• Kaya Lemaire

A Complete Guide to Starting Your Freelance Journey in Taiwan

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

Oh, how the pandemic has ruined things once again. It used to be a breeze moving from country-to-country as a freelancer, taking your work with you wherever you go. Visa runs galore.


As a freelancer, you're probably used to the freedom of movement that your passport allows. Unfortunately you and I need to rethink our strategy in tough times.


Below I've outlined my experience as a freelancer in Taiwan, as well as some ways you can join me in Taiwan with a visa that suits your particular situation.


What you'll find inside

  1. From Teaching to Freelancing

  2. How to Freelance in Taiwan

  3. Enjoying Remote Work

  4. Find your rhythm

  5. Find out what you hate

  6. Admin/Housekeeping

  7. Why I never stop learning

  8. Discover your path

  9. Networking: What to do?

  10. Working with Local Companies

  11. Passion First, Success Later

  12. Insider tips on Taipei, Taiwan

  13. Visas to freelance in Taiwan

  14. Freelance Artist Visa

  15. Entrepreneur Visa

  16. Gold Card

  17. Final Thoughts

 

How I Started Freelancing:


Falling Down

Freelancing came during a time where I just couldn't take it anymore. Have you ever stood in front of a group children and cried? I have.


Obviously teaching was not cut out for me, or rather, I wasn't cut out for teaching.


I have a rule where I try to give myself two years to figure out if a job fits. I gave teaching two years of my life, in Italy and Taiwan, and in the end it was just too much. That being said, I'm grateful for the experience and the privilege I had to teach my native language and move around where I pleased.



Finding My Way

After quitting my final teaching job and deciding to take the leap into freelancing, I followed the steps to get my ARC extension.


Luckily as a teacher you're considered a "white collar worker", which gave me an ARC, health insurance, and the opportunity to transfer to the Job Seeker visa (aka ARC extension) once I quit.


I wrote another post detailing how to get this visa if you are coming off a work permit and figuring out how to stay in Taiwan legally with an ARC. The ARC extension is valid for many types of visa holders, for one whole year, so check to see if you're eligible.


Quitting was a bit of a saga (which you can read about in the other post), but once I was done teaching it freed up my time to focus on my freelance career. How did I do it? One of the many freelance platforms to help you start somewhere: Upwork.


Rising Up (Out of the Mud)

Like a lotus, I found my way - in the form of a freelancing platform. Sites like Upwork and Fiverr get a lot of flack. I even heard friends saying that they're "the road to the bottom". But I stand behind 'em.


Upwork was the site that gave me the ability to support myself as a freelancer right out of the gate, even though the jobs I was taking paid next to nothing. Next to nothing x 10 equals a lil something. So don't write off the opportunity to get your foot in the door somewhere.


I wrote a blog about starting my career on Upwork, which you can check out here.

 

My Freelancing Journey in Taiwan

Freelancing in Taiwan ain't easy (to do above board). But, provided your visa allows you to stay in the country, it can be a pretty great lifestyle.


Since the borders aren't open, you can't really come and go as you please. To stay in Taiwan you need a visa. I outline a few of them below, which you could potentially qualify for as a freelancer.


But in the rare case you're like me and found yourself staying here on COVID extensions, or post-job seeker visa, read on to find out how I created a network in Taipei that landed me a full stack of clients and, later, a full-time, remote position at an EdTech startup.


Freelancing Full-Time and Enjoying Remote Work

Although I didn't end up with as much free time as Carrie Bradshaw in my glamorous, remote work lifestyle, I enjoyed the first few months where my schedule became my own again.


The obvious perks about freelancing: flexible work hours, any-day weekends, work anywhere and everywhere (even your bed I guess?), choose your jobs...


However, as Sex and the City would have you believe, you'll have all the time to go dancing and dating and still afford a giant apartment in Downtown Manhattan. And that's just not how the freelancer cookie crumbles.


Being your own boss can be hard. Motivating yourself can be hard! But at the beginning, it did feel a bit like the honeymoon phase of a relationship: intense, exciting, and full of new discoveries.


I thought I'd start by defining what freelancing is to me, because after a recent discussion, it seems that freelancers have some different ideas about it. Here's the gist:

  • have the ability to choose clients and projects

  • work independently (much less complex than with a whole team)

  • dynamic, evolving and very inconsistent (meaning you have to be adaptable)

  • you're not doing “just one thing”- being a one-person-show means you gotta do it all

  • usually, work remotely ✈️

Freelancing is also deeply embedded in my professional and personal identity. It's very hard for me to give work away to others or give something to client with my name on it if it was done by someone else. Maybe you're the same as me, or maybe you're ready to scale and hand off the work to someone else - whatever you do, follow what feels right.


