Callum Connects Ivy Low, Director of WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy Published 2 years ago on April 23, 2015 By Callum Laing Share Tweet What’s your story? Like any nurses, I love to poke into the lives of vulnerable people. Not because we are bullies but for the fact this group of folks needs the most support , love and attention. I started being immersed in the Nursing industry about 14 years old ago and never looked back. Today , I am the founder of WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy Pte Ltd set up to help caregivers manage patient care at home, a place I believe care can be better than any institution. What excites you most about your industry? Healthcare is a need in everyone’s life. As age catches up, diseases creep into our life and we need healthcare support as much as we need food. And because it is inevitable, this will not be a sunsetting business. And the best part of it is being able to make money while helping and caring at the same time. What’s your connection to Asia? I am born Asian , lived in Singapore all my life. I grow up eating, living and breathing the Asean way.. Favourite city in Asia for business and why? Definitely Singapore. Our government support here for entrepreneurs is amazing. From small medium business to multi- national companies, it is one of the easiest countries to start a business. In Singapore almost everyone knows someone who is or had been self employed before. In my family, from my grandfather to my father, they used to run their own company. I supposed that was part of the reason why I am an entrepreneur now. What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? The best piece of advice I had ever received came from my personal experience as a child, though teenagehood and into adulthood. The same lesson I learnt and apply up to this day. At 10 years old, I learnt to live with my brother alone. In my teens, I started to work early while studying so that I need not take money from my dad. So my journey went on and through these years, the one advice that I remind myself all the time is ‘never to rely on someone else for anything but to be independent and self sufficient.’ Without this reminder, I would not have been able to go through the toughest years I had. Who inspires you? Definitely Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He is not only a prime minister,a politician, a great leader but also a very successful entrepreneur who turned a third world country in South East Asia into a first world country known across the globe in a short 40 years. I admire his courage to do the impossible, his determination to carry out his promises and his wisdom in bridging our nation through allied ties. What have you just learnt recently that blew you away? Successful people could be one of the laziest people on earth. At a recent comedy night, Russell Peter, a very famous stand up comedian confessed how much he hated waking up early for work so he worked on looking for a job that allow him to laze most of the time and earn good money at the same time. And indeed if you have paid to watch him, you would be amazed how an ordinary man could bring a revenue of millions in just 3 sessions of a 2 hours show If you had your time again, what would you do differently? Absolutely not! I love every moment now and never regretted one moment of my life. At one point I did wonder how would life be if I had studied better and landed myself in the law firm or as a doctor but quickly I know that if I had done so, I would never be able to experience all that I did and would never How do you unwind? The best thing I get on a daily basis is my dose of caffeine. After a hard day at work, all I wished for is ‘Kopi Si’ also known as coffee with milk & sugar. Music plays an important role in helping me stay calm too. I remember some days when things gets rough, I would either hit the loud music to shake out my mood or tune into classical or gospel songs to help me soothe my spirits. Who can live without music? Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why? Thailand beach. Firstly, Thais are great people and I always feel safe in their country. Secondly, they have beautifully relaxing villa that are really affordable and complete. Last but not least, good food. Alright, I am salivating already. Everyone in business should read this book: Good To Great by Jim Collins. There are so much research put into writing this book that is too good to be missed. Ever wondered how some small companies made it big overnight while other big organisations flopped in the hands of an employee? Be awed by this book of management strategies. Shameless plug for your business: WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy has helped over 1,000 families managed with the homecoming of a patient through caregivers’ training and home facilities built up. Established in 2010, WhiteAngel won the inaugural Young Entrepreneur Award in Singapore and have been featured various times for her social cause and rising business. How can people connect with you? Write to me at [email protected] Hotline 6100 1701 — This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur: Callum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives. Take the ‘Key Person of Influence’ scorecard <http://www.keypersonofinfluence.com/scorecard/> Connect with Callum here: twitter.com/laingcallum linkedin.com/in/callumlaing Get his free ‘Asia Snapshot’ report from www.callumlaing.com Related Topics:asiaasianasian entrepreneurbusinessEntrepreneurentrepreneursfeaturedgovernmenthealthcareinterviewjourneylifemake moneymepromisessingaporeStorySupportthe asian entrepreneurwisdom Continue Reading You may like What Kills A Startup Jasmine Tan, Director of Stone Amperor Is There A Coworking Space Bubble? Dextre Teh, Founder of Rebirth Academy Arthur Lam, Co-Founder of Synergy Johnson Zhuo, Founder of Dream Sparkle Callum Connects Jasmine Tan, Director of Stone Amperor Published 1 day ago on October 18, 2017 By Callum Laing Jasmine saves her clients time and effort when doing kitchen fit outs with her biz Stone Amperor. What’s your story? I started working in the industry in 2003. I was in a marble and granite supplier company for 5 years. Even though I left the company, I still had customers calling me for my services. I referred them back to my previous company but they refused to because they loved the fast response service that I offered. I realised that customers do look at prices, however most of them prefer quality over quantity. Thus I have decided to establish a sole proprietor company also known as 78 Degrees which later rebranded as Stone Amperor in 2014. What