5 Steps of Making Your Company Highly Successful

5 Steps of Making Your Company Highly Successful


The Makings of Highly Successful Companies

Learning from the best

If there was a one model framework that can be applied, and if pursued will guarantee a chance of success for your business, will you do it? What is the secret sauce that separates the successful from the rest?

A Frame of Mind to Set You Apart

Having the opportunity to review hundreds of companies and deciding upon a model framework that works and at the end of the day and more importantly, deliver results. We have decided upon the framework that makes companies good to great from Jim Collins, with data sets of over 15 years and thousands of companies to finally determine the framework that works. He had a hand in guiding Jeff Bezos at the point of time when Amazon was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2002 to being one of the largest companies in the world and the richest man in the world.

So, let’s get started!

Here are the 5 steps framework towards success and building a great company.

1) Getting the Right People on the Right Seats on the Bus

People are the most important assets in any successful organisation. The quest for searching for the right people is an ongoing process and only having skin in the game, you will learn and improve. Two questions to know if the person is right:

  • If I were to hire the same person again, will I do so
  • If the person leaves, do I have a feeling of relief than a loss

These are the guiding questions to determine the criteria for the right people and then place them in the right places. The benefits of constantly reviewing and getting more right people at the right places will steer the business onto the road to success.

2) Face up to reality on your current situation and have an unwavering belief that it will work out eventually

What differentiates an optimist to a realist?

One is in denial, almost believing that doing the same thing works out eventually or the later, pragmatic and daring to face up to the facts, the brutal facts of reality.

This brings us to the point, the characteristics of leaders of bringing companies to greater success are those that are realist combined with the efforts of constantly improving and believing that it will prevail eventually translate to success for great companies.

Let the customer and sales tell you what to pay attention to. Only tuning into the frequency to the facts and the users of the products and sales personnel, only then you know the facts of reality and how to better improve your products and services. Review your current internal processes and question, how can we have internal processes and operations streamlined like McDonald’s.

3) Finding the Sweet Spot

Any existing or new products or service, this is the key process principles that need to be considered before pursuing it.

  • What deeply drives you and what you care about
  • What can you be the best in the world in
  • What drives your economic engine (a unit of measure to quantify)

Case studies of Great companies that stayed true to these 3 principles

1) Passionate: To Improve Human Health
2) Best at: Best in Products that lowers the cost of Healthcare
3) Economic Engine: Profit per Employee (which translated to cost-effective healthcare)

The bottom quartile of the market that depended on its cash cow erythromycin, Nepotism(family run)

Outperformed the market growth by an average of 4 times for 15 years and 30 Billion in revenue in 2018
1) Passionate: Providing the Essentials for a Better Life
2) Best at: Best in Paper-Based Consumer Products
3) Economic Engine: Profit per Consumer Brand (lesser reliance on cyclical seasons)

A fledging paper mill company

One of the largest paper-based consumer products producer in the world. Outperformed the market growth by an average of 3 times for 15 years
1) Passionate: Understanding, Meeting and Exceeding the needs of Outpatient Care
2) Best at: Most Convenient Drug Store
3) Economic Engine: From Profit per Store to Profit per Customer Visit (having sustainable economics and increasing profitability across its entire system)

A small food front store

The second largest pharmacy store, Outperformed the market growth by an average of 7 times for 15 years

It may be tempting to take on every opportunity that comes by, but to stay on track leads to better consistency and headway to discover what actually produces superior returns for you and your business.

4) The Culture of Discipline

The key here is disciple, is the most crucial factor in holding it all together.

According to George Rathmann, formerly from Abbott, applied lesson learnt from the disciplined culture in Abbott to his entrepreneur journey building a USD128 billion size company and the 7th largest biotech company in the world.

According to George, when you set your objectives for the year, it’s something decided and can’t be changed. The next step is taking the plan and measuring yourself against it. Don’t readjust to make yourself look good or no matter how tough the measure, keep to it and look at what you have achieved against your goals.

Dave Scott, a world-class athlete, 6 times champion of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. In training, he would ride his bike for 120km, swim a distance of 20km and run for 30km on average every day. And to demonstrate the level of disciple and mental strength that sets him apart, he would adhere strictly to a low-fat high carbohydrate diet that gives him the extra edge. With the training regime that Dave has, he could easily lose 5,000 calories a day, but it’s having that commitment to be disciplined and not leaving anything to chance.

