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).
Read more below (find out how we picked the awardees here)!
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After selling his practice in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to move to Malaysia in 2001, Dr. Mark established two Family Podiatry Centre branches where he was seeing up to 40 patients a day.
Then, about five years ago, he decided to leave his “comfort zone” to set out for Singapore to start a third branch.
“People were surprised,” he remembers. “But six months after I left Malaysia, numerous events shook its economy. This was a big, successful move for my family and company.”
That said, his first year in here served him a “large slice of humble pie,” as he had no customer 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 frustration. 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 is well-oiled.”
While that’s one hurdle he avoided, he still continues working hard and driving 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’s still involved in “every minute detail” of his business.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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