Usahawan Minggu Ini – 2




1)What kind of business do you have? What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

My primary business is Ed Borhan Pte Ltd, providing services on Internet Strategy Consultancy & Web Application Development using DotNetNuke. I also have a partnership named WebLaunchKit Pte Ltd.

The desire to be as successful as possible and to understand my limits so that I can push myself further.

AbangAbu wrote:
2)Did you need to have a certain mindset to achieve success?

Previously I thought, the life cycle in Singapore is ‘standard’ – 10 years of education, National Service, 3 to 5 years of work life, get married, plan for CPF returns. But I realised, that is the life cycle which does not maximise my potential. Thus I had to erase the idea that there is a ‘system’ in place for everyone and I must create my own challenges/changes.

3)Have you noticed certain advantages to being an entrepreneur?

Having TIME. However, this is not necessarily an advantage on its own. If not managed well, time will be lost. And lost time cannot be recovered. As an entrepreneur, I get to plan my own schedule and set aside valuable time for family and loved one, while at the same time meeting my business targets.

AbangAbu wrote:
4)Is it difficult to get financing for businesses? If so why and are there any solutions?

I started my business without capital, zero dollars. And I was so happy when I saw on ChannelNewsAsia a millionaire lady, Ms Wendy Kwek, on The Million Makers (by ScreenBox). I was happy because she started all her businesses with zero dollars. Reason: if your business can make money out of nothing, your business is bound for success! Oh, I so AGREE!!!

My capital in business is my knowledge, such an intangible asset, but so valuable and is always increasing its value as long as I continue to learn.

AbangAbu wrote:
5)Did you have a mentor to help you get started?

Not really, but while I was working for about 2 years in SMEs, I learned as much as I can from my previous bosses. If I were to choose a specific person as a mentor (unofficially), it will be Mr Samuel Yeo, who was my manager when I was a Project Lead at National Healthcare Group for 10 months. He taught me so many important things; where some of the lessons helped me be more mature in business/personal dealings.

AbangAbu wrote:
6)Approximately how much money did you invest before your business became profitable?

Well, I bought a bicycle for about S$89 so I can travel to school at Tiong Bahru from home at Sengkang. This helped me save travel expenses for the first 3 months when I have not received any income.

From the earnings that I made in the first year (under the brand Shaheed Borhan), I re-invested S$15,000 back into the company (Ed Borhan Pte Ltd) the following year. This is primarily a branding and marketing exercise which is now showing positive returns!

AbangAbu wrote:
7)What resources were most helpful to you when you were starting your business?

Having a supportive family and loved one, and great friends to share thoughts is a great benefit. Family and loved one give me the strength to go through tough times. Friends are there to give ideas and challenge my thoughts whenever we chat about things happening among us.

AbangAbu wrote:
8)What ways have you found to be most effective in marketing your product or service to get sales?

The name card is essential! Making a lasting first impression and following up with emails and phone calls before finally meeting again to discuss potentials; sometimes over lunch or coffee. Focusing first on the relationship is one of the things I learned from my ex boss Mr Matt Ng of Joo Walters.

AbangAbu wrote:
9)What tips can you give others who want to embrace their dream but, don’t have the confidence or feel they don’t have what it takes to succeed?

Be among the right people, network with likeminded people who will not only understand your desire but will also be able to see your potential.

AbangAbu wrote:
10)How do you manage juggling the responsibilities of being a entrepreneur?

It doesn’t get any easier as I continue to grow the business, but being an entrepreneur is about continuously learning the ropes, improving the skills and managing the risks at every level of the game.

I assess every tasks that needs to be done and delegate them to the right people if I cannot complete the tasks myself. And then I prioritise them with deadlines to ensure completion.

AbangAbu wrote:
11)What’s next for you?

One of my long term goals is to be a business mentor and start-up investor. And I am brewing some ideas to get myself closer to that goal. This I will share once the plan has been fine-tuned.

M.A.P untuk KAYA kembali…..

Setelah sebulan di hentikan sempena bulan Ramadhan kini MAP kembali lagi.

Dua kelas pertama yang AbangAbu adakan mendapat sambutan hangat sekali. Tempat terhad je 20 per class tadi yang datang total dua hari tu hampir 70 peserta.

