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It’s Not Too Late to Start Building The Lifestyle You Want

Though I hate to admit it, there are times when I compare myself to others and say to myself, “look how much that guy has accomplished, and he’s younger than me!” I sometimes even come up with excuses as to why someone seems to have accomplished more than I have in a shorter time, “well, she probably comes from a rich family”, or “he probably isn’t happy though”. And I don’t know exactly why I had or have these thoughts, but I have a feeling it is because I may feel inferior to those people or am ashamed of not accomplishing enough. And I think it is okay to feel like this sometimes, as long as it provides you that motivation to actually do something about it. But then there are times where you start feeling sorry for yourself and stay depressed. And if you are like me, you’ll start

Flower Gift Korea is Now Two Years Old

I just wanted to share a post, a reflection on finishing two years with Flower Gift Korea! We are officially on our third year and things are going pretty darn well. I wrote about passing one year last August, well the post was written in August 2017, but my business anniversary for Flower Gift Korea is April 1st, which is when we launched the website. But we didn’t share about the website and how we were in business anywhere online until April 4th, which is when we shared about Flower Gift Korea on my personal Facebook page timeline. And that is when we made our very first sale! Literally, the day I posted about Flower Gift Korea being in business on my Facebook page, I received my very first sale. I actually recorded a podcast about making my first sale in my past and current businesses on a past Marketing

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

December 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

December Goals Results
Other News
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for January 2018

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

December Goals Results

1. Establish my trade business by registering it as a legal business and become part of some trade organizations in Korea: The good news is that I was able to register my trade business. It cost me nothing, except for the transportation fee to get myself to the tax office in Gangnam. So I am the owner of Smart Trade Korea. Congratulations to myself! I have made literally 0 won so far from this business, so there isn’t much to celebrate. But it is something. Unfortunately, I did not become part of some trade organizations yet. I plan on becoming a member of KOTRA and maybe a few others as there are some perks to becoming a member. Honestly, I put my trade business to

November 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

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

I am not You, You are not Me

So one of the things I truly love about working with my wife is that we can have lunch together. Not too long ago, we went for Kimchi Jiggae. The place we usually go to is called “Baik Chae” (백채). I really like this franchise because they give a lot of meat. And we usually get the size that is for two people, which comes in one bowl. The bowl is filled with meat, broth, tofu, kimchi, and some other vegetables. Oh, and we add some noodles for 1000won, which is well worth it.
For the longest time, I noticed my wife only eating half the tofu in the bowl. The tofu is her favorite part of the kimchi jiggae, but why was she only eating half? Well the answer is very simple, she didn’t want to be selfish and wanted to share the best part of the soup. And whenever

October 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

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

Random Thoughts: Delivering in Korea Part 1

If you order a box of chocolates at 7am from Flower Gift Korea today in Seoul, it is possible for that box of chocolates to get all the way to Busan the very next day. Google shows me that it is 325 kilometers from Seoul to Busan, which is quite a distance. Actually, that same box of chocolates can travel from one end of Korea to the other end of Korea by the very next day if you send out your order before 1pm. And it will roughly make it 99 out of 100 times within one day, as long as there aren’t holidays or Sundays included.
What’s so amazing about that? Other countries can ship packages 325 kilometers away the very next day as well. Well, they probably can, but how much does it cost?
Well, let’s just use the US as an example. From New York to Philadelphia, it is

EK005: Starting a Business – How It has Changed My Life

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In this episode, I talk about starting a business and how it has changed my life, and how you too can also be an entrepreneur or a business person.
I just finished taking a walk with my wife in the middle of the day, while not really losing any sales in my business, on a day that we are technically open and working. I obviously checked my phone to see if we received any enquiries or new orders, but my business was not affected. I love having a sustainable business that allows me to live a lifestyle I enjoy. It wasn’t easy to get to where I am at, and I still have much more to achieve, but I am totally enjoying the process.
As long as I have my phone and Internet, I can manage my business! And I think that’s awesome!
I have also grown so

Waiting for the BEST Time to Start a Business

I have some friends who want to start their own businesses one day, and others who want to invent something that will make them super rich. In their minds, they will one day create a cool business or an amazing invention that will generate a lot of money. I mean, who isn’t hoping to invent something that will make them super rich and famous? However, the problem is that it isn’t easy to invent something that will generate money and it can be really scary starting a business. But being scared to start a business is quite natural, and the greatest inventors probably failed more times than succeeded in creating something worthwhile. I personally was really nervous, excited, and scared when I started every single business I started in the past, and know that most felt the same. So waiting to feel “less afraid” or “more comfortable” may never happen.
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