Based on what I learned, after many mistakes, I wrote some thoughts about how to go down this new path.


① Find your rhythm

"What you don't do determines what you can do."

One the of the most sought-after benefits of freelancing is the flexible work/life balance. Yes, some days I would river trace/hike in the morning and go work on some blogs in the evening with a glass of wine. #thedream


But things can also get hectic if you're not organized and play to your emotions. At first, I worked almost every day, but only for a couple of hours a day. I wanted to avoid long work days in front of the computer and spread things out to have more balance.


Pretty quickly I started getting more clients, which meant I had more deadlines and more work on my plate. I handle tight deadlines and last-minute assignments pretty well (thanks uni), so this intensity suited me for a while. What I struggled with was when the project was wrapping up, and I had something similar to the "Sunday Scaries".


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It's in my nature to want a stable income. I discovered this in the last year when wrapping up a project I would frantically start looking for the next client to make sure I had more work lined up and wasn't left staring at a blank screen. I needed a constant flow from one project to the next to feel safe.


This pretty quickly led to my friends asking if "I was alright", and wondering when I ever took a day off. I was making a lot more money, but I felt that I had lost that initial joy of a 3-hour work day and free time to bask in the natural wonders of Taiwan. I didn't know how to draw boundaries in my freelance work.


Here's what I learned, and what I do instead:

Gun for Freelance Gigs with a Retainer

Even though the nature of freelancing is "free" in terms of your ongoing work obligations, actually the golden ticket is getting more stable work with clients. Having one or two clients that pay you a higher, monthly rate provides you with a cushion. This is essentially a salary with none of the contractual benefits or commitments of a 9 to 5 job. Every retainer is different and you can negotiate with your client on what that commitment would look like.


Maybe you're like: "wait what I thought the point of freelancing was to always have new projects and clients??" But it feels more secure to get on retainer with a client that you're in line with, then fill your extra bandwidth with one-off or recurring projects. For me, the feeling of financial security is important, and I preferred to have one or two reliable income sources.


Implement Rituals That Help Define Working Hours There were times I would find it too easy to work late until my eyes got blurry, communicate poorly, or make decisions I later realized were mistakes. Because I was working too much. I was excited about my career - it was going well! This was the first time I felt accomplished in my work, instead of just serving mini sliders to first dates and families of five at restaurants. But I let that excitement and intensity bleed into my personal life, and my work life took over. I got burned out.


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Now, I start my morning with exercise and energizing food (rather than just tons of coffee and a 蛋餅). I go to a specific place to work, either my co-working space or a comfy cafe, and sit down with a hot drink to start the daily ritual of reviewing emails, Slack messages, and to-dos. One thing I love about remote work is the ability to be flexible, so I often work in two different chunks throughout the day. Or I take a light day and then catch up with any loose ends on another.


The most important thing is optimizing for productive time while working, rather than just "putting the hours in".


Discover Your Optimal Productivity Hours Unless wildly motivated, I am typically not a night owl when it comes to work (but maybe you are?). My brain kinda shuts down after 8pm so I don't even bother trying to start or finish important tasks around that time. Unless you're on a tight deadline... just close the laptop, have a good night's sleep, and pick up it up with fresh eyes the next day.


Sometimes I have to take a meeting at 9pm due to the nature of timezones and such, so I have to suck it up, but being a freelancer means you can choose your own hours. Make them optimal, not just "an option" because you have a loose schedule.


Use Techniques to Help You Work Smart I discovered things like the Pomodoro Technique, Focusmate, and Notion kinda late in the game... But they really help. There are loads of apps and strategies to help you optimize your working hours and motivate you to try new things. Working smart not (crazy) hard is the key to that flexible work/life balance.


② Find out what you don't like

...So you can find out what you want to do more of.


Getting 1% better every day means learning 1% more about yourself every day. Each time you do a task, have a meeting, vet a client, add to your portfolio, learn a new skill, or finish a project relieved to be done... Is a moment for you to take a mental note of "yes, that feels right" and "hell no, less of that please".


