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#SmartWayToPac: How To Start An Online Side Business In 24 Hours With The Help Of SingPost’s SmartPac

So that you’d have the confidence to quit your full-time job

Many desire to be a proud boss of their own business.

But here’s the risky part of this aspiration: If you’re employed, then you’ll need to quit your job at some point. And quitting means relinquishing a stable income, and having no monthly pay means no capital to kickstart a business.

We know – entrepreneurship can sometimes be scary and unforgiving. That’s why most stay employees for life.

So why not play safe and start your business on the sidelines then?

Of course, running a sideshow on top of your 9-5 job does not come as an easy feat. But slowly and surely, you can work your way to a point where quitting your full-time job can soon be an option.

So whether you’re an accountant by day and a perfumer by night, or a lawyer by profession but a terrific candlemaker on the side, turn your passion into a flourishing enterprise by following these five steps to set up an online business in 24 hours.

1. Find a product to sell

Perhaps you have a pile of character-themed socks lying around or, for us, a bunch of Weekender’s mascot Whoopee plushies in the storeroom – determining a product you’d like to sell makes sense as the first step. If you’re truly serious about achieving a booming and long-lasting business, then we suggest doing some market research based on what people want these days.

For starters, hitting up e-retail sites such as Qoo10 or Lazada, and monitoring their bestsellers can give you a gauge on what’s hot and what’s not. There are also helpful analytics such as trends.google.com to provide insights on trendy things that may be lucrative to sell. Case in point: Fidget spinners were reported to be having a moment sometime last year.

However, a word of caution: the demand for such trendy things usually dies out quickly, and stocking up massively on them may be unwise.

To tread lightly on the topic of sourcing the products, we suggest you reach out to wholesalers from sites such as Alibaba / AliExpress, DHGate, and even trade fairs. But why not immortalise your idea when you seek help from the Original Design Manufacturer and Original Equipment Manufacturer? There’s nothing prouder than to make money off your own creation.

2. Work on your branding

With any business, there needs to be some sort of branding – we’re talking a name, a logo, and clear-cut copy that encompasses your ‘About Us’ page or even your slogan, if you’re planning to have one. To save costs on hiring a graphic designer, you can always lean on online logo generators to quickly churn out one to your liking.

Some of these free online logo generators include freelogodesign.org and logaster.com/logo.

3. Rely on third-party e-marketplaces

Now with the foundation laid, it’s time to live your business. Bang on utilizing third-party e-retailers such as Qoo10, Shopee and Lazada to hawk your wares. Established e-marketplaces provide a user-friendly, buildable interface that may come free or at a small cost, so that you create your own e-shop front without the need for complicated coding.

While Shopee and Lazada are free, Qoo10 requires a signup fee of $100 – a sum that is turned into 10,000 Qpoints that can be used to boost your listing. The site also charges a 12% commission, higher than Lazada, which charges 1 to 3% for electronics and 5 to 7% for all others. Shopee doesn’t charge any commission.

4. Dabble in a bit of marketing

Go on social media – it’s free and helps to get your message across effectively. Know a friend who is a mini-Instagram star? Ask her for a solid in the form of a small mention via her platform. This leads us to the next option, which is tapping on your own personal network. You should never underestimate what the power of word-of-mouth can do for a business.

If push comes to shove, you may need to don a thicker hide and perhaps reach out to key opinion leaders – by either sliding into their DMs or showing up at their residence with your product drops.

As everything is on the web, do keep in mind to use SEO keywords and phrases in your listing so that it is possible to find your site via search engines. SEO keywords are the keywords and phrases in your web content that make it possible for people to find your site via search engines.

5. Send out your first order using SmartPac

“Ding” – you just received a notification on the first order! Now, this part of living up to the customer’s satisfaction is kind of crucial for new businesses. And aside from the quality of the product, no one likes tardy delivery of a package.

So here to aid newbie entrepreneurs is SingPost’s SmartPac – an intelligent prepaid mailing service that is versatile and convenient to use.

SmartPac is available in three delivery variants – Mini, Lite, and Box – that can be purchased at any post office or online. The Mini measures 150mm by 220mm, Lite at 240mm by 330mm, and Box at 190mm by 300mm.

