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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

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

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

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

September 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

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

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

May 2017 Review

Quick Summary:

Entrepreneur Korea Website Updated
New Flower Gift Korea Etsy Shop Made 
Flower Business Sales Target $15,000 US Sales – Not Met
Flower Business Minimum $5000 US Sales – Surpassed
Other Businesses and Projects
Goals and The Big Picture for June 2017

So here is my review for the month of May, 2017. It is still quite simple, but hopefully I can improve it as I write it monthly.

Entrepreneur Korea Website Updated

I originally used an old theme for this website, which I bought a long time ago. However, the theme wasn’t great. One of the problems was that the feature image looked really blurry in the mobile website version. So I went to themeforest.net, which is a website that has everything you really need to build websites/blogs online. It is a site where you can buy themes, plugins, graphics, etc. I have used this website to purchase my theme for the Flower Gift Korea website and my Hagwonstart.com website. The theme

Calming Your Mind

One thing that has remained constant switching from running an English Hagwon type business in Korea to a commerce type (selling of goods) business in Korea, is the fact that I deal with stress daily. When I was teaching at my English gyosoopso in Seoul, I had to make sure my students were having fun, learning, and getting results, so that parents would be happy with my program and I could feel good about the work that I was doing. And at the same time, I had to find ways to grow the business, all the while trying to maintain what was already built. It is a really challenging balancing act, pleasing parents and actually reaching students. And that’s if you are lucky enough to have students! There was a time in my hagwon business where I had exactly zero students. And there was a time in my flower business

Do I Really Want to Further Build My Business?

I was able to create an English gyosoopso business that made a decent living. And it could have generated really good money if my wife and I were willing to sacrifice more hours and more work than we wanted to. And my Flower business is already making enough to sustain a living. It doesn’t mean I don’t have bills to pay and have things to pay off, but at this rate, things will be “okay”. And is this enough? I don’t know. I don’t think it is, but at times, deep down, it seems like it is okay.
I find that the hardest part for me as an entrepreneur/businessman in Korea is getting to the next level. I mean, the main problem I face is that, I’m just content with where I am at for the most part. I felt this way in my third and fourth year in my English