31 episodes

Hi, we’re Ruiming and Wei Choon, the co-founders of The Woke Salaryman. We’re a web-comic with over 400k followers across our Instagram & Facebook platforms where we talk about personal finance, investments, career things and more.

Follow us on Instagram (@thewokesalaryman) or check out our articles at www.thewokesalaryman.com

The Woke Salaryman Podcast The Woke Salaryman

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 18 Ratings

Hi, we’re Ruiming and Wei Choon, the co-founders of The Woke Salaryman. We’re a web-comic with over 400k followers across our Instagram & Facebook platforms where we talk about personal finance, investments, career things and more.

Follow us on Instagram (@thewokesalaryman) or check out our articles at www.thewokesalaryman.com

    What you stand to lose when you start a creative business

    What you stand to lose when you start a creative business

    We talk about the trade-offs for the creative soul who wants to run a creative business.


    0:00 Intro
    0:50 More about our business and me
    1:36 Creative VS Business owner
    4:15 Delegate to people who like it more, or are better than you
    6:42 Consider input, not just output
    10:10 Being creative is good for business
    11:36 Take creative risks as a part of business
    13:21 Unproductivity is part of productivity
    16:25 Mistakes are part of the plan
    17:47 Give yourself due credit

    • 19 min
    She runs a 100% remote company

    She runs a 100% remote company

    Juliana Chan is a scientist and scholar turned business owner. Today, she runs Wildtype Media Group, managing a 20-member team — based in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and India — with 30 to 40 regular freelancers around the world.

    In this episode, we talk to her about how she took her company remote, and the impact it has had on morale and productivity.

    0:00 Intro: The road to 100% remote
    5:00 Productivity will suffer
    14:14 The types of employees that are suitable for remote work
    18:58 How do you know everyone is working?
    27:26 What about hiring locals and protecting local jobs?
    31:36 Where in the world are her colleagues working from?
    35:55 What's the competitive advantage of someone from Singapore?
    41:37 Singapore's a great place to start a business
    46:00 How you can keep Gen Zs
    51:14 Concluding plugs

    • 53 min
    Employee VS employer: Is it okay to leave after training? (and more)

    Employee VS employer: Is it okay to leave after training? (and more)

    Is overtime ever justified? Why do good employees leave? Do you have to worry about your own job being irrelevant? 



    This episode, we get the whole TWS team to have an open conversation on these hard topics. We hope you enjoy it. 



    Also, this is our first sponsored podcast - a shoutout to Workforce Singapore for sponsoring this conversation. To find out more about what grants and tools are available to kickstart your company’s job redesign initiatives, visit https://go.gov.sg/tws-jobredesign 



    Featuring (from left to right):

    Wei Choon (Co-founder)

    Ruiming (Co-founder)

    Vivienne (Account Manager)

    Wen Xin (Artist)


    0:00 Intro
    2:08 Why do good employees leave?
    3:51 What is a good employee?
    7:45 What is job redesign?
    14:18 Have you had a job redesign?
    20:58 Do all jobs need to be redesigned for relevance?
    29:35 Should all employers job redesign?
    38:15 Approaching job redesign with limited resources?
    47:41 Who should initiate job redesign?
    52:27 Is it fair to have employees OT for job redesign?
    59:10 Job redesign VS find new job

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Should you start a business with a close friend?

    Should you start a business with a close friend?

    This episode, we talk to the founders of The Black Hole Group; a collective of lifestyle and F&B concepts.

    They started out in 2012 with a backpacker's hostel, and now they own about 13 F&B and lifestyle concepts and are still going strong.

    More importantly, they are friends who started a business together, and we are super excited to talk to them because The Woke Salaryman was also started by two friends who met in school. They met in JC; while we met in Poly, so we have so many things to ask.

    We will ask them about what it's like starting a business with a close friend, how to maintain or balance being friends and business partners, and their journey from plucky 26-year-olds running around putting our fires in a backpackers hostel to essentially, F & B moguls.



    0:00 Intro

    1:16 Why are they called The Black Hole Group

    10:05 Starting a hostel in their 20s

    15:17 The margins of running a hostel

    21:08 Scaling the business

    24:02 Do you hang out as friends now?

    28:58 Working together as friends/cofounders

    37:15 Growing a business = compounding learning

    41:00 COVID as a wake-up call

    48:20 Co-founders with different lifestyles

    54:21 Would you recommend starting a business with a close friend

    • 1 hr 1 min
    We talk to a professional cruise magician

    We talk to a professional cruise magician

    Jeremy Tan is a professional magician who does a lot of work on cruise ships!

    We talk to him about the pros and cons of working in such a unique job, what it takes to succeed as a magician, balancing artistry and corporate crowd pleaser, adapting to COVID, and more.


    0:00 Intro
    1:23 How he started magicking
    7:19 Becoming a cruise ship magician
    15:31 Adapting to COVID
    22:17 Revealing magic tricks to the public
    33:50 Crowd pleasers OR artistry

    • 38 min
    Our approach to sponsored content

    Our approach to sponsored content

    We respond to some spicy comments on Reddit about the fact that we have sponsors, and talk about how we approach sponsored content, what we say no to, and whether we think we've sold out, and whether we can sleep at night.

    The Reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/askSingapore/comments/15c2suy/is_the_wokesalaryman_just_sponsored_nonsense/

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    Our website: https://thewokesalaryman.com/

    Timestamps:
    0:48 Is TWS sponsored nonsense?
    4:38 When we reject clients
    9:52 Do sponsors make content bad?
    13:06 Fluffy centrist content VS taking a stand
    15:18 Have we run out of topics?
    18:14 Choosing tone, raw vs empathic
    23:02 We make readers feel unambitious :(
    24:17 Limitations of content formats
    27:26 TWS is self-righteous
    32:00 OP elaborated more
    35:03 Bye bye :(

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

HadesRL ,

When you are young…

Interesting podcast, when you are young don’t be afraid to fail. All the best Vivienne!

jsstrn ,

Poorly researched

The episode on the FIRE movement was poorly researched. It felt like I was listening to a couple of uninformed people talk about it.

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