Terima kasih kerana sambutan begitu baik serta sokongan anda semua. Bagi yang tidak mempunyai masa layarai selalau untuk keterangan mengenai kelas – kelas akan datang.

Juga Jutawan Internet akan berlangsung kali ketiga di kota Singa ini setelah 2 workshop di bulan ogos dan september.

Jadi bagi yang masih belum sila layari untuk keterangan lanjut. Juga sampaikan pada kenalan yang lain juga.

Insya Allah jumap anda semua hari esok….


Friday Talk: Achieve the Alphabets of Success!

Description :

By Abuayubul Ansari
Founder & CEO of Now Asia and
Head of Young Entrepreneurs Club

We are in the last quarter of 2007. In two months’ time, we’re going to be making New Year resolutions. How many of us are still hanging on to last year’s unfulfilled resolutions? Why does this happen? Does our current situation make us to be what we are today? Can we change this? What are the principles behind something so simple as to live out our resolutions and achieve success in life?

Join us at this workshop and discover:
– The A-B-C-D of Success
– Earn the PhD of Life
– The A-B-U Secrets of Success

Take the first step today, get your life back in order to succeed!


Please email the following details to
Hp No. (Confirmation by SMS only)

Date : 02 November 2007
Time : 14:30 – 17:30
Venue : Learning Lounge @ NACLI – 70 South Buona Vista Road S118176
Contact Person : Nalini
Contact Detail : 6470 4413 / 6474 4241

Beside Listening one more important skill…….

So, is it just enough listening only…….

Is it enough? Well in fact i don’t think so . Because just by listening only is not good …… You must make a great speech.

So how to make a GREAT speech……….

There are only two ways to make great speeches:………….

1. Talk spontaneously about what you know.

2. Present a speech that you have carefully prepared beforehand.

What Muhammad Ali said about boxing is true for speech making as well., He said”The flight is won or lost far away from witness — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before i dance under those light.”

Remember these 9 words below to give a good speech in any topic

Tell Them something useful that they don’t already know”

I would love to see our entrepreneurs can give great speeches too.

Back To Biz

Salam Semua.

Sorry lah tak dengar berita dari AbangAbu sometime already.

AbangAbu gi holiday kat Melaka. Menyegarkan minda sikit. Dah setahun tak ambik cuti lah so memang enjoy betul kali ini.

Disamping tu banyak cerita nak share . Satu pasal angkasawan dah return YEAHHHH!!!!!

Tahniah kepada beliau juga rakyat Malaysia serta kaum Melayu dimana sahaja . Kita harus Bangga dan ini harus mencetuskan semangat AKU Boleh dalam jiwa melayu kita.

Dr Mahathi pun dah kluar dari IJN . So ada inspiration lagi.

Memang enjoy and masa driving balik stay kat pagoh dah dapat opportunity baru. Very exciting… AbangAbu new F&B venture insya tak lama lagi.

Anyway i will post Biz Tips later today also Usahawan Minggu Ini dibawa pada minggu depan . Minta Maaf K.

Best Important Skill one must have…….

How are all of you?

I believe that everyone just fresh back from some holidays. So this is the right time for me to share with you something that i truly believe that it is an important skill.

I have been reading and listening to some tape about listening. It makes the argument that you can increase your personal power by cultivating this under appreciated skill.

Being a good listener makes you a better negotiator, a more effective manager, a more charming leader and even a successful businessman.

Being bad listener has the opposite effect.

Listening is different than just not talking. Heres some tips on how to do it.

1. The first and most important Golden Rule of Listening is to shut up and let the other person talk first.

2. Listen on two levels: to the literal content and to the emotional story behind it.

3.Restating the speakers thoughts and feelings ensures him that you understand him and makes him grateful and more open to your ideas.

Just do this …….

the next time you sit down next to someone you want to impress keep that in mind ….. LISTEN…..

This Week Entrepreneur

Every Monday now you can expect a new category in my blog where i will feature an entrepreneurial person every week This Week Entrepreneur.

And this week i am happy to present a very young person who share with us his journey and dreams.

With this i am confident that our readers will be getting new learnings as well tips from them.

