Business Service Dept
66531218 | info@asg.sg
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm (Lunch Hour Open)
Sat: Strictly by Appointment

Accounting Dept
65216738 | ufr@asg.sg
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm (Lunch Hour Open)

VIRTUAL OFFICE DEPT
65216752 | vo@asg.sg
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm (Lunch Hour Open)

Print & Design Dept
66531214 | print@asg.sg
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm (Lunch Hour Open)

Category: Singapore Company Formation

A.1 Business Pte Ltd offers a vast range of services, including company formation in Singapore to both
local and foreign entrepreneurs interested in starting up their own business.

For concerns and queries about company formation, our team of highly trained and skilled professionals
are always willing to provide assistance

guide on how to incorporate or register your own business in Singapore 21 Jun

2018 Guide on How To Register Your Own Company in Singapore

2018 Guide on How To Register Your Own Company in Singapore

If you’re thinking about opening or setting up a company in Singapore, you will first need to learn about the requirements of the formation which you should adhere to in order to succeed and safely operate your business here. To help ease you through the process, we have compiled a useful guide that is designed to touch on the important topics on how to start the Singapore business registration process.

When it comes to starting a business in Singapore, the most popular method of registering a company would be to establish a private limited liability company. This is because limited companies in Singapore are considered as separate legal entities so all your shareholders receive protection from any potential debts that are incurred beyond the amount of capital they are contributing. This type of Singapore company formation actually is the most efficient tax structure you can benefit from.

According to the Singapore Companies Act, you will be able to register a company in Singapore if you are above 18 years old. If you qualify and have made sufficient preparations to begin, here’s what you can start off by:

Double-checking Your Documents

To succeed in registering a business in Singapore, you will need to prepare this following company information for submission:

1. Your full company name

    This company name has to be approved for use! You can check using the UEN website to see if it has been taken.

2. Information on the Directors of your company

    You will need a minimum of one Resident Director in Singapore in order to qualify. The resident director can be either a permanent resident, someone with a valid employment pass/dependent pass, or a Singapore citizen. All your appointed directors must be 18 years old or above and hold no criminal records. They must also not be under a state of bankruptcy!

3. Information on the Shareholders of your company

    Private limited companies can have up to 50 shareholders! They can be either local or foreign individuals or entities. You will be able to issue shares to your shareholders after you finished company incorporation. If you have a private company that has up to 20 shareholders with no company having any beneficial interests in your shares, then your company is considered an Exempt Private Company.

4. Details of your company secretary

    If you don’t have one appointed just yet, you need to keep track and appoint a qualified company secretary within the 6 months of having incorporated your company. The company secretary you appoint cannot be a sole director or shareholder and they must be a person living within Singapore.

5. Specified Paid Up Capital

    A minimum of $1 should be had for paid-up capital in order to complete Singapore business registration. After you finish incorporating, you can increase it any time you want! Since companies here in Singapore don’t use authorised capital, you can use ordinary shared, preference shares or other shares instead.

6. Working Registered Address

    Either a residential or commercial address can be used to register as your local business address. If you intend to conduct business on a smaller scale with your residential address, then you will need to apply for the Home Office Scheme. Both HDB and private properties can be used in your applications and submitted either through the HDB or URA for approving.

For foreign entrepreneurs, if you are a looking to open or register a company in Singapore, you will need to also make sure that:

    1. Both the records of your directors and shareholders are publically accessible. You may need to pay a fee of $5.50 to do so.
    2. In Singapore, self-registering is not applicable for foreign entrepreneurs so it is recommended for you to do so with the help of service providers like Singapore Company Incorporation Consultants Pte Ltd, who can assist you throughout the process without trouble.
    3. For entrepreneurs who want to run their company but not live within Singapore, they do not need Singapore visas. But if you want to operate your company elsewhere, you’ll also need to appoint someone as your local nominee director. You’ll also need a visitor visa if you ever want to visit on a short-term basis. If you want to operate locally instead, you will need to apply for either an Entrepreneur Pass or Employment pass.
    4. You will need to provide the same details of other business owners along with your MAA (Memorandum and Articles of Association)

Work Passes and Permits

As mentioned, foreign entrepreneurs may need to apply for a series of passes or permits in order to complete Singapore business registration. To give a better understanding on what applies, here are some popular work passes and permits to look into:

Singapore employment pass sample

1. CorpPass

    A registered corporate digital identity for business owners to use when transacting with Government agencies. Registration for CorpPass will require you to appoint a CorpPass administrator, who will register for an account on the official CorpPass website. After the account is approved, the administrator can then create accounts and access the services and transact on behalf of the company.

2. Employment Pass

    This pass is meant for professionals, executives and managers that are earning a minimum of $3600 per month. The appointed employment agent or employer will need to apply through sending applications to EP Online.

3. EntrePass

    This is the pass you need to apply for as a foreign entrepreneur if you intend to start a business in Singapore. Similarly, an appointed employment agency can help send your application to EP Online for approval.

4. Personalised Employment Pass

    This pass is for high-earning foreign professionals or employment pass holders. To quality, employment pass holders must earn a minimum of $12 000 monthly and foreign professionals must earn at least $18 000 monthly. This pass can be applied by yourself.

5. S Pass

    Usually for mid-level skilled staff who are earning a minimum of $2200 on a monthly basis. This pass will also have to be applied for by either an employer or appointed employment agency. Changing of jobs means you will need to apply for a new S Pass.

