How to Reduce Cost of Doing Business in Singapore?

3 min read|Last Updated: May 31, 2024|

If there’s one thing that all business owners and top management can agree on, it’s generating revenue while reducing operational costs after company incorporation. The real question is – how do you reduce overheads when doing business, and company incorporation in a country like Singapore?

Why Singapore Is a Top Destination for Businesses

Singapore is home to many businesses and has seen a growth in the number of companies even during the Covid-19 pandemic. With top business opportunities and the spurt of key industries booming in Singapore, entrepreneurs and investors are now putting their money into setting up a company in those industries.

Aside from that, there are 10 reasons why more business owners are incorporating a company in Singapore. To name a few, these include:

  • Ease of company incorporation – can be done in a day!
  • Strategic location – gateway to Asia
  • Low corporate tax rate– capped at 17%

What Are the Ways to Reduce Costs of Doing Business in Singapore?

While the advantages of setting up a company in Singapore are aplenty, one of the key concerns for business owners is the cost of doing business. This stems from the high labour costs, rental costs, and other operational overheads needed to run a business successfully.

There are a few ways for companies to reduce their costs:

  1. Opt for virtual offices
    Hybrid and remote working models are becoming more popular among small and big businesses. As such, virtual offices in Singapore have seen tremendous growth as they offer a cost-efficient solution while tapping on on-demand services such as meeting rooms, copy services, and more.If you require serviced offices and co-working spaces, you can check our offering here.
  1. Select a less expensive office location
    If virtual offices do not apply to your industry, the next best option is to consider renting an office in a location that is not high in rental. Prime locations for offices that are usually high in rent include those in the central business district and the outskirts of the city area.
  2. Tap on business grants available
    The great thing about starting a business in Singapore is the availability of grants for companies to tap into. These include the Market Readiness Assistance Grant for business expansion (up to 70% subsidy) Enterprise Development Grant (up to 80% subsidy), Productivity Solutions Grant (up to 80% subsidy), Startup SG Founder Grant (startup capital of S$50,000), and more.
  1. Rent your equipment
    When starting your company, you can consider renting the equipment needed to operate your business. This helps reduce spending, and payment can be made via instalments, leaving cash for other operational works.

Starting a Company in Singapore

If you’re ready to start your own company in Singapore, registration can be done within a day or less! Here are some requirements to note:

  1. At least one local director (Singapore citizen, a Singapore permanent resident, an EntrePass/Employment Pass/Dependent’s Pass holder with LOC, or a nominee director)
  2. At least 1 shareholder (full flexibility here, can be corporate or individual, 100% foreign owned is acceptable too!)
  3. At least S$1 paid-up capital
  4. A physical local registered address
  5. A company secretary


Come to our office or get in touch virtually for a consultation on your company incorporation and other corporate services.


How do I reserve my company name?2021-09-01T09:50:44+08:00

Before you reserve your company name, do a quick check using our free name checker tool to see if your desired company name is available. Once you have confirmed it is available, you may proceed to reserve them with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). Find out more about the requirements for company names here.

Can a foreigner set up a company in Singapore?2021-09-01T09:47:14+08:00

Yes, a foreigner is permitted to incorporate a company in Singapore. A foreigner intending to relocate to Singapore or those who have employment pass can incorporate a Singapore company.

Can I apply for more than one grant?2021-09-01T09:46:33+08:00

Yes, you may apply for as many grants as you wish, as long as you meet the requirements for each grant. However, this is also subject to approval by the governing agency.

What is a virtual office?2021-09-01T09:46:03+08:00

A virtual office is a service that empowers businesses and employees to work remotely without the need for a physical space while utilising the infrastructure of a corporate organisation such as telephone and messaging services, meeting rooms, mailing address, and more. Learn more about virtual offices here!

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    Louis Acar June 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Hi, good afternoon,

    I would like to know as a foreigner , to set-up a company in Singapore, what is needed, and is it possible to use your office as my office address ?
    I ask this because I want to have another office besides the one in Hong Kong. As you know, with the recent problems between China and USA, USA might decide to apply all import duties to Hong Kong, same as China.This could be a problem, so ,another office in Singapore would be good.
    – I won’t be in Singapore , just having an office for some paper work related to import and export , from/to China, USA, and any other countries in the world.
    – Any Import o Export duty or Vat on transit products for re-export ?
    – Can open a bank account in Singapore , not as a Resident, but having a company/shared office as above mentioned ?
    – I appreciate your soonest reply,

    Best Regards,
    Al Rod

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      Kumaran Tiwiyah June 11, 2020 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Hello Al Rod
      It is indeed possible for foreign entrepreneurs to set-up a company in Singapore.
      With regards to your queries related to your business specifically, that depends on the nature of the goods and business, to better advise your query, please do contact us so we can provide relevant feedback.
      Paul Hype Page & Co does offer a variety of packages relating to company incorporation, for example, this package offers many of the requirements you have, and costs $3,155.
      Company Incorporation with Employment Pass
      Company Registration S$800
      Acra Registration Fee S$315
      Appointment of Company Secretary (for 1 year) S$600
      Application for Employment Pass (EP) S$800
      Nominee Director (for 2 months) $400
      Registered Office Address (for 1 year) S$240
      Total S$3,155
      For further discussion, please book an appointment and our specialists will get in touch with you at your convenience.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Warm regards

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