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Looking Back on 2017

2017 was quite a year for me. I just went all in on Flower Gift Korea a month before the year started, after running an Engish Gyosoopso located in Seoul with my wife for close to four years. Even though my flower business technically started in April 2016, it was just a side business at the time.
Looking back, it was a little risky to leave a business that allowed me to make a living, but my wife and I both knew that once February hit, we would see a spike in sales, which was actually the case. From February on, our sales month to month were good enough to help us keep enough money to survive, save some money, and help chip away at our loans.
2017 was also the year I started this blog and podcast. Even though I haven’t been creating much content for Entrepreneur Korea recently, I still

How I grew my Business Network in Korea from my Home

My perfect vacation includes a really nice hotel by the beach and unlimited access to food and drinks, and that’s it. I don’t need to go to fun places, or do fun water sports, or visit historical monuments. I’m good just chilling in an air-conditioned room and going to the beach for a bit, and maybe visiting a few places here and there, if the places aren’t very far. Yup, I’m pretty boring if you really get to know me, so I don’t really go out to many events, except for the ones I have to go to, like weddings, family gatherings, etc. That is why it is a challenge for me to attend networking events in Seoul, South Korea. But I attend them as much as I can because I know how important it is as an entrepreneur to grow your network, with all types of people in different

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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

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

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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

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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