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Nowadays, since we are communicating via computer, smartphones, tablets, etc, handwriting, in general, is not a very common practice as it used to be. Especially in China, since they introduced the Pinyin system, it became instantly less popular to use handwriting for common daily life activities.

For those who are learning Chinese, and wonder if nowadays it's necessary to use handwriting to obtain your HSK exam, we like to clarify the possibilities.

If you only recognize the Chinese characters, and you cannot write them yourself, then it is still possible to successfully obtain your HSK1, HSK2, HSK3 and HSK4 certificate.

There are 2 ways to pass HSK 4 (and HSK 1, HSK 2 and HSK 3):

1) You pick the computer based HSK exam, which requires you to type in the Chinese characters only via the computer keyboard. This is the way you are used to writing the characters. This is the best option.

2) You take the paper HSK exam that requires handwriting.

Out of those 4 HSK levels, HSK 4 is most difficult. I will go in detail for HSK 4 how to pass:

HSK starts with a writing section, which you need to re-arranging sentences. This means those characters are already there. If you can draw strokes, you can basically finish with little writing ability.

Finally, you are confronted with 5 questions which require you to write the Chinese character based on a picture. This one is difficult for you. Therefore we recommend to practice current exams and learn to write those characters. You should be able to write around a set of 100 characters to pass for this part flawlessly. If you are really good in HSK 4, you might consider skipping the last 5 writing questions…

The maximum score for this test is300 with 180 required to pass. The last writing sections account for 100 points each.

To obtain HSK 5 and HSK 6 the extra tasks might be too difficult to obtain the certificate without any handwriting.

Eager to learn more...

Find here the test exams HSK Official Test Examsand other suitable learning materials.
Also we provide special Chinese Language Survival Kits for all HSK levels!


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How to start learning Chinese?
The Chinese language is what they call a tonal language since people use 4 different tones. However it has a well-defined set of characters, it has a simple grammar system and it has no conjugation. In general, mastering 1.000 characters is enough for handling yourself in daily situations, both in and out of a professional context.

To compare with another widely spoken language: English, which uses the 26-letters Latin alphabet, the Chinese language has no alphabet. However, it uses a set of 214 strokes (or radicals), which make it possible to find a word in a dictionary, and to write the characters.

The pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese is helped by pinyin, which is a way to write Chinese using Latin characters. It is possible to start speaking Chinese immediately, thanks to this system. Mandarin Chinese cannot be confused with Cantonese Chinese, which is considered a different language is spoken in mostly southern China (Hong Kong, Guangdong)

The HSK Survival Packages

This HSK or Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, 汉语 水平 考试) words list is the name for the international Chinese standard test to check how well someone has mastered the Chinese language correctly. It is also known as the "Chinese TOEFL". We are providing you the following tools to progress from beginner to master in HSK and Chinese language:

- HSK Vocabularies with all HSK Chinese characters, Pinyin, English explanation

- HSK Flashcards

- HSK Official Test Exam(s)

- HSK Practicing example sentences

- HSK Pinyin Pronunciation

- HSK Chinese Character Radicals explained

- HSK Checklist

- HSK Registration form


HSK Vocabularies with all HSK Chinese characters, Pinyin, English explanation

This HSK Chinese characters list is a complete vocabulary of all the words you need to master and is of the most important learning tools to learn the language, such as the radicals, characters, and words. It’s very important to study the right vocabulary!

HSK Flashcards

One highly efficient method to learn a new language is by using Flashcards. We provide flashcards for each character.

HSK Official Test Exam(s)

One or more official test exams aims to help to better understand the question types and general format for the HSK test.

HSK Practicing example sentences
A very easy to use practicing tool to in order to put the words in perspective, by getting to know easy to use sentences made out of other HSK words will enable you to improve your reading skills.
http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/KXHPF/

HSK Pinyin Pronunciation
This HSK Pinyin pronunciation chart will explain to you how to pronounce the Pinyin Chinese characters.
http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/YXMKN/

HSK List Of All Chinese Radicals
This template explores all Chinese radicals and explains their meaning.
http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/JCSQJ/

HSK Checklist
The basic steps to follow to start doing your exam.
http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/EWMWU/

HSK Registration form
The standard registration form you need to fill in once you start with HSK.
http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/UWVG3/


Facts and statistics about Mandarin Chinese

  • Over one billion people speak standard Mandarin Chinese worldwide (Putonghua)
  • 4 tones apply to all or part of the syllables
  • 214 strokes make up Chinese characters
  • 400 syllables are enough to pronounce the words
  • Over 1.000 characters are necessary to speak fluently
  • Over 5.000 characters are necessary to understand 100%

Try out our online free and premium educational learning templates now!


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In China they are already started to count down for Chinese New Year. This famous festival is also known as Spring Festival, and is the most important traditional holiday in China.

When Is Chinese New Year in 2017?

The coming Chinese New Year is on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 (to Wednesday February 15th, 2017).

What is the zodiac sign for Chinese New Year 2017?