5) Constantly rotate the wheel and tap onto the momentum force of success

Imagine a large wooden wheel with a knob. You begin to rotate it, with much resistance at first, but the resistance diminishes gradually as you continue. You get better at the motion of rotating the wheel and it becomes easier tapping onto the momentum force or prior efforts. That is how the principles have to be applied consistently for it to be effective.

Practice and constantly review the elements;
1) Getting the right people in the right places,

2) Face the facts and believing,

3) Locating the sweet spot for your business,

4) Set a plan and have the disciple to follow through, and

5) Consistently repeat the process diligently


Start evaluating and see how you can begin mapping the points across your business. Let the momentum bring you forward to greater heights. A key point to note is to follow the points according to the flow of sequence and in due time, you will see yourself in the ranks of being one of the top companies in the world and a leader in your field.

The framework above is an adaption from the research done by Jim Collins and his team over thousands of companies with data sets of over 15 years to determine the framework that works and for the manual on Good to Great. He also had a hand in guiding Jeff Bezos during the time that Amazon was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2002 to being one of the largest companies in the world and the richest man in the world.

Posted on June 6, 2019, by Stephan Yeong

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5 Ways how Cloud Technology & Block Chain Can Help your Business

5 Ways how Cloud Technology & Block Chain Can Help your Business

Accounting, Uncategorized

Keeping up with Block Chain and Cloud Technology for your Business

Block chain and cloud technology have been a common buzz word in today’s business context. These technology enablers has provided much disruption to how businesses operate and altered the fabric of how businesses grow.

So what are the implications of this technology and how can businesses tap onto this new wave of technology. In this article, we will share 5 tips as to how businesses can benefit with the use of block chain and cloud technology for your business.


1. Take Advantage of Singapore Electronics Act –  Have records Signed anywhere
Saves time for your business on the collection of source documents. The legislation in Singapore; the Singapore Transactions Act has enabled businesses to take advantage of using mediums like block chain e-document signing and adoption of paperless record keeping; doing away the need to schedule signatory meetings or worry about fading and misplaced receipts.


2. Going Paperless – Save that Storage
Saves storage due to the Singapore mandatory requirement of having records kept for 5 years, with the aid of cloud technology, businesses can operate without worrying about missing documents or the task of retrieving dated records on customer disputes or vendor payment. Imagine a e-library where records are kept and indexed accordingly to date and supplier or category. Having your business on cloud will enable better indexing and ease of document retrieval with a simple click of a button.


3. Milking Cash With the Cloud
Cash flow improvement will come along when you use cloud technology, with payments with banks and supplier payments and sales transactions; the cloud allows seamless coordination and matching of payments and collections. You can opt for prompts suggestions or set it to auto reminders; like those you see by telecommunications providers on repeated mails on outstanding payments to your customers.


4. Automating Emails Invoices
Lets be honest, how many times do you actually delete your mails; well I don’t. With the expansive growth of data storage and accessibility, we have come to terms of the “archival mentality”, a need to keep everything just in case. This can pose as an issue when searching for documents at a later date. With the aid of cloud technology, you can set rules on vendors or expense mails so that they do not get missed. Imagine having to go by vendors across users and downloading attachments, and later or discovering a missing attachment a few months later. The cloud helps to put things in order.


5. Run your Business Everywhere and Anywhere
Being able to operate your business on the go is great if you intent to separate yourself from being on the business rather than being in the business. The dream for every entrepreneur is to have their business run by itself and grow exponentially; obviously being able to sell the business at the end of the day for good money should be the aim of every business. Using the cloud enables connectivity anywhere on the go, and unlike conventional desktop operations, this enables multiple users to access and work on the operations of the business at the same time. This promotes real time involvement and supply live feeds on the activities that affects business success.


Tapping onto innovation for small and medium business was an expensive affair in the past; high cost in customization and heavy investment on costly in-house servers. But with advent pace of technology, cloud storage is quickly replacing the use of costly severs and a host of app developers providing browser base applications that is industry specific and affordable with pay as you use models. Find out on how to stay ahead of competition and grow you business, reach out to us for a non obligatory discussion on how to improve your business with technology.

