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.