More Pics from the new office

Some people asked me to add more pics of the office after our move was finished. So I took some pics today in my office and you can see them below. As you may recognize, there is still some empty space. We plan to buy some more shelves as we are buying more and more products and expand our stock. We will also buy 1-2 tables for my husband to work here and for taking pictures of our products.

this is my table where I work

this is my table where I work

some of our shelves filled with products

some of our shelves filled with products

our new office, still being a bit empty

our new office, still being a bit empty

Our new office 2009 !!!

We moved during the weekend to our new office which is just 1 floor below our old one. So it was quite easy and not too much work to carry the things downstairs but still lots of packing involved. And I hate packing! I rather unpack and organize the new office than pack the things in the old office. Therefore my husband did the packing and moving and I did the unpacking. On sunday his family showed up and helped us. That was so nice. They said “We are family, of course we help” in their broken English πŸ˜‰ I just love them. Below you can see some pic of our new office while it was still empty. I also added a video of the office which also shows the very nice view we have now.

our new office space

our new office space

great view from our office

great view from our office

We invited everyone for Yum Cha (= Chinese tea lunch/dinner) after finish moving

We invited everyone for Yum Cha (= Chinese tea lunch/dinner) after finish moving

my husband & me in the restaurant enjoying some good Chinese food

my husband & me in the restaurant enjoying some good Chinese food

One Year since our Move

Exactly one year ago we moved to our new office in Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. We are still in the same office and have lots of space. Because of the Financial Crisis we may even be able to negotiate a lower rent for the 2nd year. Alan will call the landlord today and see what is possible. We may get a 50Euro-100Euro lower rent. Yay. At the moment, it’s still just me working there full time and Alan coming in every other evening. But we are planning to get me an assistant soon as the workload is getting more and more. I hope I can find someone suitable. I read that the Hong Kong government will support companies who offer internships for graduate students from August 09 on by paying 200Euro per month for their salary. They want to support companies during the Financial Crisis and prevent students being stranded after graduation. I think that’s a great idea and also a good opportunity for me to finally get an assistant.

Visit from Alibaba

I got a visit from 2 representatives from Alibaba.com today. Alibaba is the biggest sourcing website for finding suppliers in China and Asia. Until now we had a free account there to promote our company and products to possible customers in Europe and USA. We get enquiries almost every day but having a free account has a big disadvantage: the number of products is limited to 50pcs only. A friend of mine got a Gold Membership last year but never activated it because of personal reasons and he offered me to take over his membership for free. That is a really generous offer because usually these memberships cost around 40,000 HKD (~ 4,000 EURO) per year.Β  I promised him to send him a cheque if we find a lot more customers with this new account. πŸ˜‰ So the guys from Alibaba came to check out my office and verify the business address. I will get the new Gold Member account within the next few days and I will be able to upload and promote as many products I have. Keeping my fingers crossed to find more potential wholesale customers for my business.

3rd Newspaper Report about me

Coincidentally I found out that my interview incl. my pic was printed in another newspaper this week. The name of the newspaper is “Vorarlberger Wirtschaft” and is an economy newspaper mainly talking about the Austrian economy. They used the same interview and wrote a new text about me. The article is about my university in Austria “Fachhochschule Vorarlberg” and they mention me in the report saying I am an “entrepreneur in Hong Kong managing her own business” and have a “successful international carreer“. Sounds really good to me πŸ˜‰ I didn’t know that my interview is going to be printed in another newspaper but today my sis sent me an email telling me that her boss just gave her that newspaper and told her that her sis is in the paper. Otherwise I may have never found out about that. Thanks sis. Here is a link to the complete article (in German): Interview

interview economy newspaper

interview economy newspaper

Interview Successful Austrian Women

This week I had an interview with a local Austrian newspaper about the topic “Successful Austrian Women“. They interviewed me about my move to Hong Kong, opening my own business here and managing life overseas. The interview was published today in the newspaper called “Wann & Wo“. I got the interview request after my interview about my “after-graduation-experience-in Hong Kong” was published on 1st of February. If you want to read the full interview, please click here. It’s in German and talks about my move to Hong Kong, starting my own business in December 2007 and my online shop modes4u. They also wrote a bit about my personal life, that I live on an island, speak Chinese (Putonghua) and visit Austria once a year during Christmas.

Interview

My 1st Newspaper Interview

This week I was interviewed by an Austrian local newspaper called “Wann & Wo” about my life abroad. My university in Austria contacted me and asked if I would be willing to give an interview based on my experience after graduating from university and starting my own business in Hong Kong. I agreed and today the newspaper printed my interview. Here is a link to the page for anyone interested in reading it: Wann&Wo-Interview. Keep in mind, the interview was deducted in German πŸ˜‰

wannwointerview

Starting the “real” business

As I mentioned before, I started my own business after finishing my studies in Hong Kong in 2005. Of course, at the beginning I didn’t register my company because I was just doing lots of research to find out what I could sell. I also didn’t earn any money yet, just putting in my own money. In 2007 my business started growing significantly, especially because we started doing wholesale business as well. Therefore, I decided that it is really urgent now to register my own company here. My German friend Philipp recommended an accountant to me who is taking care of such things for a good price. I sent him an email, filled out the paper he sent me (one single page!) and he prepared the documents for registration for me. He sent me the documents by courier, my business partner and me signed everything and sent it back. A few days later I got a call that our company is registered and I should pick up the original documents at his office! Now tell me, isn’t that the easiest and fastest way to open a company? I am really impressed! I even got a set with 2 different company chops, a “pressing thingy” to make a seal (no idea how to call that), a statutory book (man, that looks professional πŸ™‚ ) and a really cool box with our company name’s on it.