headhonchoII wrote:You think the ways of doing business is 'unique' here? I think you'll find business is business wherever you go, you have to make a profit and provide a reasonable product/service for your customers.
The trick isn't starting a business so much as starting a business that makes money. But I guess that's pretty much universal. If that hurdle wasn't so difficult to figure out, we'd all be working for ourselves.
You think the ways of doing business is 'unique' here? I think you'll find business is business wherever you go, you have to make a profit and provide a reasonable product/service for your customers.
It's easy to open a business in Taiwan but it can be very competitive and price conscious unless you have a brand behind you. A lot of foreign owned businesses in Taiwan don't focus on the Taiwan market for this reason. The lack of population and income growth is not very encouraging either unless you focus on the 1%, and those guys tend to buy from each other.
Michaelrobert19 wrote:After reading many of your posts, I've found that there are a lot of people that are looking for something new. I have been studying Chinese for the past five years, three of which have been in Taipei, and I am looking for something different. I am not sure what kind of jobs are out there for someone without any work experience other than teaching English. I am also unsure as to whether or not my Chinese is at a level that would allow me to use it in some sort of job capacity. I was just curious if any of you speak Chinese in the work place or whether or not you know of any job opportunities for foreigners with Chinese ability. Thanks.
limoncello wrote:Not having read every post in the thread, all I can say is, non-teaching jobs that do not involve opening your own business exist but they seem to go to people with specific skill sets and experience who are fluent in Chinese, and who have connections and don't need a visa. The last two are probably the most important. If you know the right people and your hiring manager does not have to go through any paperwork battles for you, there is a (low-paid, long-hours) job for you
If you don't know many people, need a visa and don't have skills, you are probably going to end up teaching English, most likely at low-paid cram schools
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