Expatpreneur Awards 2017: Moving Out Of The Comfort Zone To Start Expat Life In Singapore
This month, we’re celebrating the successes of savvy expatriates and Singaporeans, as well as the setbacks they overcame, to make life better in Singapore in our Expatpreneur Awards 2017.
Dr. Mark Reyneker, Founder and Clinical Director of Family Podiatry Centre, didn’t first start his business in Singapore.
But, on hindsight, leaving his comfort zone to venture into business on the Red Dot proved to be a good move (pun intended).
After selling his practice in Port Elizabeth South Africa, to move to Malaysia Dr.Mark stablished two Family podiatry centre Branches where he saw up to 40 patients a day. Then about five years ago he left his “comfort zone” to set out for singapore to start a third branch.
“People were surprised”, he remembers. “But six month after i left Malaysia, numerous events shook it’s economy. this was a big, successful move for my family and company.”
That been said, his first year here served him a “large slice of humble pie” as he had no costumer base yet. “I saw one to three patients daily,”he says “My newborn daughter was a perfect distraction.”
“Like many others i hate repetitive unnecessary filling out of forms,” Dr.Mark shares. “Many countries have this problem when it comes to starting a company. As soon as i see this i know what to expect: an ineffective system that leads to delays and frustrations I love the fact that Singapore has streamlined many of its systems to make starting a new company effortless. It was such a pleasure working with a system that was well-oiled.”
While thats one hurdle he avoided he continues working hard and drive the success of the clinic. “I read extensively to stay up to date,”says Dr.Mark who pioneered custom made orthotics in southeast Asia, and he is still involved in “every minute detail” of his business.
For more information on the Expatpreneur Awards 2017, please refer to http://thefinder.com.sg.