The packages have carrying capacities of 600 grams, 1 kilogram, and 3 kilograms respectively, therefore, making a trip to the post office for weighing and paying for the actual postage unnecessary. All you have to do is drop the sealed package into a post box on the way to work – see, so much time saved! Your customers can have peace of mind as it will be sent to their doorstep or letterbox if no one is at home.

Here’s a brief rundown of how you can use SmartPac:

1. Write your recipient’s details on the space provided
2. Take note of the reference number stated on the front side of the envelope. The unique code is for tracking purpose via www.singpost.com or SingPost mobile app. It’s also a good time to download the app now.
3. After everything’s in order, seal the opening of the envelope before dropping it off at any SingPost post office or street posting box.

Delivery will be made in two to three days – it’s that simple!

With the help of SmartPac, we’ve only offered the baby steps of kickstarting your online business. The rest is up to you! But we implore you to set out ASAP, because how long are you going to wait before you finally start pursuing something that you love?

SmartPac is also having a bundle deal promotion now. Get up to 12% off when you purchase a minimum of 20 pieces. Visit www.singpost.com/smartwaytopac for more details.

This post is brought to you by SmartPac –  #SmartwaytoPac

#SmartwaytoPac: We Tested The Intelligence Of SingPost’s SmartPac Service With Marshmallows

The prepaid mailing service is versatile in more ways than you’d think

According to the internet, it is said that an average of 15 marshmallows can fit into a person’s mouth.

All fired up to refute that assignment of being just an average joe, we irrationally stuffed our face as many of these sugar pillows in our face holes.

We threw up at the eleventh marshmallow.

It was a setback indeed. But a setback that has inspired us to test out this marshmallow challenge on SingPost’s SmartPac so that you didn’t have to. After all, don’t we all love little experiments which no one asked for, but have proven entertaining nonetheless!

What is SmartPac?

First things first, SmartPac is a prepaid trackable mailing service offered by SingPost. Essentially, SmartPac is somewhat similar to registered mail, where you can mail items with tracking, but without a required trip to the post office.

SmartPac comes in three options – Mini, Lite, and Box. The Mini and Lite are basically delivery envelopes with prepaid postage, while the Box is… well, a carrying box made of cardboard.

The beauty of SmartPac’s stipulated weight cap is so that it removes the hassle of manually calculating the postage based on the weight of its contents. In other words, you just need to ensure that items sent are well within the 600g, 1kg, or 3kg limit when using this intelligent mailing system.

Putting Smartpac to the marshmallow test

You may have added them into your hot cocoa or even turn them into a cupcake frosting, but in our case, marshmallows are used to demonstrate the versatility of the Smartpac.

Starting with the Mini, we managed to squeeze an exact number of 57 marshmallows before sealing the flap. That is three persons’ mouths filled with marshmallows, and also three-quarters of the confectionary’s bag we bought from Giant.

A single and very compressible marshmallow weighs barely seven grams. And so with 57 of these sugar babies in the SmartPac Mini, the weight is well under the 600g cap. For SmartPac Lite, we crammed 158 of marshmallows, unexpectedly forming an actual makeshift pillow that we may use for power naps during office hours.  So herein begs the question, how much can the SmartPac hold?

More than you think, we promise. We experimented with other items and came out with a little diagram based on our findings:

P.S. It’s probably not a good idea to actually send a SmartPac filled with marshmallows. You wouldn’t want to end up with a gooey mess now, would you?

Turning the SmartPac Box into a care package

And then there is the SmartPac Box. For a change of scene, we decided to do away with the marshmallow challenge as boxes are not something you can easily manipulate with. Instead, we set out to tug at heartstrings with a heartfelt care package for a best girl friend.

So, with the SmartPac Box as the chassis, we thoughtfully gathered everything girly to reward a deserving female.  Think of it as one of those subscription beauty boxes, where its contents always differ to offer up a pleasant surprise for the recipient. From hand cream and makeup products to even a family of plushies, we filled the box with goodies that will certainly brighten up our recipient’s day!

