By 2007 I had saved up enough moolah to incorporate a company. A foreigner in Japan needs to invest 5,000,000 yen in capital to be able to sponsor their own Business Investor visa. I had to make sure that I also saved enough to pay for the mortgage and support both wifey and myself for a while as I said goodbye to the comfort zone, corporate life and a steady paycheck.
I didn't necessarily have a load of clients lined up and didn't have a concrete vision at the time but knew I should start off doing web consulting.
Work eventually came from the network of contacts which I had been building up over the years through attending tech meetups and connecting to other web folks in Japan through social media. I ended up consulting for companies like Disney and Columbia Japan.
This photo was taken in 2008 when I finally had enough cash flow (only barely though) to hire another pair of helping hands - needed more space for that person so it was the first time that the office was to move to somewhere bigger...