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Stephan Yeong

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Singapore 2018 SMEs Outlook

Singapore 2018 SMEs Outlook


SME Outlook on Remainder of 2018

small business singaporeSMEs in Singapore Outlook and Trends

SMEs in Singapore are the main driving force of the economy and contributes significantly to growth of the nation. According to the latest Government Budget Review, two thirds of the workforce in Singapore accounts for half of the GDP in Singapore. In the recent media release by Singapore Business Federation, there is optimism for SMEs in the remanding of 2018 especially in the F&B sector.

In this article we will look at the overview industry performance outlook and the performance expectations of the various sectors from 2015 to 2018. The data is based on the collection over 3600 SMEs operating in Singapore during the period of April and May 2018.

This article will cover 3 segments related to business in areas of
– Sales and Revenue Outlook,
– Profit Expectation
– Hiring Expectations

small business SME Growth

Market Outlook Across Sectors in Singapore

According to the general outlook across the sectors, there is a general decline in the commerce and trading sector. Construction and Engineering business are fairly optimistic in the remainder of 2018. However, this is slightly dampen by the roll out of government measures in the residential market on additional buyer stamp duty and lowering of loan financing allowance.

F&B business owners are experiencing better outlook and this can be due to the increasing adoption of online delivery complimented with major sporting events. Also, higher confidence towards the last quarter as business approaches the end year festive seasons.

SMEs Outlook

Sales Outlook for SMEs Singapore (Period of 2015 – 2018) -The stability of sales can be seen in the year of 2018 after bottoming out in 2017 and gradually increasing across the industry sectors for SMEs in Singapore. The sector benefiting the most in terms of growth is the Business services sector, consisting of consultancy services and training services. This is fueled by the support of incentives in training by the government and higher emphasis on skills development.  The next trending sector in revenue can be seen under the Retail and F&B sector. This is strongly attributed to the sporting season and returns from the adoption of growth and expansion strategies.

sme singapore

Profit Outlook for SMEs Singapore (Period of 2015 – 2018)
– The highest growth in profit can be seen in the Business services sector, this is mainly due to the low cost structure of setup and low operating cost model enabling higher margins relative to the other sectors. Retail and F&B sector emerges next in term of profitability growth compared to the other sectors, a key contributing factor is brought about by higher consumers spending and higher cost efficiencies obtained from the growth and expansion efforts on operations. The Construction sector is generally on the uptrend since 2017 but is begins flat-lining in the later 2 quarter of the year in 2018 due to cooling down measures by the government and lower expectation due to weaker market sentiments.

Hiring Outlook for SMEs Singapore (Period of 2015 – 2018) – There is a slight increase in hiring among business in Singapore since the end of 2016 and this is followed by a normalization between 2017 and 2018. The sector deriving the highest growth is from the Retail and F&B sector, with the increase in hiring to support the expansion and growth. Under the Commerce and Trading sector, there is a decline in the later of 2018 as pressures are mounting from the increasing conversions between physical and online purchasing behaviors patterns of the market.  External influences from a potential fall out of a potential trade war out between US and China further weights on expectation of hiring for 2018 for the trading sector.

Market Expectations for the future

Businesses in Singapore can expect a reasonable growth in the near future based on overall market performances and expectations. However, there is a need to better safeguard and prepare against negative cross border influences such as trade tensions between China and US and the eminent intervention of market disruptors affecting the way businesses operate. Businesses can better equip themselves by keeping up with the market trends, plan the use of their resources effectively by project wisely on their cash-flow and business funding needs.

Posted on July 06, 2018 by Stephan Yeong

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Must know for Business Owners Operating in Singapore

Must know for Business Owners Operating in Singapore


Must Know and Having your Accounts Done Right

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Stephan Yeong

accounts are done rightAre you safe in terms of what is being reported for your business

Quite frankly, if you do not have a finance or accounting background, it can be quite difficult to actually understand what is presented on the financial statements. But do you know that as business owner or director in Singapore, you are held responsible for what is being reported. And many times, what we hear from business owners are “we didn’t know” or “we thought that our accountant were doing it correctly”. But do you know what once you sign off on the Annual reports at the end of the year, it basically means that you are holding yourself responsible for what is printed on the report and yes, your accountant may have prepared the reports, but ultimately, you are responsible! In this article, we will share with you a simple accounting check list for entrepreneur and what to look out for and having your accounts done right.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack in will.

