertaining to seemingly minor infractions with harsh consequences. Not so, as long as you observe Singaporean laws and regulations.

  • 2013 Economic Review of Singapore

    Jan 20, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    Things are looking bright for Singapore, unlike neighboring countries whose initial promise was met with disappointment. By the latter half of 2013, Singapore's economy had already grown by 3.7%, which was a better growth than initially projected. The Gross Domestic Product or GDP forecast remains on track as 2014 rolls around, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. As long as the growth is between 2% to 4%, Singapore's economy is still on the black instead of in the red. Of course, the PM admits that there have been some "rough spots" during Singapore's climb to the top, testing the country's resilience as a whole.

  • 5 Business Resolutions for a profitable   2013

    December 2012 | Servcorp Singapore

    Next month millions of people around the globe will make a list of resolutions they hope to live by in the new year; an annual attempt to start afresh and turn over a new leaf - and as a company you can follow suit. 

  • Ageing baby boomers, boost to Singapore businesses

    May 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    The recent Silver Economy Index has ranked Singapore third out of 15 Asia Pacific countries in terms of silver industry potential - but what does this mean for your business?

  • Ambitious Singaporean job hunters seek wage increases

    July 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    A recent report compiled by jobsDB offers business owners crucial insights into the changing drive and determination of the nation's job hunters. But given the rising pay demands of ambitious job-seekers, what does this mean for your business?

  • Are Asian Countries Going to Be Business Superpowers?

    December 12, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    When it comes to business superpowers, the United States is still in top position. After all, many of the world's largest companies, such as Coca-Cola, Apple, Microsoft and McDonald's began their operations there before becoming the multinationals that they are in today's time. Even after the effects of the recent economic downturn, the USA still remains a good place to do business in general. Getting the necessary paperwork and permits to start a company is easier than ever, access to credit and banking facilities remains strong, and so is the country's overall infrastructure.

  • Big Business Players in Singapore

    July 21, 2014 | SERVCORP

    Singapore's economic growth has progressed amidst fluctuating global economies. In spite of being one of the smallest countries in terms of geographic size, Singapore is one of the economic leaders not only in Southeast Asia, but in the world. Considered as one of the economic gateways of Asia, Singapore is indeed a sought-after country by foreign investors.  It is not surprising then that Singapore is host to large conglomerates and is called "home" by some of the richest and most powerful people across continents.

  • Business Address Services in Singapore

    April 25, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    While virtual office solutions are handy at giving you all the joys of having an office without an office (from an online receptionists to receiving calls cheaply through voice-over IP or VoIP, which is also Internet-based), it lacks the actual office address that makes other corporations thrive. If you're establishing a business in Singapore, you want your clients and customers to have some sort of address to turn to so that they don't feel like they're being gypped when transacting with you. In turn, it's simply a lot more professional to have some sort of address in Singapore that can be used to send you mail or to conduct interviews and meetings in from time to time.

  • Business Lessons Learned from Richard Branson

    February 18, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    Richard Branson is among the most respected entrepreneurs. He is known for actively searching problems to solve, seeing the challenge as his road to success. He's a creator who loves to establish many different businesses under his wing, as evidenced by his long, successful, 40-year career as an entrepreneur wherein he developed many different and unique brands with his boundless creativity. Along his way to success, he has given quite a lot of advice and recommendations to his peers, his fans, and his contemporaries by speech and through living by example. He is particularly fond of talking about hiring people, managing staff, and running a business.

  • Business Registration in Singapore

    March 27, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    Singapore may well be the "melting pot" of Southeast Asia. The people are an interesting mix of races and cultures; the old and the new. Its strategic geographic location gives Singapore an edge regarding its role in international free trade. Business registration in Singapore is deemed as one of the easiest and hassle-free when compared with other countries.  According to the latest World Bank report, Singapore ranks 9th out of 189 economies in terms of ease in business registration.


    November 2012 | Servcorp

    The world is just emerging from a catastrophic recession, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South East Asia have been affected just like other regions. 

  • Keep your head in the Cloud

    November 2012 | Servcorp Singapore

    Advances in Cloud Computing are helping SMEs compete with larger corporations

  • Cloud users more likely to see revenue rise

    May 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    New research has revealed that SMEs who embraced cloud tech were 106% more likely to have seen a revenue rise in the last year, as opposed to those that haven't. Could cloud software open doors for your business?

  • Doing business in Singapore

    November 4, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    According to the most recent annual World Bank report, Singapore is the best place in the world in which one can run a business. Because of this, a large number of foreign entrepreneurs have set their sights on the country as a place to set up their business. But what makes Singapore such a great place for businessmen from all over the world? One just has to see what the World Bank report measures. It takes into account certain elements such as the ease of starting a new company, getting the necessary permits, setting up bank accounts, as well as enforcing contracts.