6. Training Employment Pass

    This pass is applied for foreign professionals who are currently under practical training and earning a minimum of $3000 per month. The foreign professional cannot apply for this pass themselves; they will need an employer to do so for them.

7. Training Work Permit

    If there are semi-skilled foreign students or foreign trainees who are undergoing practical training for a time period of more than 6 months, they will need their employer to apply for this work permit.

8. Dependant’s Pass

    If you are an Employment pass or S pass holder, your employer can apply for the Dependant’s Pass if your spouse or children (below 21 years old) will be living here with you. The validity is only for 2 years at a time.

9. Long Term Visit Pass

    Similarly for Employment pass or S pass holders, employers can also apply for long-term visit passes if they are to bring in their parents, handicapped children, step-children or common law spouses. The validity of this visit pass is also only for 2 years at a time.

10. Letter of Consent

    If you already have someone under the Dependant’s Pass or Long Term Visit Pass who wants to work in Singapore too, they will need a letter of consent. This can also be applied by employment agencies or employers through the EP Online system.

Establishing Your Groundwork

Once you have prepared and readied all relevant documents, it is time to establish your own groundwork before you register a business in Singapore. Make sure to conduct some market research first so you can better tell whether there is current demand for your services or products. By doing market research beforehand, you can actually be able to minimise your total overheads. You can also build your own network of investors and team members who share your vision for your business.

Since self-registering a company isn’t applicable for foreign entrepreneurs, we encourage you to engage with our friendly staff at Singapore Company Incorporation Consultants Pte Ltd to help you through the process of Singapore company formation with professional and top-notch services.

Making A Company Name Reservation

To be able to register your proposed company name, you must first get the approval of the Singapore government. This process is overseen by the Company Registrar. The necessary application forms can be filled out by yourself or by service providers like Singapore Company Incorporation Consultants Pte Ltd on your behalf. The Company Registrar will then update you on their decision on your application quickly! If your company contains certain words (like law, bank, finance and media), the application status may take longer since they’ll need further approval from Government Authorities.

To increase the success rate of your application, choose company names that:

    1. Are unique and different from all existing local companies
    2. Do and will not infringe on any trademarks present
    3. Are not rude, obscene or dirty
    4. Have not already been reserved by others

How to Register Your Business

Once you receive the approval from the Singapore Company Registrar, you can proceed to register your business officially. To do so, you will need your aforementioned documents at the ready. You will also need to fill in an incorporation application along with it. Make sure that all your company directors and shareholders have all signed the forms they are required to do so as well.

Your completed application should be submitted through an online filing system referred to as BizFile. Local residents are able to submit the application themselves using their Singpass account details. However, for foreign entrepreneurs, they will need to enlist the help of authorised service providers to do so on. In the event that your business is connected to finance, food and beverages, manufacturing of controlled items and banking, special licenses may also be required for submission along with the application.

In most cases, the application process is fully computerised to promote faster approval rates and convenience. If you have successfully submitted your incorporation application, the company registrar can typically incorporate your business within the same day. This is why most business owners choose to both reserves their company name and register their business in Singapore at the same time. But in cases where your application has to be referred to other governing authorities for reviewing, then the incorporation process can actually take any time between two weeks to two months for you to receive the approval.

What’s more, if you are from certain countries, you may also find your application to be delayed. While this is very rare, it does happen from time to time when the governing authorities need further interrogations to be performed. When this happens, you will need to pay an upfront fee of $300 to the Registrar of Companies for their assistance. Aside from that, you will only need to pay a fee of $50 for sole proprietorship company registration and additional $15 for name approval.

What to expect for Post-Registration

After tending to everything that is required, you can rest assured that you will not meet with any further complications for the whole process. There are, however, certain formalities you can expect to be receiving eventually so do be sure to keep an eye out for when they are sent to you.

Upon approval of your Singapore business registration, you will receive:

1. A Certificate of Incorporation

    Check your email for one from the Company Registrar. This email you are receiving should confirm that your business has been successfully incorporated. You should also be receiving a company registration number from the Registrar in this email as well. Be sure not to delete or lose this since it can be considered your official certificate of incorporation. Since paper certificates are no longer used, safekeeping this is even more important. If you do want a physical copy, then you will need to offer up a $50 fee to receive it. This will take an additional 3 to 5 working day to process.

2. A Corporate Business Profile

    A company business profile will also be created for you once your registration process is completed and approved. This business profile should be available in your BizFile account. If you do not yet have an account, the service provider you have engaged will take it upon themselves to retrieve your business profile for you. These business profiles usually come in the format of a PDF. To make sure that you have received a correct business profile, you will need to download or receive the file and check through.

A complete company business profile should have:

    1. Key information about your Company name along with its registration number
    2. The previous name versions of your established company (only if applicable)
    3. The date your company has been successfully incorporated
    4. A descriptive account of what your company’s principal activities are
    5. The details of your company secretary
    6. The details of your directors and shareholders
    7. The full working registered business address of your company
    8. The total amount of paid-up capital you have included

You will need both the email notification and your business profile before you can properly proceed with all the legal or contractual tasks you have planned to perform in Singapore. Additionally, you may also want to get started with acquiring an official company rubber stamp and common seal. You can also begin preparing the share certificates for each of your company’s shareholders so that you can update your share register with the shares that are allotted to each of these individuals or entities. After you have finished up tying any potential loose ends or any other important tasks to see to, you may also want to consider opening up a business bank account or leasing an office space.

