With a little guidance, yes you can
launch or expand a business in China,
even if you don't speak a word of Chinese.
Hi, I'm Lillian Okoye, a consultant, coach, and teacher at heart.
Years ago, I found myself in debt. Nothing seemed to work. But then one night I found myself in Manhattan’s Chinatown, and I remember a Chinese friend looking at me saying, “Lillian, If you love China, you should go back. Just go.”
I was hiding behind what I really wanted to do. It was clear that I should be on a different path, but why didn’t I have the courage to take the leap? What was stopping me? Fear. Fear of not knowing what would happen if I went abroad. Fear, because I had no mentor to guide me along a bulletproof career path. Fear, because there was no one who had gone down the same exact footsteps I attempted to go on. I had no mentor. I had to go it alone. Plus, no safety net.
The next day, I jotted down my business plan on a napkin in Chinatown. A few days later, I texted my friends, “Hey, I’m leaving this town. Catch me on your next Asia trip.” Sure, I felt a bit of uncertainty about what was to come, but I felt confident enough in my abilities. I knew I really wanted to start my own small business in China, and so I planned to do everything in my power to make it work. After all, I spoke Mandarin fluently, so what was I to be afraid of?
In 2014, I boarded a one-way flight alone to China’s capital. I registered my own business in Beijing. I used my Chinese language skills to turn strangers into clients. I struck it out on my own.
I used my bilingual skills to negotiate and sign contracts in Chinese. Soon enough, I realized the real language I was speaking wasn’t Chinese, but the language of trust.
I shared no cultural, religious, ethnic, or national ties with any single client, but trust was there. This changed my entire perspective on life. Yes, there was a language barrier a times. But, the language of trust was what I was really speaking.
Within two years, I found myself without the burden of debt. I couldn't be happier.
I learned 2 important lessons:
1. You must take action, don't just sit there.
Many of us want real change but simply don't know where to start. Or maybe you're surrounded with the wrong people.
2. All success is achievable.
You can succeed. All you need are the right tools and resources to help you get to the next level.
Interested in starting a side hustle, clear your debt, or explore opportunities in China?
If I can do it, so can you. Get started here.