  • Economic Review of the First Six Months of 2014 in Singapore

    July 25, 2014 | SERVCORP

    Singapore's economy is undergoing some challenges for the short term because the nation is moving towards higher-value-added industries for long-term upsurges in productivity. However, the country is unable to escape from its dependence on cheap mass production services. To be more specific, the island state for the first six months of 2014 is attempting to move away from manufacturing and other "low-end" industries, so that it could concentrate more on value-added sectors such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology (which many first-world nations depend upon to raise their own GDP and economy). Because of this transition and the fact that it became so successful because of these low-end industries that growth slowed to a crawl.

  • Effectively managing stress in the workplace

    July 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    Around 45% of Singapore professionals will continue to carry out work during their summer break - but with 48% of the country's men making their holiday business as usual how can business owners and employees avoid the stress associated with working an increasing amount of hours?

  • Growing Small Businesses: The Entrepreneur Guide

    November 2012 | Servcorp

    Over the years, it has been proven that entrepreneur are not born, they are made. 

  • Home-based Business Ideas in Singapore

    May 8, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    Singapore is a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, British and Indian cultures which is actually reflective of its immigrant history. Since its independence from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Singapore was driven to excel in all facets of life. The people of Singapore push themselves a bit more in pursuit of financial gains and prosperity. Though stressed out from the daily grind of school, work and family, Singapore is still deemed the happiest country in SEA. 

  • How a Virtual Office Can Save You Money

    August 27, 2014 | Sharon Cheong

    Advances in technology made it possible for people to communicate with anyone in any part of the world where there is an internet connection. The same technology led to the development of virtual offices, where employees work online from home.  Studies point out that by 2016 more than 60 million employees are expected to work from home.

  • How Does Singapore Become So Rich?

    December 17, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    Out of all the countries in the world, Singapore is one of the few that managed to change its status from a 3rd world nation to a 1st world one in less than half a century. A former colonial outpost that started out relatively poor has now prospered significantly, and its inhabitants are reaping the rewards. In fact, the country now ranks number 3 on a global scale of average annual incomes. While, of course, not everyone in the country is rich, Singapore does have a high proportion of wealthy individuals. More than 15% of households in the country have an annual income of over 1 million dollars.

  • How to Choose a Serviced Office Provider in Singapore

    June 9, 2014 | SERVCORP

    Singapore is a "tiger" in the field of economic growth. The small country is considered a "giant" in terms an investment destination.  It is actually ranked as the fifth largest international financial hub in the world and second to none in Southeast Asia. Singapore's status as a major trading center in Asia-Pacific is a fact.

  • How to Choose a Virtual Office Provider in Singapore

    August 15, 2014 | SERVCORP

    Your virtual office solutions in Singapore offer everything you'll ever need when it comes to office services such as a virtual receptionist, online fax machine, and phone line (in the form of the Internet-based VoIP, or voice-over IP), thus ensuring that your capital isn't eaten up by buying office space during those stages wherein your company isn't even self-sufficient yet with its profit. However, how should you choose the right virtual office provider in the Singaporean region? It's all about understanding the needs of a Singapore company, which are just like the "general" needs of a Western, Oriental, American, European, East Asian, or Southeast Asian company.

  • How to Choose a Virtual Office Providers

    Jan 2, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    What if you could run your business in a professional way without the high price tag of a real, physical office? A virtual office can cut costs, and it is a great option for shrewd and frugal business owners.

  • How to do business in Singapore

    October 21, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    Many foreign businessmen are attracted to Singapore due to the country's low corporate taxes and highly developed infrastructure, which rivals that of many European nations. But before you consider setting up a business there, you should be aware of some unique attributes that the country has to offer for foreign investors. There are some positive elements, as well as a few negative ones.


  • How to Expand Your Business in Singapore

    May 20, 2014 | SERVCORP

    Singapore is deemed as one of the cleanest (if not the cleanest) country in SEA. It is modern, well developed, efficient and definitely one of the richest countries among its neighboring nations. The country is a veritable melting pot of peoples and their cultures. It has become an economic force in Asia and has attracted numerous multinational companies, educational facilities and institutions, and small and medium companies to set up base in Singapore.

  • How to Market Your Business in Singapore

    June 3, 2014 | SERVCORP

    "Know your enemy as you know yourself," as the saying goes. Your target market might not be considered your "enemies", (it's your competition, you should truly watch out for), but you must also know them like the back of your hand so that you can survive in the world of business.

