Why I Left Shopee Singapore?
“Why you left such a great company?”
“Shopee benefits very good, you shouldn’t leave there.”
“Why you give up your salary in Singapore and back to Malaysia?”
There’s a lot of people asking me these questions.
Let me introduce myself, I have been working as a Software Engineer and Business Intelligence for 6 years in Malaysia (my nation) and Singapore since the year 2013, and in this year, I finally make my decision to leave my company — Shopee Singapore to run my own startup — provide technical solutions, to create software, mobile and web application for our clients and also create my own business idea.
Why Startup? The reason why I wanted to run my own startup was because of realized I can use my own skills to help the SME business in Malaysia, as I saw there are a lot of the SME are still managing their business in manual ways, for example a new co-working space business, there are using a notebook to mark down all the customers schedule bookings; a startup company, there are using a punch card machine to capture down the employees working hours. After I see this happened in my hometown, I decided to register a business and to set up a goal — to help SME create technical solutions, to improve their business process. I knew there was a lot of the technical solutions companies in the market, but in order to promote the benefits of the technology, I choose to help the SME without any charges or in minimum charges.
Declined The Offer I decided to resign my current position — Senior Associate, Business Intelligence in Shopee Singapore. Meanwhile, I got an offer from a tech company as a Senior Software Engineer role, and the offer was very attractive. To achieve my goal, I declined the offer and start to prepare to move back to my hometown — Kuala Lumpur from Singapore.
First Step: Planning I started my plan a year ago, before I resign from the company. For me, planning is a very important step to set up my mind, it definitely bring me a very clear picture of what I’m going to do first. Like how I am going to achieve the steps, who is my target clients, do I need a partner and etc. I always mark down everything in my mind, my crazy ideas and solutions, and do planning. So I can execute it in one day. Second Step: Business Network After resigned from the company to start my own business, I realized the business network is very important. So I started to build my business network by adding SME founders and entrepreneurs via LinkedIn, join some SME events to get to know more entrepreneurs, and had a coffee session with them to hear about their experiences, feedbacks and advices.
Third Step: Business Registration I am so lucky to find another 2 partners, which have the same vision with me before I start the journey. And yes! We have done our business partnership registration in Malaysia — SquareBox Technology. You may check it out to give me some feedback on our website: https://www.squareboxtech.com And also our logo:
Fourth Step: Start The Projects In July, we finally get our 1st project! Although this is just to build a simple WordPress website, but we are very excited! Slowly, we’ve gained our projects within 4 months including WordPress websites, Ionic mobile project and ERP mobile application and etc. Besides that, we are also creating our own product, I will update our progress in the upcoming post! 😎
Last Step: Be Confident
“The expert at anything was once a beginner.” ― Helen Hayes
Be confident on yourself, you can create more than what you think and walk further than what you have expect.
Last but not least, I hope you guys really enjoy to read this post, please comment below to tell me about your thoughts or if you want me to share more about my journey.