This year's animal zodiac sign is the Rooster ( 雞 / 鸡 (酉))
The Rooster is associated with the Earthly Branch:
Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal.

Most Important Dates of Chinese New Year in 2017:

  • Chinese New Year's Eve: the day of family reunions
  • Chinese calendar: 除夕 Chúxī /choo-sshee or 'getting-rid-of evening'
  • Chinese New Year's Day: the day of (close) family visits and New Year greetings
  • Chinese calendar: 初一 Chūyī or choo-ee or 'first 1'

How long is Chinese New Year Holiday?

The Official Holiday is  7 Days. However, for most Chinese, thisfestival will be longer than official dates. Due to the fact that Chinese people are a hard working group of people, they cherish this holiday so much since they have free time to spend with their family and loved-ones. Since the population in China is also the largest in the world (1,376,049,000 estimated in 2015), this requires a lot of logistic issues in the country. Due to these issues, often people leave earlier and/or start later, which might extend the official Chinese new year with 1 or 2 extra weeks.

Why is Chinese New Year on these dates?

According to the Chinese New Year in Beijing Hutong. Similar to Christmas or New Year celebrations in other countries. The dates are different for each year according to the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar, but it was always celebrated between January 21th and February 20th. Chinese New Year was set to overlap with the resting time just before a new cycle of farm work begins, as a time of preparation.

Chinese New Year printable templates

Find below some templates related to the Chinese New Year Spring festival theme:

Chinese New Year overview 1930 to 2030
A good way to keep track of Chinese New Year is to find an overview that provides the festival/holiday dates for each year. Find here a free calendar template that provides insight in all the previous and future Chinese New Years from 1930 to 2030 to come: http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/OM7FD/

Chinese New Year Poster Year Of The Rooster 2017
Are you born in the year of the rooster? What characteristics have people born in the year of the rooster? Download this free poster about Chinese zodiac animal Rooster and the persons' characteristics now!

Lucky Money Red Envelope Chinese New Year 2017
This lucky money red envelope template has a Chinese design with and is suitable for Chinese gifts during New Year in China. This is a free Chinese lucky money envelope template, which you can download for free.




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Yourstartup is growing fast and suddenly you need to come up with a lot of formal documents, such as HR contracts, employee worksheets, balance sheets, introduction presentations, financial updates, business plans, investor term sheets, etc. But you don’t want to spend hours in crafting those documents that actually already exist. Paying a lawyer to write them from scratch would also put pressure on your budget. You and your team want to spend time and money on that what really matters to your company. The smartest way in this scenario is to start looking for business templates that will help you instantly.

Below 5 business template website focused on solving this challenge for start-up and SME companies.

 

1. AllBusinessTemplates.com

An online platform containing over 1,000 free & premium templates. Easy to download and buy with no strings attached. This website is build to deliver. Easy to use the navigation to find the templates or documents you need. Search, click, buy ( if not for free)  and download in just 3 clicks. In just a few steps you get what you need. Many document formats available: Word, Excel, PPT and PDF. Most of the documents are for free and the premiums are priced very fair. Especially if you compare it with the time you would need to do it yourself or your lawyer) to spend on it! The templates are very professional and easy to customize to your needs.

 



2. Biztree.com

An offline software appliance that integrates into your Microsoft Office application. The big advantage is that you can customize the documents on your PC. It contains over 1.800 business templates in Microsoft Word and Excel format. Runs on Windows and Mac. The biggest disadvantage is that it is very pricey is you are just a start-up: It starts from 199.95 USD for 2 users and ends up at 899,95 USD for 5 users with multi-language support. Also, there is a yearly fee attached of 79 USD a year. So depending on the amount of documents you need this is or is not a solution.




3. pandadoc.com

Pandadoc offers a lot of tools for automating your contracts, proposals, quotes and more. It fully integrates with a lot of online CRM solutions like Salesforce, Pipedrive and SugarCRM. Therefore you are able to streamline contact creation, reduce time spent on redlining and you even can sign and store documents online. Pandadoc has hundreds of fully customizable templates available. Pandadoc starts at 19 USD a month per user but if you need access to an unlimited amount of templates, you will be paying 39 USD a month per user.




4. entrepreneur.com

Entrpreneur.com has an online form application called “Formnet”.  They have a nice collection of well-designed business templates. This application is actually a Seamlessdoc integration. You can register for free. You can fill in the template and Seamlessdoc will send a converted pdf document to your email address. It actually feels more than a form generator application then a template editor. But still a great solution.



 

5. bplans.com

This website has some great solutions if you need to write more advanced business plans including detailed financial overviews. Want to show your VC’s that you are in control of your company? Then Bplans can help you to deliver the plans and reports you need. Their business plan templates are really helpful. They provide a lot of tools online to help you to write documents the way they should be. Sadly enough not for free. Pricing starts at 11.66 USD a month.



 

Hope this gives you the answer that you are looking for. Please make use of it, consider the time you have as valuable and don’t waste it on crafting documents that are already crafted by specialists before!

 

Good luck.

