The world is becoming a smaller place, and competition in every market is getting fiercer each day. And yet, the chances for businesses to succeed are no longer reserved for top-notch conglomerates. Small and medium enterprises are finding great new opportunities to take their share. So look — once these businesses are ready to make their products and services available in other countries, why not even the odds of success and localize what they have to offer?
At this stage, connecting to foreign local markets with human translation takes a significant part of marketing. Hence, creative writing and translation agencies are growing like never before.
As a foreigner, you might have noticed that starting a career in Korea seems to be tough. You’re looking for a job, but apart from that, you might be an experienced professional who has brought the love of your life to Korea, or you could be a student who just graduated and is eager to test the waters in a foreign land.
Koreans know that foreigners at work is a pretty rare sight. Whenever I talk to my local friends about some pals trying to get a job in Korea, these were their typical reactions:
“Why would companies hire foreigners when they can just work with Koreans?"
"Don’t you think that South Korea is reluctant to hire foreign employees because of the language barrier?"
"Wouldn't Hong Kong or Singapore be better options for a good career in Asia?”
You’re dreaming of a world where your words are heard. But in reality, your idea could be misunderstood or worse, diluted before it reaches your readers — so make it work and make it pop.
Is your language really talking to your desired audience?
Do you believe that great work isn’t about the number of output hours, but more about prioritizing tasks and enhancing productivity?
I bet you do. But we oftentimes overlook this detail and get stuck in insignificant routines. We forget that it’s not about rushing and tend to neglect the effective methods of winning clients over wisely.
Here are some goodies from three entrepreneurs in South Korea — overflowing with a sense of "bbali-bbali" (faster-faster) inside out. It's important to note that there has been a current trend of Korean corporates losing track of productivity because of the crazy work hours and and strong hierarchy. Society is telling us that it's high time for productivity.
You already think your ideas are worth spreading. And you've just heard that South Korea is a brilliant place to settle into and is a great emerging market. So what's next?
When you decide to expand your small business to this peninsula, the first thing you would probably do is go to Upwork to hire a freelance market researcher, translator, and SEO strategist who all speak Korean as their native language. Brainstorming begins and you give them your full trust. Think you're all set?