Vince Lombardi

As Easy as it can be, Simple

As difficult as it sounds, no it isn’t, if your accounts are done externally or by your accountant, this will be heaps easier as a reviewer. If not, not to worry as well, this article keep things order and point out what to take note off before it brews into something else later on. Let’s break it down into 3 simple portions,

  • Profit or Loss Statement
  • Balance sheet
  • Cash flow Statement

After reading this, you should be on your way on being better prepared on your business financial health.


1. What to look out for in the Profit and Loss

Breaking it down, let’s focus on the usual and routine items then move off to areas that you as a business owner should be careful about.

Regular Repeating Items
Firstly, you would need to start with the easiest, that being said, it would be the regular items like monthly rent and utilities, depending on whether it is a monthly or yearly reporting, the figures should align according to what you are regularly billed.

General Expenses (or commonly known as Other Expenses or Miscellaneous expenses)
Commonly labelled as general expenses or other expenses, it is crucial to know what this amount is made up of, if you see a balance here, do check what it is. This amount will eventually be placed into your tax filing and be mindful that this cost will not  be allowed to reduce the tax you are paying, therefore, you might be off paying more tax when you shouldn’t be. This also extends out to items that you are not commonly sure of that pertains to your business.

Also be sure to look out for items like suspense, contra or clearing expenses, this are methods that accountants use to assist in doing the accounts and at the end of the day there should be zero balances in these areas. Do ask your accountant for more information if you see this appearing, it may have been overlooked and may result in issues later on.

Reviewing the trends
It is good practice and will provide you with the understanding if there is any issues or inconsistencies. More often then not, we would advise businesses to have a monthly reporting, this will ensure that records such as invoices and cheques(issued/received) are kept in order. Comparing the monthly trends will also help you better understand the business performance as well as address ways to better improve profitability. If you are doing a yearly reporting,  keeping tabs on yearly performances will also serve as a good check on any irregularities and also serves as a good comparative to understand the performance of your business.


2. What to look out for in the Balance sheet

Moving on to the least looked report at by business owners. This is actually an important report that you should have some understanding. The impact it may have is possibly affecting your tax and future compilations with the reporting authorities like ACRA or IRAS.

Items Worth Spotting
This can be a fun exercise, to quickly glance at the accounts reported, anything that is on the assets (top section) and liabilities & equities (bottom half) should have the same signage, if not there might me abnormalities which shouldn’t occur. Do seek further clarifications. It’s always good practice to ask your accountant, “please explain to me what my balance sheet is showing”, you may be surprise at what you can learn from it. In many cases, we have seen issues on handing over of accounts with balances and that could result in unnecessary amendments leading to rework on prior year accounts or worse, result in paying higher tax and potential fines.

Amounts Due to/From Directors (Director’s Pockets)
This is the infamous buckets that accountants like to use to place items that they are unsure of. Be very wary on this balances and always ask what does it pertain to, a common way inexperience bookkeepers or accountants may use this as a way to balance the accounts and this doesn’t go away, it just keeps building up year after year.

Liabilities – Payable (Amount you owe to others)
Liabilities are amounts owed to others by the business and there should always be liabilities regardless if it is monthly or at year end. Key items that should be included are salary or CPF as this amounts are normally paid one month after, therefore, you should see balances here. If not, that may result in means higher tax paid for the current year for not recognizing salary or other costs.

Accrual balances relates less common items owed to others, examples include staff bonuses, tax or GST to local authorities. Having this reflected will keep you aware on the cash you will need to set aside.

For GST registered businesses, GST payable should be reflected at the end of every quarter and reversed out once the payment is made 2 months after.

Current assets – Receivables (Amounts that others owe you)
This are items that others owe you. Usage of through common payment gateways like Paypal, Stripe, Nets, Visa or Matercard, there will definately to be balances withheld and reimbursed at a later period. So there should be balances reflected from using any of this payment platforms. Other common items would include payments pending from your customer on services or products you provided.

Cash in hand
This is another common bucket that is usually misused. Do question yourself, if you see 10,000 here, do you have this amount in your wallet or in the safe? Be comfortable with this amount as this represents that amount that you have collected on behalf of the business and has not been banked in.

