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Build a Global Business from Asia! We all watch the news. Asia is the new big kid on the block. Unleash the power of “going direct” and understanding all the ways you can leverage the region for your business. If you’re curious, you can read about all cross border here, or dive into various forms of content:
- Podcast – over 150 shows and counting, listen to our free podcasts
- Blog – More like guide library! Hundreds of blog posts digging deep into Asia & China business
- Books – Want to get all the info in an easy to read guide book. We have you covered with a full series.
- GFA Pulse – Get free weekly updates in our GFA Pulse series.
Global From Asia is committed to sharing with you the latest news and tools for your global business via our division GFA Media.
Most Recent GFA Blog Posts
A few of our recent blog articles below, check our blog page for the full archive.
Applying for a Merchant Account (what you need)August 18, 2017
Wondering what you need to get a merchant account approved? While it varies from financial company to financial company, you will hit the points we cover here on on your merchant account application.
What Is Chinese Fapiao (and Do I Need It?)August 17, 2017
One of the first words you will learn inside Mainland China is fapiao! This took me a while to figure out as well - and often business people in China tell foreigners to not even try to figure it out. If you want to learn what fapiao is, read on!
How To Use A VPN In ChinaAugust 15, 2017
Since China has blocked almost all popular websites including Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc., people consistently find ways to bypass China's great fire wall. The most effective way is through the use of a VPN. Whether you’re travelling to China or residing there, a VPN is more likely a virtual necessity these days. A VPN enables us to access blocked websites in China, but more than that, it also protects users from the dangers of the Internet like hackers & DDoS. Here is a complete vpn China guide for you.
Global From Asia to Attend This Year’s CHat Conference in ShanghaiAugust 11, 2017
CHat Conference is Back in Shanghai This September! I’m excited to announce that the team at China Channel is bringing back their CHat conference! The dates have been released for Sept 21-22, 2017 followed by a Wechat App hackathon! Learn more about wechat conference 2017.
Most Recent GFA Podcasts
A few of our recent podcast interviews below, check our podcast page for the full archive.
Preparing For The E-Commerce Business Launch – GFAE004August 18, 2017
This podcast is about the preparation of our e-commerce business launch. I have been brainstorming the task list for kicking off this Amazon business and I broke it into 6 departments: HR, Finance, Operations, Marketing, Sales, and Customer support. For full show notes, check out GlobalFromAsia.com/ecommerce004.
Running a Development Shop in Thailand With Gustaf Bystrom – GFA188August 15, 2017
We are back in Southeast Asia! Today we have one of our GFAVIP members, Gustaf Brystrom and he is sharing about how he manages a development team in Thailand. While we have already had a podcast about incorporating in Thailand, he also mentions some of the practical advice for doing it - as well as some priceless tips on how to do it as a foreign company with special permits and licenses. For full show notes of this podcast on team management in Thailand, check out GlobalFromAsia.com/episode188.
Structuring a New Equity Partnership and Joint Venture for E-Commerce with Edward Jacobson and Gregory Segal – GFAE003August 11, 2017
Today’s show is another amazing one - we are talking to US lawyers about this venture. I reached out to Edward as he is a listener of the show and also active in the startup community here - attending some of our Global From Asia meetups in Shenzhen too. So glad I did - he brought his partner, Greg, from Jacobson Associates on the show as well and we have been having some deep discussions about structuring fba ecommerce partnership.
Overseeing Production of Your New Manufactured Product in China with Chris Oliva – GFA187August 8, 2017
Part 2 of manufacturing knowledge overload! Last week was a bit more on protecting yourself in the growing F2C (Factory to Consumer) world - this week we are into manufacturing. So now you have the custom product idea, how do you make it a reality. Chris gives us insights on getting an MVP going all the way to mass production manufacturing and some really good tips in overseeing production of your new products. For full show notes, check out GlobalFromAsia.com/episode187
Our Top Free Guides
Who doesn’t like free stuff? Over the years we have shared a lot of guides, no email opt-in required – posted right on our blog. You can also dive deep into cross border specific topics. Here are some of our top ones. Enjoy!
Looking to start your business, and want to see the process of opening and operating a Hong Kong company? Check our HK incorporation guide
Company setup, coming in for the bank account application and client meetings. Get the top tips for your HK visit.
A hot topic, getting a bank account in Hong Kong. Once the company is setup, check into the HK bank account application process
Apple developer? In Hong Kong? Ya, you need a DUNS number, here we cover getting a Dun and Bradstreet number
You have a Hong Kong company registered, what’s next? We discuss the ongoing fees and filing. Upkeeping a HK company
Running your business online, at all? Then you’ll need a merchant account, check out HK’s merchant account options.
Many people leverage the power of Hong Kong for its access to China. Here we dig into every border crossing possible.
A common question people ask is why I live in China. Here we cover details and examples of why you may live in Shenzhen, China or Hong Kong.
Travel in Asia on the regular? Hate those long custom lines? Then travel in Asia like a VIP with an APEC business travel card
Looking to relocate to HK? How do visas work for entrepreneurs? Wondering how to find where to live, office? Check out our HK Relocation guide
Living and working in Asia and want to consider Hong Kong for your new Amazon FBA Seller Central Account? Learn what you need for Amazon FBA from HK
We all know how troublesome it is to deal with Paypal internationally. Check out our Paypal HK guide to avoid problems, and how to fix it if you have ’em!
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What People Are Saying About Us
“Resourceful and Super Fun! From his blogs, to his ebooks, to the Podcasts. Every time I read or listen to Michael’s content I come out feeling more knowledgeable and ready to get back into the hustle of doing business with my Chinese counterparts.” ~ Omar Abu.
“I have been reading Mike’s blog posts and listening his podcasts since the first episode. Mike is your man if you want to learn more about running a (global) business from Hong Kong/China. Each one contains a nugget of wisdom which you can use to help building your global business!” – Leroy H.
“Valuable and Impactful. Great to have an on the ground from the trenches source of information of doing business in HK, China and beyond. Appreciate this podcast! Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us!” – Jason P.
“I thoroughly enjoy working with Michael. He is professional and motivated. We share a passion for customer service. Michael is a genuine stand-up guy, and I would highly recommend doing business with him.”
~ Scott Docherty
Global From Asia’s Core Values
An educated client is our best client. You should be aware of the paperwork you are signing and comfortable you are making the correct decision for your long term business strategy.
Businesses need to pursue long term value creation. In our pursuit of excellence, we want to work with the best clients in the top of their respective industries.
We will lose money in the short term in order to hold up our credibility. In it for the long term, we want clients to feel safe and confident we are working in their best interests.
Like education, we want the client to understand what they are signing. Even if it makes more work for our agency, having clear pricing separating government and banking fees from our own, we do it.