Opening up a Corporate Bank Account

If you were to take an objective look at all the banking options in Singapore, you will notice that there are many reputable bank branches located here. There are some bank branches who would be able to facilitate the process of opening up a business account without you having to physically be there for the process too so be sure to inquire and check with them for optimal efficiency! It’s also worth noting that your choices of bank branches would be wider if you are able to make an appearance within Singapore for the process.

Applying for Business Licensing

For certain business types, you may find yourself having to register for additional business licenses in order to carry out activities. Fortunately enough, these licenses can be easily applied for. If you are uncertain as to whether or not you need special licensing, then check to see if your business falls under these categories.

You will need to apply for Singapore business licenses if your company provides activities that are related to:

    1. Traveling Agencies
    2. The importation or exportation of goods
    3. Employment agencies
    4. Restaurants
    5. Educational Institutes

Leasing or Acquiring An Office Space

Having an office space for your company greatly improves a potential customer’s likelihood to trust in the services offered by your corporation. Business owners can choose to lease an office space themselves in business districts and get started. However, for entrepreneurs who want an office space but are unable to be present in Singapore, there are also alternative options they can consider- virtual offices.

Virtual offices are a solution for both foreign entrepreneurs and small businesses alike.

The buying or renting of office spaces can rack up quite a large amount of costs, seeing as you’d not only have to pay for space but also to invest in the equipment needed to carry out your business. As a startup company, the total expenditure can eat up quite a lot of budgeting. Instead of doing so, you can better manage your budget for business processes by signing up for virtual office services. This is because the service providers usually charge by a monthly basis, which you can choose to continue or discontinue whenever necessary. A lot of essential business administration tasks are also handled by their talented virtual teams so you gain both experience and the reduction of costs all at once.

Foreign entrepreneurs or business owners who have to travel frequently and can’t be physically present in Singapore are also recommended to consider virtual offices as an option since they can entrust important tasks like email management, call forwarding, package/mail forwarding and more to professionals without having to waste time and money in training new staff themselves. They will also be able to make use of the address provided by virtual offices so that all of their important documents can be safely kept for later collection in their own time.

Improving Your Business Presence

Now that you have received full approval to carry out business activities, it is time to improve your business presence in Singapore. One of the most effective methods of doing so would be to set up your own company website. To do that, you will first need to get your own domain name.

This can be done through the services of hosting providers, where you can check the availability of the domain you want or receive suggestions on the domains you can buy. With their guidance, you will be able to register for domain names like .sg, .com and more. After you successfully registered a domain, you can also consider purchasing hosting plans from the same service provider or another. By allowing hosting providers to house your website or emails, you can then get to design your business website and secure it with confidence.

With the help of this guide, you will now be able to better prepare yourself before Singapore business registration and after registration. We wish you much luck in creating and sustaining a thriving business within the local industry!

28 May

Benefits of Using a Professional Corporate Services Firm

Benefits of Using a Professional Corporate Services Firm

Congratulations on becoming an entrepreneur, we are here to guide you through the incorporation requirements of the Companies Act, and you can focus on running your business. This guide will give you more information on the benefits of using a professional corporate services firm.

Setting up directly with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)

  • Company Incorporation
  • No Company Secretary
  • No Company Kit
  • No Bank Account
  • No Accounting and Tax Filing Service

Engaging A.1 Services
For more information about how A.1 BUSINESS can help you, please click on the list of services below:

By working with a professional firm with one-stop solution:

  • Time and effort reduced
  • Only contact service provider once

 

How to Obtain a Company Seal for a Corporation

customised stamp

Most people have probably wondered about where corporations get those circular metallic seals, which they affix on documents to make them official. These metallic circular stamps are company seals that add authenticity and authority to corporate documents. Seals can be made from different materials to leave different impressions, depending on the requirements of every individual company. Older seals were made of wax, while newer seals leave an embossed impression on corporate papers. Newer seals generally don’t use any ink. Company seals are meant to contain the whole name of the company with their contact information. Traditionally, the seals were heavy and big, but in recent times, smaller seals have been developed with better technology. However, the prominence of the company seal has weakened over time, since most people accept signatures from high-level officials for authoritative purposes.But company seals continue to remain fundamental to many corporations, especially in cases where signing authorities are absent or have other responsibilities. A company seal acts like the signature of the company, making its presence important even today. A company is legally considered as an artificial juridical person. Companies can enter into agreements or legal transactions by using their official signature, which happens to be the company seal.

How To Obtain a Company Seal?
As corporations are state institutions, they first require to be registered with the state they operate in. Registering with a state secretary should do just fine. Companies should then find a suitable company seal from a seal maker or office supply store. Company Stamp Singapore is a specialised company seal maker in Singapore that can help businesses and corporations choose their seal. Although a company files their own paperwork regarding their corporation with the state, they will not be provided with a company seal, since the seal is not a mandatory part of constituting a corporation.

How To Affix a Seal on a Document?

Affixing a seal on a document is an extremely simple process, since they operate in a way that’s similar to a stapler. Typically, a red sticker is placed on the document so that the seal can be affixed on it. This is not mandatory, but it ensures that the seal is properly visible in photocopies or scans of the document.

The company seal can be used on share certificates, loan documents, share transfer forms of other companies and important legal agreements. A board resolution has to be passed by most companies to authorise the affixation of a company seal before the seal can affix any document.

