Once you’ve got your importing business going, you’re most definitely going to want to visit China. You’ll be able to meet your supplier face to face, negotiate lower prices, and also get the chance to experience China (which is awesome and weird).
However, if you aren’t prepared for China – you’re in for a BIG surprise.
Landing in China is like visiting a new planet. The customs, the language, the people, the food, the traffic- I could go on forever…
Personally I never thought anywhere on the planet could be more weird / unique. But despite all of its quirks and weirdness, I love it.
Below are the top 8 things that I think everyone should know and be prepared for when heading to China or doing business in China. [click to continue…]
So you want to start an online business – but you’re not sure where to start…
Maybe you have no money and no ideas – or is it too many ideas?
Are you puzzled on how to build a product/service that people will actually buy? [click to continue…]
Note from the Bros: Edmund is one of the most knowledgeable importers out there. He spoke with our advanced importing group and blew them away with his importing hacks, wealth of information, and epic stories from building his businesses. We begged him to share this information with our readers. The following post is the result of that begging: a collection of hard-won information that only comes with experience.
Thank you, Edmund. We’re lucky to have you!
-Kyle & Will
Starting an importing business can be incredibly overwhelming. There’s tons of obstacles to overcome: finding the right product, customs confiscations, scam suppliers – and that’s just the beginning…
Sending your money overseas can feel like you are sending it into the abyss never to be seen again. Trust me, I know. I have lost a TON of money learning lessons the hard way – and I’m going to show you how to AVOID MY MISTAKES. [click to continue…]
“Life is about execution rather than purpose.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Preface: Talking About Action
If you read anything on StartupBros you will go away having the capability to do something that you weren’t able to before. From validating your business idea to perfecting your logo, from releasing your motivation to creating an importing business this week, from freeing yourself from information overload to pinpointing the source of your side business’ stagnation – it’s about taking action.
The trouble is, you can’t write guides for the hardest things in life. The reason is simple: the hardest things are so hard because there is no guide.
Will once discussed the importance of taking action. It’s one of those painfully simple ideas that can’t be repeated enough: without taking action you won’t get anywhere. Most posts are about a taking a specific action. This post is different, it’s a complete guide to becoming a man or woman of action. Taking the actions suggested in this post will make it exponentially easier to take action in every other area of your life. You will begin to automatically do what you had to fight to do before.
The tools here have been the most powerful in living a better life that I have come across. Adopting an action-oriented life has made me simultaneously more productive (without using silly productivity “hacks”), more bold, and given me a level of mental wellness I haven’t had since I was a kid. Oh – and it’s been the most powerful part of integrating antifrigility into my life.
On to the post…
Your life would be better if you took the action you’ve been avoiding.
Showing your interest in that girl. Actually making a habit of getting exercise. Taking the first step towards starting your business.
I hate writing about taking action. I feel like an idiot. We already know we need to take action! Why talk about it!?
Because it helps.
I’ve spent huge portions of my life in frustrated rationalization and pussy-footing my way around the thing that I know would be best for my life.
The only way I was able to escape this smart-seeming idiocy was to prove to myself incontrovertibly that I was better off taking action than thinking something through again. [click to continue…]
Note from a Bro:
Ludvig has been here before. He’s back to talk about a crazy yoga lady, a guy who wasted decades trying to get people to play his dumb game, and the importance of testing things.
StartupBros readers know how much we love testing things. Our logo, our book’s cover, our tagline, our name, and even our Importing Empire coaching program has been tested thoroughly.
I was recently at a party where I got into a conversation with an older woman. She told me about her current situation.
For the last 3+ years she had been working her day job at the same time as she had written 1-2 books, launched a website, a podcast, and started selling her services as a… tantric yoga instructor.
This all sounds ambitious and great, but she was not seeing much success. After speaking to her for a while it became very clear why this was the case.
She was all over the place. She was on more platforms than she could handle. She did not really know what she was doing or what type of [click to continue…]