Last Updated: October 18, 2021
This site is being rebuilt! Read on to find out more about me, what I do, the site, the blog, and what to expect moving forward.
Hi Ladies and Gents,
This is it! The new and improved Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises is here! Or, more correctly, is in the process of being rebuilt. The blog and the About page have come back online today, and over the course of the upcoming months I will be touching up many of the old Biz Opp Empire pages and bringing them back online while adding new pages as well. The websites previously known as Biz Opp Empire (established and operated by Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises) and the Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises homepage have officially merged and this is the new site, in the process of re-forming and re-growing at the moment! For those of you brand new to the scene here, the site Biz Opp Empire was started by Andreas back in November of 2017 after several years and several attempts at getting a worthy money-making website up on the web. The most notable recent attempt (i.e. by “recent” I mean post-2005) before Biz Opp Empire was the now long since defunct 5 Cousins Enterprises of Washington (www.5cousins.com – URL now defunct) website that immediately proceeded Biz Opp Empire, for some quick history! Biz Opp Empire survived and and has grown nicely over the past few years, and now the next stage of growth is happening!!! As Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises continues to grow and expand, it made the most sense to merge the A.P.G. Enterprises homepage with Biz Opp Empire at this point in time rather than continue running them as separate sites, as the two sites complemented each other in theme and reach anyway – and here we are; now they are one!
Question: Who are you, Andreas?
Who am I? That’s a loaded question that I almost always have trouble answering, but here goes my best shot! In many regards I suppose I’m your typical “post-1492 American White Guy mutt,” like many other slowly-approaching-middle-age White guys in the USA, but in most other regards my wife, who is from China (where I currently live), will tell you I am one of the most internationalized Americans you will ever meet. Why the dichotomy? Well, I have spent most of my life outside of the United States, for starters, but let’s back up even a little bit more than that...
Let’s go back two generations to my paternal grandpa so I can really give you the whole story. I’ll keep it as brief as I can – I promise! My paternal grandpa was an American “post-1492 White Guy mutt” as well, and the reason I have a German name (his lineage was predominantly German). His work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture through Washington State University’s Agricultural Extension Program took him to Pakistan back in the 1960s and again in the 80s to play a vital role in the Green Revolution of the 1960s. The name of the game was Mexi-Pak Wheat and it had already been tested in Mexico (the “Mexi” part of the name)...now it need to undergo extensive testing in Pakistan. You know, this was back in the days when people’s minds were focused on feeding the hungry around the world and all that jazz. Back before “genetic engineering” became a dirty word (back before the sophisticated processes of genetic engineering as we know it today were even possible, for that matter!). Anyway, as the result of my grandpa’s work in Pakistan, his kids went to boarding school across the border in India (there was no American school at the time where my grandpa was in Pakistan).
One of those kids of my grandpa’s would later grow up to pursue his PhD in public health in demographic studies in northern India and marry a woman (also a White American “post-1492 mutt”) who was interested in international teaching. That couple was my mom and dad.
Hence, I grew up as the son of an international school teacher mom and a dad – who had gone to boarding school in northern India as a child himself – who was involved in biotech back in the 1990s, which took us to Malaysia in the 1990s when I was in 2nd Grade. From 2nd Grade through 12th Grade I spent most of my time in either Malaysia or India – a true TCK, for those familiar with the term (Third Culture Kid). You can read more about my childhood years in southern Asia here (coming soon).
Time passed, and I became a K-12 international educator myself and have since worked as an adult in 5 different countries in two different hemispheres, teaching either English Language or Science, mostly to Upper Elementary and Middle School students, although I have taught every single grade K through 12 at least once over the years! I got into management early on in my career, becoming the Head of the Middle School Science Department at Escuela Internacional Sampedrana at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. I have since headed a much larger Elementary School Science Department in China at The SMIC Private School in Shanghai, been the 5th Grade Team Leader at that same school, and have most recently (starting in 2018) built an International Section to a school here in China from the ground up with my wife (her and I acting as the Coordinator-Deputy Coordinator duo on the job!).
Currently, I am an Elementary School Coordinator at the flagship East China campus of a large private Taiwanese school in the City of Kunshan, just outside of Shanghai. This is the same school my wife and I spent the past three years building the International Section at. In addition to my “day job,” which I love, I am an ICF-trained Professional Coach who works with both educators and entrepreneurs – particularly teachers who want to open their own business, or businesspeople who want to get into teaching. I love education, leadership, and anything that has to do with making money, particularly startups, “one-person-shows” small businesses, freelancers, independent agents and contractors, and most anything “entrepreneurial” in spirit. I have a particular connection to teachers who want to start their own business – and, likewise, businesspeople who want to get into education. Furthermore, I also run a handful of other sites as well as have several other side gigs I operate which you can learn more on this website you are reading right now. Almost all of my ventures are related in some way or another to either the dissemination of information and/or education. What can I say? It’s the teacher in me!