Companies will now have to design their seals. The seal should typically contain the entire company name and the contact information, preferably the phone number. Corporation symbol can be included on the seal.

Companies then have to choose a type of embosser. The retailer will offer a choice in designs. Companies should choose the design that is most suitable in terms of style, aesthetics, and build quality.

How to make signature stamps

image

Technology has made it easy for us to perform various tasks in life. Quality customised signature stamps can potentially help you reduce the amount of time you require to spend on your workload. For example, someone in a high position (CEO, directors etc) may have to sign a large amount of documents in order to authorize certain procedures for authentication.

With a signature stamp, they can cut down the amount of time they waste by simply stamping the documents instead of having to go through the effort and strain of signing all of them.

To create a signature stamp- a clear consistent (non-changing) signature has to be produced to be sampled. Produce a clean sheet of paper, white whenever possible and make a few examples of your signature until you have the desired one. It is preferable to use a fine pointed pen when you do.

When you’re able to scale your signature stamp to the size you want, consider outsourcing the task to the professionals, who can produce the stamp for you at lower prices and even deliver in some cases. If not, you can always start experimenting with hand made carved rubber stamps- simply mount the piece onto wood for easy stamping purposes.

The use of the digital signature is, however, constrained as it leaves the mandate of deciding if such a signature is legitimate to the courts. The validity of a signature is however only a key issue when it comes to issues to do with contract disputes and the ultimate resolution of such disputes. The signature stamp can be effectively used in your day to day operations.

After which, scan the signature into a file and enable easy editing by saving it as a PNG to get rid of the excess white space around your signature. Once you have your desired signature sample, you can download any free stamp template to create a layout for your stamp so that you can go ahead with producing it.

There are some company stamp makers in Singapore that have the option of allowing customers to design their own stamps using an online application or template located in their website, like Company Stamp Singapore Pte. Ltd. This saves you the trouble of having to go all the way down personally in order to design it.

22 May

How to Find the Best Entrepreneur Networking Group in Singapore

Most professionals are well aware of the beneficial impact that proper networking has on their ability to find new opportunities, uncover new open positions, and establish relationships that allow them to unlock the kind of financial freedom that they’ve always dreamed of.

At the same time, getting started with networking from scratch – right from the very bottom, not knowing absolutely anyone in Singapore – can be a real challenge. This is especially true if this isn’t something that you have a lot of experience with.

Thankfully though, there are a lot of fabulous entrepreneur networking groups in Singapore designed specifically to be as welcoming and as inclusive as possible. You definitely aren’t going to struggle connecting with like-minded and focused professionals just like yourself when you’re in Singapore, especially if you hook up with any of the entrepreneurial networking groups we mentioned below.

Connect with the HUB

Probably the most expansive networking group in the world (with more than 7000 members in 60 different “hubs”), the HUB Singapore group is filled to the brim with young professionals that are looking to establish themselves in the professional business world of Singapore.

Not only that, but local chapters of this group are filled with talent scouts, headhunters, investors, and well-connected members of the business community – providing you with the chance to really expand your professional network in a hurry with some real deal movers and shakers.

Join The Kennel

Similar to the HUB, The Kennel is a slightly smaller group of networking professionals that meet with the intention of building small businesses and startups – but there’s always room for new members and they are always having very frequent meet ups (more frequent even than The HUB).
If you are looking to establish yourself, your business, or your brand, The Kennel has plenty of resources to help you do exactly that. You’ll really be able to hit the ground running when you connect with this Singapore networking group.

See what the SEN is up to

With more than 5000 members already signed up (and with hundreds more being added to the roster on a regular basis), the Singapore Entrepreneurs Network – SEN – is definitely one of the hottest networking groups that you’ll want to be a part of when you’re in this country.

Regularly meeting to discuss potential business prospects and opportunities, marketing and joint venture agreements, licensing and partnering chances and so much more, this is a very business focused group that will help you exponentially increase your odds of creating the financial future you’ve always dreamt of.

Fall in love with Facebook Groups and LinkedIn

Believe it or not, Facebook and LinkedIn can be fantastic resources for those new to Singapore looking to connect with like-minded people that are interested in building their career and helping others do the exact same thing.
You’ll have to dig through many of the different groups to find the very best of the bunch, but this kind of due diligence and research will always pay off in the long term!

Play some golf (or get involved with local activities of some kind)

Golf has always been one of the “international languages” of networking, and people in Singapore take advantage of everything that this amazing sport has to offer just the same as professionals around the world do.

If golf is into your game you’ll be able to connect with professionals in a variety of different local activities, combining your social networking with your professional networking to create some really special opportunities that might not have existed previously.

How to use shiny ink in rubber stamps?

Stamping a shiny imprint on the document not only makes the document more authentic but also maintains the clear quality of the stamp for a longer period- sometimes for years. The use of excessive effort to get a shiny image while stamping means inadequate ink on the device. Documents with light stamp imprints, if left in a bad state, can sometimes rub off the image completely, and it’s vital for one to have the right information on ensuring they stamp clear shiny imprints all the time. The office staff and professionals know the importance of having a glossy stamp imprint in the application of self-inking stamps in Singapore.

The usage of the self-inking stamp is quite popular today, and they can be personalized and custom made to fit your desired requirements. Self-inking stamps in Singapore can have a signature or even the organization logo and because of this versatile nature, it’s applied in almost any industry. There are various tips that one should have to ensure that on every document that is imprinted, the image is clear and shiny.

