Tony Teacher

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Entrepreneur Korea Networking in Korea

How an Introvert Like Me Networks In Korea

When I was in grade 4, my father took me to a nice stationary store and bought me a whole case of school supplies. He bought me a nice marker set, erasers, pencils, etc. It was a set I was really proud of and I believe it cost my father somewhere between $40-$50 for everything, so it wasn’t a cheap set of stationary you could have bought at the dollar store. But one day, I got in trouble for playing with my school supplies during class and my teacher took the stationary set away. She didn’t say anything about the set and I just thought my stationary set was gone for good. One day, if I remember correctly, she said to the class that we have to ask for things or something about apologizing. I knew deep down she wanted me to ask her for the set and apologize for

Do You Want to Teach English in Korea Forever?

I first arrived in Korea in 2007 when I was teaching outside of Seoul in a public school. It was my first time to Korea as an adult and I was going to teach one year of English as the Native English Teacher at Ipjang Middle school, which was located a little outside of Cheonan, which is in Chungnam. I was really excited and nervous since I didn’t know what to expect. One of the things I do remember was meeting one of the many teachers who was on the same orientation trip that I was on. What I remembered the most was one conversation we had while all of us Native English Teachers were having dinner. We didn’t really get too deep into a conversation, but It was a simple short conversation, which started off with me asking him the following question, “How long have you been in Korea?” And

July 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

July Goals Results
Finished our taxes for Jan-June 2017
Other News
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for August 2017

So here is my review for the month of July, 2017

July Goals Results

1. Really figure out Amazon: I still haven’t uploaded any products to Amazon, but I am waiting to hear back from Amazon handmade, which is the section that allows for handmade objects to be sold on Amazon. I have applied and I should be hearing back within a few days. So Flower Gift Korea may or may not be accepted as a seller on the Amazon handmade platform.
2. Upload the maximum products I’m allowed on Ebay: I uploaded 5 more products to Ebay. They do get some views from potential buyers, but Ebay really isn’t my thing, but it’s something. And something is better than nothing, at least that’s what I believe.
3. Email every single past/present customer about changes made with

Doing Taxes For Your Business in Korea

One of the benefits of operating a small business in South Korea is the fact that you pay less taxes than when you are employed by a company or a Hagwon in Korea. There have been years where I somehow paid less than 1% of what I earned for my taxes for the year as a small business owner. I don’t know how that happened, but we hired an accountant who did the work for us. We paid her either 100,000won or 150,000won for all of the work, and we ended up paying around (or less than) 1% of what we earned for our taxes for the year, which was pretty shocking and exciting. So if we made 70,000,000won for the year, then we had to pay a tax of less than 700,000won. Of course the taxes can go higher or lower depending on the type of business you operate

Entrepreneur Korea Lifestyle

You Come First In Your Business In Korea

When I was in my third year of university, I met a missionary couple who were visiting Toronto for a few weeks. They so happened to stay a night at my uncle’s house when I was living in one of my uncle’s rooms. So my uncle introduced me to the missionary couple who had been living in Turkana, Kenya for close to 20 years. The missionaries showed me a CD, which explained the work they were doing. At the time, I was really involved in church and even contemplated becoming a missionary one day, so watching the video on the CD really ignited something in my heart. In the end, I ended up volunteering about 3 months with that missionary in Kenya. It was an awesome experience and I believe I received more than I gave. The missionaries were very accommodating, the people there were very friendly, and I had

Helping My Family Business in Canada From Korea

*The feature image has nothing to do with my family business, except for the fact that it is an image of the Canada Goose.
So a few years ago, I remember having a conversation with my mother and father over Skype. I have been skyping my parents every Saturday or Sunday for as long as I could remember to keep in touch, since I’m in Korea and they are in Canada. And I told them that I would make a website and social media accounts for their convenience store business. Their store sold what most convenience stores sold, plus flowers during warmier weather, and rented out DVDs. Yup, people in Canada are still renting DVDs. But, my mother was really against it. I’m not sure if it was because it invaded her privacy or because she was afraid it could negatively affect the business, but in the end, I didn’t go

Flower Gift Korea

Flower Gift Korea is Not Going to Survive

So one day, I was away from my flower shop in Korea making deliveries, when one of our flower suppliers stopped by our shop. He came with a box of 12 fruit juice bottles. You know, the ones that come with like 4 apple juice bottles, 4 orange juice bottles, and 4 grape juice bottles. So it’s like Korean tradition to give small gifts to business partners to keep the relationship strong. And I guess he came by because we hadn’t been going to his stall at the flower market as often as we did in the past. I think he wanted to see if we were buying flowers from another merchant or something haha. And to be honest, we were. We still went to this merchant to buy whatever flowers we could because he and his wife has been really good to us. Also, he usually gave us good

June 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

Entrepreneur Korea Website Updated, Again…
New Additions to the Website (Small Victories & Morning Check-in )
Flower Business Sales Target $10,000 US Sales – Not Met
Flower Business Minimum $5000 US Sales – Surpassed
Other June Goals
Other Businesses and Projects
Goals and The Big Picture for July 2017

So here is my review for the month of June, 2017

Entrepreneur Korea Website Updated, Again…

So in last month’s summary, I shared how I used a free theme from Theme Forest for this website. However, I realized that the theme was very limited and didn’t allow me to design the site the way I wanted to. So I bought a theme instead. It’s this theme that the website uses, and I really like it. It’s simple and there are other functions I can use as I continue to build content and write about my journey.
It sure does pay to invest some money into a theme than just try to make do

My Daily Grind in Korea

Are you an entrepreneur in Korea and grinding and hustling to make something for yourself? Well, I am, and I’m still working towards making something for myself. Everyday I get closer, but it sometimes seems like it is a never ending game. But the good news for me is that I totally enjoy the process, and I hope you enjoy the process of building your business or project in Korea as well. I especially love it when my flower business gets a huge spike in sales at certain times of the month, but it is easy to get down on myself in the times when there are less sales. It’s the exact same feeling I got when students would take a one month break from my hagwon business in the past. Even though I knew I would have less sales in a certain month or knew that students would take

What should I work on next?

If you are anything like me, then you have so many ideas and never want to just focus on just one thing. I think it’s good to have a lot of good ideas and see if they work, but we also have to figure out what is most important RIGHT NOW. Right now, I have to make sure that I grow my Flower Business, Flower Gift Korea. So though I like to do many different things, my main goal is to grow Flower Gift Korea and there are two things I can do to do so.
The first thing I can do is create an Entrepreneur Korea podcast, where I interview other entrepreneurs in Korea and talk about entrepreneurial ideas by referring to my experiences in my flower business and my other past businesses and projects. That way I would be able to share my podcast episode in Facebook groups and