China Sourcing: What Are Reasonable Payment Terms?

Negotiating Payment Terms: Medium Sized Orders The following blog post is to give some tips if you find yourself negotiating reasonable payment terms for the first time with a supplier. The target audience are buyers who are purchasing between 10K USD and 100K per...

How to Do Due Diligence on Chinese Suppliers?

Often I’m asked about how to do due diligence on Chinese Suppliers and how to be sure it’s safe to do business in China. Some of the short questions I’m asked are things like: How do I know if it is it safe to do business with this supplier? Are...
How To NOT Get Knocked Off When Sourcing From China

How To NOT Get Knocked Off When Sourcing From China

Do you want to learn How To NOT Get Knocked Off When Sourcing From China? If you are asking these kinds of questions, this article is for you! I got a great idea, but I worry that it will get knocked off by the factory? I’m not sure if I should file the patent first...

How to structure office hours in your Chinese company

Client writes in to ask about labors laws and how to set up the office hours for his Chinese staff. As this question gets asked a lot, here are some basic points for your reference: Just wondering if I could borrow your brains and experience and get some advice on a...

How to motivate a non-responsive supplier?

When is the best time to initiate a legal course of action? Below is a typical case for reference if you are considering legal action against a Chinese entity. I am in the middle of collaborating with a Chinese company which is located in Dalian China.  The total...

Is it Legal & Safe to Hire a Freelancer in China?

Questions & Answers Q: More and more websites (like oDesk.com, Elance.com Freelancer.com) in English and Chinese are connecting international business people w Chinese freelancers to project work on a part time and sometimes full time basis. What do the Chinese HR...

Work With Your Chinese Attorney to Sue Your Supplier

Sometimes miring through a lawsuit, whether against a supplier or an ex-business partner, can be more painful than the events that gave rise to the dispute. Although favorable results can never be guaranteed, foreign clients can take comfort in the fact that retaining...