The Biggest Opportunity for Ambitious Entreprenuers in 2014

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 02/18/14 •  5 min read

Over the last year I’ve helped a lot of people build a lot of businesses. Everything from freelance writing, to SEO, to blogging, to ecommerce – you name it, readers of this blog and members of Location Rebel have been killing it.

Most of them have been building lifestyle businesses. Meaning they work on their own, make somewhere in the range of $2-10k a month and do whatever they want, whenever they want.

It’s an awesome life, and it’s what I’ve been doing for the past year.

On the flip side of this, you have entrepreneurs that are ambitious. They want to build something scalable and sellable. They want something global. They want something where they can take advantage of currencies, economies of scale, and their own willingness to experience a little discomfort.

I’ve seen quite a few of those this past year as well, and the ones who are doing it the best? They’re doing it in China.

My Experience Doing Business in China

Over the past year and a half I’ve taken two trips to explore business opportunities in China.

The first was to go to the Canton Fair (the world’s largest sourcing fair) to look into making wood watches and travel backpacks.

I found all kinds of suppliers that could bring my idea to reality – but ultimately I decided it didn’t fit in with my current goals of having a “lifestyle business”.

That’s not to say the ideas weren’t good.

We all saw what happened with the Minaal bag. $341k on Kickstarter.

My buddy Ryan was at the fair with me and got on board with the idea of wood watches.

He spent some time building prototypes, and I still remember 9 months later on my next trip out there we were brainstorming Kickstarter goals on a bus from Vietnam to Cambodia.

The result? $390k for Original Grain.

Obviously I need to start acting on some of my ideas 🙂

I decided to go a different route however. My good friends and partners, Nick and Tim have built a 7 figure business importing wine into China – and for months we talked about working together on a similar venture bringing in beer.

I talked with breweries, met with distributors on the ground in China, calculated shipping costs, and was extremely close to sending a shipment over. Until I realized that for me, and where I’m at the costs and time outweighed the rewards – so we decided to shelve the idea for the time being.

That being said, we’re in the early stages of a new cycle in business.

Sure, major companies have been manufacturing their goods in China for decades – but only recently with increased globalization and technology has it become so much more accessible to the average person like you and me.

The person with an incredible idea and vision, who just needs a little direction to make some amazing things happen.

Introducing Enter China: The #1 Community for Entrepreneurs in China

For the last few months I’ve been working with the same guys I was doing the beer stuff with, Nick Ramil and Tim Nybo, to do something really special.

On the surface and for the uninformed China can be a really scary place. The language is completely foreign, customs are extremely different, and there’s often a lot of very negative talk of the country in the media.

What does all of that mean? It means it’s also the country with the most opportunity for an ambitious entrepreneur.

However what’s lacking is a bridge between the two, and that’s where Enter China fits in.

This is a community full of people both currently living and doing business in China, as well as those just getting their feet wet. We facilitate introductions to any contacts you might need. We have blueprints walking you through everything from how to plan your first visit, to how to setup your business structure in China, and even go A to Z on how to manufacture your first product there.

This isn’t some theoretical community. The people behind it have formed numerous 6 and 7 figure businesses in a variety of industries, and have all the know-how and connections you could ask for when it comes to doing business there.

Today is exciting because it’s the first public step of the process for us. We’ve already got some early stage beta testers in there, building the community and giving us feedback.

In a few weeks, we’ll be releasing it for a few more people before opening the doors to everyone.

However for right now, we’ve got a free gift to help you move a little bit further down the path of deciding whether or not China is right for you.

We’ve just released “The Beginners Guide to Doing Business in China”, which is a totally free book designed to give you more information on the country, show how you can get started, and explain our background with doing business there.

I highly recommend checking this out if you’ve ever thought about manufacturing a product, importing/exporting, or doing something a little more out of the ordinary.

This is the first new product I’ve worked on in nearly two years, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I think it’s an excellent compliment to the lifestyle focus of Location Rebel, and will cater to a new subset of people.

Any questions about it? Feel free to shoot me an email at [email protected]

Check out Enter China and Grab the Book!

Sean Ogle

Sean Ogle is the Founder of Location Rebel where he has spent the last 12+ years teaching people how to build online businesses that give them the freedom to do more of the things they like to do in life. When he's not in the coffee shops of Portland, or the beaches of Bali, he's probably sneaking into some other high-class establishment where he most certainly doesn't belong.
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