Types of services:
The services available are:
Accounting services are often critical to design firms as they help design firms to focus on building their business. Tapping on accounting services also allows design firms to outsource the managing of their account receivables and payables, filing their yearly returns and other accounting-related needs.
2. Corporate secretariat
Having a corporate secretariat function is essential when designers intend to start their own practice. Corporate compliance processes may be tedious and challenging when setting up and maintaining a business. By tapping on to a corporate secretariat services, design firms can ease their administrative burdens and allow them to focus on their core business functions.
3. Digital Marketing
In the current business environment, there is an ever-increasing need for design firms to strengthen their engagement and outreach to both existing and potential clients through social media channels. Design firms can do so by either strengthening in-house digital marketing efforts, or by tapping on digital marketing services such as creating a social media strategy to reach out to their target audience.
4. Human resources (HR)
Human resource services play a key role in developing and reinforcing the values of a design firm regardless of its size. It is critical for design firms to develop values in performance management, payroll outsourcing, recruitment, training and development and ensuring all statutory requirements are met . Design firms can tap on human resource services or digital human resources platforms. Alternatively, design firms can strength the skills of their in-house human resource personnel through training and development.
5. Intellectual Property Management
As a producer of original and creative works, it is important for design firms to protect their designs. Design firms may not be familiar with their intellectual property and legal rights. By tapping on intellectual property services, design firms can file their creative works and seek advice on legal implications that may arise in the future.
6. Public Relations
In the current business environment, tapping on public relations services is an alternative way to reach a targeted audience for design firms, such as trade media publications. With the assistance of the public relation providers, design firms can promote their brand, product or services to their target audience.
7. Brand Strategy
Branding is crucial when it comes to making your design firm and even your offerings stand out in a crowded market. Implementing the right brand strategy will bring your competitive positioning to life for better performance of your company.
DesignSingapore Council has also complied a directory of services that are relevant to design firms. You may tap these existing services in Finance, HR, Business Insights, and Technology, to strengthen the running of your business.
The services below are endorsed by agencies such as Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), trade bodies like the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), and professional service bodies.