It's important to enjoy what you do. You started freelancing because you want to enjoy your life more! Right? Maybe you left that full time job, or sold your business, or need to add to your repertoire of income streams. And you don't want to sacrifice the enjoyable life you're shaping for yourself by pursuing things that aren't in line with your values and aspirations.


I spent a lot of time writing about crap that meant nothing to me. It often felt like I was pushing more products on people who don't need them, just so a company can make a buck. That doesn't feel right to me and I was sacrificing my values by taking projects that weren't making positive impact on the world.


But I had to go through that journey to really understand the type of career and life I want.


③ Don't ignore the admin

“To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.”

There are a few administrative what's-its to consider when becoming a freelancer. Most of which I ignored until absolutely necessary, or learned the hard way.


If you can, try to do your taxes in Taiwan (it might be much less costly). As a foreigner staying over 183 days, you are only charge a 5% withholding tax. As far as I know, this is one of the lowest tax rates in a country with such fantastic infrastructure. Depending on your country of residence and visa status here, you can avoid paying tax in your own country and register as a tax payer in Taiwan instead. Alternatively, you do not have to claim foreign income into your foreign account to the Taiwanese taxman. Like me, you might be sorting out your finances outside of the Taiwanese system.


When getting paid, avoid depositing foreign currency into your local bank. Although I can't speak to all banks, mine charges a pretty hefty conversion fee for foreign currency conversion within my own account. This was added on to the transfer fee on both ends: the sending and receiving. The best solution I've found is withdrawing cash from my Canadian bank card with only a 3$ CAD fee to withdraw. The Taiwan Cooperative Bank does not charge withdrawal fees. Alternatively, find a local bank that will charge lower fees for foreign currency exchange.


There are lots of virtual banks now, which don't make you sign up in person and often have great international card options. I use N26 (a great option for Europeans), but have also heard about other country-specific virtual banks. Do a quick search to see if you can sign up for a virtual bank that charges lower conversion rates or accepts Wise transfers (they truly have the lowest transfer fees I have ever seen).


Find out which money transfer services work with your bank and your clients. I was accustomed to using Wise and was pretty disappointed when I found out they don't process transfers to Taiwanese dollars. If you find a bank with low fees for foreign currency conversions, you can do a wire transfer through Wise to your local bank in USD or a number of other currencies. Other options I found useful for Taiwan include: Skrill, Payoneer, PayPal, and Crypto.



④ Never stop learning

The best thing I did for my freelancing writing career was to enroll in Copyhackers' courses. It was a steep investment at 100 bucks /month subscription, but paid for itself in confidence, understanding, skills, and returns through higher paying clients.



It also took my career in a different direction, more towards marketing and away from blogging. I have to admit that, in this case, I was following the money.


Blogging can be grueling and pays poorly because clients don't see an immediate return on their investment, as they do with direct-response marketing (like ads and sales pages). My first client on Upwork was the one to tell me about this and it made me completely rethink my career.


It's important to ask yourself: Is the work that I am doing valued in my industry? Do clients see value in this and are they willing to pay a fair wage?


If you can, talk to someone in your field who is more experienced than you. Find out whether they've been down the same path as you and you can learn from their mistakes. If you can, try not to specialize in things that have an expiry date, are undervalued, or just not in demand.


Treat every road block or opportunity as a learning experience and you'll advance quickly in your freelance career.


⑤ Discover what speaks to you

How much do you love the actual day-to-day of what you do as a freelancer? Are you more of a people person or a task-oriented person? Can you develop and expand your skills to become more specialized?


💡 Specializing is the key to getting higher rates for your craft. It also means you will be narrowing your pool of potential clients, but hopefully your skills are in high demand.


Questions to ask yourself are whether you want to continue doing your freelance blogging/developing/designing/etc or if you would rather delegate it to someone while still taking in a chunk of the pay. Managing people is an entirely different skill set to what you have been honing as a freelancer. But it can be rewarding in different ways.


I transitioned from a freelance career into a managerial position at a startup and damn it was a change.


I learned a lot, very quickly, about my strengths and downfalls when it comes to people. And it was a harsh wake up call to some qualities in myself that I really don't like. Managing people isn't for the faint of heart, so think about your own journey: what qualities do you want to develop, and where will you go with your career?


Networking in Taipei, Taiwan

Ahhhh networking.


Some love it, some hate it. If you identify as an introvert, this is probably going to be one of your biggest hurdles. However, I urge you to try it anyways.


