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What Would You Do As a Business Owner? – I’ll Pay You Later

When I was young, I remember a guy, and let’s just call him Man. I would usually just call him Guy, but I know a guy named Guy, so we’ll go with Man. Man used to frequent our grocery store in Toronto, Canada. He would buy items that he needed like milk, bread, etc. However, one day I noticed that he had a bunch of his receipts taped to our wall behind the counter. I asked my parents why he had these receipts here. They told me that they were Man’s receipts and that he asked if he could owe them once his welfare check came in. You see, my parents are very kind hearted and try to help others when possible. At the time, I was probably in middle school and I had mixed feelings about Man having a tab for his groceries.
This same guy one time showed up

Believing in Yourself

It is such a common phrase, “Believe in Yourself!” But it is such an important phrase, especially if you are an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are people who take risks, which means things don’t always go as planned, actually, they almost always never go as planned. When things don’t go as planned, it is easy to feel down. You begin to doubt the decision you made, you start thinking of the people who told you NOT to do what you are doing, and you start thinking about what a failure you are, or at least this is what I experienced. GET OVER YOURSELF! And this is the message I try to tell myself. I remember reading the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and he believed that he was allowed to feel bad for 5 minutes and then had to move on. I tried and try to do that, but I guess it’s

Delivering Products in Your Business

The other day, my wife and I wanted to have some chicken for dinner. Actually, I did, and my wife was cool enough to go with it. She ordered the chicken before I had arrived home. And my home is on the 5th floor of my building and our buzzer doesn’t work, which means I have to physically go to the front door and open it for guests. So I told my wife that I would just wait downstairs till the chicken arrived. She told me that it wouldn’t arrive for another 20-30 minutes, but I was cool with waiting. When the delivery guy arrived, he apologized a bunch of times and explained that they are really busy at that time. I told him that it was okay, because he arrived in the time frame he told us he would. Also, this guy looked to be in his 50’s or

Teaching English in Korea – My Door to Korea

Teaching English in Korea has been a job that people from all around the world with different goals and backgrounds have done. Teaching English in Korea is quite dear to my heart, because it allowed me to have the opportunity to come to my parents’ origin country and get paid to do something that I already enjoyed doing. I first came to teach in Korea in 2007 with EPIK, which is a program that hires Native English Teachers for provinces outside of Seoul. At the time, I just wanted to learn more about my culture, and to be honest, I needed to do something for the time being because I didn’t get into teacher’s college when I first applied.
I really enjoyed teaching English in Korea at that time because I was living in Cheonan, which is outside of Seoul and I was really being immersed in the culture because there

Getting Myself on the Right Track First

At the back of my mind, for the last 5, 6 years or so, I wanted to be THE business guy in Korea. This website/blog is supposed to be THE website for THE business guy in Korea. But as I was thinking of ways to create this site and began to add content, I realized that I still didn’t have a good idea of where exactly I wanted to be. That may be the main reason why I have been struggling to find motivation to further grow any of my businesses. It’s easy to just do the minimum and get by once you somewhat “make it”. And everyone’s “make it” is different than the next. For me, it was to get to a place where my wife and I don’t have to worry about making enough money to pay the bills and have some saved up to pay off loans

Waking Up Early

Today, I woke up early, nice! Actually, I shouldn’t be celebrating because it should be a habit for me, but at the same time, I do have my lazy days. In the end, my goal is to wake up early, so that I can start the day off right.
When I am in a groove and am having a productive week, I will wake up some time between 6:00am – 6:30am, do the dishes, make coffee, have some breakfast, check what flower orders are available, and now, blog. I have decided at this moment that I am going to blog every single day on this website in the morning. I used to do everything I just mentioned except that I would look through my Facebook feeds instead of blog. Even now I am tempted to check out the feeds. The excuse I give myself is, “I’m doing market research!” It’s kind

Handling A Recent Complaint

The main complaint flower shops receieve are that the quality of the flowers are not up to par. It is bound to happen to any flower shop, as people all have different perspectives on what is “good”, and the availability of flowers changes daily.
At Flower Gift Korea, my wife and I do our very best to only use the best quality flowers we can find. And that is key, the best we can find. But the recipient only sees the flowers he or she is receiving. And the customer is only waiting on the recipient’s reaction.
It is funny to think that not too long ago, someone asked me for some help because he was thinking of starting a flower business in Korea. He said that he thought it would be an easy business to start and would not cost a lot of money. In theory, it is easy to start

Welcome to Entrepreneur Korea

I have probably purchased close to 30 different domain names in the last 6, 7 years because I had and have so many ideas. I still get ideas about new businesses, but I have found one that I will be doing for a very long time. My main business at the moment, which is the business that I will be doing for a very long time is FlowerGiftKorea.com It is an online and offline flowers and Gifts shop, catering to English speaking people, the first of its kind. We also have some Korean customers and people in our neighborhood make purchases when they need to.
Though I, like most entrepreneurs, have a million ideas, I have also found another thing that will be ongoing for a very long time. Before I tell you what it is, let me just remind myself how it all came about.
Since 2011, I have wanted to