 

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In the previous post of this series, we were looking at the concept: What is Drop Shipping? In this edition, we will look more carefully into the Best Practices of Drop Shipping. In 5 posts you will learn a lot about drop shipping. The best combination of theory and hands-on experience on doing drop shipping with for example China. Also you will get exclusive access to some great free and premium templates, forms and tools that will enable you to do drop shipping instantly and help you to do drop shipping successful.

In this part 2 of  What is drop shipping?, "Best Practices Drop Shipping."

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Drop Shipping Best Practices

Drop shipping is a retail fulfillment method in which the retailer does not keep goods in stock but instead directly transfers customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer, another retailer or a wholesaler who then ships the goods directly to the customer.
In the retail businesses, the majority of retailers make their profit on the difference between the wholesale and retail price, but some retailers earn an agreed percentage of the sales in commission, paid by the wholesaler to the retailer.

1. Drop Shipping Success examples

Look for a great example how to run a Drop Shipping T-shirt business via Shopify:

from Shopify.

Below find more successful drop shipping companies. We start with the most famous one:

Alibaba
Alibaba is one of the largest websites in the world and one of the best parts of the site is that you can find manufacturers for your products. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t just type in the product you want to sell and contact the manufacturer. A part of their business is total fulfillment solution for their manufacturers: dropshipping. Also they provide Dropshipping manufacturers. To find dropshipping suppliers on Alibaba, you can fill in “dropshipper,” in the search bar (http://www.alibaba.com/products/dropshipper.html) then filter down to the desired product. Not all manufacturers on Alibaba offer drop shipping.

However, if you’re on a tight budget and you generate a quality strategy, drop shipping might just work well for you. They are basically doing a form of arbitrage with physical products. Find some example shops that operate successfully:

  • Movie-gadgets.myshopify.com
  • All-awesome-stuff.myshopify.com
  • Totoroshop.net
  • Funfinds.net
  • Nestoftheowl.com
  • Ilovecutebabies.com
  • Leogary.com
  • Outletuk.org
  • Barkoy.com
  • Bling-town.com
  • Fullforceimports.com

Drop shipping supports the existing physical business: it is also a very good addition to your current business. Suppose you are currently already selling physical products, it’s an attractive way to get more sales.

2. Drop Shipping failures


Do not accept resources with small margins
Ebay for example doesn’t allow you to solely do drop shipping, because margins of the products offered by the suppliers are too small. You can buy on 1 platform, and sell on the other. But don’t try to do buy and sell on 1 platform.

Aftersales issues when supplier is not reliable
It is highly important your supplier is providing the right products, for the right price and right service. If he is not shipping on time, you are responsible for the delay and need to pamper your customer. Make sure you have agreed about the service level you need from your supplier, and put this in a Dropshipping Agreement with the supplier.

Unprofessional online marketing and IT support
If your marketing and IT are not properly set up, you will be heading for a disaster. Successful Drop shipping highly depends on a slick web shop and attractive product range for the right price. Besides this, traffic is very important. Also the IT infrastructure must be working flawlessly, otherwise you will miss out on opportunities and nowadays with strong social media your company will be ruined within minutes…

Drop shipping supplier don’t ship frequently
Customers expect fast delivery nowadays. If your supplier is not able to produce or have stock, they
will not be a good partner. You need to be able to ship every day, not to miss out on opportunities!

Technical support
If issues may arise, your supplier should be able to quickly deal with the questions you received from the customer. Make sure your supplier can provide such service. It will be a quick end of your company, if you cannot answer your customer’s questions.

drop shipping strategy

3. Drop Shipping Handbook

Find a supplier through your network, in your neighborhood or by searching on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Sohu, etc. Another very strong way to find suppliers of the products you are interested in, is to go and visiting trade fairs. Trade fairs are always focused on a specific industry, which makes it an efficient way to meet many suppliers of the same or similar products.

The ideal supplier to partner with:

  • Needs to be reliable and needs to produce quality products;
  • That don’t have a lot of business online yet;
  • They have to be open for innovative ways to do his business, and wants to outsource this online marketing tasks to you, and who will not try too;
  • When your supplier has your products on stock;
  • Then need be ready for growth for his company;
  • They are able to ship goods worldwide (much bigger market);
  • Needs to ship your product frequently, and max. once a week. This is important, because 
  • your customers wants to receive the products as soon as possible;
  • Has a showroom to show its products;
  • Can provide customer support for you, when you receive questions from customers;
  • Can pay your commission on a frequent basis.

After you selected the right supplier, and you worked out the Drop Shipping Agreement. The next step is to start business. After the first product shipments, you will find more issues that need to be solved in a permanent way. A good option is to develop a handbook together with your supplier(s). This handbook answers questions for situations or problems that might happen in the future.

A valuable drop shipping handbook can be found here: Drop Shipping Handbook.

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In our next post we will be talking more about how to select channels and partners.

Related free & premium drop shipping templates:

  1. Drop Shipping Agreement Template
  2. Drop Shipping Handbook