My number one rule for "networking" (I preferred to just frame it as making new friends), is to be authentic in all your interactions.


I'm not the most extraverted person. Actually speaking in front of big groups makes me nervous because I don't like the spotlight. But networking in close, 1-on-1 settings can be super fun, interesting and inspiring.


Here are some rules I live by:


👉 You don't have to meet everyone at a networking event.

I aimed to just speak to a few people, without any desperation or clinging to the idea of FOMO - that I'd miss an opportunity, or a chance to get in with some crowd, or some highbrow hiring agent connection.


If you go into these events authentically interested in chatting and learning from others, you have way more fun and naturally build connections over time. This requires that you like chatting, and enjoy learning from other people... so, if you're not into that, I don't know what to tell you except: fake it til you make it (a reality).


👉 Just say "yes".

Someone once told me that they give themselves the allowance of one "no" per week. Meaning, if people asked them to go out and do things or connect in some way, most of the time they had to say yes.


Let me give you an example of how this worked for me. (Story time).


I was standing on an escalator at Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT, doing that long-ass transfer to the brown line, when someone said "hey" behind me. In English. I turned around confused, thinking the man had mistaken me for someone else. But no, he wanted to ask me: "Do you want to be in a Taipei expats group?"


I thought he was referring to the infamous Taipei Expats, but it was a Facebook Messenger group chat with a bunch of Silicon Valley Gold Card tourists (from the influx back in Winter 2020-21). This random dude on the escalator connected me with the MOX community at Taiwan Tech Arena and some of my highest paying clients to date. And it's because I said: Eh, why not?


👉 Use the resources available to you.

There are sooo many networking groups and events in Taipei (and around Taiwan). Just go searching on some Facebook groups, talk to people/entrepreneurs you know, and search online.


Here are a few places to start:

The AllHands Networking Resources page

The TIE Facebook Group

Crossroads Taiwan

Meet Taipei


Working with Local Companies in Taiwan

To be completely honest... I wouldn't choose to work with most Taiwanese companies as a freelance writer. The pay was often at least 20% less than with overseas clients and I discovered some cultural nuances that made choosing clients challenging.


💡 As a general rule of thumb: try to avoid legacy, family-run companies that haven't changed a thing since 1994. It will be pretty difficult to implement new ideas or offer your services because even though they say they want you to work with them, they are likely not mentally ready to handle some Waiguoren 外國人 coming in and shifting the ground under them. This is just a cultural mismatch and it's part of being a foreigner here!


The being said, if you have a vested interest and passion for the Taiwanese market, a local project, or have connections here already, don't let my experience stop you from exploring local opportunities.


If you don't qualify for one of the visas described below, and you are looking for alternative ways to work with local companies, here are a few ideas:

  1. Work with another freelance friend who can provide fapiao 发票 (receipt) for you.

  2. Ask the company if they are willing to pay into your foreign account.

  3. Deal in cash. Sounds janky, 'cause it is (but it works).

  4. Do a work exchange for goods/credits.

  5. Get paid through Upwork.

  6. Hire an organization to process fapiao for you - they will likely take a fee. This is definitely gray area territory.

Expect that your pay will be lower in Taiwan than with your clients in the Americas or Europe. Unfortunately, that's why there is a "brain drain" crisis in Taiwan: professionals leave for higher paying / better opportunities abroad.


*This section will be updated with more solutions once I find them. Stay tuned.*


Pursuing Your Passions

While writing this article, I had the realization that pursuing the things I am interested in led me to all the life-changing moments that impacted my career and personal life. That's just to emphasize the point: pursuing your interests with good intentions will bring you some joy, growth, and (if you're lucky) career success.


So, here is my specific example, with an explanation of why I think this helped me along my career journey.


In February 2021, I was working part time with a small marketing agency doing their copywriting and managing 6-7 other freelancing clients at the same time. I was busy becoming a copywriter, pivoting from my earlier experience as a content writer (blogger).


But I still loved to write! Just not about topics like toilet seat covers or day trading options.


In celebration of International Women's Day, I decided to write a piece to support small business and projects pioneered by women in Taiwan. It was the first time I organized and created a community project and its effects rippled throughout my life.


The journey of creating the post was amazing. I got to meet so many inspiring people and hear their stories. I went to tons of events, explored new communities, and connected with people I never would have thought to engage with before. The internet seemed to like it as well.


