You don’t have to be Chinese to travel to and live in China. The country is open to foreign businesses. If you love to travel and don’t want to give that up, you need to think outside the box a bit.
It’s possible to marry your love of travel with your need for financial stability. Here are 3 businesses that will help you achieve your heart’s desires:
1. Run a Travel Agency
One of the easier ways to own a travel-related business is by running a travel agency. An agency of this kind will enable you to sell different products to China-bound tourists and business travelers on behalf of suppliers in the travel industry. These suppliers include accommodation facilities, travel insurers, car rental service providers, etc.
As a travel agency, you could also become an authorized sales agent. You can sell ticketson behalf of airlines in China that don’t have offices in the locale you choose to base your business. The business will generate money in the form of commissions you make from sales and fees that you charge clients.
As a perk, you may be offered free travel products, services, and vacations by suppliers all across China. That will help you market their products and services better.
2. Start a Chinese Travel Consultancy
If you have taken the time to learn as much as you can about China and its customs, starting a travel consultancy may be a better way to do things. Your travel consultancy should go beyond helping tourists looking to visit and experience China.
Business travelers are more likely to gravitate toward travel consultants. That’s because they have more to lose if they make mistakes while doing business in China. Many will come to you hoping for professional advice on issues such as adopting in China and cultural sensitivity training. Some may also ask you to provide translators and interpreters to help them in their business dealings.
So, when you choose to start a travel consultancy specializing in all things Chinese, be prepared to be a jack of all trades.You may even find yourself traveling to parts unknown to help out your business clients.
3. Become a Tour Guide
Because China has a long and rich history, it offers plenty of attractions for tourists. You can choose to help others enjoy these destinations by being hired as a tour guide or starting your China-based tour guide agency.
Before you start a tour guide business, however, you need to identify the areas in which you intend to operate. Then find out what the rules concerning the industry are.
For tourists to appreciate what you have to offer, you must bring the stories you tell them about places and people alive. They must be engaged so that they can enjoy the attractions you are helping to sell. If they will remember the stories that your guides told long after they go back home, then you would have done your job.
So, you must be ready to learn everything about the Chinese attractions you intend to guide people through. You must know more than other people. The information that you share with your visitors should be things that they have never heard of before. If you are a good learner, then you can run a tour guide business successfully.
It’s very possible to live and work in China without giving up your love of travel. But you need to ensure that you have the right kind of visa for what you intend to do. That way, you won’t end up in trouble with the Chinese authorities.