Let’s start with an interesting finding: 47% of the people who come to work in China are actually coming to start their own business (as of the end of May 2012).
As the survey I conducted on linkedin about why expats arrive to China shows, the job is only an excuse to arrive on the path to independently becoming a small (or large) part of the middle kingdom economy.
Today, after actually living in China and meeting quite a few expats I KNOW this is the reason. Almost every 2nd foreigner that comes to China for a job is actually a hidden entrepreneur. This blog is about showing you how to do it….How to become an entrepreneur in China, with no high macro analysis of the market, but rather simple practical information, to help you make this step.
Come to China and create your “Thing”.
Shlomo Freund is the founder of Start Up Noodle. Shlomo helps entrepreneurs arrive to Asia and China in order to create their own business.
At times when Asia and China are THE place for innovation and entrepreneurship in the world, it’s still not easy to arrive without support and understanding of how things are done.
Start Up Noodle is here to support entrepreneurs and give them the tools to initiate their dream in China. Before starting Start Up Noodle, Shlomo created several businesses related to China: China Business webinars and eBusiness Chinese. This along with a 9 year experience in the internet marketing world, makes this China entrepreneurship journey more exciting than ever.
Shlomo was the head of marketing and business development at “Go Abroad China“. He is now consulting to various companies helping with their online marketing & product management as well as help with setting up in China. Shlomo is also the Co-Founder of Go Finish, a startup that helps students being more focused on their school work by using peer pressure.
Start Up Noodle offers 1st hand experience about arriving to China, establishing oneself and understanding the business environment, in order to initiate a business. Shlomo has used his experience to consult several companies and was the CTO of Octopace Group in charge of internet and mobile projects. Follow @StartupNoodle on Twitter and hit like on Facebook.
It is a pleasure to be connected to Shlomo! He is a born connector, and talking to him for the first time was the same as if I had known him for years. Very open and willing to share all his knowledge and connections – Indeed we more people like Shlomo, especially in the China market!
After reading the many articles in Shlomo’s blog, StartupNoodles, I knew I’d found the right person to talk to in regards to the development of my social media site. Shlomo is very knowledgeable, and he certainly knows what he’s talking about. The best part is, he’s outright down-to-earth and HE WANTS TO HELP YOU! I think it’s worthwhile to have flown all the way to Beijing from Malaysia to talk to him (although you can opt to talk to him over Skype). Will I work together with Shlomo again? Definitely!
I approached Shlomo for advice after a brief interaction at Barcamp, Beijing. His approachability and his willingness to help was a refreshing experience. His keenness to listen and simple but very practical and actionable suggestions to move forward brought clarity and a sense of direction to me. I would recommend Shlomo to individuals and organizations who are looking for a fresh and honest perspective and solutions.
Shlomo is very easy to connect with and has a very entrepreneurial spirit. He is always happy to make recommendations on your start-up or giving advice for your business adventures in China.
Shlomo was quite willing to help me out in getting settled in to China, providing expert advice, and introducing me to well informed individuals in fields that I’m interested in. He’s a classy individual, friendly, and follows through quickly.
Shlomo has a great expertise and vision about the Chinese startups ecosystem. He will not hesistate to help you for your business and job in China and beeing pro-active and give you really useful advises to succeed.
Shlomo is a great guy and very genuine in helping me get involved with startups in Beijing. I was worried at first about how my lack of knowledge would show. Shlomo put me at ease by supplying me with tons of information about how to get involved in the community in Beijing. You don’t meet guys like these nowadays. You would-be entrepreneurs out there, all you need to do is start that Skype call with Shlomo and take that leap of faith!!! Better yet, meet him in person which I have yet to do so.
CEO at Azoi Inc
Shlomo has a very unique insight about doing business in China and is very passionate about helping startups. He is quite knowledgeable on the Chinese markets and can guide you through the pitfalls which makes him the go-to person for a consult.
Scientist (Dr. in Astrophysics)
Being interested in the Beijing Startup scene, I contacted few people in the field.
Nobody answered so quickly and so professionally like Shlomo. He showed interest since the very beginning and at the end we met for a pleasant discussion.
He is very friendly and eager to share his knowledge and connections.
He is full of suggestions and his experience in the Chinese startup world made our meeting very valuable.
I would definitively recommend you to contact him
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Founder/CEO at Perkylane.comPerkylane
Shlomo is very insightful and loves what he does, therefore his knowledge in this area is vast. If you have any questions about startups, jobs, or business in China, he is the person to reach out to.
I read some interesting articles of Shlomo about the job market in China, and specially about the IT sector, while I was looking for information about that field, and I decided to write him to ask for some advise. I received a fast and accurate answer which really helped me beyond a simple advise. If you have any doubt about job and business in China he is the person to ask.
I stumbled across Shlomo’s site Startup Noodle while searching for contacts in the Beijing tech scene. I emailed him, and within an hour he responded to my email with a couple of options for what I was looking for. He seemed to genuinely want to help me, and I appreciated that. He’s definitely someone to go to who can either help you or connect you to someone who can.
I have to say that I have contacted Shlomo, due to his useful and focused tips. He turned out to be more useful in person. Shlomo is a person that really wants to help… you don’t see that to much these days.
If you need any help, if you have any questions or dilemmas about doing a relocation to China, Shlomo is the guy to speak with.