  • How to Prevent Cash Flow Problems for Your Business

    October 30, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    It is no secret that a large number of small businesses will fail within their first five years of operations. Numerous studies have shown that cash flow problems remain the biggest reason why small businesses fail. If you run a small business or are planning on starting one soon, one thing you need to do right away is to develop strategies that will prevent cash flow issues. Here are some of the most important considerations

  • How to Start a Small Business in Singapore

    Feb 14, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    When it comes to setting a Singaporean business, it's all about observing proper protocols and SOPs (standard operating procedures). No one enjoys paperwork, but even if you were to set up businesses in neighboring ASEAN countries, you'll be faced with the same bureaucratic requirements anyway. With that said, paperwork with Singapore is rather straightforward as long as you know what you need to do. First, get a Singaporean VISA. Next, define your business sector and field so that you have a good idea what industry you should be entering. Explore the different entrepreneurial opportunities, for example, textile or hotels and restaurants.

  • How to Weather Financial Woes in Singapore

    June 11, 2014 | SERVCORP

    Singapore experienced two global recessions in the course of 9 years. During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, recession was shorter and milder, thanks to the excellent management done by the government. The government gradually depreciated the value of the Singapore dollar to soften the impact on the economy. Labor costs were lowered with a limited impact on local demand and disposable income. Before the year was out, Singapore's economy recovered.

  • Important Lessons Learned From Small Business Owners

    December 23, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    Small Business Success Is Rarely Ever Easy

    Read this article to learn from successful small business owners who learned lessons the hard way. Learn from their mistakes. Follow their advice, and you'll save time, money, heartache, and tears.

  • Investing in foreign markets

    June 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    Singapore's International Enterprise chief executive officer Ten Eng Cheong recently stated that Vietnam is a country with promising long-term potential. Off the back of that, do you know how to accurately identify prosperous overseas markets, and how to judge if they're worthy of your investment?

  • Investment Ideas in Singapore

    April 21, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    As a foreigner, when it comes to setting up businesses and investments in Singapore, it's important to remember to respect the Singaporean culture. Just as you'd never do anything that would also raise the ire of the "Liberal Left" (like insinuate any racism or sexism), neither should you do anything disrespectful to the Chinese, Indian, British, and Malay melting pot of cultures that is Singapore. It's a country full of immigrant history, which should be good news to foreigners interested in investing there. Some other ASEAN countries are hard to adapt to because of how foreign the culture is to, say, Westerners. Thanks to Singapore's immigrant legacy, non-Singaporeans have an easier time acclimatizing themselves to the country.

  • Lessons Learned From Steve Jobs

    October 23, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    Steve Jobs was definitely a pioneer in the business world. His accomplishments are widely known. After all, we are talking about a man who took a company that seemed to be heading straight into bankruptcy and turned it around so that it became one of the most well-known consumer brands in the world. If you met Jobs when he was young, you probably wouldn't think that he would one day be at the head of one of the largest and most successful companies in the world. He had no degree or certifications in the technology field. He had zero business management experience. But he still managed to propel his company to success.

  • Make best use of your office space

    June 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    In the world of modern business it's all too easy to overlook the little things. For instance, the layout of your office. It might sound simple, but getting it right can lead to plenty of benefits - not least increased productivity and employee loyalty.

  • Meeting Room Setup Tips in Singapore

    March 25, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    So you want your meeting to go without a hitch. If you're in charge of setting up your meeting room (or, at the very least, you're the one who has to tell the custodian or janitor of the building how the whole panel, table placement, and whatnot should be dealt with), then here are some handy tips and recommendations you can try out. A meeting room should not be used just because it's there; the professional way to handle things is to adjust your meeting room in accordance to your needs. Rearranging chairs and tables to face one way or another isn't just an aesthetic choice; it could also make or break the meeting itself.

  • Reducing the environmental impact of your business

    July 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    The haze hanging over Singapore recently should serve as an important reminder for everyone to do their bit for the environment - and that includes local businesses. With that in mind, we explore how your business can reduce its environmental impact in just a few simple steps. 

  • Secretarial Services in Singapore

    May 14, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    You need secretarial services in Singapore. Why? It's because you're most likely to go the ecommerce route a la when establishing a startup, since it's the cheapest method out there. The technology to allow third-party, on-call, 24/7 secretarial services exists; it's the same tech that has made virtual office solutions (specifically VoIP or voice-over IP) possible. 

  • Short Guide to Foreigners about Investing in Singapore

    February 28, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    When it comes to setting up investments in Singapore as a foreigner, it's important to remember that SOPs and proper protocols must be observed. Standard operating procedures when it comes to Singapore investment and establishment of startups involves a lot of paperwork, which is something no one enjoys. With that said, it's a necessary "evil" in all countries, not just Singapore. The specific bureaucratic requirements of Singapore investors are as follows: A Singaporean VISA, an awareness of the different entrepreneurial opportunities available to you as a foreigner, and defining from the get go what you want to invest in. You can't just "invest" in a country without having a clear idea of what to invest in.

