Dear China Success Stories Viewers:
I’m creating a new online business here in the States. I plan to register the business here, and likely register it in China at some point in the next several months as I will plan to relocate there by year’s end. The website will be in English and in Chinese version so I hope to have clients from the States, and clients from China.
So ultimately, I suppose it makes sense to have the business presence in both places.
I have a good friend whom I’ve known for years as my base in Beijing right now — so this is already something of a partnership. I also have several friends, most of whom are in China, that would like to work together and be part of the team. And of course we’ll recruit people to work with us as needed.
So mainly, what I’d like to ask you is as follows:
1. Should I register both in the States and China, and what may be the complications or implications of such a set up? Does it make sense to formalize the same business in both places?
2. How would you deal with staff / freelancers from China that you hire or source to work with you? For example, I’m still in the States the next six months. When the site is running and we get clients contacting us from China, I assign work to our Chinese staff. What’s the best way to deal with paychecks, taxes, etc.?
To be clear, I may register the business both in the States as well as China, but right now, most of my help by way of employees or freelancers are based in China. Paying employees or taxes in the States for a local business is simple enough, but what about handling such things for using international talent?
Sorry, I know this probably sounds tedious, but I’m really hopeful you can share some insight, or perhaps know others that have gone this route and know what they’re talking about.