What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? — George Eliot
Who is your community?
Why you want to belong to it?
What benefits you get from it?
What you give back to your community?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the community of startup Noodle.
Yes, these are entrepreneurs obviously.
Yes, some want to come to China or are already in China working on their Startup.
But somehow it never felt quite right, like there is something more I need to discover.
I had a chance to talk with Thomas Pichon from The Collaborative startup movement, on his sohelpful.me calls, as I bumped into his post about happiness 8 WAYS TO STAY HAPPY AND CONNECT BETTER WITH YOUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Somewhere in the middle of the conversation (We were chatting, as there was bad internet connecting) he said: “Have you already thought about building a methodology to help startups start their activity in Asia? Or in a new country?”
It took a few more sentences for me to realize the picture is so much bigger than I’d seen it so far!
I made the move to Asia more than two years ago as an entrepreneur in a new place. I struggled through the process of finding my 1st job here, finding a place to live, getting to know a new culture, bootstrapping, networking, getting to know the local entrepreneurial community and being fortunate enough to even help building it!
Building a road map
This is actually the road map for every entrepreneur moving to another country to build their startup. It’s a journey and our community shares that journey. In fact, it’s not a story of only a single place, this story is happening all the time in many places.
When you can work from anywhere, you just move to wherever you think is best for you, and then you go through a similar journey of moving to a new place and starting out by yourself.
And this is our community!
We are “moving entrepreneurs”
So, although my story is about China, I can outline a methodology to other people and contribute from my experience to help others.
I’ve been asked so many times if I can help find a job here in China and eventually I wrote a post on that, I see that there are many people searching for monthly costs of living in Beijing, which I’ve also written about and so on. So, getting local, first hand information and help is extremely important.
Building a methodology for the community
So, what is this methodology all about?
(help me out here if you think more things should be added).
1. Decisions to move – why?
2. Personal finance to start with.
3. Finding your first job or source of income to support yourself when you arrive.
4. Move and find a place to live
5. Getting to know the people in the community – Any meetups? bloggers? community leaders?
6. Finding co-founders and employees
7. Local funding for your startup
What else would you add here?
Who are the members of our community?
Obviously, every entrepreneur moving to a new place is part of our community. We should all get to know each other and be helpful with our knowledge and experience moving to a new place and building our startup. Here is how we gonna do it:
1. Go to our new community page Moving Entrepreneurs
2. Introduce yourself
– Where are you from
– Where you are about to move or have moved already?
– A brief sentence about your startup + link
3. interact – help others either with feedback, connections or local info they are looking for.
Yes, we just started…so be patient. I already left my intro and I’m more than glad to help and give advice to entrepreneurs coming to China.
I’m looking forward hearing your stories!
“It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual” — Jeremy Bentham ( Philosopher 1748-1832)
Now over to you
Where are you originally from and where have you moved or planning to move to? How do you plan to start?
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