12 Days, So Much Done!
I've been in Singapore for 12 days.
It's a small, walkable, and very business friendly country.
And so far, in the span of 12 days,
I moved 3 times.
Starting in a hostel, then to a friend's place,
and now staying at a friend of a friend who lives in a
beautiful modern co-living space.
Though my housing situation is temporary,
it's more secure,
as I was walking "home" the other day,
I saw a sign on a shophouse for rent.
My Dream: Yummy Blair Cosmetics Shophouse
I wanted to rent a shophouse when I was in Bangkok,
that wasn't possible, for various reasons: location,
lack of capital, etc.
In Singapore, it's definitely a possibility.
My goal is to have my
headquarters and distribution in Singapore
with a subsidiary in Bangkok
where Yummy Blair Cosmetics will be manufactured.
When I was in South Korea,
I saw for myself that retail and online shops can work,
when both are done, very well.
And I can do both well in a shophouse!
And with a simple email, and prompt reply (things here operate so fast!)
I was able to connect with an agent and
now I'm looking at affordable shophouses.
Even if it's out of reach,
it's something I can work towards over the nest 3 years :)
Finding My Tribe
Connecting with people is very easy in Singapore,
there many meetup events, startup events, women in business groups
some say too many women in business groups!
Another interesting thing,
is the diversity of people and religion in Singapore.
If you're part of a religious or ethnic community,
you can connect with people and find your tribe.
There are Buddhists, Muslim, Indians, Chinese, Malays,
Jews, Hindus, Christians, and even Atheist here,
so if your looking to live in Singapore, I think to
maintain a healthy spiritual, professional, and family life you
should be part of some kind of community
of people that shares your values.
So on shabbat I always
have a community to pray and eat with,
I've already been to a Bar Mitzvah,
I met women from all around the world with
fascinating stories and careers that have made Singapore their home.
It's a great feeling to find a "family away from home."
Step by Step!
My approach since being in Singapore
is take everything one step at a time.
I've met people who've been in Singapore for a few months
and others who have been here over 20 years.
Everyone has a different start, and
I have a lot to do, and thinking about
trying to accomplish everything: housing, securing a visa,
registering my business, securing funding,
finishing my book, and finding a life partner
So, I take one step at a time.
Everyone's Journey Is Different
Last year, I wrote a very passionate post about
the 3 types of successful entrepreneurs
I've met in Asia.
It upset and made a lot of people uncomfortable....
I pointed out some privileges, which most people will never admit.
And nearly a year later, after leaving Bangkok,
I've learned to let it go and
and just accepted that some people
are very singular in their narrative
of what enabled them to be successful as an entrepreneur.
I've met many different types of people,
and you know what?
Everyone has a different journey.
Comparing my journey to others,
makes no sense.
Because I have chosen a path that is very unique.
Despite not having a spouse to support me,
or coming from a family with a
and not having any corporate experience,
or lucrative network,
I still have made incredible milestones
in my life and business.
"The how" doesn't matter,
because I still manage to get to Singapore.
Making it in Singapore
(another topic, but I'm optimistic!)
is done one step at a time.
People Helping Me
At a Women In Business lunch and learn event
I had a seat at "the table" with other
successful people from the corporate world
and privilege social and marital backgrounds.
One person was impressed with my "courage"
and validation by the speaker,
who briefly introduced me and my business to everyone.
I was approached by one of the attendees,
that asked questions about
my business and move to Singapore:
my story, scalability, funding, valuation,
why I moved to Singapore?
After a 10 minute polite conversation,
and seeing my products
(I carry my shampoo bars on me!)
offered to make an introduction into his network.
My Roommate: Serial Entrepreneur
And talking with my new friend/roommate,
who is a foreign, female,
and single a serial entrepreneur,
(yes those details matter!)
she knows exactly what I've gone through
and reached out to me last week to stay on her couch
as I got on my feet.
Like me, she's from a small town, or in her case,
a small village (120 people to be exact), in Germany,
she has built businesses and lived in SE Asia
(Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia).
So after a long day of hustle,
she's a great listener and so far has provided excellent
advice and feedback for securing funding.
It's so refreshing to have a supportive entrepreneur friend!
My Journey Will NOT Be Easy,
The last two days, I had to walk everywhere,
because I didn't sell hair products,
so the "sale money" that goes to my bus card and topping up
my internet, was zero (a motivational factor to
build up my saleswomanship! If I don't sell products,
I have to walk and have no internet)
So I spent 4-5 hours a day walking,
in the heat and pouring rain :)
I'm an optimist,
and see the last few days as an experience
and much needed practice build
up my sales skills.
If I am to successfully scale my business,
I better know how to sell my products in person!
So no need to feel any pity for me :)
Singapore is a walkable country,
and why I chose to relocate here.
Second, I can walk everywhere
morning, noon, night, and late night
with no one bothering me, with the exception
of people saying "Nice Hair" "I Love Your Hair"
which leads to my next point,
when people see me and my hair, it's branding
for my business.
Also, walking so much has kept me slim and healthy
(my secret to how I maintain my figure!).
Lastly, I use the time to think because
I have so much to do!
And with every step I take,
whether it's by foot, networking, or email,
success is a path that has to be taken one step at a time!
As always, thank you for reading!