Bank Balances (DBS, UOB, OCBC or etc)
Always ensure that the amount here agrees to your bank statement. Differences are usually caused by:

– Cheques that you issued out (but not banked in yet)
– Cheques you received (you have not to be banked in)

It is key to keep a monthly tracking (in accounting terms it is called a Bank Reconciliation) on cheques as they do have an expiry of 6 months. This is to reduce the emotional stress on having to request for a reissue of cheque on payment made or received after half a year later. Take note that amounts that are owing to others are still enforceable legally even though the cheque is expired. This items should be properly reflected under the books of the business.


3. What to look out for in the Cash flow Statement

This is the least understood item among business owners. To sum up simply, this is the cash movements that occurred during the year. But more importantly, it tells

• a story on the cash activity of the business and
• the difference between Cash vs Profit

And if you have the question on how come I have this much of profit but my cash is showing otherwise. This is the report that helps you understand why. Key items you should check first is the ending balances should agree back to the bank balance reflected in the balance sheet to ensure it is accurate to begin with.

Quick key items that to take note of are:
Activities in Inventory or Stock: to monitor the inventory movements, this is usually a result of sales and if it does not follow the moment in sales, there is probably some ongoing inefficiencies.

Activities in Payable: items owing to others whether it is higher or lower relative to the previous year, tells if there is higher or lower obligation that business need to have in terms of cash available to meet the obligations.

Activities in Receivables: tells if the business is slower or faster at sales collection. Do take note that this has to be assessed along with sales to have a more accurate reading of the situation.

Activities in Purchasing of New Assets: a total on all the new assets purchases that you have made for the year

Other Activities would include items like dividends (if declared) or income tax paid for the year.

Do note that this is a non exhaustive list but it will tantalize your knowledge glands in wanting to know more after learning the basics. 


4. What are the items you must ask for or should be provided

Things that you should request for should be supporting schedules that the accounts are being made up of. This will provide you a sense of assurance on the items that are being recorded.

Should have items

  • Balance sheet
  • Profit and Loss
  • Cash flow statement
  • Statement of Equity
  • Notes (indicating the breakdown of the figures in the above statements)

Things you should request for if not provided:

Accounts Payable or Creditor Listing (people you owe to)
Accounts Receivables or Debtors Listing(people that owes you)
Bank Reconciliation (a list of uncleared cheques issued and received)


5. Trust your instincts

Lastly, as a business owner, you will have a better sense of the operating activities of your business. If you sense that there are any issues or things that you are unsure of, do make sure that you have it clarified. Being proactive will not only help you to better safeguard yourself against later troubles but also enable your accountant to better understand your business as well as serve you better.

Do also actively discuss your accountant if there are anything that can help run your business efficiently and effectively. They should be able to offer you a wealth of information obtained from experiences from handling accounts of other or related industries that they have worked with.


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4 Ways a Competent Accountant can help your Business Save Money

4 Ways a Competent Accountant can help your Business Save Money


4 Ways a Competent Accountant can help your Business Save Money

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Stephan Yeong

competent accountant saving costWhat Can you Expect from a Competent Accountant in Saving Cost For your Business

Every business no matter the size would need to maintain a record of its every transaction. Having a professional bookkeeper or accountant has its advantages bringing professionalism, standards of work and attention to details to help facilitate your businesses towards development and growth. It is also important to consider the criteria for assessing the level of competency of your accountant or bookkeeper.  In this article, we will share with you the cost saving areas that a competent accountant can provide your business.

Beware of the little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.

Benjamin Frankin

1. Tax Pointers

As a business operator in Singapore, there are many incentives available to for businesses operating in Singapore. Being well versed in the statutory tax laws in Singapore will enable businesses to avoid paying unnecessarily and take advantage of the available incentives and concessions given to businesses operating in Singapore. Other areas of tax savings can arise areas of GST where business owners can opt towards being GST registered to relieve the cost of GST payments.


2. Unnecessary Dues and Fine

Businesses in Singapore are required to adhere to the reporting requirements from statutory authorities in Singapore. Being proactive on the dates on submission and filing will help the business avoid unnecessary cost and penalties. This is also evident in certain billables where late payment may result in late charges. Also, some savings can be procured through early payment to vendors that offer discounts on early payment, being able to prioritise and handle these matters with an organised approach will help your business save cost.