Firstly, there is an in-built ink pad in self inking rubber stamps. The ink used in self-inking stamps is usually water-based and when left unused for a longer period, they dry out slowly sometimes even in dry heat when it’s winter. When it dries out, one can either refill the ink pad or get a new ink pad. When one use the self-inking rubber stamp, and it produces a poor imprint, that implies that the ink pad is not enough and requires a refill. However, when one is in such a situation, by dabbing the stamp on a good ink pad and stamp on the paper, the stamp image can be clearer.

Sometimes the stamp imprint can have missing spots. When this is observed, the most likely scenario is that the ink pad was fixed in an opposite manner and that mostly happens during the refilling or replacing. It is crucial to ensure that the ink pad is placed in the right manner. Sometimes the imprint’s content do not line up, and one should take out the ink pad and turn it 180⁰ and then put it back and stamp it on the paper and get the expected shiny imprint.

Sometimes the stamp imprint can fail to dry up normally; such a scenario can occur when trying to stamp on glossy paper. That is because the water-based ink will make it impossible to be absorbed on such a paper. However, that has a solution as well, all that is necessary is to get a special ink that dries quickly and easily and make it start with a dry ink pad. One should always be careful not to put this special ink on a regular pad. That is because when mixed with the regular ink, both becomes useless and unusable. The special ink is made up of an alcohol substance that makes it thinner than the water-based ink. That is what makes it possible for the ink to dry up because the alcoholic substance evaporates and leaves behind the colored imprints.

When the above clear guidelines are keenly followed, the shiny imprints will always be available when using a self-inking rubber stamp. Professionals and skilled personnel using the self-inking stamps in Singapore usually apply the above technique to get quality shiny stamps.

 

Eco friendly rubber stamps- 5 reasons to use them

Eco-friendly-rubber-stamps

Increased awareness towards the harmful effects us humans are causing to the environment have sparked off movements focused on alleviating the situation. Throughout the years, these movements have gradually grown in scale as more and more people began joining in and playing a part. One of the most popular methods of doing so would be to start using eco friendly products.

1.Dry safe

Most environmentally friendly rubber stamps come with a dry safe element. This ensures that even when left without a lid on for days, the ink in your rubber stamp does not dry out quickly, promoting a longer shelf life. This way, you wouldn’t have to spend extra to keep either replacing them or having them re-inked.

2. Recyclable

Eco friendly rubber stamps are manufactured from recyclable materials and therefore will be able to be recycled after it’s shelf life to be reconstructed into something else. This way, there would be lesser wastage and the need to constantly replace parts will reduce as well.

3. Water-based ink

Water-based ink do not contain toxic chemicals and are easily cleaned from the surfaces of printers. They are also ideal as they contain an extremely absorbent quality. A wide variety of water-based inks can be chosen from depending on the best available option, the best thing about these types of ink are that they can be manufactured for different types of print application, including rubber stamps.

4. Non-toxic

Eco friendly rubber stamps are quite often non-toxic, and so that makes them safer to use for you and your children too. This is especially beneficial for colleagues who are dealing with administration duties and require the usage of rubber stamps constantly.

Make sure to do some research before you invest in one however, as non-toxic products are not always a guaranteed 100% safe. While it does not give you health problems immediately, there are certain components in a product that can build up and cause damage to health over time. Especially for long term users.

5. Reusable

Eco-friendly rubber stamps are also available in types that are re-usable. Built to create numerous impressions, the manufacturers have also considered wastage reduction in the process. Therefore, eco-friendly rubber stamps are made to be refilled with ease. In that way, you save both the money needed to buy ink pads and also reduce the amount of waste you make.

5 types of popular Scrapbooking stamp design

Five-Types

Scrapbooking- a fun and family-friendly way of preserving memories through content. It is a hobby that’s been picked up by people all over the world on account of it’s simplicity and the warmth of human sentimentality. As a result, scrapbooks hold the fondest memories of an individual, it’s only natural that some are driven to decorate it to their heart’s contents.

Here are 5 types of popular stamp design ideas that can help further beautify your scrapbooks:

1.Fonts

Pick, or even customise, your own desired font to be stamped onto your scrapbooks and other material in place of a signature or a sentimental greeting. Experiment with different coloured ink to make the design even more interesting.

What’s even better is that asides from being able to colour code and create your own distinct work, you can also reuse them for other occasions- birthday cards, greetings, and the like.

2. Symbols/Logos

Logos or symbols are also a good way to add variety in your scrapbook decorations. Not only does it serve to improve designs like borders, or make identification easier ( For example: Identifying baby photos based on which symbol is noted), it can also become a good conversation starter.

It would certainly be more interesting for others to find out why you decided to use certain symbols for a specific family member or category and how it relates to them.

3. Frames

Jazz up your scrapbooks with the addition of stamps to create unique patterned frames for your memories. Certain stamps like cling rubber stamps or clear stamps are made to be easily customisable as well as reusable so why not make full use of that to etch your very own designs?

Self-inking stamps can also help make the task of stamping easier so you can experiment with making multi-colored frames without much struggle.

4. Cartoons

Cartoon stamps are a good way to get children interested in scrapbooking as a hobby. With many fun and visually appealing designs to choose from, it can serve to engage both their creativity and engagement. In this way, scrapbook designing can be turned into a family activity that everyone enjoys.

