We thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your entrepreneurship in China needs. We’ll add to it as we learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future we will reference this page quite often. We recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
Getting connected in China
Amazingly one of the most difficult things about adjusting to life in China, is getting around its special internet “situation”. Due to the fact that some popular Western sites like Facebook, YouTube and Google are not reachable from Mainland China, you’ll find that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep in touch with matters in the West.
If you are planning to do serious online work, which depends heavily on accessing resources hosted in outside servers, then you’ll soon find yourself craving for an open, fast and reliable internet connection. Over the last few months we have worked with a series of different VPN services and written a review about our experiences with all of them. In a nutshell, these are the ones we recommend:
Blogs about China
One of the first things that came to my mind when I first arrived in China, was to document everything I was experiencing. Back in 2010, seeing Shanghai for the first time was indeed one of the turning points of my life and I began shooting countless emails to all my friends and family to let them know everything that was going on on this side of the planet. At first, I thought I was crazy and was wasting other people’s time and mailbox space as well.
Anyway…it turns out I am not the only laowai to feel a great deal of enthusiasm about living and experiencing China. Most of them have been here much longer than I have and have also done a much better job in documenting some of the most intriguing things about living in this very special country. Below you will find a list of our favorite China blogs.
Books about business in China
If you are still not in China or have just recently arrived, then “catching up” is what is in the menu. As with many other things in life, it is virtually impossible to understand the China of today, without first learning about all the events that led to now. The best way to get an overview and a feel for what it is like to do business in this part of the world, is to learn from those who were already here when the Oriental Pearl was still the absolute queen of the Pudong Skyline.
Over the last few months we have spent a considerable amount of time buying books and browsing anything about China that we could get our hands on. If it had the word “Business in China” on the cover, we bought it. Some were great investments, while others were a waste of money and time. Below you will find a list of titles, which we personally recommend and enjoyed reading. You will probably find a detailed review of each book in my China Business Book Reviews area.
Videos on Entrepreneurship in China
If you are serious about coming to China to do business, then it is always good to know what is already out there. I usually find myself spending hours browsing over YouTube channel after YouTube channel and watching videos made by all kinds of foreigners who have relocated to China for the most various reasons.
Starting over or Starting up in another country (especially in China) is something that almost always ends up throwing your whole universe out of whack. I know this, because I have never lived more than 7 years in any one country and I am now 33 years old, so you do the math! I have always found that videos are a great way to get a feel for a place before you actually get there. People tend to be more honest on video than on paper (at least I think) and that really makes a difference when you are doing your research.
Below you will find a list of YouTube channels, which I find especially helpful. I keep coming back to them every time I want to learn more about China, life in China, Chinese culture or business. Not all of these channels are entrepreneurial, but they are all certainly very helpful.
Where to find help and inspiration
I am still stuck in a 9-5 job and haven’t even started putting together my own business yet, but there are days when I just want to quit everything and go sell coconuts in the South Pacific. Sometimes you think you have just had the most brilliant idea, then you rush to Google, Baidu or whatever the hell you are using and just 5 seconds later you find out there are already trillions of people already doing it.
In the days prior to my starting up in China, I have literally scoured the internet looking for tips, stories, videos and inspiration. Many times I have come across people who claim they know it all, but really what they are doing is selling you inspiration. They have not really done anything themselves, but have succeeded (financially) in inspiring hundreds of people into thinking they really have what it takes to make it out there.
Here are some of the websites I usually go to when my inspirational juice is running low. I am not going to say I come out of these sites with the answer to all my problem, but I certainly come out more “psyched” than I was before.