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Episode Info: Are you a first time entrepreneur who feels intimidated by the thought of going to China to manufacture your product? I know, basic aspects like the language barrier and the cultural gap can get your heart racing. Before you know it, you’re feeling anxious and worried: Will I be able to find the right factory? Will they be able to understand my requests? How will I manage to establish an efficient business relationship? Gavin Munro asked himself the same questions when he flew to Asia for the first time. After 5 years of working with Chinese staff and reaching 1.3 million customers around the world, he shared a powerful insight. It really eases your troubled mind, even before you get on the plane: There is a very close network of people, especially the expat community, that is very supportive. It’s not elitist at all, everybody mixes with everybody else, socially and professionally. That’s your first hook! Now you know that you have no reason to feel lost: once you get there and face any difficulty, there are people who have been exactly where you are, and are willing to help. So what’s the first smart thing you should do? Leave no chance for bad things to happen: even before you start looking for manufacturers, get in contact with other entrepreneurs than can help you save time and money on your search: What are the best factories you know? Can you refer a good Quality Assurance agent to me? Is there a trustworthy recruiting agency, that has quality staff who speak good English? These are just a few questions you can ask, that will have a huge impact on your finances. Can you imagine what a big hole you could get in your budget, if you end up with a batch of faulty products at your headquarters door? But Gav
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