5. Overlay

Overlaying can be considered both a design as well as a technique. It refers to the practise of covering a layer with another in a repetitive manner to form new patterns and duplicate shapes. You can achieve this effect by using stamps that provide basic shapes and layering the shapes over one another, adjusting the amount of space between each layer and the dark thickness of their lines.

So there you have it- 5 most popular scrapbooking stamp designs. We hope that these suggestions have sparked off some ideas for your next scrapbook page.

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of DIY Rubber Stamp

DIY rubber stamp becomes very popular today. Many people want to have this stamp for many different purposes. Some of them are using this stamp for their small businesses. It is not difficult to create this product. There are some easy tips that people can follow easily, so they can create the best rubber stamp quickly. This stamp allows all users to create their own stamps based on their preferences. There are some advantages and disadvantages of this stamp for all users. It is important to compare some benefits and drawbacks from this product before using this stamp regularly. 

Advantages

1. Affordable way to create stamp

This is the first benefit that people can get from this DIY rubber stamp. This stamp is very affordable for most users. People don’t have to spend a lot of money for having this product. When people are looking for the affordable way to create stamp, they can consider using this product. Most materials can be purchased at very reasonable price. Because of this benefit, many small business owners want to use this stamp for their company’s official stamp. They want to reduce their costs by using this product. 

2. All users can determine the right size and shape

This is another reason why people want to have the DIY stamp. This stamp allows all users to determine the right size for their stamps. They can cut their stamps based on their needs or preferences. It is not difficult to cut the rubber stamp according to the pattern. Some people want to use certain patterns for creating this stamp. They can also create the best shape that they really want, for example rectangular, oval, round, and some other shapes. It gives flexibility for all users who want to create their own stamps. 

3. Unique design

Many people want to use this stamp because of this benefit. They should be able to create their own design on their stamps. It is not difficult to create the unique design in this DIY stamp. It means that people can create their personalized rubber stamp easily. There is no other rubber stamp that has similar design with this stamp. People can also add some personalized text, for example headline, message, and some other important things in the stamp. Some business owners also want to add their company logo in this DIY stamp. 

Disadvantages

1. It takes time to create DIY stamp

Although the DIY rubber stamp has a lot of benefits, it may also have some drawbacks. This is one of the disadvantages from this stamp. It really takes some time for creating this product. People may take a few hours for making this stamp for their own needs. Therefore, this stamp is not recommended for people who are busy with their daily life. They can ask their friends, employees, or other relatives for creating this DIY stamp for their needs. People also need to purchase additional equipment before they can create this product. When people don’t want to spend their time, they should not consider using this stamp. 

2. Needs skills and knowledge

This is another drawback that people can find from this DIY stamp. It needs proper knowledge and skills for manufacturing this stamp. Not all people are able to create this stamp for their needs. They should have good creativity and patience for making this product. However, people don’t have to worry when they don’t have enough experience in creating this stamp. Some stores may sell DIY stamps that come with manual instruction. People can simply follow the instructions before they can create this stamp. They also need to learn how they can produce this stamp based on their needs. 

They are some pros and cons about the DIY rubber stamp. This stamp is very beneficial for all people, including business owners. This stamp can be used for any purposes, for example decorating items, handling many official documents, and many other purposes. It is not difficult to find the best rubber stamp on the market today. People also need to choose the right color that is suitable for their needs. They also need to learn how they can create the best stamp easily and quickly. Purchase this stamp today for getting all benefits from this product.

Why-Choose-Singapore-to-Set-Up-your-Business? 14 May

Why Choose Singapore to Set Up your Business?

Jim Rogers is an American-born businessman which is recognized as one of the giants of Wall Street had moved to Singapore in 2007. He already discovered that Singapore is a global business magnet that offers an incredible quality of life to its residents, and has only begun to assume its position as a world leader in finance and business. So why choose Singapore to Set Up your business?

Many words such as “comfortably diverse,” “I love taxes here,” “safe living environment,” “cutting-edge business community” and “relaxed, stable lifestyle,” all of which are used to describe Singapore and are critically important to interested parties in making a major life change.

Singapore has a tremendous amount to offer the international business community with a unique and fascinating lifestyle and culture. Below is a list that further indicate why corporations, entrepreneurs and ventures of all sizes would consider Singapore the perfect location to start up their company or business:

  • Third wealthiest nation in the world ranked by Forbes magazine.
  • Third most globalized economy among 60of the world’s largest economies in therecently release Ernst and Young 2011 Globalization Index
  • Rated #1 as the most politically stable country in Asia
  • Rated #1 as the best labor force in the world
  • Best quality of life in Asia
  • For profits $300k and below 8.5% corporate tax rates and 17% flat above that.
  • No dividend or capital gains taxes
  • No estate/death/inheritance tax in Singapore
  • 0% personal tax rates and max out at 20% above $320K

Derek Sivers, a fellow American expatriate agrees that Singapore feels like a small town in a big city and has the advantages of both therefore it is a great place to set up a business.

After just one visit to Singapore, Sivers and his wife decided to put down roots here as they travelled all over the world looking for the perfect place to call home.

Singapore’s Strategic Location

One major reason why businesses like to start up in Singapore would be its convenient location. As it is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, your business would have access to a market of 2.8 billion people within a few hours flight. In addition, Singapore is classified as a premier International Maritime Center and has one of the busiest ports in the world.

Singapore’s Changi Airport emphasis on competitiveness, efficiency and service has helped made it the “Best Airport in the World” for 20 consecutive years. Annually, Changi Airport serves over 15 million passengers and provides businesses with smooth access to all major Asian markets.

