Ep 47 - Registering a Company in Mainland China - Should You Do It

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Ep 47 - Registering a Company in Mainland China - Should You Do It

In this weeks episode, Rico does an in-depth analysis of the processes required in registering your company in China. He talks pros and cons and reveals a few pro tips to make your business life
in China much easier.

Topics inc.

  • How and where to register your company.
     
  • When to open office in Mainland China vs Hong Kong.
     
  • Tips on taxes and banking.
     
  • Personnel (positions you need) 
     
  • Registration costs (including bank balance requirements)

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Ep 46 - Our Marketing Intern/Aspriring Entrepreneur - Marcello

In this episode Rico interviews his marketing intern Marcello Di Pierro, aspiring entrepenur and future marketing expert.

Topics Incl:

  • Why China?
     
  • How did he came across Rico?
     
  • "Oh Fuck it! I`m going to China!"
     
  • First weeks in the office
     
  • The power of video
     
  • Plans for the future
     
  • What changes moving to another country brings

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Ep 45 - Rico & Noam Ruminations

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Ep 45 - Rico & Noam Ruminations

In this episode Rico and one of his best friends Noam Lightstone - Author, Entrepreneur, Digital nomad, ruminate about personal growth, philosophy and mindset.


Topics incl.

  • Becoming Batman
     
  • The Tao of the morning routine.
     
  • How to do more extra work and have fun with it.
     
  • How to achieve good balance in life
     
  • Automations and emotions
     
  • Getting Jacked Bro!

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Ep 44 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 2

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Ep 44 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 2

Second part of our interview with Nick Ramil, founder of Enter China and founding team member of Brinc.io

Topics incl:

  • Why Rico stepped down from Enter China
     
  • How to start networking in China
     
  • 4 pillars of entrepreneurship mindset
     
  • Reading people as a life skill
     
  • "To do Lists and MUST Do Lists"
     
  • Visualisation and Affirmation techniques
     
  • Journaling and Role Models

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Ep 43 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 1

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Ep 43 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 1

In this two part interview Rico talks with Nick Ramil founder of Enter China and founding team member of Brinc.io. Nick is one of Rico's China business mentors and one of the main reasons why he moved to China.

Topics Incl:

  • Who is Nick Ramil and why he is so awesome?
     
  • The Elevator Life and Enter China community.
     
  • Why Rico stepped down as a partner in Enter China?
     
  • Helping people and giving back through entrepreneurship.
     
  • Why run an IoT business in Hong Kong?
     
  • Focus on optimizing your main business before diversifying revenue.

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Ep 42 - Building a CrossFit Empire w/Gus Mello (@helefitness.com)

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Ep 42 - Building a CrossFit Empire w/Gus Mello (@helefitness.com)

In this episode, Rico chats with CrossFit trainer/entrepreneur Gus Mello, co-founder of HELE Fitness in Hawaii while sitting on the 91st floor of the Park Hyatt in Shanghai (hope you like the deep house in the background).

Topics Include:

  • Traveling to 5 different cities in China in 10 Days
     
  • Being an SFA client
     
  • How to look like a dude?
     
  • The CrossFit Equipment Business Philosophy
     
  • Why come to China when you have people there?

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Ep 41 - (Bonus) 4S1F39 Four Seas One Family Podcast - Rico Interview

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Ep 41 - (Bonus) 4S1F39 Four Seas One Family Podcast - Rico Interview

"Lower your expectations so you can get results that you want in China," is one of the most memorable quotes from Rico's first ever turn as a podcast interviewee. 

In this special episode (originally posted by the Four Seas One Family Podcast) you'll get to learn a bit more about the personal elements throughout Rico's life - that led him to leave the comforts of Canada and head to China: 

Topics Incl:

  • Rico's preference of PS3 over exploration on his first trip to Guangzhou
     
  • How entrepreneurship is part of his DNA
     
  • The differences between "American" Chinese Food & ACTUAL Chinese food

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Ep 40 - Making $15k A Month PROFIT through Amazon FBA w/ Nick Nerov

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Ep 40 - Making $15k A Month PROFIT through Amazon FBA w/ Nick Nerov

In this episode Nick Nerov, a big time Amazon FBA player making 5 figures a month in profit (USD) selling on the platform - will share pearls of wisdom with Rico and his listeners. These two good friends will share advice, laughs and experience.

