Given the number of additions I've been making to the site these last six months, I decided it might not be a bad idea to start a news and updates page so you have a central place to look for updates that might be relevant to your interest in starting a business in Japan. So here we go…

If you haven't been here for awhile, I added a few additional prefectural resource pages to the mix: noteably, Kyoto, and just this week, resources for how to start a business in Okayama.

I also started reviewing a few products that I use in both my business and life here in Japan, partly for fun, and also to experiment with their value to my bottom line as I test various affiliate marketing strategies. I'll keep you up to date as to how things come along. As of April, I'm starting to see a number of clicks to things, but not purchases, so while promising, its a reminder that affiliate marketing is a slow unpredictable race.

What else? I started to create a few hub pages to better organize the ream of content I've created, and completely redesigned the home page so it functions more as a funnel to guide visitors through the site. I hope it helps.

Lastly, I'm working on creating a tech package for those of you interested in creating a business in Japan that would benefit from having a website… this year, I discovered the joy of managed WordPress hosting through WPMU, and cannot express how much it has helped me ramp up my online business in Japan. The support I get from those guys is worth every penny. I've spoken with their 24/7 tech team 113 times since starting with them this year. They have saved me a TON of money in WorddPress consulting, and an equal amount of time. I cannot recommend them enough.

Also, re: the Tackle Your Tech package, there are a number of things I pay for that provide additional licensing I can share, and because I've become quite adept at launching small websites and blogs, I thought it might be helpful to remove that obstacle for people wanting to launch a site (even an eikaiwa site). So, if you've been thinking about starting a blog in Japan, or setting up a small business website, I'll be offering a WordPress implementation package later this Spring if you're interested. At first, I'll do everything on my own, but shortly thereafter, the plan is to train others interested in part time work to build out a small consultancy. That way, we'll be able to handle as many requests as possible. Stay tuned… should be fun.

I'm always open to suggestions, so if there is anything you'd like to see here, please reach out. Cheers, Doc

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