Business‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Chinese‌ ‌market

Do You‌ ‌want‌ to ‌find‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌business‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Chinese‌ ‌market?‌ ‌
Well,‌ ‌business‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌just‌ ‌fall‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌sky,‌ ‌you‌ ‌know‌ ‌that,‌ ‌right?‌  
In‌ ‌fact,‌ ‌sometimes‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌very‌ ‌hard‌ ‌to‌ ‌stumble‌ ‌into,‌ ‌and‌ ‌even‌ ‌more‌ ‌elusive‌ ‌while‌ ‌actively‌ seeking.‌ ‌Or‌ ‌maybe‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌just‌ ‌about‌ ‌looking‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌  ‌right‌ ‌place.‌ ‌LinkedIn‌ ‌is‌ ‌nice,‌ ‌but‌ ‌have‌ ‌you‌ tried‌ ‌Weibo‌ ‌for‌ ‌instance?‌ ‌What‌ ‌about‌ ‌joining‌ ‌a‌ ‌WeChat‌ ‌group?‌ ‌If‌ ‌these‌ ‌app‌ ‌names‌ ‌mean‌ nothing‌ ‌to‌ ‌you,‌ ‌you‌ ‌might‌ ‌be‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌wrong‌ ‌track.‌
Having‌ ‌the‌ ‌desire‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌that‌ ‌deal‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Chinese‌ ‌market‌ ‌or‌ ‌attracting‌ ‌Chinese‌ ‌investors‌ requires‌ ‌different‌ ‌actions‌ ‌as‌ ‌for‌ ‌making‌ ‌connectios,‌ ‌searching‌ ‌for‌ ‌opportunities,‌ ‌and‌ studying‌ ‌the‌ ‌right‌ ‌materials.‌ ‌While‌ ‌LinkedIn‌ ‌does‌ ‌exist‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Chinese‌ ‌internet‌ ‌network‌ ‌and‌ might‌ ‌have‌ ‌some‌ ‌useful‌ ‌info‌ ‌and‌ ‌job‌ ‌opportunities,‌ ‌most‌ ‌other‌ ‌western‌ ‌internet‌ ‌companies‌ are‌ ‌banned‌ ‌in‌ ‌China.‌  
Google,‌ ‌Youtube,‌ ‌Twitter,‌ ‌Facebook‌, ‌and‌ ‌everything‌ ‌associated‌ ‌with‌ ‌them‌ ‌simply‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌work‌ there.‌ ‌One‌ ‌might‌ ‌say,‌ ‌well‌ ‌why‌ ‌not‌ ‌log‌ ‌in‌to‌  WeChat‌ ‌and‌ ‌just‌ ‌do‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌did‌ ‌with‌ the‌ ‌others?‌ ‌Well,‌ ‌problem‌ ‌is,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌in‌ ‌Chinese.‌ ‌Don’t‌ ‌give‌ up yet! 
While Chinese business networks might not be as easily accessible to English speakers (or any other language basically), a basic knowledge of Chinese can get you through. Today, most apps have an English operated system that will enable you to register, log in, and get the basic functions done. Then, you gotta find the right people and talk to them.

Now comes the hard part. It’s possible to manage conversations with Chinese businesses via WeChat or even LinkedIn using the online translation tools (just remember that if you are in China, there is no Google Translate, only Chinese versions!). Some Chinese businesses might even have an English-speaking representative. But these are such a small part of the market.

Even if your Mandarin isn’t fluent (it takes some time to get fluent in Mandarin), a basic understanding of how Chinese characters work can get you through. By just searching the right keywords, understating the different online hot topics and copy-pasting basic greetings, you can get a good start. And yes, getting fluent helps even more.

There are 900 Million (!) internet users in mainland China. Guess what, they mostly speak, read, and write Chinese. They don’t need English networks; they have enough business opportunities of their own. Only by searching for these opportunities, in Chinese, one can join this enormous business hub called China.