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Starting a Business in Singapore

Singapore is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its people and surroundings are an interesting mix of the new and old cultures. You get the best of both worlds. Additionally, because of its special geographic position and importance in Southeast Asia, Singapore plays an important role in international trade. In fact, a recent report by World Bank ranked Singapore as the best city in the world to start a business.

– Learn how to Establish and Register Your Company

For foreigners wishing to start a business form partnerships in Singapore, the process and steps are quite easy and stress free than the case in most other countries (international).

Starting a Business in Singapore

Why You Should Start Your Business in Singapore

Why Choose Singapore to Start Your Business?

Have you ever considered starting a company in Singapore, here are some concrete reasons as to why Singapore is one of the premier business centers in the Asia region:

1. Strategic Location
2. Flexible Immigration Laws
3. Minimal Bureaucracy
4. Favorable Tax Rates
5. Skilled Human Resources
6. Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
7. Higher Quality of Life


General Information when Applying For a Company

Though it does not seem to be difficult to form a private limited company, many times, the application fails simply because requirements are not met and guidelines are not adhered to. This is partly due to the inability of business owners to understand the requirements and procedures of company formation.

In order for applicants not be charged with failure to comply with the processes, here are some more information and detailed tips for company incorporation.

  • Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) is the national regulator of business entities and public accountants in Singapore. Generally, its role is to achieve synergies between the monitoring of corporate compliance with disclosure requirements and regulation of public accountants and finance performing statutory audit. Since there are many cultures living together in Singapore as mentioned earlier, it limits the company name that cannot be something that is vulgar or offensive to any of them. This important step needs to be sorted out before the start of the registration process from the registrar.
  • However, in Singapore, a foreigner is not allowed to register a company by himself. The policy is, at least that one officer – namely the company director – should be a local resident. A resident is defined as someone who is a Singapore citizen or who holds valid residency passes such as Permanent Residency or other legal passes like Entrepass, Employment Pass or Dependent Pass. It is free to nominate as many directors as you like.Additionally, at least one shareholder is required. The person holding the positions of shareholder and director can be the same and the shareholder does not need to be a local. There are also other shareholding requirements to be met. Another thing to be aware of is that a valid local Singapore address which cannot be a PO Box is mandatory. Otherwise, it may get stuck when proceeding with the incorporation process.Business entrepreneurs frequently need to travel. The Singapore’s pro-business policies let investors as well as entrepreneurs running companies within the nation to enter and exit relatively easy from the country via special passes and visas. If applications are submitted online, foreigners from India and China can get approval within 1 day. For foreign nationals from other countries, you may want to visit to the ICA website where it is stated about the visa details. You can also get details about other exemptions and updated regulations.
  • Once the company is established, the owner has to open a corporate bank account which can be with any of the local or international banks in Singapore. In essence, it is important to ensure that proper documents are submitted in keeping with the requirements. It is also required to appoint at least one local company secretary for the company to handle ongoing statutory compliance matters under the section of The Singapore Companies Act. This is an important position and does not just include filing and typing out notes.
  • Banking Facilities

    In addition to setting up a business in company, you may also like to open up a personal bank account. This certainly helps with official payments. Setting aside work money from personal money is extremely crucial when “working out tax” time comes along. In order to open up a bank account, you must bring along passports and personal signatures of al directors, secretaries, and staffs that needs to access the account. Although the form could be complex, but the staff behind the counter are usually helpful.

  • You can find the general requirements and procedures needed for incorporating a Singapore Company below to get more information: Company Incorporation Requirements and Company Secretary RequirementsIf you have not known the licenses required for different industries, you can read up on Singapore business licenses and how to apply them.

Singapore – Lucrative Place for Expats

Singapore is considered to be the best country for expat entrepreneurs. Recently, a study revealed that 7 out of 10 expat entrepreneurs are definitely receiving a lot from their startup in Singapore. They say that one of the benefits of starting up a business in Singapore is the ability (time / investment / stock) to grow very fast. Thus, it is obvious that initial capital laid out would definitely receive returns.

So, if you’re thinking about starting up a business in Singapore, the first place you should check out is the primary Singapore government (trade / tax) website.

Entrepreneurs wishing to register their company/companies in Singapore need not be Singaporeans themselves. The solution would be to send an application to receive an Employment Pass if they wish to be actively involved in running their business in Singapore on a daily basis. There are multiple agents and consultants who can provide more information on this endeavor.