I got a ton of great feedback on the piece once it was published. And I worked my ass off to get the word out about the project by posting in Facebook groups, asking people to refer me to their friends, and leveraging my network in Taipei. This effort is what ultimately led me to the startup I work with today. Or rather led them to me.


I want to point out that I did not start this project with the intention of getting recognition or pulling in new clients. This was genuinely just a piece I was passionate about writing for the community and that's why I was able to put in so much effort! I like to feel inspired about my work. Otherwise it can be easy to lose interest and it becomes a chore.


Which is why I love working with Galileo to provide an inspiring education alternative to kids around the world.


💡 Do things authentically, with good intentions, and use your natural talents to propel projects forward for the common good. It might surprise you where you end up, and the success that you find along the way.

 

Inside Tips: Get the Good Stuff

Before diving into "how to get the XYZ visa" section, I wanted to share some tips and tricks I picked up while making mistakes and grappling with Taiwan.


💡 Struggling with bureaucracy? Pestering different people can get different results.


I had some friends who managed to accomplish things with their visas by returning to immigration multiple times, and eventually getting the agent who was having a good day (I guess?). One friend avoided leaving the country and was able to switch visas that would normally require an exit and re-entry.


💡 Doing taxes? Foreigners can only go to one office near Beimen station. I didn't know this. Don't be like me.


💡 Looking for a great place to work? Look no further!


First of all, go follow this Instagram account @nomad.taipei it's super aesthetic and has loads of great cafes featured around Taipei, and some other cities in Taiwan. I found a couple of my favorite spots through this account, before I paid for a co-working space.


A few co-working spaces I like to frequent include:

  • Futureward: Free on Fridays!

  • JustCo: My current spot, with a one day free trial (come say hi!)

  • Human Space: Great day rate that includes a drink

  • Taiwan Tech Arena: Membership card is needed, great for networking with the tech community


Some of my favorite cafes and other places to work are linked here:


 

Taiwan Resident Visas


Before you get deep in a Google search, take a look at these links and documents to see if it's what you need during the process:


Foreign Professional Artist Visa


If you’re a freelancer with a wealth of experience, you may be in luck. You can apply for an open work permit as a “Foreign Professional Engaging in Arts and Performing Arts”.


However, this visa is difficult to get and only a few are accepted. It's kinda the same as the Artist category within the Gold Card visa, and it's governed by the same entity: the MOC. It's limiting in that you can only freelance within the category you applied for, and from experience, fitting into those categories is a challenge.


The Ministry of Culture oversees who will be accepted to this type of visa, but you will submit your application to the MOL who will then pass it on.


The eligible categories are as follows:

  1. Performing arts and visual arts

  2. Publishing

  3. Movie, Broadcasting TV, and Pop Music

  4. Crafts

  5. Other artistic work certified by the Ministry of Culture


There are detailed requirements and conditions listed on this page, which you can reference when starting your application. The application form is linked here.

Click/tap here to see the form

If you’re looking for more detailed answers to your questions, there was a piece published here in 2018, in which (as far as I know) the information is still valid. Lastly, here is an overview of the Act for Recruitment of Foreign Professionals (that’s you!).



The Entrepreneur Visa in Taiwan

  • The Entrepreneur Visa is given for one year, at which point you have to reapply for your second year

  • Getting the second year has specific requirements

  • This is not an open work permit - you are meant to be starting your own business, however there have been cases of outside work permits being granted for specific jobs or projects, if the employer is willing


There are two streams that you can use to apply for the Entrepreneur Visa. One is with an individual application, the other is with a team.


Both can be applied for within or outside of Taiwan, the only amendment being for Hong Kong or Macao residents:


“They are advised to submit their application to the Bureau of Hong Kong Affairs or Bureau of Macao Affairs, Mainland Affairs Council of R.O.C. (Taiwan). The overseas mission will pass the application on to the Investment Commission, MOEA for examination.”


The Entrepreneur Visa is valid for one year and provides you with an ARC. You are only eligible for NHI after 183 days of Entrepreneur status.


I’ll preface this by saying: it’s pretty difficult to get your second year approved. There are requirements that are hard to meet if you are trying to get a business up and running in a year.


Let’s dive into the Entrepreneur Visa requirements

AllHands Taiwan has a great article outlining common questions and hurdles regarding the Entrepreneur Visa, and also echoes that getting approved in the second year is a challenge.


That being said, it’s not unheard of for an entrepreneur to get the elusive second year.


