Top Apps in Singapore That Help You Earn Money

Rising costs of living and inflated property prices are part and parcel of fast-paced developed Singapore city. City dwellers are busy seeking money to fund their high standard of living in the country.

In recent years, technology has made it possible for people to search and find all type of information in a matter of seconds. With thousands of mobile apps already in store, we are spoilt for choice with the wide selection of apps available that we are actually willing to pay for.

However, there are more and more apps allowing users to turn a quick buck, by offering to pay you for using them. With that being said, finding additional income is getting easier with the various startups that allow people to trade time, tools or rooms in return for a little cash in your pocket.

From cleaning to grocery shopping, here are the top apps that not only flexible but will earn you pretty decent money for your efforts:

Uber

Uber

Fancy a fast road to easy money? Driving has become an increasingly appealing side job for those seeking an extra source of income. Drivers reportedly earn between $2.5 – 3K per month, if they work full time and after all the various deductions.

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Carousell serves as a fast and simple way to sell the clutter in your life and find great deals to save you cash! This app is perfect for busy people as they are able to list an item for sale in 30 secs.

Airbnb
airbnb

An average hotel stay costs above $150 and with Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider for travellers, it is definitely an attractive option for both travellers who are seeking cheaper options and hosts who are in need of extra income. While owners of Housing Development Board flats are not able to apply, there are many in the private sector who are taking to this like a fish to water

Helpling
helpling

Helpling serves as an online marketplace that arranges trusted and independent helpers to consumers in under 60 seconds. With a flat rate of $20/hour per booking, a helpling cleaner is able to make a whopping fee of $16 dollar per dollars

 

Upwork

upwork
Upwork is a place where freelancers list their skills and employers turn to first for good quality work at affordable prices. Skills such as logo design and data entry could easily earn you decent money, and with all work being done remotely, you could easily do this from the comfort of your home.

Market9
market9

Rather than hiring drivers and buying trucks to send groceries to your door, Market9 crowdsources its users who are paid $8 per trip to buy and deliver supermarket fresh produce to the doorstep of customers within their guaranteed 3-hour timeframe.

 

@Servcorp announces further expansion in Singapore with new office launch at #CapitaGreen

Singapore/Sydney, September 2015 – Servcorp Ltd (SRV:ASX), the leading executive serviced and virtual offices provider with offices in 52 cities across 23 countries, opened its new office in Singapore located at CapitaGreen, the latest and most sought-after Grade-A building in the heart of the central business district

(From Left) Servcorp COO Marcus Moufarrige, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Lady (Lynne) Cosgrove and His Excellency Philip Green OAM Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. Source Instagram user @weewu

An opening celebration was held at the premise on 22 September 2015 which was officiated by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Lady (Lynne) Cosgrove and His Excellency Philip Green OAM Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. The event was also graced by Senior Executives of Servcorp’s partners and clients.

Barely a year ago, Servcorp opened its South East Asia Headquarter at Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2. The opening of CapitaGreen office this year will expand their Singapore portfolio to six sites, on top of the existing sites at Battery Road, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2, PSA Building, Suntec Tower 3 and The Metropolis.

Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia, is giving speech for the opening of #Servcorp Capital Green Office. Source: Instagram user @weewu

With over US$80 million investment in building a global IT network, Servcorp provides the fastest wireless access in the market with 99.99% uptime guaranteed. Servcorp’s clients are able to obtain 24/7 global IT support with a 100-strong dedicated local IT support team, which makes Servcorp a reliable partner for tech giants clients like Dell and Microsoft.

 

For additional information, please visit: http://www.servcorp.com.sg

 

Team Merlion Announced as Winner of Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge

Singapore, September 2015: The Rakuten Institute of Technology has announced the winners of the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge at the grand presentation and award ceremony.

Participants and winners of the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge
Participants and winners of the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge

Masaya Mori, Global Head, Rakuten Institute of Technology, Executive Officer, Rakuten, Inc presented the winning title, along with the grand cash prize of S$8,000, to Team Merlion. The first runner-up and second runner-up titles were awarded to Team Haipt and Team GM respectively.

 

Team Merlion
Team Merlion

Earlier this quarter, the Rakuten Institute of Technology partnered with Viki, a global TV site, to launch the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge. Hosted on Dextra’s challenge platform from the 22nd July to the closing date of 31st August this year, participants had access to over 7 million lines of rich, anonymised data to gain a sense of viewers’ preferences, popular content features, and TV fan demographics. The goal was to build a personalised recommender system for Viki fans world-wide, following a set of user and business considerations.

