Am currently thinking of setting up a business in HK, with the possibility later of working with people I know in China. I've read a little bit on some of the sites of firms that assist with company formation, but I wouldn’t mind getting some feedback here, as I can get non-biased info in plain language, maybe even with the benefit of somebody else's hindsight.
Anyway, I have no plans to give up my current job, but would like to try and grow a small business in my spare time, to see where it might lead.
My experience/qualifications are in corporate and cross-cultural communication, and what I want to set up is something that delivers services related to that.
Initially, these will be things that I can do with easily, while working from home with just my laptop. Things like:
- Copywriting for marketing communications (brochures, websites etc)
- Shareholder communications (announcements, annual reports etc)
- English language editing/proofreading
Later, I'd like to do expand this to make use of some of the networks I have in mainland China, to include:
- Translation services
- On-site business English training for Chinese managers/execs
- Cross-cultural training for incoming expats and international teams
So, my question really is, does anyone know what the easy/quick/cheap set-up options for this kind of small start-up business in HK? Also, once I am ready to start looking for clients in mainland China what steps would I need to take to make myself legal there? Would an RO be workable if I was actively seeking clients?
Finally, does anybody know anyone here or in mainland China who may need any of the services I have listed above? Once I get set up, I'd be interested to do some very reasonable 'mates rates' work for Geo members in order to build up a client list and to start the all-important referral ball rolling.
Many thanks in advance.