Today, our interview is with a romantic. Roy K is the chef and owner of Bakkerij Voorneman, the only original dutch bakery in Jakarta, loved by customers because of its owner’s passion for detail, health-mindedness and personal approach.
The hotelier, turned movie star, turned baker tells us why he keeps his business simple and why more people should find their passion to do the same. We met up with him in his bakery. [Continue reading...]
Do you know why your office boy will not want to get in the same elevator with you? Or why what you thought was a happy announcement is sometimes greeted by silence and awkwardness in an Indonesian office? If you have been successful in leading employees in the past, it is easy to think that you have found what works and just continue using that style when coming to Indonesia. There might be many painful lessons waiting for you if this is the case.
Indosight has interviewed many foreign executives and managers from various industries. They have discovered that managing Indonesian employees has distinct differences from what expats can be used to. In this article, we compile their knowledge, our experience, and some expert views on the subject. [Continue reading...]
Getting a spouse sponsored KITAS can turn out to be like a part-time job for you in Indonesia. We want to solve it by demonstrating the easiest way of getting a KITAS sponsored by your Indonesian spouse. It is a tutorial for how we acquire this visa for our clients and what their part in it is.
First, we have to make sure that you meet a few pre-conditions in order for you to actually be able to apply for this KITAS. When appointing Indosight to handle your stay permit, the only time you need to go to the immigration office is when you need to take photo and finger prints. Other than that, we take of the legwork as well as the paperwork.
This November Indosight turned two. It has been an amazing time. If someone told me a year ago we’d be closing over 50 new clients in 2013 I would have thought that person is out of his mind.
That calls for a recap of what have I personally learned about doing business in Indonesia as a foreigner. [Continue reading...]
How do you start a family business in Indonesia? We spoke to the owner of a restaurant called Mamma Rosy, Daniel Vigone about his first experiences on running an Italian family restaurant in Jakarta.
We sat down with Daniel in his restaurant to discuss how he went from hate to appreciation for Indonesia and how his restaurant came to be. [Continue reading...]
You have likely booked flights and hotels online. Now it’s time to meet one of the people who makes this convenient service happen in Indonesia – Graham Hills. He is the managing director of an online travel giant called Wego in Indonesia.
We met up with Graham to get a perspective of an online business in Indonesia. Spoiler alert – business is good. But why? [Continue reading...]
All foreign owned companies in Indonesia are classified as PT PMA-s (stands for limited liability company with foreign direct investment). A company becomes a PMA as long as any of the shares are owned by foreigners.
An exception is representative office where foreign company is exploring business opportunities in Indonesia and is not generating any income from local activities.
In this article we will guide you through the process of registering a PT PMA company. It is based on 150+ inquiries we get each month from foreign investors here at Indosight. [Continue reading...]
Expanding to a new market with your company is very exciting and the last thing you want is for your business’ potential to be held back by bureaucracy. While there are vast opportunities in Indonesia, you should keep in mind that the country is in the 137th place in the global index for ease of paying taxes.
There is nothing impossible in understanding the local tax system but it is quite easy to be trampled by it if you fall behind with deadlines and ignore regulations. The Indonesian tax authorities also have a tendency to concentrate on companies that have had problems with compliance in the past.
The tax system here is utterly more complicated than we can serve you in a short article like this but we will give you the basics of the system including tax deadlines, warnings and most importantly – recommendations. [Continue reading...]
All most people know about the Investment Activity Report or LKPM when turning to us is that it is an extra burden on their company and that it takes time. Think of LKPM as brushing your teeth: it doesn’t take long and if done regularly and correctly, it keeps major problems away.
This article provides you a blueprint on how we do this ‘brushing’ for our corporate customers with minimal involvement on their side. [Continue reading...]
Regardless of your industry, you are going to have to find useful contacts in Indonesia if you are to do ANY business here. This is the only time we have capitalized a word in this blog, just so you know. That is to stress that even though Indonesia is run on a rigorous bureaucracy you still need to know people and pay the right people to get things done.
The fastest and most productive way to go about doing this is to join an organization or two that either unite people from certain nations or regions, or deal with certain industries. But there are other ways to ease your transition into this new country. Some of the networking can even be done without leaving your computer. [Continue reading...]
Fortunately, Indonesia business laws are quite similar to many other countries when it comes to defining executive roles. Foreign investors nevertheless come to us and want to have a clear overview. We gathered the the most common questions and made this compact article to answer all of them.
The law on the role of a shareholder, commissioner and director of PT PMA companies is very clear in Indonesia and does not vary from region to region.
Matthew Donohue came to Indonesia to work as a teacher. But he saw a bigger opportunity in the market and founded English Today, an agency for native English teachers.
In this interview to Indosight he explains his unique business model and what makes customers come back to him. [Continue reading...]
In Indonesia, 62% of the Internet use happens on mobile devices.
In this guest post Erik Ehasoo of Innonesia shares reasons why he sees Indonesia as the hottest mobile market in the world and why he expanded his software company to here. [Continue reading...]
You’ve probably done a fair amount of research on how to get a working permit for yourself or for a future employee in Indonesia by now. Our video introduces the application process for anyone starting work for a company in Indonesia.
Using a service like this will surely make life easier and to make the process clearer to you, this article explains how to go about getting KITAS for businesses. [Continue reading...]