 

Six teams were shortlisted by Rakuten Institute of Technology and Dextra to present their models to a panel of judges – including Mr Masaya Mori, Mr Rohit Dewan, Chief Technology Officer at Viki, Ms Ewa Szymanska, Head of Research at Rakuten Institute of Technology Singapore, Mr Takashi Umeda, Data Scientist at Rakuten Institute of Technology Tokyo and Mr Adam Lyle, Chairman of Newton Circus – at the final presentation and award ceremony, held at the IDA Labs @ National Design Centre.

 

Unlike many other online data challenges, accuracy was only one of the criteria used to select the winners, participants were required to submit their documented codes and detailed reports. The judges took into consideration engineering qualities including ease of implementation and risk management, business and user insights including demonstrating depth of understanding of the data and Viki business and use of innovative approaches alongside further ideas for improvement.

 

Winning team Merlion employed an elegant algorithm that performs outstandingly in both public and private leaderboards, identified and engineered very useful features, as well as discovered and visualised some key insights from the data provided.

 

 

First Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Bandung, Indonesia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza® Bandung, the first Crowne Plaza in Bandung, Indonesia. Located in the heart of the city and near major transport links, the new 270-room hotel offers a comprehensive range of meetings facilities close to Bandung’s city centre and Central Business District – making it the ideal choice for ambitious business travellers.

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Crowne Plaza Bandung is offering a special opening rate from USD85.00++ per night, inclusive of breakfast for two.

Read the full press releases

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Create and Communicate on Any Device with @Logitech’s New Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse #M337 #K380

Singapore — September 3, 2015 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the Logitech® K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth® Keyboard and the Logitech® M337 Bluetooth® Mouse, giving you the freedom to work, create and express yourself on any device, anywhere.

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard brings the comfort and convenience of desktop typing to your computer, smartphone and tablet. Express yourself on any computing platform anywhere in your home, and connect with up to three devices, instantly switching among them with the Easy-Switch™ buttons. The keyboard will recognize your connected device and automatically map keys to supported functions and shortcuts – making your typing experience familiar and comfortable. The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard provides up to two years of battery life from the two AAA batteries included, and will be available in blue or black for a suggested retail price of $54.00.

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Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse

The Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse lets you create on virtually any computing device, whenever and wherever you choose. Its programmable navigation button puts control in the palm of your hand, allowing you to switch between applications, change between desktops, drag-and-drop files and images, replicate the three-finger swipe gesture that brings up mission control on a Mac computer, and bring up Task View on Windows 10. The mouse tracks reliably on just about any surface – from metal café tables to tile countertops to your favorite study desk – thanks to a laser-grade optical sensor. It is portable, includes a tilt wheel, has a curved shape and textured rubber grips that provide lasting comfort, and it can keep going for up to 10 months on one AA battery. Offered in three colors – Black, Blue and Red, the Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse will be available for a suggested retail price of $49.00.

By downloading Logitech Options Software, you can customize both the keyboard and mouse to enhance your experience and unlock a world of possibilities. Although they aren’t dependent on each other to work, the new keyboard and mouse look great together, featuring matching colors and a distinctive design.

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Availability

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse are expected to be available in Singapore in September. Each device is sold separately.

I2I 2011: Training, mentoring and funding

Idea to Investment (I2I) for the Media Industry is the leading training program in Singapore for the media and interactive and digital media (IDM) companies. Co-organized by Expara and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). I2I has trained and put in front of investors more than 540 entrepreneurs from 272 companies since 2007.

During the two-day, intensive, hands-onm workshop, participants will develop the key elementsof their business strategy, business plan, financial model and investor presentations.

I2I is open to all sectors of media industry, and to companies of all sizes, maturity and stage of development. We help existing companies to grow and new companies to get started.

To know more about this event, visit www.expara.com

Cost-Saving Printer

 

For small business owners, listen up! Brother has recently launched a new series of compact colour printers and Multi-functions Centre that promise to deliver cost-saving and high-speed printing. Price starts as low as $498/-

By utilising a newly improved LED printing technology, Brother is able to offer high speed printing at 16 pages per minute (ppm) and rich colour print quality at up to 2,400 x 600 dpi resolution, without increasing the cost of ownership. This will certainly meet the printing needs of both Small Offices Home Offices (SOHOs) and Small and Medium sized Businesses (SMBs)

Additionally, the MFCs offer print, fax, copy and scan functions in one machine with the unique scan to FTP and network features to reduce the amount of paper filing and easier document management for today’s offices. Alternatively, users can also scan to and even print directly from USB flash memory drive.