This week Entrepreneur FADZULI………. answers our interview….


1)What kind of business do you have? What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

Ok 1 registered business, 3 other forms of income yg belum jadi registered bisnis…

What inspired me? Robert T Kiyosaki. I’ve never look back after reading his book – Rich Dad Poor Dad.

2)Did you need to have a certain mindset to achieve success?
Yeah. nak kena elaborate eh?

“Its not about what you do tommorrow that matters, but what you do today that will make the difference.”

Maksudnya – kalau kita tak merancang hari ini atau pun not taking action today, esok hari akan disia-siakan.

3)Have you noticed certain advantages to being an entrepreneur?

Tax breaks!! You decide what you want to do, not others telling you what to do!! You juggle your own time!! You see your family more!!

4)Is it difficult to get financing for businesses? If so why and are there any solutions?

Initially “yes” it will be difficult. Many people will say ahh i will help you ah when you start your business but in truth none of them will because they don’t have that believe in you that you can earn that money back.

Always start with family first. Please don’t use all your savings..even though i did, i found that they are better ways later on which is to invest things in small proportions first. Make the money first then use that to roll back.

Abang Abu teaches the $1 to $2 Money Magnet technique…We should all learn this method… Come for Abang Abu’s Map lessons at Nowasia.SG!!

Always start small and grow later on.

5)Did you have a mentor to help you get started?
Nope!! But along the way, I met mentors like Kak Jen Anwar ( Gold Chocs ) and yes Abang Abu! Dont worry too much about this, along the way after you start you will meet genuine people like them to help you grow and be on your way but you must also search for them and take action!! You wont find them sitting down at home.

6)Approximately how much money did you invest before your business became profitable?
Belum profitable lagi!! Started with $30…that was all i had!! Insyallah it will grow.

7)What resources were most helpful to you when you were starting your business?
The computer!! Parents. Their endurance to tahan you for the decisions that you make cos initially they are the funders. They are also the first one who discourages you from going all out but when the situation changes later on, they will also start to change. Begin with yourself, then people around you and then you will see your friends doing the same.

8)What ways have you found to be most effective in marketing your product or service to get sales?
Still looking for the right formula. But so far its the word of mouth strategy. It beats all the advertising campaigns.

9)What tips can you give others who want to embrace their dream but, don’t have the confidence or feel they don’t have what it takes to succeed?

Take baby steps and always keep the dream alive!! I listen to a very good motivational CD a few years back. It talks about protecting your dreams. Dreams are the driving force in what you do. If you allow others to steal it away from you, then there goes your desire to grow your business.

Here’s how to do it.

a) Write your ultimate goal as big as possible on a paper. This need to be clear and pasted at a place where you can see it all the time. SO every time you wake up you will see it to remind yourself that this is what you want.

example.. Time with Family and a Million Dollars…Draw it and paste it on a wall!!

b) Mix with people who are keen for you to succeed not people who only like to waste your time…

c) Read!! You need to expand your knowledge. Talking to people is not enough. You have to read!! If you dont like reading, change that habit, pick up and easy book of about 50 pages first. Practice reading a book 15 minutes a day!! If you get used to reading, you can finish 200-300 pages of books within a day.

Why reading? Knowledge comes from many places, when you read, it allows you time to digest the ideas and somehow it makes you more intellectual and it helps you in your conversations also.

When and where to read? Use the time on the train on the way to work or your break times to read not to sleep. Even 5 minutes of reading can change your life. Keep a book with you all the time.

When i was younger and Uztaz mention to me, learn a line from the Quran every day and that will change you and your life. Its the same principle here. If we spend the time to gain knowledge daily, your life will change by leaps and bounds.

Recommended books to read:

Quran – you can surf the net and search for verses related to business and character building. Its a good place to start. People say our Prophet, Muhammad, is the best businessman and leader to learn from. So yes why not start from here.

Robert T Kiyosaki’s – books to build your mentality.
Get Sun Tzu Art of War – to learn about strategies!!
Read about Entrepreneurs – to keep inspiring yourself!! Nothing beats a dosage of great inspiration.