Singapore Means Business

Singapore is capable of attracting sizable foreign investments and business entrepreneurs as it is known for its pro-business environment. In Singapore, it is easy to turn your ideas into businesses with ease and achieve significant profits. Which is the opposite of many Western nations, it only takes about 1-2 days to incorporate a company in Singapore, and the government also provides assistance along the way. To say it simply, Singapore is the easiest place in the world to manage and set up a business.

For more information on Singapore’s exciting economic environment, refer to our Singapore Economy page.

Singapore’s Outstanding Tax System

Taxes are the top considerations for setting up a business anywhere in the world and are at the top of the agenda for any entrepreneur. One of Singapore’s unique strengths is its low effective personal and corporate tax rates. Personal income tax’s tier system starts from just 0% and goes up to 20% for income above S$320,000.

Similarly, effective corporate tax rate for Singapore private limited companies for profits are capped at a flat rate of 17% for profits above S$300,000 and below 9% for up to S$300,000. Singapore adopts a single-tier tax policy which means that if income has been taxed at the corporate level, shareholders would not be taxed for receiving dividends as there are no capital gains taxes in Singapore.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based consumption tax that was adopted by the government as an effort to move away from a dependency on income taxes and to make the economy even more competitive. Singapore GST rates are at 7% which is ranked below the global average VAT/GST rate of 16.4% and the Asia-Pacific average of 10.5%.

To know more about taxes in Singapore, refer to Singapore Taxation page.

Flexible Immigration Policies

Foreign nationals who wish to setup businesses and relocate in Singapore will be aided by Singapore’s open Immigration policy. The government has foreseen the needs of entrepreneurs that need to locate to run their business or to hire foreign professionals and made appropriate Singapore work visa provisions.

To support value adding individuals to settle permanently in Singapore, Singapore has made it easier for foreign professionals to gain Singapore Permanent Residence (PR) status by having a relaxed immigration policy.

Comprehensive Intellectual Property Protection

In Singapore, IP protection is taken seriously and Singapore is a one-stop center for businesses seeking to manage their IP assets. Singapore has been ranked top in Asia by The World Economic Forum (WEF), the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Political Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC).

It is a criminal offense for a person or company to conduct willful copyright infringement as Singapore has very strong copyright laws.

Singapore businesses can register a trademark in Singapore or also file for global trademark registration from Singapore as the country is a signatory to major IP conventions and treaties, such as the Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Berne Convention, Madrid Protocol, Budapest Treaty, Agreement on Trade-related aspects of IP rights, and World Intellectual Property Organization.

An Honest and Open Government

Supportive political infrastructure is needed for business to grow and thrive. Singapore’s political system adopts a pro-business approach which decides priorities, enact laws and set regulations rationally. Singapore’s government vision would be to take this nation to the front of the industrialized nations while being in order and stable.

For more information, please refer to the parliament of Singapore page.

The World’s Best Labour Force

A key ingredient for the success of any business would be an attractive, world-class, and production work-force. Singapore is primarily a knowledge-based economy and its manpower force is educated and professionally qualified. Singapore’s workforce is identified as having high level of education, technical proficiency, and high productivity, work-hard and work-smart culture. Singapore workforce attracts professionals from all over the world as it is both international and cosmopolitan and bring with them business expertise and extensive knowledge.
Singapore boasts of the “Best Labour Force in the World” in the latest rankings as an added inducement for entrepreneurs and employers that are interested in starting up a business or creating a branch office.

A Higher Quality of Life

One of the top concerns for foreign-born professionals and entrepreneurs whom setup businesses and relocate to Singapore would be the quality of life as they relocate with their family as well.

Singapore residents can enjoy many benefits like an wide selection of cultural and education opportunities, convenient transport, safe and healthy environment, an outstanding support system for businesses and excellent schools.

For an overview about Singapore’s quality of life, see Quality of Life in Singapore page.

Why-Choose-Singapore-to-Set-Up-your-Business? 14 May

Why Choose Singapore to Set Up your Business?

Jim Rogers is an American-born businessman which is recognized as one of the giants of Wall Street had moved to Singapore in 2007. He already discovered that Singapore is a global business magnet that offers an incredible quality of life to its residents, and has only begun to assume its position as a world leader in finance and business. So why choose Singapore to Set Up your business?

Many words such as “comfortably diverse,” “I love taxes here,” “safe living environment,” “cutting-edge business community” and “relaxed, stable lifestyle,” all of which are used to describe Singapore and are critically important to interested parties in making a major life change.

Singapore has a tremendous amount to offer the international business community with a unique and fascinating lifestyle and culture. Below is a list that further indicate why corporations, entrepreneurs and ventures of all sizes would consider Singapore the perfect location to start up their company or business:

  • Third wealthiest nation in the world ranked by Forbes magazine.
  • Third most globalized economy among 60of the world’s largest economies in therecently release Ernst and Young 2011 Globalization Index
  • Rated #1 as the most politically stable country in Asia
  • Rated #1 as the best labor force in the world
  • Best quality of life in Asia
  • For profits $300k and below 8.5% corporate tax rates and 17% flat above that.
  • No dividend or capital gains taxes
  • No estate/death/inheritance tax in Singapore
  • 0% personal tax rates and max out at 20% above $320K

Derek Sivers, a fellow American expatriate agrees that Singapore feels like a small town in a big city and has the advantages of both therefore it is a great place to set up a business.

