Dear NBB,NBB wrote:Dear Guest,guest wrote:
I'm still a guest here on this forum ... pardon my intrusion. But I just have to put in my two cents worth and can't bear to see other fellow business entries being taken for a ride ... especially so when they are foreigners. I bear the same sentiments with start-up companies when I entered 3 years ago and am definitely one who would raise hell for just cause. If my postings do offence, I apologise, as they're not meant to be.
I'm sure you can find cheaper places, esepcially in combination with DIY. But I like to outsource this stuff fully, no worries for me. Besides, the vibes with that biz were good, and other people have to make a living too, right?
It's a choice I made, based on a referral. So far I have no complaints. And I will complain if sloppy work is done, believe you me.
But could I justifiably complain if I'd gone on the cheap instead? I probably could, but it would make sweet F.A. of a difference, no skin of their back; serves me right, after all, for trying to squeeze water out of a pebble. Hey, I like that analogy, just made that up.
I like your style of a 'win-win' situation and I do believe as well that other people do have to make their living. No thought at all trying to "squeeze water out of a pebble" But being expensive doesn't necessarily be good or convenient.
Some reasons I believe for high prices especially in SG:-
1) fancy outfit (rental)
2) fanciful organisational structure - 'overpaid' and/or overstaffed.
3) overstated 'qualifications' (mr/ms know-it-all)
4) to 'support' their directors extravagant lifestyles.
5) the mindset of foreigner being the 'walking bank', and foreigner having the consideration that "other people do have to make their living too"
6) etc etc etc (it could offend some people on this board )
Well, I guess it depends whether you are buying the actual products or services, or the 'lifestyle'. I had once paid about the same amount of money (a company within CBD area) to incorporate my first company with the view of not wanting hassles and 'paying' for their expertise. I didn't get that and had since changed to another company (outside CBD area) of which I didnt even have to haggle at all over price. They're not DIY mind you, and price is less than half of what I was paying over the first one. I'm very satisfied with their service so far, much nuch less hassles and therefore deduced that those hassles that I got then were their SOP and 'unreal' as they have to justify the amount of work or work processes they have to do, with the fees they charge.
And business life is much simpler now