For those who wish to start a business and do not know what to do first!! I encourage you to read books mention above. The Quran is actually the best to start with. Find their translations and understand its meaning – not sure ask an Uztaz.

10) How do you manage juggling the responsibilities of being a entrepreneur?

This is the toughest thing to do. Somehow its just manageable although there are times when its too much!! Then your skills as a manager need to kick in..Learn to outsource and learn to find the right people to help you out. Ok actually that is also a tough job but someone has to do it right and that’s you. That is why networking sessions are very important.

Yes being a manager!! This is an integral learning process of an entrepreneur. You have to learn to be one so that someday some of your jobs can be replaced by someone else.

Regards to family and friends, sometimes you have to make the sacrifices.

11)What’s next for you?
Its a Secret!! Cannot announce yet!! Okok..hints ah.. A project with Abang Abu & Ed and another with a few friends from NUS.
Do comment any learning point from here.

Ed Mubarak

To all ,

I would love to ucapkan selamat hari raya.

Di hari yang bahagia ini saya menyusun sepuluh jari memohon maaf jika terdapat apa jua kesilapan .

mudah mudahan kita semua akan di berkati amalan kita.

yahoooooooooo. esok raya…….


An invitation to you, your staff, colleagues, Affiliates, students,

graduated students, friends and fans of Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill Associates Singapore

proudly presents


The objective of the club


To learn from industry leaders and business experts from all areas of success who will share the practical application of the selected principle for the month.


To learn from other members the cutting edge success stories as well as making friends, business networking and developing strategic alliances with like minded members.


Discussions during questions and answers sessions.


Elevate your emotional and motivational strength with the support and electrifying atmosphere at the Think And Grow Rich Success Club.

Guest Speaker

Mr Abuayubul Ansari Founder & CEO of Now Asia

Winner of the Spirit of Enterprise Award 2005

Topic : Decision

The Mastery Of Procrastination

Date : 2nd November 2007, Friday

Time : 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm (Please be seated by 6.45 pm)

Venue : 210 Middle Road, #07-06/07, IOI Plaza, Singapore 188994

(We are located beside Singapore Institute of Commerce, SIC)

Fees : $30.00/person. $15.00/person for 2 or more

(Closing date for registration : 1st November 2007, Thursday)

Biodata of our guest speaker

A man who lost his parents at the age of 21 and been hospitalized for about

few months for spinal cord injury.

He comes back fighting to support his 4 siblings and achieved tremendous success on his journey.

Some other interesting things about Abuayubul Ansari or Abang Abu as he is affectionately known…….


Winner of the Spirit of Enterprise Award (SOE) in 2005. This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding entrepreneurial quest.


He is the Founder and CEO of Now Asia. He has a deep commitment towards young people’s success entrepreneurship and financial intelligence.


Head of the Young Entrepreneurs Club, Vice-President of Young Entrepreneurs Network (YEN).


Was a past president of one of the local toastmasters club. He has been a speaker in numerous business as well as community-based events.


Has been featured regularly in the local media (Berita Harian, New Paper, Oli and Warna).


He is also a regular columnist in Berita Harian.




As an investor, he currently owns a number of properties and has been trading in stock market since a tender age of 19.

He is graduate of the “Money and You’ program, a certified wealth coach and Financial Fitness Coach.

His experience includes starting 6 businesses which include retail, F&B and money-changing.

Come and listen to our “fighter” guest speaker, Mr Abuayubul Ansari, and let him unfold his success secret recipes in his business and personal life with you…….

For registration call Chomel at 6338 9661 or Diana at 6338 9728 or email us at or


Salam, just balik shooting kat geylang fro the RA RA Bazaar show. Ramai orang kat geylang doing the shopping. Maklumlah raya dah dekat.

Today semua peserta kena buat lelong and best betul nengok dia orang lelong. Satu kedai i really tertarik Aladin Gallery yang begitu baik sekali persediaan mereka juga cara persembahan mereka.

Best betul… Kalau ada chance gi lah nengok kedai tu.

Same time dapat jugak tengok my students yang ada kedai di bazaar. I doakan agar perniagaan anda semua berjaya dan akan terus berjaya.

Baru nak rilex nie than nak solat malam kan. insya allah esok i write biz tips k.