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Opening a Consulting Business in Singapore

Updated on Tuesday 31st March 2020

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By Vlad Cuc, specialist in company formation matters

Singapore is one of the most prolific Southeast Asian states which has led to the development and creation of new industries. Among these, the consulting sector has evolved at a fast pace together with a large number of foreign citizens relocating to Singapore who also brought a new vision and who have put their skills to work for the local community. Now, Singapore has one of the most developed consulting industries in the region and continues to attract a great number of specialists.

Those who want to open a consulting business in Singapore are required to comply with various requirements and obtain specific licenses in accordance with the field they operate in. They can rely on our company formation specialists in Singapore for assistance in registering their businesses with the local authorities.

Professional services in Singapore

The high number of foreign investors has led to the creation of numerous consulting agencies in Singapore creating the professional services industry. Sectors like financing and manufacturing have triggered the growth of employment agencies and market development companies in Singapore. Recruitment agencies have helped approximately 50,000 Singapore companies to hire highly-skilled individuals generating close to 9 billion SGD annually to the State budget. Singapore is striving to become an international professional services network which is why foreign entrepreneurs with a good reputation can successfully start a consulting business here. For more information about becoming a consultant in the city-state you can also refer to our specialists in company registration in Singapore.

You can watch the video below for more information on how to open a company in Singapore as a consulting business:

Suitable structures for setting up a Singapore consulting business

The first step a foreign entrepreneur must take if he or she wants to open a company in Singapore and operate as a consultant is to select an appropriate business form. The two most common types of companies that can be employed for a consulting business are the sole proprietorship and the private limited liability company.

An investor who decides to set up a Singapore consulting company as a sole trader should consider:

  • -          this business form can only be used by a single person completing the activities in his or her own name;
  • -          the owner will have full responsibility for the consulting business’ debt and other obligations;
  • -          the setup procedure of a sole proprietorship is quite simple and is completed in a few days;
  • -          the business will not be able to service a large number of clients, which can lead to expansion by changing the business form.

Foreign investors can also open the consulting company under the form of a partnership in Singapore. This way, a local partner could ease the entrance on the market of the foreign partner.

The most suitable type of company for starting a consulting business in Singapore is the private limited liability company. This offers a higher degree of protection to the owner. Also, compared to the sole proprietorship, a limited liability company can serve a greater number of clients.

Those who want to open a company in Singapore and need guidance can rely on our local consultants who can explain the benefits of each structure which can be used for a consulting business.

It is also important to advertise the services offered by the consulting company in order to attract clients. A website could be a good investment in this sense.

Registering a consulting business in Singapore

There are no special requirements for setting up a consulting business in Singapore. Foreign citizens are only required to have a residence visa in order to open a company in Singapore. One must follow the requirements of the Company Act and appoint Singapore experts in company formation services for the registration procedure to have the consulting business registered. The main steps for consulting company registration in Singapore are:

Our specialists in company formation in Singapore can draft the consulting company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. They can also handle the entire incorporation procedure and can help you open a bank account in Singapore for your new company.

Types of consulting companies in Singapore

There are various industries in which consulting companies can operate, as Singapore is known as one of the most innovative cities in the world. Among the industries in which a consulting company can operate we can mention the following:

  • -          the financial industry, which is a great opportunity for accountants and financial advisors;
  • -          the IT industry, which covers a wide area of other sub-sectors, such as e-commerce;
  • -          traditional and digital marketing which are quite popular all over the world at the moment;
  • -          business management which is covered by the Business Advisors and Consultants Council.

In order to become a management consultant, a local or foreign owner of a consulting company can enroll with the Council.

One of the most popular types of consulting businesses in Singapore at the moment is the financial technology company which can offer guidance to those interested in investing in cryptocurrencies.

Our Singapore company formation agents can offer more information about the requirements related to setting up a consulting business in one of the sectors mentioned above. We can also help you open a company in the cryptocurrency field in Singapore.

Licenses for consulting companies in Singapore

Those who want to set up a company in Singapore in order to operate in the consulting field should know that from a licensing point of view they must apply for specific permits with the authorities representing the industry they want to operate in. For example, an accountant must register with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

It is possible for a foreigner to obtain their degree in their home country and have it recognized with the Singapore authorities in order to practice here. Then, they can enroll with the Business Advisors and Consultants Council.

Becoming a practicing management consultant in Singapore

Foreign citizens qualified as consultants in other countries can become management consultants in Singapore. All they must do is submit the following documents with the Singapore Business Advisors and Consultants Council:

  • -          an application form;
  • -          copies of their CVs;
  • -          copies of their passports;
  • -          copies after their diplomas and other qualification certificates.

Additionally, they will be required to prepare a project. They will also be requested to pay a fee. Business consulting certificates have a two-year validity period in Singapore.

If you need help in order to open a company in Singapore as a consulting business you can contact our local experts in company formation. Our specialists in company registration in Singapore are at your disposal with complete services no matter the type of business you plan on setting up in the city-state.


Why choose us?

Roger Pay is the Managing Director of Bestar and an experienced company formation consultant. He will help you open your company in Singapore as fast as possible. 


As a Bestar clientyou will benefit from the joint expertise of local lawyers and consultants for opening an offshore company in Singapore.





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