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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:

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Most Recent GFA Blog Posts

A few of our recent blog articles below, check our blog page for the full archive.

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 – GFAE004

August 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 – GFA188

August 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 – GFAE003

August 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 – GFA187

August 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

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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!

How To Open a HK Company

Looking to start your business, and want to see the process of opening and operating a Hong Kong company? Check our HK incorporation guide

First Time Visit To Hong Kong

Company setup, coming in for the bank account application and client meetings. Get the top tips for your HK visit.

Bank Account Application

A hot topic, getting a bank account in Hong Kong. Once the company is setup, check into the HK bank account application process

Getting a HK D-U-N-S Number

Apple developer? In Hong Kong? Ya, you need a DUNS number, here we cover getting a Dun and Bradstreet number

Upkeep for a HK Limited

You have a Hong Kong company registered, what’s next? We discuss the ongoing fees and filing. Upkeeping a HK company

Merchant Accounts

Running your business online, at all? Then you’ll need a merchant account, check out HK’s merchant account options.

Hong Kong / China Border Crossing

Many people leverage the power of Hong Kong for its access to China. Here we dig into every border crossing possible.

Live in Hong Kong or Shenzhen?

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.

How to Get An APEC Card

Travel in Asia on the regular? Hate those long custom lines? Then travel in Asia like a VIP with an APEC business travel card

Get The China E-Channel?

A laowai like me and constantly traveling in and out of China? In late 2016 they now allow you to skip those long foreign customs lines!

Hong Kong Immigration

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

Drop Shipping from HK

Want to have global e-commerce distribution from Asia? Check out our free drop ship Hong Kong e-commerce article!

Hong Kong & Amazon FBA

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

Paypal Hong Kong Guide

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


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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.


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