3. Time = Money

It is crucial to note that in Singapore, businesses are dutifully responsible for documentation of up to 5 years for non-listed companies and 6 years for listed companies. That being said, having a robust system and organised filing system will help reduce unnecessary paper work and stress when attending to queries from the regulatory bodies and audit authorities. Through our experience, many business owners in Singapore are unaware that businesses are liable for GST registration on the basis of a running 12-month reporting timeframe, and this causes undue administrative stress and retrospective monetary clawbacks which in many cases can be quite significant and costly to the business.


4. Business Partnering

Having the aid of an experienced and competent accountant is a key function to the equation of success. The role of an accountant is there to help address your financial woes, advice on your cash flow activities and flag out any potential financial issues that would impact the business negatively. As a Business Partner, they should provide guidance on internal controls and operating procedures so that the business is able to properly safeguard its assets and operate optimally with the current resources available.


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Time & Money Saving Tips for Your Business

Time & Money Saving Tips for Your Business


Time & Money Saving Tips for Your Business

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Stephan Yeong

Tips on Saving Money for your BusinessJourney to Stockpiling your Business Wealth

For most businesses in Singapore, the everyday business struggle is real and the efforts of holding off the pressures of cost at bay is often futile. For businesses to stay ahead, being cost conscious and savvy over your business expenditures will position your business firmly across the line of being successful. In this article, we will share with you the essential time and money saving tips for your business.

1.Impact Advertising

With the advent of internet marketing,  businesses nowadays are exposed to new and innovative means of reaching customers. Being able to place your business strategically at the right place at the right time requires you to have a deeper understanding of your business and more importantly understanding your competitors. So you may ask, how can that save me money? Well, first off, having transitioning away from traditional marketing will help shave off a bulk portion of advertising cost. If you have already started or embarked on the route of internet marketing, then the next question is, how can I do it better. A great tip is placing tabs and checks on your advertising budget, know your current positioning and always seek to measure the resulting outcome. Venture out and actively identify what your key competitors are doing, try out different and experimental ways or approach of doing it better. Always aim and benchmark against the previous marketing campaigns and make use of the 4 Rs, Record, Review, Relearn, Repeat methodology. Your goal is to maximise your available resources and achieve the best possible outcome. In due time, your efforts will eventually translate to monetary success.


2. Delegation and Resourcefulness

This is one of the smart ways of saving time and effort for businesses through delegation.  Non-core activities of the business should be delegated so that remaining available time is spent wisely on core activities. A common misconception seen among business owners is having to take on full ownership of all the roles and responsibilities on running the business. In the absence of time, this approach is plausible and commonly seen amongst those still grasping on to the employee way of thinking. More often than not, this results in high levels of frustration and self-doubt amidst the many pressures of operating a business. Under the practical sense of operating a business, the key ingredients of success seen in seasoned entrepreneurs are having the ability to put in place what is important and focus entirely on what matters rather than wasting time and watering down efforts on non-core activities.


3. Spending more to Save More

The concept of spending more to save more is not new and is evident in our daily lives. Apparently, this is inherent and practised across major retailers and service providers. So how can this be applied to my business? This boils down to the very essence of negotiation and procurement. Being able to plan and budget accordingly will provide you with the added leverage over securing higher discounts and demanding a higher value of output. This concept is also fundamental in the development of products and services where investing early on quality and procuring a talented team will smoothen the journey towards business success.

Remember that it is your money and your worth so make sure that you demand in accordance to your own terms.


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Ultimate Business Survival Guide

Ultimate Business Survival Guide


The Ultimate Business Survival Guide

Posted on July 2, 2017 by Stephan Yeong

Business Survival Guide

Fight or Flight?

With the uncertainty of the global markets, common sightings of corporate layoffs and potential trade wars brewing along the peninsular, this may cause some to grab their kids and cash and move to a place where they can hunt their food and grow their vegetables.

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint hearted, for every 10 new businesses formed, there is an average of 7 to 8 business closures. With the stakes up high and businesses on the line, we are here to share with you some tips on business survival and developing your business survival instincts.


Focus on what Matters – Language of your Customer

A survey was conducted by Fortune on the top reasons of failure for startups, and it was due to making products that no one wants. This was simply the single biggest reason of failure due to the lack of market research on a market need for the product. To overcome this hurdle, business owners must readily stay ahead of the game by knowing the market, understanding customers pain points, staying ahead of competition activities. Sam Walton, once the richest man in the world, took the liberty of walking through the stores of his competitors to memorise their products prices regularly to understand the market. He also believed strongly that the only boss, is the customer, for he can fire everybody in the company by simply spending his money somewhere else.