excites you most about your industry? The kitchen countertop industry is a very confusing market. There are many brands, materials and prices to choose from. What excites me the most is my ability to help clients choose the best materials and brands within their budgets, whilst saving them time and effort. What’s your connection to Asia? I have been in Asia all my life and I love Asia. No matter where you go there is no place like home. Favourite city in Asia for business and why? I love Singapore. This is because Singapore has always been a stable country and it is great for doing business. However as it is a small country, it can be really competitive. I believe that if just do your best and give your best to your customers, you can overcome this. What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? “Take actions. Learn and improve continuously. An idea without action is just a dream.” This was really good advice that I received from my partner. Who inspires you? A very down to earth billionaire from Malaysia, Robert Kuok What have you just learnt recently that blew you away? Property is the foundation of every business. If you had your time again, what would you do differently? Own instead of renting property for my business. How do you unwind? I enjoy going shopping, watching movies and hanging out with friends. I am quite a simple being. Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why? I love going to Taiwan as I love the culture there. Everyone is so polite and the weather is great. Everyone in business should read this book: Sun Tzu, Art of war Shameless plug for your business: Perfect top, Perfect price, Perfect life from Stone Amperor How can people connect with you? Email me at [email protected] Twitter handle? @StoneAmperor — This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’. Connect with Callum here: twitter.com/laingcallum linkedin.com/in/callumlaing Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com Continue Reading Callum Connects Dextre Teh, Founder of Rebirth Academy Published 2 days ago on October 17, 2017 By Callum Laing Dextre Teh is a consultant and marketing guru, helping F&B businesses to tighten their operations and grow their businesses. What’s your story? I help frustrated F&B business owners stuck in day to day operation transform from a glorified operator into a real business owner. I’m a 27 year old Singaporean second generation restaurant owner and a F&B business consultant. Entering the industry at 13 years old, I have always been obsessed with operations and systemisation. At the age of 25, I joined the insurance industry and earned a six figure yearly income. However, I left the high pay behind because it was not my passion and returned to the F&B industry. Now I help other F&B companies to tighten operations and grow their businesses with my consulting and marketing services. What excites you most about your industry? The food. I’m a big lover of food and even have a YouTube show on food in development. But that aside, it is really about impacting people through food. Creating moments and memories for people, be it a dating couple or families or friends. Providing that refuge from the daily grind of life. So in educating my consulting clients and training their staff to provide a better experience for their customers, I aim to shift the industry in the direction of creating memories instead of just selling food. What’s your connection to Asia? I was born and bred in Singapore. I love the culture, the food and travelling in Asia. Favourite city in Asia for business and why? Singapore hands down. The environment here is built for businesses to thrive. The government is pro business and the infrastructure is built around supporting business growth. Not to mention the numerous amount of grants available in helping people start and even grow business. If I’m not mistaken, the Singaporean government is the only government in the world that offers grants to home grown businesses for overseas expansion. What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? Learning to do things you do not intend to master is a BIG mistake in business. Focus on what you are good at and pay others to do the rest. Many business owners including myself are so overwhelmed by the 10,000 things that they feel they need to do everyday. We try to do everything ourselves because we think it saves us money. The only thing that, that does for us is overload our schedules and give us mediocre results. Instead we should focus on what we do best and bring in support for the rest. Who inspires you? Christopher M Duncan. At 29, Chris has built multiple 7 figure businesses. He opened me to the possibility of building a business on the thing that I loved and gave me a blueprint of how to do it. He also showed me that being young doesn’t mean you cannot do great things. Imran Mohammad and Fazil Musa They are my mentors and inspire me every single day to pursue my dreams, to focus on celebrating life and enjoying the process of getting to where I want to be. What have you just learnt recently that blew you away? Time is always more expensive than money. Money, you can earn over and over again but time, once you spend it, will never come back. If you had your time again, what would you do differently? I am a firm believer that your experiences shape who you are. I am grateful for every single moment of my life be it the highs or the lows, the successes and the failures because all these experiences have led me to become the person I am and brought me to the place that I’m at so I will probably do things the same way as everything was perfect in its time. How do you unwind? Chilling out in a live music bar with a drink in hand, listening to my favourite live band, 53A. Other than that I’m big on retail therapy, buying cool and geeky stuff. Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why? Bangkok. It feels like a home away from home where the cost of living is relatively low, the food is good and the people are friendly. Everyone in business should read this book: Everything you know about business is wrong by Alastair Dryburgh. It is a book that challenges commonly accepted business “truths” and inspires you to go against the grain, think different, take risks and stand your ground in the face of the challenges that will come your way as a business owner. Shameless plug for your business: I’m the creator of the world’s first Chilli Crab Challenge. It gained viral celebrity earlier this year with 3 major newspaper features and more than a dozen blog and online publications featuring it in the span of two weeks. 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