  • Singapore Economic Prognosis for 2014

    Jan 29, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    The economic complexion of Singapore is quite positive for 2014. After having a lackluster 2013 for most of the year, Singapore has made a rebound with 3.7 growth in the last quarter of 2013, which therefore means it has a promising 2014 ahead of it. This is reflected by the salary increases for everyone in the country, including those in the lower income bracket. What's more, the forecast for 2014's growth is around 2% to 4%, depending on how well the Singapore economy goes for the first quarter. Regardless, the Southeast Asian "tiger" and contender should end up with better jobs and more opportunities for its workers.

  • Singapore responsible for the second most effective use of IT

    May 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    Out of 144 economies, Singapore recently ranked second for its use of IT to boost growth and competitiveness. Is this a sign that the nation's reliance on IT will continue to pay dividends in the long term?

  • Small Business Opportunities in Singapore

    March 14, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    In terms of setting up your own small business in Singapore, it's important to remember that you're in a foreign place, and going by what you know in terms of marketing and appealing to your native country isn't going to cut it here. Expatriates and Singaporean foreign residents who have been immersed in Singaporean culture have a better chance of making it in Singapore in terms of building and spearheading a Singaporean small business when compared to their peers who have no idea how the culture of Singapore works. Proper SOPs (standard operating procedures) and protocols should be observed as well.

  • Social Media Marketing for SMEs

    March 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    With the growth of social media as a communications channel for both business and comsumer it is important for SMEs to maximum their interaction online to attract potential customers.

  • Successful Businesses in Singapore

    April 17, 2014 | Valerie Wong

    For a small island country that was once a colony of the British Empire, was occupied by the Japanese, subsequently became a part of Malaysia upon its independence from Great Britain, then ultimately expelled by the parliament of Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has come a long way. The small republic is now recognized as one of the Four Asian Tigers.

  • The development of Singapore as a business hub for Southeast Asia

    February 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    Detailed report on the growth factors for Singapore as a business hub in Southeast Asia

  • Singapore: The easiest place in the world to do business

    October 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    Topping the Ease of Doing Business rankings for the past seven years Singapore is one of the best places in the world to setup and grow a business. 

  • The Future for Small Businesses in Singapore

    November 19, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    Singapore is a nation that has experienced a significant amount of growth during the last decade. Even during the economic meltdown that affected North America and many countries in Europe, Singapore has remained prosperous and was left relatively unscathed by economic problems overseas.

  • The importance of quickly paying off debts

    June 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    Many businesses are guilty of putting off paying their debts until a time that suits them. While this makes sense if you're thinking about things from a selfish standpoint, the truth is that by paying them back quicker you'll be encouraging business stimulation across the country, while making your own situation less cluttered.

  • Ways SME business can benefit from the cloud

    March 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    The shift towards cloud based business management systems is gaining momentum and promising new ways for businesses to collaborate and grow. Basic IT applications are no longer fads and businesses must integrate IT concepts into all spheres of management.

    From reduction in IT costs, flexibility of work practices, access to automatic updates to collaboration efficiency there are a number of ways SMEs can benefit from the cloud.

  • What Business Leaders Can Learn from Sir Alex Ferguson?

    November 15, 2013 | Valerie Wong

    Running a football team and running a successful business can be quite similar in some regards. With that in mind, we can turn our attention to Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest football managers the world has known so far. How did he manage to succeed and what is his approach to leadership? By learning how some of the most successful people in the world handle things, you can in turn learn some valuable lessons that can be applied to your business.


  • Why Do You Need a Virtual Office in Singapore

    July 14, 2014 | SERVCORP

    Singaporean virtual office solutions work just like the virtual office solutions of other Southeast Asian, East Asian, European, American, Oriental, Western, or in general global virtual office service. This package essentially enables you to access office services such as a receptionist, voicemail, and fax (among other things) virtually or through the Internet. If you're wondering whatever happened to the vision of a future filled with paperless offices, the future is here. The future has become so advanced and high-tech that predictions of the future by movies like Back to the Future (which features faxes in the bathroom) look ironically dated. That's the magic of the Internet for you.

  • Why Singapore is the Ideal Hub for Business in Southeast Asia

    February 2013 | Servcorp Singapore

    Singapore continues to appeal to companies across the world with its positive business environment and efficient administration that serves to promote and facilitate business in a secure manner. 

  • Businesswoman Facts and Figures

    December 2012 | Servcorp Singapore

    With Servcorp awarding oustanding businesswoman in Singapore in 2013 we have compiled some current facts and figures.