Strategic Location

  • With Singapore located right in the heart of Asia, its position offers unlimited commercial business potential for start ups. This in essence and virtual means that business people setting up their operations and processes in Singapore have to meet an open market of more than 4 billion people living in Asia, including those living in aggressive economies such as Hong Kong, China and India.
  • The transport structures to the outside world are also very much developed. Projects such as the Port of Singapore and the Changi international airport have helped to set Singapore as a transportation hub. Thus, Singapore is consistently ranked as the best in the world for over twenty years.

Flexible Immigration Laws

  • Immigration laws and terms are most flexible in Singapore and obtaining a visa, popularly known as an entrepass into Singapore is not as cumbersome as in most other countries. This makes Singapore a global choice of many investors, shareholders and expat workers around the world.
  • If as an entrepreneur, you wish to relocate to Singapore, the government has made the necessary permits easy to obtain. The governance of such laws is straightforward and easy to follow. The support of the government in this sense means that foreign investors have relatively nothing to worry about when conducting their business in Singapore.

Minimal Bureaucracy

  • From the immigration laws to business registration policies, Singapore remains one of the very least bureaucratic countries in Asia. In fact, it only takes 3 days to fully register a business in Singapore, get it incorporated and start trading! These events do give Singapore an edge over other countries globally.
  • The government of Singapore is also largely pro-business, a fact that is seen in the country’s flexible immigration laws. Getting a work pass for a foreigner into the country is as easy as getting an incorporation license for your business.
  • This all-time low level of bureaucracy has made Singapore a favorite of many investors from different nationalities thereby making the city-state of Singapore a melting-pot for people of different cultures.
  • One benefit for foreigners who want to register companies in Singapore is that they do not physically need to be in Singapore to do so. It is also common that the owner of the foreign organization does not hold an employment pass or entrepass. This occurs because he or she will not be operating business on-site. Instead, it is allowed for the owner to move around via holding a visitor visa if only going to be in Singapore on a few occasions for business meetings. Thus it means you need to appoint a qualifying local director once registered.

Favorable Tax Rates

  • Singapore remains one of the Asian countries in the region with the most favorable tax rates and tax incentives that attract and keep diverse global investments. The corporate tax rate in the city-state is a lowly 17%. This low taxation rate has made Singapore consistently listed as the number one destination for global investors and business executives and facilitated competitive business practices which are a pillar to successful economic development. This means that business owners have consistent reserved funding due to such low rates.
  • The tax rates which have been falling over the years have accelerated the economic development of Singapore, and led the World bank to rate it as the world’s number one country with ease of doing business activity. The government has also been able to provide tax payers with numerous incentives, programmes, rebates and schemes which greatly help their tax payments.

Skilled Human Resources

  • Singapore has some of the very best and highly skilled pool of human resource anywhere in the world. This is in line with the government’s high quality education and certification system. Singapore students and graduates from local schools are among the brightest in the world. This assures potential investors and individuals that in no way will their business ever suffer from lack of a workforce. The government has also emphasized on continuous training of employees to ensure that there is constant output of skilled workers. On top of that, hiring talents is a breeze because of the relatively comparable pay.
  • For investors wishing to invest in Business Process Outsourcing, the skilled workforce of Singapore gives them a necessary incentive and consultation to invest in call centers and other BPO-related ventures in the country. This attraction to investors and the skilled human resource ensures that jobs are readily available in the country. Such a venture has certainly clicked with certain parties and enhances Singapore’s image as a skilled employee hub.

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

  • Singapore is marketing itself as the next Silicon Valley, and as such the protection of intellectual property rights and privacy is held very seriously. Not only can IP holders register their patents in the country, but Singapore is also a signatory to most Intellectual property patents including the Agreement on Trade-related aspects of IP rights and World Intellectual Property Organization. The technology contained within the country will thus be secure. These reports are a good omen towards Singapore being at the forefront of intellectual property protection both in the region and worldwide.

Higher Quality of Life

  • Many people who relocate to Singapore do so together with their families. This is essentially because the country offers the best living conditions with potentially higher income levels and relatively moderate costs of living. With such activities as an extensive healthcare system, banking facilities, good internet structure, developed transport, food, supply of goods and other high quality products as well as the communication industry and other social amenities, Singapore not only offers the best place to do business but also to develop the social life. There is a high level of customers-orientated standards which continue to entrance guests from all over the world.
Vito G. De Natale says:

We would think to open a new Co. in Singapore.
Please let me know when we can talk.


Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Vito,

Thank you for your interest. My colleague will email you some information about incorporating a company in Singapore.