After just one visit to Singapore, Sivers and his wife decided to put down roots here as they travelled all over the world looking for the perfect place to call home.

Singapore’s Strategic Location

One major reason why businesses like to start up in Singapore would be its convenient location. As it is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, your business would have access to a market of 2.8 billion people within a few hours flight. In addition, Singapore is classified as a premier International Maritime Center and has one of the busiest ports in the world.

Singapore’s Changi Airport emphasis on competitiveness, efficiency and service has helped made it the “Best Airport in the World” for 20 consecutive years. Annually, Changi Airport serves over 15 million passengers and provides businesses with smooth access to all major Asian markets.

Singapore Means Business

Singapore is capable of attracting sizable foreign investments and business entrepreneurs as it is known for its pro-business environment. In Singapore, it is easy to turn your ideas into businesses with ease and achieve significant profits. Which is the opposite of many Western nations, it only takes about 1-2 days to incorporate a company in Singapore, and the government also provides assistance along the way. To say it simply, Singapore is the easiest place in the world to manage and set up a business.

For more information on Singapore’s exciting economic environment, refer to our Singapore Economy page.

Singapore’s Outstanding Tax System

Taxes are the top considerations for setting up a business anywhere in the world and are at the top of the agenda for any entrepreneur. One of Singapore’s unique strengths is its low effective personal and corporate tax rates. Personal income tax’s tier system starts from just 0% and goes up to 20% for income above S$320,000.

Similarly, effective corporate tax rate for Singapore private limited companies for profits are capped at a flat rate of 17% for profits above S$300,000 and below 9% for up to S$300,000. Singapore adopts a single-tier tax policy which means that if income has been taxed at the corporate level, shareholders would not be taxed for receiving dividends as there are no capital gains taxes in Singapore.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based consumption tax that was adopted by the government as an effort to move away from a dependency on income taxes and to make the economy even more competitive. Singapore GST rates are at 7% which is ranked below the global average VAT/GST rate of 16.4% and the Asia-Pacific average of 10.5%.

To know more about taxes in Singapore, refer to Singapore Taxation page.

Flexible Immigration Policies

Foreign nationals who wish to setup businesses and relocate in Singapore will be aided by Singapore’s open Immigration policy. The government has foreseen the needs of entrepreneurs that need to locate to run their business or to hire foreign professionals and made appropriate Singapore work visa provisions.

To support value adding individuals to settle permanently in Singapore, Singapore has made it easier for foreign professionals to gain Singapore Permanent Residence (PR) status by having a relaxed immigration policy.

Comprehensive Intellectual Property Protection

In Singapore, IP protection is taken seriously and Singapore is a one-stop center for businesses seeking to manage their IP assets. Singapore has been ranked top in Asia by The World Economic Forum (WEF), the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Political Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC).

It is a criminal offense for a person or company to conduct willful copyright infringement as Singapore has very strong copyright laws.

Singapore businesses can register a trademark in Singapore or also file for global trademark registration from Singapore as the country is a signatory to major IP conventions and treaties, such as the Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Berne Convention, Madrid Protocol, Budapest Treaty, Agreement on Trade-related aspects of IP rights, and World Intellectual Property Organization.

An Honest and Open Government

Supportive political infrastructure is needed for business to grow and thrive. Singapore’s political system adopts a pro-business approach which decides priorities, enact laws and set regulations rationally. Singapore’s government vision would be to take this nation to the front of the industrialized nations while being in order and stable.

For more information, please refer to the parliament of Singapore page.

The World’s Best Labour Force

A key ingredient for the success of any business would be an attractive, world-class, and production work-force. Singapore is primarily a knowledge-based economy and its manpower force is educated and professionally qualified. Singapore’s workforce is identified as having high level of education, technical proficiency, and high productivity, work-hard and work-smart culture. Singapore workforce attracts professionals from all over the world as it is both international and cosmopolitan and bring with them business expertise and extensive knowledge.
Singapore boasts of the “Best Labour Force in the World” in the latest rankings as an added inducement for entrepreneurs and employers that are interested in starting up a business or creating a branch office.

A Higher Quality of Life

One of the top concerns for foreign-born professionals and entrepreneurs whom setup businesses and relocate to Singapore would be the quality of life as they relocate with their family as well.

Singapore residents can enjoy many benefits like an wide selection of cultural and education opportunities, convenient transport, safe and healthy environment, an outstanding support system for businesses and excellent schools.

For an overview about Singapore’s quality of life, see Quality of Life in Singapore page.

 

Our Clients

Absolute
aprikot
Axcell
IGC
Care-Lyna
CBRE
Century-21
Design-Drive
Digital-Logic
e-marketing
ERC
Gaining-Edge
Huttons
Orange-Tee
Tetra-pak
Singapore-Redcross
GGA
progress-media
Zenprop
Housing-Loan
gohnson-gohnson
KPMG
NUS
pokka
propnex
resort-world-sentosa
singapore-post
Singtel
SP
swisshotel-merchant-court

 

Our Awards & Recognitions


Declaration of Support for National Service

GBiz Trading Partner

DBS Gold Award

OCBC Gold Partner Award 2012/2013

OCBC Valued Partner Award 2015/2016

OCBC Valued Partner Award 2017/2018

Member of SCCCI


MYOB Professional Partner

Quickbooks Intuit Proadvisor

XERO Certified Advisor

Featured On

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)