So have we inspired you to send a care package, a surprise birthday gift, or perhaps even a box filled with your secret fetishes? (Shh…we won’t judge.)

Well, you can do so by purchasing a SmartPac Box at any post office or online. Once you are done packing the items, simply drop it at any post office or one of the 800 posting boxes located islandwide. Best of all, it will reach the doorstep of the recipient within just two to three working days!

This post is brought to you by SmartPac –  #SmartwaytoPac

#SmartWayToPac: How To Send A Jar Of JJ Lin’s Breath Using SingPost’s SmartPac

Here’s how to make a quick buck at the expense of the Mandopop star 

To say we came up with the idea of ‘catching and storing’ JJ Lin’s breath during his concert in Singapore is entirely untrue.

Back in 2015, the absurd idea was first conceived by a fan of US rapper Kanye West. The fan seemingly caught a bagful of the rapper’s breath during his Yeezus tour, before putting up for auction on eBay at US$5. It was reported that the bid had gone up to more than US$60,000.  

And like a cold, the idea was caught on by Singaporean teenage girls in the same year. This time around, it was the breath of Harry Styles from UK pop group One Direction that these teenagers were hoping to ‘catch’ when the boy group made its debut performance in Singapore. These young concert-goers were reportedly armed with Ziploc bags and clothes pegs to ensure the seal was made extra tight. Unlike West’s fan, the Directioners selfishly kept these bags of air for themselves.

Being not only JJ Lin’s die-hard fans, but also fans who are quite enterprising, we saw these ‘breath-catching’ antics as a business opportunity, probing us to quickly prep ourselves for the Singapore leg of his Sanctuary World Tour.

If you too are as business-minded as us, then here’s a guide to the whole process of making some ka-ching at the expense of JJ Lin’s, or just about any celebrity’s, breath.

Market Research

Market research is important to know whether your product can garner interested buyers. For JJ Lin’s case, there’s a high chance people would warm up to owning a vessel of the pop singer’s breath, as indicated by the already sold-out concerts.

Snagging tickets

To capture a bagful of air, you’ll need to get tickets for seats situated close to the stage. CAT 1 tickets are your best bet. Without tickets? Then your best bet is to grovel at the feet of ticket holders who were lucky enough to snag theirs before you. You may need to ethically bribe them with a meal at a Michelin-Star restaurant or gift them with their favourite branded bag, but it’s a small price to pay because remember: Kanye West’s breath was going at more than US$60,000.

Be armed with the right breath-catching tools

Taking a leaf out of the Directioner’s book, prepare Ziploc bags and pegs to ensure the sealing is made tight for long-lasting freshness.

Put up a listing up online

Assuming you successfully snag a bagful of JJ Lin’s breath, transfer it to a tardy jar or container and label it ‘JJ Lin’s Breath’ before putting it up on eBay to commence the bidding war. But if you are dead set on a fixed price, then there shouldn’t be a problem of getting the prized souvenir picked up by a crazed JJ Lin fan.

Mail the jar with SmartPac quickly and securely

SingPost offers three SmartPac delivery variants – Mini, Lite, and Box – that can be purchased at any post office or online. The Mini measures 150mm by 220mm, Lite at 240mm by 330mm, and Box at 190mm by 300mm. They have the carrying capacity of 600 grams, 1 kilogram, and 3 kilograms respectively.

We reckon the size of your jar can fit into SmartPac Lite snugly. With breath being practically weightless, you don’t have to worry about exceeding the capacity of Lite’s one kilogram. The back of SmartPac’s Lite offers ample instructions on the correct way of mailing the envelope. But for your sake, here’s how:

  1. Write your recipient’s details on the space provided 
  2. Take note of the reference number stated on the front side of the envelope. The unique code is for tracking purpose via  www.singpost.com or SingPost mobile app. It’s also a good time to download the app now.
  3. After everything’s in order, seal the opening of the envelope before dropping it off at your nearest SingPost street posting box.

There you go! One jar of JJ Lin’s breath is on its way to a happy fan. You may repeat the process for any upcoming superstar heading to Singapore in the near future.

This post is brought to you by SmartPac, #SmartWayToPac