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Start a Business

The self-employed expat

 

Self Employment

As a Dependent Pass Holder you are permitted to set up your own business in Singapore and the Government is pretty much supportive of your idea.

 

The obvious choice is to start your business as a sole proprietor as cost involved are reasonable and the administrative process is simple and takes only about two weeks. Have a look at the Web Sites mentioned below, as they lead you through the whole process and changes in the law are updated regularly.

 

Addresses
Register Companies and Business Website                 10 Anson Road # 05-01/15 International Plaza Singapore 079903 Tel: 6 227 8551 Fax: 6 225 1676

 

Watch out for the requirements of special licences and restrictions which may exists for professions such as in the field of medical professions.

For more information of other forms of business see our sister website below:

Business Singapore
www.entersingaporebusiness.info 

TIP: Join ASME

The Association of Small and Medium  Enterprises (ASME) is a not-for-profit organisation that champions the interest  of the small and medium sized enterprises in Singapore. As one of the key  business chambers, ASME works closely with both public and private sectors to  further the cause of the SMEs, across ranging sectors of the economy. Visit the website.

 

As a self-employed you are required to contribute to Medisave if your net trade income is above SGD 6,000 per year. See also Central Provident Fund for mandatory contributions

 

Website:
Medisave Contribution Calculator

Research

Websites
Application Forms Letter of Consent
Check conditions
Courses for starters http://www.3Rholdings.com http://www.erc.com.sg http://www.sgemployers.com http://www.psbcorp.com/ http://www.personalmaster.com
Download forms for Courses
Employing people
Entrepreneur Resource Centre
Government sponsored web site setup
Infocomm Training Schemes for e-business
Set up a Business/conduct name searches
Set up a business
Starting out a business
Start-up in Singapore

Taking over an established expat business

There is a very quick way to set up your own business in Singapore by taking over an established business from an expatriate leaving the country. There is a huge advantage to build on existing clients and contacts rather than starting from scratch as your time in Singapore may be limited to a few years.

 

If you are interested to buy or sell a small retail businesses in Singapore, such as those seen at the Singapore fairs/open houses, please submit your 40 word or less advertisement to the email address below. Links to e-mails and websites will be included in the ad on the Singapore Fairs Website if provided.

Websites
Advertise your business Email
Application Forms Letter of Consent Government Website
Check conditions http://www.dollarasia.com/Country.Asp
Courses for starters             supported by the Ministry of Manpower             and managed by the Singapore             National Employers Federation (SNEF) http://www.3Rholdings.com http://www.erc.com.sg http://www.sgemployers.com http://www.psbcorp.com/ http://www.personalmaster.com
Download forms for Courses http://www.psbcorp.com/academy/applyprog.shtml
Employing people http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg > Employment Town
Entrepreneur Resource Centre http://www.erc.com.sg
Government sponsored web site setup http://www.smecommunity.com
Infocomm Training Schemes for e-business http://www.ida.gov.sg > Infocomm Training Schemes
Intellectual Property Rights http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg > eTrademarks
License Applications Government Website
Search for business available Website Singapore Fairs
Set up a Business/conduct name searches Business Advisor
Set up a business http://www.business.gov.sg
Starting out a business http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg > Business
Start-up in Singapore http://www.sedb.com/edbcorp/sg/en_uk/index/startups.html

See also the www.entersingaporebusiness.info with 12 sections on establishing a business in Singapore.


Home Office Scheme Singapore

Under the new “Singapore Hme Office Scheme” your landlord may apply on your behalf for authorization to set up a small scale activity. This applies to all private residential properties and HDB homes. Certain conditions apply.

 

There is no application fee but a form to fill in which can be downloaded online (see web site below). Alternatively you may rent a virtual office. Companies assisting in setting up a business often also offer to serve as a mailing address for your small business. See the web site below for more information

 

Addresses
HDB Flats             HDB Branch Office             Service Line Tel: 1800 225 5432 http://www.hdb.gov.sg Private Homes             Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)             Hotline Tel: 6223 4811 http://www.ura.gov.sg