Since quitting/losing my last proper job I’ve been putting a bit of effort into marketing myself to potential employers - with considerable success Now I’m turning down work I don’t have time for, getting the higher rates of pay, and keeping control by having several jobs.
Life is pretty good, but there are still a few drawbacks:
- someone else is still taking a big slice out of the money that I earn
- I need a new ARC, and both the companies that have offered to obtain one are now making noises about ‘more commitment’ - ie they’re asking for more of my time, beyond what was offered (too good at my job I suppose )
In short, I’m still at the mercy of other people’s agendas because I let them do my marketing for me. Why do I do this? I have been freelance, self-employed, or in charge of projects pretty much my whole working life. I don’t need other people to go out and sell my skills, and I don’t need to pay them either.
But I DO need the increased income and flexibility that comes from being your own boss.
After looking in the legals forums it appears that starting your own business here is technically quite easy - and you can sponsor yourself to be here and working for your company! Assuming that this is really true, and I enlist a local with the necessary skills to facilitate the paperwork, then it’s very likely that I’m going to be running my own business here within a couple of months.
So what do I not know that I need to know?
What are the realities, as opposed to the theory, of starting up on your own in Taiwan? Who’s going to try and screw me? What unexpected delights can I look forward to? What laws are important? Which ones are going to surprise me?
All warnings, suggestions, personal criticisms, advice, encouragement, or other opinions are welcome. (But please bear in mind that my forumosa persona, ondeed my whole TW persona, is not necessarily the person that I am when I am focused on a project.)