Question: Why specifically would anyone come to this website? What can a person hope to find here?
Ideas, inspiration, and opportunity – that’s what I strive to offer here on Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises. The site is packed with business advice, ideas, and tips. I also discuss coaching quite a bit and offer plenty of coaching tips and strategies to help you start your business, grow your business, and/or get into education or become a more enlivened educator, depending on where you are (i.e. transitioning into business from education or education from business).
HERE ON THE BLOG, specifically, each month you can expect to find:
- A Monthly Round Up And A Look At The Month Ahead at the beginning of each new month. The Monthly Round Up post offers a recap of some of the major topics discussed on the site the month before, a peek into what is going to happen in the upcoming month, showcases products and services offered – new and old – and, of course, summarizes what Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises does for our new followers who join us each month!
- A Coordinate THAT! From The Desk Of The Elementary School Coordinator post about education, teaching, learning, team building, and/or educational leadership – those kinds of things – from the perspective of your "man on the ground" – that’s me! The first one of these will be happening this upcoming Thursday.
- An Interview post. I started doing interviews with entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners in February of 2020 under lockdown here in Eastern China. You can expect a new Interview post each month on this blog. An Interview post is exactly what the name implies – and interview with an entrepreneur, freelancer, contractor, side-giger, artist, independent agent, or other small business owner, letting us peek into their world and see what makes them tick.
- Two Coaching posts. As the name implies, these are posts where I discuss coaching, what it is, how it works, what it can do for you, and I offer coaching tips and advice you can integrate into your own daily life.
- A few Business posts. These posts offer business ideas, inspiration, and perhaps opportunity for you, the reader, to follow up with and ignite in your own life.
Question: How you can spend your money here on Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises? 😊
(What’s in the Store?)
Goods you can buy through the store:
Common paraphernalia you might need to start a business – such as common business hardware and stationery (note: The store is an affiliate store. If you click on a product to buy you will be directed to an external site. Andreas Philip Gross will still make money if you buy the product, though.).
Teaching and Private Tutoring online and offline:
(these services are currently not available to anyone located in Mainland China)
Andreas is a Washington State, USA, K-8 Certified Educator with 13 years and counting of teaching experience.
- Elementary Generalist
- Upper Elementary and Middle School Science
- English Language Learning for all ages
US$40 for full hour sessions
US$17 for 30 minute sessions
Professional Coaching Services
Andreas has completed an International Coaching Federation (ICF) approved 161 Approved Coach Specialized Training Hours (ACSTH) Professional Coach Training Course through ISTOK International Coach Center.
- Entrepreneur and Business Start-Up Coaching
- Teaching and Learning Performance Coaching for teachers, students, and educational leaders
- Educators who want to start a business
- Businesspeople who want to enter the world of education
US$40 for full hour sessions
US$17 for 30 minute sessions
Discovery Sessions are up to 1 hour long and they are free! Intake Sessions are half price! What the heck is a “Discovery Session” and an “Intake Session?” Click here (coming soon) to go to our Coaching Page to find out more (coming soon)!
International Education Consulting Services
- New and veteran teachers looking to go overseas for the first time
- New and veteran teachers who have recently "taken the plunge" and have come overseas for the first time and are now looking for direction
US$40 for full hour sessions
US$17 for 30 minute sessions
Academic Paper Proofreading and Editing
(visit AETES24 for rates)
Proud freelance member
of Dr. Omran Akasha's AETES24 Network
- Light edits for flow and readability
- Will happily work with heavier editing such as Notes to Narrative type transformations of pieces, but please contact me in advance. I CANNOT offer rush services for heavier work.
Looking for another related service? Visit AETES24! Editing, proofreading, Arabic to English and English to Arabic translations, video subtitling, paper layout, and custom work to meet your needs!
Other Websites Operated by Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises:
City of Pullman Portal
It’s great to be back online! I hope to see you on Thursday for the first Coordinate THAT! post and for many more post to come! Don’t forget to bookmark this site so you can keep coming back for more of the good stuff!
Better business, better life – ideas, inspiration, opportunity,
Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises
Washington State Certified K-8 Educator, K-12 International Education Consultant, Professional Coach, Proofreader/Editor, Affiliate Marketer, Popsicle Stick Crafter, Print-on-Demand Products Designer, and Webmaster (check out: www.cityofpullmanportal.com, www.949crafts.com)
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