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November 2017 Review

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November Goals Results
Other News
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for December 2017

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

November Goals Results

1. Improve my Korean by learning more advanced business vocabulary before I start my Trade academy course on November 20th: I probably studied pretty hard for like a week and then just did some studying here and there. The crazy thing was that I understood the Korean lectures a lot better than expected. My Korean is better than I thought, I guess that goes for all people when they think of their language skills. And like always, I always got ahead of myself and said that I would read such and such, when in fact I didn’t. Well, as they say, shoot for the moon and you’ll be amongst the stars.
2. Make a marketing campaign for Pepero Day (Blog post, front page of website, social

EK008: Delivering For Your Business in Korea Part 1

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In this podcast episode, I share more about delivering for your business in South Korea.  I recently shared my random thoughts on this topic in a recent blog post, but I wanted to share some experiences and just give you an overall idea of what goes on, at least from my personal experience running my flower business.
Listen to the podcast to hear the process I go through for our deliveries, some things to keep in mind when preparing and making deliveries, and some challenges that can arise when trying to deliver your sold goods to your customers in South Korea.
I am going to publish more solo podcast episodes where I talk about a certain topic in the business/entrepreneur world in Korea, so stay tuned for more topics. 

If you are an entrepreneur in Korea or an entrepreneur with connections to Korea, please contact me and let

October 2017 Review

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October Goals Results
Other News
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for November 2017

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

October Goals Results

1. Get ahead of my blog post schedule for Flower Gift Korea and Entrepreneur Korea (I’m currently behind): I get a big F for this goal. I didn’t get ahead in my blog posts, if anything, I got pushed even further behind. But for good reason, I was either relaxing or working extra hours to keep up with the orders we were receiving. But yah, I definitely should do more content creation for my websites/blogs.
2. Find more social media apps/streams to create accounts to build awareness for Flower Gift Korea: I was able to create new accounts on some new social media apps and I’m unsure if that is helping. One of them is a popular social media for people in Russia, one is Myspace, which

EK007: Personal Coach and Entrepreneur Mattue Gale

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In this podcast episode, I get to speak with Mattue Gale. He goes by Matt and he is a personal coach. He shares a bit about his journey and a bit about himself, but he mostly shares about what he does. He uses a special method in his coaching and actually went through a coaching exercise with me. It was different for me because I never received coaching, except for when I was on sports teams. The things he talks about are very interesting and his take on entrepreneurship is different than our past guest. Check out the full podcast episode to hear more from Matt and about the benefits of his coaching method.

Related Links and Notes:
Matt’s Contact:
mattue.gale@gmail.com
Coaching Method:
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
If you google the above words, you can find out more information about this method, which is what Matt utilizes in his personal coaching.

If you are an entrepreneur

EK006: Kimchi Socks Owner Jason & Being an Entrepreneur in Korea

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In this podcast episode, I hang out with Kimchi Socks Founder and Owner, Jason V. Holmes. I had a lot of fun in this one as you can tell by all of the laughing in the episode. We get to hear Jason’s perspective on entrepreneurship in Korea, some insight, as well as why he came up with the name, “Kimchi Socks”. He shares a lot about “Drive” and shares a lot of his experiences networking and doing business in Korea as well as coordinating with his team in the US. His insight will help you in your entrepreneur journey in Korea. Here are the personal questions I ask him, followed by some show notes:
Q1. If you could spend a three day vacation in Korea, where would you go and why?
Q2. What is one Korean food you like and one you aren’t so much a fan of.
Q3.

Chuseok Is Way Too Long For Some of Us Business Owners

Chuseok is Korean Thanksgiving and for the year 2017  most people get literally 10 days off! Like amazing right?! Well, if you were to ask me in 2011, then I would say, “Best thing ever! I get paid vacation and I can visit another country!” Well, that’s when I was working for a public school teaching as a Native English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. But what about now? Nope, not for me, not anymore. I rather it just be normal working days.
I no longer am an employee of a company, but I do believe employees of businesses do deserve a break, but 10 days off for most companies is not really a good thing for the Korean economy. It only benefits the places where people go during Chuseok and if anything, a lot of the small businesses suffer.
My business, Flower Gift Korea actually lost some sales because of Chuseok. We

September 2017 Review

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September Goals Results
Other News
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for October 2017

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

September Goals Results

1. Continue to build my network: New networking efforts online and 2 or 3 networking events: I actually didn’t do much networking this month. However, I have interviewed a few people for the Entrepreneur Korea Podcast, which allowed me to meet some new people and connect with other entrepreneurs in Korea.
2. Create order/delivery checklists for Flower Gift Korea: I absolutely forgot that I was planning on doing this. Other things must have come up and I just put it on the back burner and didn’t get to it.
3. Upload new products to Flower Gift Korea and upgrade product photos: I only changed a few of the product photos, but most of the products I currently have don’t really need updating.
4. Reach $11,000 US in sales (Pass

EK004: Building a Business that Supports Your Lifestyle – Going Hourless

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In this episode, I talk about going “Hourless”. Hour as in 60 minutes, and store hours as in from when till when a store is open. Well, Flower Gift Korea has just gone hourless and I talk about why I did it. When we first opened up the shop in late December of 2016, our hours were 10am-7pm, Monday to Saturday. Then we took off Saturdays and were open from 10am-7pm, Monday to Saturday. Now, we are hourless! I also talk a lot about my lifestyle and how my business is a tool that supports my lifestyle. Some people have their life revolve around their business or job, and I am currently one of them to some extent, but I’m really making moves to have my business revolve around my life. I also talk about how my lifestyle has changed from running a small Hagwon

EK002: Starting Up in Korea With Entrepreneur Maria Lee

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In this podcast episode, I was able to spend some time with Maria Lee, who is an Entrepreneur in Korea who founded a business that has recently changed its name from “AskAjumma” to “Wonderful”. We start the podcast with a quick intro from her and then follow up with 5 fun non-Entrepreneur related questions. It was really fun discussing the following 5 questions with her:
Q1. If you had to choose one animal to describe your character what would it be and why?
Q2. What is one Korean food you like and one you aren’t so much a fan of.
Q3. So someone is visiting Korea for one day and asks you to share two places they should visit, where would those places be and why?
Q4. What is one Korean movie people should watch and why?
Q5. Have you ever been to Noraebang (singing room)? What song is your

August 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

August Goals Results
Other News
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for September 2017

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

August Goals Results

1. Go to at least 3-4 networking events and hand out at least 50 Flower Gift Korea business cards to 50 different people before the end of the month: I was at a total of 3 networking events. One was held at the Seoul Global Startup Center and I was able to network with some people in Seoul. It was nice to go, but it wasn’t easy networking there since a lot of the people there weren’t really there to network, or maybe they were and just felt comfortable chatting to the same two people the whole networking time. But I still managed to meet close to 10 different people there and handed them my business card. The second event was a Seoul Real Estate