150 episodes

The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China.

We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom.

Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages.

We want to show you how you can become a well paid and happy China flexpat with the right skills and mindset.

China Flexpat Francis Kremer & Patrick Frick

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China.

We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom.

Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages.

We want to show you how you can become a well paid and happy China flexpat with the right skills and mindset.

    #149 University Entrepreneur

    #149 University Entrepreneur

    Start your academic career in China. Learn from a real expert of both international and Chinese academic ecosystems.



    1. Study/get your PhD in China

    2. Find academic jobs

    3. Compare international vs. Chinese university system

    4. Start and scale your own company

    5. Work in Chinese vs. English

    6. Find your own flexpat career path



    Pippa fell in love with China on her first visit in her early twenties, and decided to build her career in academia here. Over the past 10 years in China, she has gotten a PhD from Fudan University, one of China's top schools, taught Chinese and international students in Sino-US joint venture universities, and most recently started Discovery Hub, a higher education consultancy with a mission to bridge between the Chinese and Western academic worlds.



    Connect with Pippa:

    WeChat: Pippa9

    Discovery Hub WeChat Official Account: 探索枢纽 Discovery Hub

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pippa-morgan-9630/

    Discovery Hub's LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/discovery-hub-education/

    • 32 min
    #148 Retirement in China

    #148 Retirement in China

    Learn about a complete engineering and commercial flexpat career. What is important to plan your flexpat retirement in China?

    1. Challenges of the Chinese healthcare system
    2. Pick the right industry to work in
    3. Qualify for your job, develop your skillset
    4. Integrate in China
    5. Prepare for Retirement
    6. Enjoy Retirement, keep learning

    In 1986, Volker Müller travelled seven weeks from Hongkong all the way to Wulumuqi in Xinjiang, after that journey he decided that he wanted to support the country in its quest for development. One year later, he got a job as a research assistant at Chongqing University in the field of artificial vision.

    In the 1990s he convinced the CEO of a German start-up company to establish a representative office in Shanghai, with himself as Chief Representative. In 2000, he finally settled down in Beijing, and since then he is working in the medical devices industry. During these two and a half decades, he has worked a Chief Representative for a multinational company, built-up a manufacture for a German SME, worked as international Sales Director for a Chinese manufacturer and finally joint the EU Chamber of Commerce in China as industry desk manager.

    Last year, he retired from his job, but he is still willing to make contributions to China-European cooperation. In his spare time, he is translating Chinese literature into German and has now started to write his own books to share his experience with German-speaking readers.

    LinkedIn: 米福 Volker Müller
    Find Volker on Wechat: mifu_beijing
    Email: mi_fu@163.com
    Find Francis on Wechat: Flexpat2020


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    112 Plan your flexpat career
    12 Personal Finance Advice
    13 Personal Insurance Advice

    • 23 min
    #147 Corporate Startup for Successful Market Entry

    #147 Corporate Startup for Successful Market Entry

    Build your own corporate startup in an international company in China. Lessons Learned.

    1. When/Why a Corporate Startup makes sense
    2. How can corporate and startup work together
    3. What is the role of the Startup Founder?
    4. How to be successful with a Corporate Startup in China
    5. Value of flexpats for international companies

    Florian is a German mechanical engineer who has been building factory automation teams and businesses in China for more than a decade. He is pursuing alternative paths, for example, by co-founding a software company as a corporate startup. In addition, as an investor, advisor, and mentor, he is helping startups, companies, and students leverage his experience to succeed in China.

    Email: Florian.weihard@ruhlamat.com.cn
    LinkedIn: Florian Wei hard
    Wechat: FLORIAN-80
    Find Francis on Wechat: Flexpat2020

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    143 Flexpat Entrepreneur Coach
    133 Start your own flexpat business
    132 Jump into Entrepreneurship
    139 Coach your team
    138 European values
    85 Start your own service business

    • 27 min
    #146 China's rally against climate change

    #146 China's rally against climate change

    Learn about climate change and China's effort to stop it.

    1. What is ESG and why is it important
    2. How has China developed since the last 20 years and where does it stand now in terms of environmental protection
    3. Which challenges do companies face to understand and act upon environmental regulations
    4. What does the 5 years plan indicate to do in order for China to thrive
    5. What can flexpats do who are deeper involved into that topic in order to be best prepared
    6. How to setup good relations with government officials and get the right support
    7. Would a good environmental protection also help a company's marketing
    8. What about water pollution and waste management
    9. Where will China stand in 10 years with environmental protection
    10. Johnny also published a White Paper on the Internet of Sustainability Data that explores ESG and carbon standards: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7155491808465059840

    Johnny, an environmental expert and consultant, was 20 years in China seeing the country going through all phases from an environmental protection newbie to a real decarbonization pioneer. Until now he is consulting Chinese and international firms in China and the western world to understand respective policies and react accordingly. There is something for everyone to learn in this episode, knowing that Johnny only shared like 5% of what he is capable of. Reach out if you want to learn more.

    Email: johnny.browaeys@csimodel.eu
    LinkedIn: Johnny Browaeys
    Find Verena on LinkedIn: Verena Lupprian

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    64 Solar energy entrepreneur
    133 EV entrepreneur

    • 38 min
    #145 Riding your business to success 101

    #145 Riding your business to success 101

    Build a successful horse riding business in Shanghai. Learn what it takes to transform your passion into a profitable business.

    Highlights
    1. Sigrid provides her highlights of choosing and maintaining a business partner
        * Find someone you can trust
        * Both your skills and knowledge need to be complementary
        * Assign tasks to each others respective abilities
    2. Top three advices to have a successful business
        * Plan thoroughly before starting a business
        * Build up a good network
        * Invest in good marketing
    3. Her key messages for success
        * Have a flexible mindset
        * Act fast and agile
        * Do not lose your focus
        * Find the courage to do it


    Follow and connect with Sigrid on Social Media:
    XiaoHongShu ID:9452320746
    Wechat: sigridwinkler
    Find Verena on LinkedIn: Verena Lupprian

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    133 Start your own flexpat business
    132 Jump into Entrepreneurship
    85 Start your own service business
    64 Build a global business in China

    • 31 min
    #144 Flexpats add value to Chinese teams

    #144 Flexpats add value to Chinese teams

    Summary of the added value flexpats can bring into Chinese teams, and how Chinese professionals can be international.

    • Enter the flexpat job market after graduation
    • Importance of learning Chinese
    • Key added value of flexpats
    • Soft skills are very important
    • Fit into a Chinese team
    • Start your own business
    • Apply for your own visa
    • Help Chinese professionals to go international
    • How can Chinese professionals adapt an open mindset?
    • Future opportunities for flexpats

    Dasol Kim started her own coaching and consulting firm in China helping Chinese professionals and flexpats to find clarity and courage to navigate their international career.

    Find Dasol Kim on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dasol-lily-kim/
    and Wechat: lilykim626

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    142 Build your own Flexpat business in China
    139 Coach your team
    133 Start your own flexpat business
    132 Jump into Entrepreneurship
    120 Cross Border Interpretation
    33 Prepare for job interviews

    • 43 min

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Excellent advice and perspectives

Many people don’t understand the intricacies of China, especially in the world of business. This podcast interviews guests that have the unique combination of years (often decades) of time spent in China along with extensive experience in business to provide practical tips to help you navigate the China business landscape more effectively! Highly recommend!

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