Topics Incl:

  • The Spirit of the Entrepreneur
     
  • First steps to get on Amazon.
     
  • Bro-Hands...
     
  • What do when the FBA goldrush ends
     
  • The nuts and bolts of business growth
     
  • Importance of good suppliers
     
  • Praising Rico!!!
     
  • Rico EXPOSED!!!

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Ep 39 - (Bonus Ep) #ThisisChina The Sequel

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Ep 39 - (Bonus Ep) #ThisisChina The Sequel

The sequel to the #ThisIsChina #T.I.C. series. In this episode, find out what kind of adventures you'd find yourself in while traveling to mountain villages in China.
How NOT to order beer in when a small town bar up in North China how Chinese culture always seems to have a new surprise for Rico and ChinaMike. 

Topics Incl:

* When you`re 6 ft tall in the middle of a Chinese village.

* How to say no to cigarettes and keep saying no, again and again and again.

* Ordering Heineken's and getting...well, something else.

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Ep 38 - Do Contracts Matter in China? w/ Andy Church, Insight Quality

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Ep 38 - Do Contracts Matter in China? w/ Andy Church, Insight Quality

This episode was inspired by an article I wrote for Enter China called "Do Contracts Matter in China?" I actually interviewed Andy Church (a 15 year China vet) for that article but, ultimately felt that he had so much more to knowledge to share than what ended up in the article.

Topics Incl:

  • When you should have contracts in place
     
  • What info should be listed in the contracts
     
  • What can go wrong
     
  • How enforceable the contracts are
     
  • The common mistakes buyers make when it comes to contracts in China.

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Ep 37 - Over $10K in 14 Days on Kickstarter, Heather Shuster Returns

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Ep 37 - Over $10K in 14 Days on Kickstarter, Heather Shuster Returns

In this historical episode, Rico spoke with Heather Shuster (the podcast's first ever return guest) about her successful and ongoing (as of April 6th, 2017) OLLI Fair Trade Rubber Flip-Flip Kickstarter campaign.  

Topics Incl:

  • The importance of pre-campaign prep work.
     
  • How they secured her first $3k in sales prior to the campaign.
     
  • One clever hack OLLI is using to speed up her shipping process.
     
  • How Holly Shuster's duck face game fairs on Instagram
     
  • Now that she's got the money, what's up next for her business?

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Ep 36 - 2016 Goals vs 2017 Goals

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Ep 36 - 2016 Goals vs 2017 Goals

In this episode ChinaMike & Rico dig deep to share their successes, FAILURES from 2016, what they learnt and their goals for 2017.

Goals Incl:

  • Content Schedule! (Yes, the podcast will be more consistent!)
     
  • Financial Targets
     
  • Cohesion Between Multiple Businesses
     
  • Ambitious Fitness Goals
     
  • Potential Internships

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Ep 35 - Leveraging High Paying Jobs in China While Starting a Business (w/ Nick Lenczewski)

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Ep 35 - Leveraging High Paying Jobs in China While Starting a Business (w/ Nick Lenczewski)

In this episode we interviewed Nick Lenczewski (Len-chess-key)  the author of Ultimate China Guide: How to Teach English, Travel, Learn Chinese & Find Work in China. He writes books and makes movies to help people discover the incredible life that living and traveling in China brings. Made in China Podcast listeners can download the first 30 pages of Ultimate China Guide for free here.

Topics Incl:

  • Eating Chicken Feet at  7 / 11
     
  • Going from 0 words to being a medical translator of Mandarin to English
     
  • How he found and now helps foreigners find non-teaching jobs in China
     
  • Opening his own English teaching school in China
     
  • Dating and being treated like a celebrity in China
     
  • Getting a Chinese Driver's License 

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Ep 34 - (Bonus Episode) #ThisIsChina

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Ep 34 - (Bonus Episode) #ThisIsChina

A short episode where Rico and Mike remind us of that good old #T.I.C., "This Is China." The guys discuss some of the off the wall situations they find themselves in living and working in the Middle Country (Zhong Guo).