I do not have the chance to test up the printing quality but I guess this is pretty secondary.  For small business owners, what matters most is to achieve cost saving and decent print quality. The Toner Save Mode enables draft quality printouts that consumes less toner, while a separate toner and drum technology lets users maximise toner and drum usage so less is spent on replacing drums and reducing wastage.

 

To know more about the price and the specification, you may wish to download a simplified catalogue here.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2009

 

The current crisis has wiped out the global market confidence but not the ambitions of the entrepreneurs.

 

And the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) and the Rotary Club are aiming to recognise those who have succeeded this year despite the many obstacles. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is now into its 21st year. It seeks to honour successful entrepreneurs who have been able to recognise opportunities, take appropriate actions and accept the associated risks.
Past winners include homegrown firms like Charles and Keith, Breadtalk and Qian Hu.

 

What are the qualifying requirements? 

  1. The Candidate must be an entrepreneur who has been in business for at least three years, and has demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial qualities in growing and developing the business.
  2. The Candidate must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, who is above 21 years of age.
  3. The Candidate’s company must have a minimum 30% local equity.
  4. If the Candidate owns between 10% and 30% of the Company’s shares, he/she has to be nominated by the Board of Directors.
  5. Total fixed production assets of the Candidate’s company should not exceed S$30 million. Total number of employees must not exceed 400 if the Candidate’s business belongs to the service industry.
  6. The Candidate’s company must neither be a listed company nor a subsidiary of a listed company.
  7. The Candidate’s company must hold at least three years of audited books of accounts, which must be submitted for evaluation.

Submissions for the award will close at noon on June 30, 2009. Visit the website at http://www.eya.com.sg/

 

Venture capital improves corporate governance

COMPANIES receiving venture capital backing are generally better at corporate governance when they list on the stock exchange than those that have not gone down the venture capital path, according to a study by the Australian School of Business.

Based on 11 years of research by Associate Professor Jo-Ann Suchard in association with the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, the study examined corporate governance at companies that had gone through an initial public offering.

It finds that listed companies with VC-backed boards have more independent directors and a higher percentage of independent directors with industry experience than non-VC companies that have gone to an IPO.

“It is established in international markets that venture capitalists add value through various types of activities beyond just giving money,” Suchard says.

Her research shows VC-backed firms have more independent directors. “These were not just non-executives, but directors who didn’t have any prior or existing relationship with the company, so they weren’t lawyers or bankers or accountants who had a prior working relationship,” she says.

Suchard says VCs use their networks to bring in specialist independent directors to help run companies, and therefore provide better corporate governance, which should help protect shareholder interests and contribute to better performance over time.

Luceille Outhred, chief executive of South Australian technology innovation group Digislide Holdings, says having VC backing has definitely helped her company achieve stronger corporate governance.

“We’ve gone through seed capital raising and angel raising, and each time we’ve gone through a different stage, as a natural consequence of the business growing but also as a necessity for raising additional capital at a higher level, our policies and procedures have tightened up,” she says.

“We always had a goal of listing on the ASX or the New York Stock Exchange, or Nasdaq, so we have constantly been upgrading our policies and our procedures, both operational and governance.


“Digislide has received about $12 million in venture capital funding and we would be in a position to lodge with ASIC for an ASX-listed company if we choose to do so, because all our policies are at the highest level and the implementation is at the highest level.”

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, chief executive of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, says VC-backed companies are used to working with a board, whereas many other companies that list for the first time have not previously done so.

“A lot of companies think they don’t need a board in the earlier stages of being a company and so people are just not used to having a board,” Woodthorpe says.

“It is difficult, however, finding independent directors, particularly people who are interested in working with smaller technology companies, which are perceived as having higher risk.”

Ivan Kaye, director of BSI Australia, which provides venture capital funding through its Australian Distributed Incubator arm, says a condition of putting money into a company is that they move towards having the right structures in place.

“There are generally independent or non-executive board members put on by the VC.

“As a result of that, the shift from a private company to listing is smaller than with a company that hasn’t had VC backing.”

Mike Hershorn, director of Four Hats Capital, manager of the Nanyang Innovation Fund, says one of the first things to improve in the field of corporate governance is a company’s financial reporting.

“That’s really the first step, because if the board doesn’t have accurate financial reports it can’t work well to improve the company.”

VENTURE FORTH
* Companies with venture capital backing tend to have better corporate governance

* Independent directors have a stronger presence on the board

* The right governance structures are often a condition of VC funding

* Better governance brings better financial reporting

Source: The Australian, 28 Nov 2008