Avoid Being the Olympian- Ditch Perfection

According to Jack Ma, “Don’t try to be the best, but be the first to change and try new things as there is only one Olympic Champion.” Many businesses have failed due to owners trying to seek perfection in every aspect of the business and work tirelessly over all the little details that they lose sight of the bigger picture. To be successful in business, you will need to be ready to put aside perfectionism and place your business in the front line of change. Break away from the herd and expose your business to new concepts and ideas. It’s through this experimental process that gives rise to the emergence of new insights and opportunities.


Fueling Your Persistence – Expanding your Stamina Tank

The journey of entrepreneurship is never always smooth sailing and rarely a tale of overnight success. Being fully committed and prepared to try harder even after certain failures is the hallmark of a survivor in business. As how Elon Musk puts it “there is no such thing as failure, just a temporary pause from success.” Be proactive in setting yourself targets and devote yourself towards achieving those milestones. Baby steps matters as long as you are moving forward. The difference between employees and entrepreneurs is the mentality of having to work on months end with no profits, believing in the long term goal of achieving and generating wealth. Know that you are not alone and not the first, so actively surround yourself with like minded and successful entrepreneurs and you will be on route to success.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm

Winston Churchill

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Key Advantages of Bookkeeping Services for your Business

Key Advantages of Bookkeeping Services for your Business


The Advantages of Outsourcing Bookkeeping Services

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Stephan Yeong

Outsource Bookkeeping Is it Time to seek help?

What better way to have your administrative and bookkeeping matters resolved by seeking professional help? Transactions and reconciliation can be highly tedious especially more so for those without a background in accounting and taxation. Usually, for a nominal fee, businesses are able to delegate the matters of accounting over to reliable and experienced accounting professionals. Additionally, with the aid of professionals, businesses can avoid hefty penalties arising from incorrect inputs or late reporting submissions to the respective statutory authorities in Singapore.

One of the common pains faced by business owners apart from the high cost of hiring is staff turnover. Having gone through the arduous process of hiring and training employees, the next concern thereafter is having a strong staff retention policy. By engaging an accounting services provider, businesses are able to alleviate the need for procuring a full-time accounting staff which is costly to hire and rule out any possibility of misappropriation of confidential information due to employee misconduct.


Key Aspects in Selecting the Right Provider

Being many years in the industry, one of the common feedback from business is finding right accounting service provider. Let us share some tips on finding the right provider:

Knowledge and Experience – The key is having a provider with the necessary skills to perform the task of bookkeeping and documentation competently. A good gauge would be the years of experience accompanied with professional qualifications like CPA, these elements combined will provide you the testament required on assessing the provider’s degree of competence.

Charges and Fees – More often than not, you will chance upon providers or freelancers offering marginally low rates for annual bookkeeping and accounting services. As tempting as it may be, it would be highly advisable to avoid them, and to a large extent, we rather encourage businesses to perform their own bookkeeping. Many of our clients had previously engaged the services of lower priced providers and have left due to the dissatisfactory services and poor levels of commitment provided. As such, when sourcing for a bookkeeping firm for your business, always note that the level of services required will determine charges, but that being said, prices should always be affordable and reasonable.

Current with Technology – Keeping up with technology is important especially with the digitalization of the market place. Having a provider that is current and in touch with the latest technological tools available would be a plus for your business. This will benefit you in terms of accuracy/details as well as obtaining quicker delivery of your reporting so that you are able to harness timely and relevant information for your business.


Expectations and Scope of Bookkeeping Services provided

There is a wide array of services under the scope of bookkeeping. Below indicates the list of services that are commonly outsourced by businesses:

  • Preparation of Accounts for Directors
  • Preparation of Accounts Receivables and Payables Schedules
  • Maintenance of Cash and Bank Reconciliations
  • Preparation of Schedules for Audit Purposes
  • Preparation of Trial balances, Balance Sheet and Profit or Loss Statements
  • Liaising with Auditors and clarifying audit related queries


About Us:

At Gauge and Company, we are leading provider of Accounting, Taxation and Corporate Secretary Services in Singapore for SMEs and Startups. We offer high service quality, a commitment that we promise to you and our clients. We are here to answer your Business Tax and Financial questions and welcome you to Contact Us!

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