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.
After noticing a “niche in the market” – small items of furniture to add to ones people already own – Owner and Curator Nina Beale, who was an interior stylist back in Australia, launched chic home accents shop Bungalow 55 in 2012.
Read on to know her story (and find out how we picked the awardees here)!
Nina and her husband, David, and their eldest daughter together moved to Singapore in 2009. “I had [my second daughter] Poppy about six weeks after we arrived in Singapore, so that kept me busy assimilating in a new city with a newborn!” says Nina, whose family now has Permanent Residence status.
For Nina, Singapore was very much an ideal place for entrepreneurs looking to start out. “The Singapore government is very supportive. It has a special tax structure to give start-ups the best chance,” she says.
“You have to listen to your clients and have the ability to adapt,” she says, highlighting that a large number of her customers are expats who move frequently.
Of course, expat life in Singapore doesn’t solely revolve around work. “I turn the phone off from 8 p.m. onwards – it’s important to switch off,” says Nina, who also likes to do pilates, walk or play tennis to “clear the mind.”
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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