This document has more details and specific qualifications for individuals who want to apply for the visa (there are more niche ways to qualify that I didn’t list below) and are interested in the requirements for getting your second year.

Here are the requirements from the government website

Here is the application in a docx format

When you go to apply you will need to download and fill out the application form and letter of intent (find them here), along with the other necessary documents.


Some important things to note for the Entrepreneur Visa:

  • Unless you register a business, you can’t charge clients or give invoices

  • You technically can’t work for other people, but there have been some cases where employers requested permission to employ entrepreneurs and it has worked

  • You need to apply with the Investment Commission (MOEAIC)


Individual Applicant

You can apply if you fulfill one of the conditions (sourced from in this document) below. Be sure to check out the document


1. Acquired over NT$2 million in business investments from a domestic/overseas investment business, or an international funding platform recognized by the government.


2. Obtained acceptance into an innovative entrepreneurship park or an incubation center operated directly or in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), or an incubation center evaluated as excellent by the MOEA within the past three years.


This is the most common way that foreigners get the Entrepreneur Visa. You can register with a startup or coworking space, like Futureward, who will help sponsor your application. You still have to pay for the visa yourself. Check out these organizations that are eligible to back your application.


3. Acquired overseas or domestic patents.


4. Participated in and received awards from domestic or overseas entrepreneur or design competitions, or successfully applied for participation in government-promoted projects for foreign entrepreneurs in Taiwan.


5. Established a new business in Taiwan that meets the innovative capabilities criteria, served as the person in charge of the business, and invested over NT$1 million.



Applying for the Entrepreneur Visa as a Team

If you and your business partners want to apply for the Entrepreneur Visa as a team, you need to fulfill one of the requirements within category A or B:


A. Has not established a business in Taiwan

See “individual applicant” section above.


B. Has established a business in Taiwan

1. A team member must have established a new business in Taiwan that meets the innovative capabilities criteria (linked here); served as the person in charge or the director, supervisor, managing director, or manager of the business; and invested over NT$1 million.


For more information on the team application, check out the All Hands Taiwan’s article I linked above.



The Gold Card Visa in Taiwan

  • The Economic route WAS notorious for being the “easiest” to get, as long as you have made 160,000 NTD in a month sometime in the last 3 years. This has changed and you now have to prove your involvement in the filed of economics - either by schooling, profession, or various other criteria in the Economy category of the Gold Card.

  • If you’re applying for the other streams, make sure you have all your evidence documented or it won’t hold up. They are very thorough and will often ask you to submit extra supporting documents.

  • The Gold Card Office is a very helpful resource, ask them anything.


The Gold Card is a 4-in-1 visa that gives you re-entry privileges, residency, an open work permit, and an ARC. You can choose to apply for a 1-3 year visa in a number of different categories. Those include:

The application process is a bit different than other visas. You can access the online application portal here, but before you do, you should check out the wealth of information on the Taiwan Gold Card website.


💡 The advice I was given when I tried to apply was to weave your application into a story. Think about as if you are telling your professional narrative to someone who has no idea who you are and who likely doesn't really care, but just wants to see your achievements and relevance to their mission: tick off the boxes to bring special foreign talent into Taiwan.


Think about all of your relevant experience and hold it up to the light. Even if you feel like it wasn't important or impressive, see how you can shape it to fit in with your application and build your case for the government.


If you have any questions, they have probably been asked and answered in this FAQ, so go take a peek!

 

Final Thoughts

The Taiwanese government has not made it easy to be a freelancer here. There are a few hacks to work with local clients, but overall I personally choose to work with international companies and startups.


...That being said, you can still meet new "international" clients here, in person, but work with their remote teams on projects, and get paid into your international account.


It's a shame because I would actually love to engage more with modern, local companies and government websites that need some serious help... but the system isn't quite so open yet. If you find yourself on the job seeker visa, teaching with an ARC, or the Entrepreneur visa, there are a few ways to work with clients above board. I'm in the process of finding out more about how it's done, so stay tuned for updates to this post.


In the mean time, hopefully the information I included here has helped you in some way. Pass it on to a new freelancer who needs to see it! 💌


Career Rules to Live By

🤍 Follow your interests (you don't have to be "passionate")

💯 Develop your natural skills

😎 Be confident in your abilities

📆 Learn how to structure your days/life

🫂 Make connections and prioritize kindness

🚀 Go with good intentions and success will come

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