Do feel free to make an appointment with us when you are ready to setup your business!


robert says:

I am an Indian. Now in Singaore under visiting visa and i would like to join in the business with any one of the restorents giving Chinese and Malai foods so as to give Indian foods everyday one varity of food. Is it possible for me to start this kind of partnership business in Singapore. Kindly guide me. Which type of visa is required for me for the above partnership business. My daughter is residing in Singapore with Dependent visa. Can i make use of them for my needs for the above partnership business. I need an immediate response for this please.

Thanking you,


Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Robert,

The smooth solution will be to incorporate a company and apply for an Employment pass for yourself to work in Singapore. Your Daughter with her DP can also apply for an LOC (Letter of Consent) to allow her to work and also be an director of your company.
please book an appointment with our Incorporation Team to setup up your company today!


nagurao says:

I would like to register startup company here in Singapore. Could you please provide the related information to setup the new business.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nagurao,

Welcome to Singapore! We will be glad to assist you in company set up and incorporation. My colleague will email you with more information, do contact us once you are ready to start your company in Singapore!


Richard Friedrichs says:

Need to establish a Singapore distribution company for international trade

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Richard

I understand your like to set up a Singapore Company as your international trading distribution

We offer the Paul Hype Page Solution
Step 1: Incorporation with Nominee Services
• Obtain Company’s Name and Information to seek for ACRA approval (Please click here to fill up the required details)
• Incorporate a Singapore company using our local Resident Nominee Director and Registered Address
• Open Bank Account

Step 2: Apply for Trading Account License
Before you can import/export any goods in and out of the country, you’ll need to first activate your account with Singapore Customs.
For more information on the Taxes and other Requirements, please refer to

Step 3: Apply for Employment Pass
The Employment Pass (EP) is the main type of Singapore work visa issued to foreign professional employees, managers, and owners/directors of Singapore companies
Meanwhile, you may wish to take a look at the Incorporation with Employment Pass’s Video Guide.

Ready to incorporate? click link to fix an appointment with us.

Please call office at +65 62214711 or +65 84848816 (Mobile) for discussion


Jason Franj says:

I am interested in expanding my existing business to Singapore, i am in Singapore from 2nd – 14th April, what and where can i do while i’m over to explore this idea.
Thanks in advance…

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jason
From your description, I can see that you suit into one of our package solution –
A Foreign Company Relocating to Singapore
o Expand business to Asia
o Tax benefits for a subsidiary / branch in Singapore
Learn more about:
o Company formation in Singapore
o How to relocate your staff to Singapore

Click link for details :

Let have a phone call appointment, you can book me via link :

To take advantage of the immediate benefits of a Singaporean company, I suggest using our Local Resident Director and Registered address services where you can incorporate your business in 3 days.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Surekka says:

I am a local interested to set up a backpackers’ hostel in Singapore. I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me with detailed information on how I can setup my business.
Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Surekka,

Under the Hotels Act, any person who wishes to operate a hotel in Singapore, including a lodging house, boarding house, or guest house must obtain from the Hotels Licensing Board a Certificate of Registration to use the premises as a hotel and a Hotel-Keeper’s License to manage the hotel. More information to Start a Hotel Business in Singapore.

Should you need assistance in registration and setting up your company, do fill up the form as below and we will get back to you shortly.

Looking forward to hear from you soon.


Sancheti BK says:

Dear Sir
We want to open company in singapore
Please send us expenses detail
Including your annual fee
Thanking you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sancheti,

My colleague will email you with details and our charges shortly. Look forward to assist you with your company registration and setup.


Sampurna Chakraborty says:


I am about to open a new business in telecom training and consultation in Singapore. Would like to get in touch to know more on the timelines, process and fees.

Kind Regards,

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sampurna

Welcome to Singapore! Do help us fill in the incorporation form so we can be in a better position to advise and assist you.
My colleague will contact you once you submit the form.
Thank you
Best Regards

RT says:

I’m a foreigner and I want to start a resto/bar business in Singapore. Would you kindly tell me the details on how to?

Thank You!

Sneha says:


I want to open a Dance class/studio in SIngapore. Please let me know the requirements and procedure for the same.


Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sneha,

The specific licenses required depends on the type of education establishment you are planning to setup. We will need to understand more. Do set up a consultation meeting with us should you be interested to proceed further.

Best Regards

Dr Fadl Haq says:

We are interested in starting online education can you in this regard

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Dr Fadl,

We will be pleased to assist you in your company incorporation and setting up. There are a few ways to do it depending on your business model. My colleague will email you with more details.

