If you’re wondering whether you have what it takes to make your mark in the start-up scene, learn from these entrepreneurs’ wise words.
When it comes to the world of entrepreneurship, learning from those who have gone before us is best. Why carve out a rough road for yourself when others have paved the way for you? That’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips from entrepreneurs in Singapore – so you can learn from their mistakes and get a peek into the unglamorous side of running a business before you launch your own.
Entrepreneurs share what it takes to be successful
Joyce Lian, 27, founder and creative director of Scent Journer
Entrepreneurs should be deeply knowledgeable and passionate about their field to confidently deliver exceptional and innovative products that address specific consumer needs. When it comes to creating Scent Journer’s mindfully formulated scented products, my expertise in perfumery has been invaluable. It allowed me to make all the difference. I stay up-to-date with the latest active ingredients. Our Microbiome hydration hand sanitiser is a prime example – replenishing good bacteria, strengthening eczema-prone skin, and providing a mood-enhancing experience – all without alcohol’s stinging effects.
Biek Speijk, 38, wardrobe curator and artist at Biekaleidoscope
As a business, our purpose is to be a catalyst for transforming lives. At the core of my brand, I place great emphasis on ensuring that every (potential) client feels truly seen and heard. They’re willing to invest in themselves through me and that’s something I never take for granted.
When someone hires me for a curated art piece, I make sure we both have a clear vision of the timeline. I love to include them in the process while making it (which is the journey). I find immense joy in working alongside people and witnessing their vision come to fruition.
We should provide an experience that goes beyond the transactional nature of business. Fostering genuine connections, empowering individuals, and delivering exceptional experiences set you apart.
Jermaine Tan, 29, founder of Jammy’s Guiltless Pleasures
As a small business owner, I know firsthand how self-doubt can creep in, especially during challenging times. But here’s the thing: I’ve learnt to tackle it head-on and not let it consume me. One thing that worked wonders for me? I remind myself of these two things: why I started the business, and a business milestone I feel proud of. Writing the answers down is extremely powerful — the act makes them tangible and concrete. I make it a habit to do this every day or as often as I can. It keeps me laser-focused on my purpose and the tasks I need to conquer to achieve the success I envision.
Puja Surtani, 42, director of Eastern Scent
Tenacity. It’s a skill, a habit and a mindset that goes beyond passion. I believe every entrepreneur needs this when starting up or moving a business forward as a second generation. For every “yes”, there usually are at least 10 “no” replies. Even after working with some partners for years, the rejections can still get me down. But, I believe in and understand my business and industry. It’s just a matter of reframing and shifting things to get the “yes”. It may come from somewhere else, but it will come.
Amanda Lim, 40, owner of Coach Amanda Lim
Entrepreneurship by nature means long hours, wearing multiple hats, and staying laser focused even when to-do lists seem endless. Staying fit and healthy is paramount for any entrepreneur who wants to stay on top of their game long-term. Burnout is a real concern – and lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and never leaving the desk are surefire paths to get there.
Organise your working days to include movement breaks, adequate hydration and nutrient-rich food, and a proper bedtime. Your habits behind the scenes matter just as much – if not more – than what you’re presenting to the world via your business.
Ong Lee Ting, 26, co-founder of Wake The Crew
Adaptability is an essential skill for entrepreneurs. It enables us to proactively respond to evolving circumstances like Covid-19, market shifts, and customer demands. Our team maintains a continuous adaptation process, adjusting strategies, embracing pivots, and capitalising on emerging prospects. With a mindset emphasising flexibility, learning, and resilience, entrepreneurs can navigate challenges, embrace change, and foster innovation alongside their teams. This adaptability empowers entrepreneurs to sustain growth, stay competitive, and leave a lasting impact in their industry.
Dana Wolf, 42, feng shui practitioner, Marie Kondo consultant, and founder of Anjia Living
Being an entrepreneur demands an essential quality: a strong will. Without bosses to push you, it’s your inner drive that gets you going, especially when the road is rough. Commitment to your business, even in dark times, is crucial. Doubt may creep in, questioning your decision to be an entrepreneur. However, a resolute will is your guiding light.
In the face of adversity, your unwavering determination propels you towards success. As the captain of your own ship, your strong will determines whether you triumph or stumble. Embrace this vital skill, and let your resolve illuminate your path.
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