It’s probably a bit easier for someone like you residing down under, as the time difference would not be as pronounced. They are literally on the other side of the planet from me, exactly 12 hours ahead so I often have to cope with that delay but thus far, it has been well worth it. Lastly, I should add that I also try very hard to acknowledge aspects of their culture. For instance, I just recently learned that the entire country is basically on holiday for the first week of October for their fall festival. I find that people of all cultures really appreciate it when you take the time to learn a little about their world. It really seems to help form a strong bond which can only be good for business!
it is easier being in Australia we are 2 hours in front of China and Taiwan, that works out perfect, I can do my own stuff before 12pm and then start will E-mails after my lunch time, gives me the best of both worlds work and play.
When I was in Taiwan July 2009, one of the Manufactures daughters commented on how I made a effort to use chop sticks to eat and to time to see their culture, to be honest it can be a bit overwhelming on how well I was treated, I think to would only let me close the car door half the time.
So My Advice to any Inventors is to show 100% trust and friendship towards the Taiwan, Chinese and Asian people, and you will receive the same in return, if you come across as untrusting or self important, not a good way to go in Asia.
For me to receive the acknowledgment of the Value of my projects like the Roofing Protractor, Stair Square, Tilt Level and Chalkline Protractor from these Manufactures in very good.
Also to see how serious they are about doing business with me know and into the long term future, this is what all Inventors should be chasing is recognition of their work and hey some royalties would be nice to of course.
If you do not focus on making the best product possible with your skills and contacts, then you will set yourself up for failure, like my father said to me “You only get out of life what you put in”
This applies not only Inventions, but everything you do in Life! , Like my Army training, at times I really struggled, because I put in 100% the other Diggers would help me, and this is a two way street, if they struggled I would do my best to help them.