Stay tuned for:

* Sights and sounds of a Chinese gym

* The Smokehouse aka the office bathroom

* Donnie Does China

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Ep 33 - First Year in China Lessons

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Ep 33 - First Year in China Lessons

In our first episode of 2017 (which was recorded in 2016), Rico sat down with Harrison Bevins - whom you might remember from Ep 19 Inside Rico's Private Mastermind  - to discuss what life lessons you might learn in your first year in the wild wild East.

Topics Incl:

  • Getting over cold stares and being shoved in and out of elevators
     
  • The strategies we used to settle into life in China
     
  • Living in Taipei for comfort vs Guangzhou for hustle
     
  • Why no one concurs China in a year

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Ep 32 - What We Find SCARIEST About Scaling A Business

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Ep 32 - What We Find SCARIEST About Scaling A Business

What happens as your business grows to the next level? Rico and ChinaMike talk about what to look out for as business expands and how to manage the growth.

Topics Include:

  • Scaling a business
     
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
     
  • Working for Abercrombie & Fitch
     
  • Avoiding negative output when hiring staff

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Ep 31 - Meeting Two New Friends A Week w/ Heather Shuster olliworld.com

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Ep 31 - Meeting Two New Friends A Week w/ Heather Shuster olliworld.com

In one of my (Rico) favourite episodes I sat down with Co-Founder of Olli and Enter China member Heather Shuster (also known as Indiana Jones in the community) about her journey sourcing from Sri Lanka and manufacturing fair trade rubber footwear in China:

Topics Incl:

  • Her journey to China
     
  • Why she chose to go out searching rubber plantations in Sri Lanka
     
  • Being called "Mr. Shuster"
     
  • Making the decision to meet two new friends a week for self-improvement

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Ep 30 - International Business Payments Using Bitcoin? w/ Neil Woodfine COO @ Remitsy.com

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Ep 30 - International Business Payments Using Bitcoin? w/ Neil Woodfine COO @ Remitsy.com

In this episode we had the pleasure of talking to Neil Woodfine COO of Remitsy. His Fintech startup processes international payment into China (at the moment) through Bitcoin. Which allows for faster and cheaper transactions than your typical international wire transfer.

Topics Incl:

  • What Bitcoin and Blockchain tech is and how it's going to affect the future.
     
  • How you can save money on international payments through Remitsy's service.
     
  • Why YOUR banks are trying to adopt the blockchain technology ASAP.
     
  • How convoluted the traditional SWIFT network (wire transfer) system is.
     
  • The biggest misconceptions behind Bitcoin, Blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies in general.

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Ep 29 - Quality Control 101 in China Manufacturing w/ Renaud Anjoran (SofEast.com)

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Ep 29 - Quality Control 101 in China Manufacturing w/ Renaud Anjoran (SofEast.com)

After a bit of a hiatus we're back with a strong episode! We spoke to Renaud Anjoran owner operator of SofEast.com a quality control inspection company in Southern China.

Topics Incl:

  • The most common misconceptions about quality control
     
  • Can you trust your supplier's internal QC department?
     
  • What the hell are Acceptable Quality Control Limit Levels?
     
  • Prevention methods for quality control

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Ep 28 - Footwear Design, Dealing with China Remotely & High Volume (w/ Ryan Flynn)

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Ep 28 - Footwear Design, Dealing with China Remotely & High Volume (w/ Ryan Flynn)

This week's episode was a first! We got the chance to interview a fan of the podcast, he reached to us via email, Rico met him for drinks in the Guangzhou IFC Tower and now he's guest on the show. His name is Ryan Flynn, he's a designer in NYC, who works for a multi-national sportswear brand as their Design Director - specifically in their athletic footwear department. 

Topics Discussed Incl:

  • When working with Chinese trading companies is actually the best option for you
     
  • What happens when your factory switches out materials on you
     
  • Dealing with China remotely
     
  • Ensuring you get the best out of your designs when certain materials are expensive
     
  • How he gets high volume orders done with insane time contraints

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