Best Regards

ameen says:


i like to open a hypnotherapy center in a small scale , with just one staff, in singapore, what are the procedures and how much is the expence , from registering with govermnt to renting a two room space? thanks and regards

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Ameen,

We provide incorporation services and also service office space. We can assist you from setting up your company to applying work passes as well as registered office address and work space so you are ready to start your business at ease. Do give us a call to arrange for a meeting.
Looking forward to serve you.
Best Regards

Mirza says:

hi, looking for you guys, i hope so i got the right channel.
want to open a company in singapore, i have read some stuff n details, send me the details that in how much time it can be done and give me estimated cost with each step. after that i can confirm you the meeting time.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mirza,

Sure, we have insert your request in our leads. Our consultant will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Ho says:

I want to raise capital. Can you teach me how?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mr Ho,

For increase in shares capital, it would be better for you to consult professional firm to do it for you as proper paperwork will need to be done before the lodgement with ACRA.
A deposit slip is required to be presented to the professional officer to assist you further with the raise capital.

Best Regards,

Nicholas Le says:

I am planning to open a company in Singapore. Can you please send me expenses detail and also include your fee.
Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nicholas,

I have sent your request to our sales team. Our consultant will get in touch with you shortly.


Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nicholas,

I have sent your request to our sales team. They will get in touch with you shortly.


Ernawati says:

Hi, i want to start open resto in here.cos i see here look like good oportunity.even i’m just house maid only.i stay here for 10 years. Can am i open business here?
Then would you kindly tell me the detail how to?

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Ernawati,

Understand your interest in opening a restaurant in Singapore, I will have my consultant get back to you with more details shortly.

Thank you.

Mun says:

Would like to start selling food in singapore with my cousin who is staying in singapore. Is it possible? How do i go about it?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mun,
All food establishments require a National Environment Agency (NEA) Licence. We can assist you in setting up the company and apply for the licence. please book an appointment with us for setting up your own company.

Dorothy says:

I will be in business with a friend (now US citizen, ex-malaysian). She doesn’t hv college degree. Basically she will run the business. We are aiming at selling Vietnamese sandwich which she is really good at.
Can she be part of the owner as well as worker?
I am a PR here.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Dorothy

With you as the local resident director , both of you can start a company.
As for her working visa, she can get S pass or employment pass.
Do note that a S pass holder can be director or shareholder of the company.
Therefore ,you can left with only employment pass.

Eric from Paul Hype Page & Co

Mohammad says:

Respected sir/madam I would like to set up in SG but i don’t know how can licence. Entry pass. permit. For incorporation company (Trading) in Singapore.I will pay your every fee please suggest & help me to start my business I will be thankful you for a whole life time thanks awaiting your most advice

George says:

We like to open retail and wholesale business in Singapore saelling spa products mainly massage oil from Thailand . Candn you let us know what we need to start and cost involved . We like to use your services at full extent . We have a Thai Company in Thailand too , maybe it may be helpfull .


Sonny K Dhaniswara says:

Dear Sir/ Madame:

I would like to open immediately a company or business of making and selling softwares. Could you give me some suggestion to achieve it including – and more – type of corporation (very small for now), licenses to get, office address and personnel, cost of completing the process, etc.

Once it is cleared what to do I could fly to Singapore anytime to have face-to-face discussion and finalize the process.

whats app: 6289678288888

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sonny

1) The best business entity structure is private limited company as there is limited personal legal obligation and ownership can be divide by shares
2) There is no license needed for software consulting or engineering
3) When you set up a Singapore company with us , we can provide registered address for your company at $240 per year
4) We will suggest you take our incorporation with employment pass visa package at $3,155 where the visa allows you stay and work in Singapore for 2 years.

Eric from Paul Hype Page & Co

Vasuki says:

Dear Sir,

I am a Indian I want to start a business with less capital , Thinking of Food,Laundry and Online pl guide

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Vasuki,

You can decide on your start up capital based on the kind of business you wanted to setup. In Singapore, you can start a company with as little as S$1 as start up capital. However we will advise to be more realistic and invest on the right amount in order to make a good business.
Do feel free to email us should you be ready to start your own company!


Mike says:

Our principal company is in singapore and we want to open a joint venture company with them in singapore. How to do it and how much the cost ? Its for export spare parts to other country.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mike

We will need more information from you to better advise you, my colleague will follow up with an email to you shortly.


ann says:

Dear Sir
We want to open a company in singapore
we’re looking for someone that can assist us on the procedures and processing of documents
Please send us expenses details

looking forward for your response

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