International Business Strategy: 3 Things to Consider Before You Go Global
by Arina Smith Business Development 10 July 2018
Are you thinking of tapping into foreign markets and bringing your business to the global stage?
If so, you’d better do your homework first to make sure it’s the right move.
In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to think about when you’re creating an international business strategy.
From making sure you know the laws to understanding cultural expectations, by the end of it, you’ll be ready to open up shop anywhere in the world.
Businesses need to understand that navigating the laws of different countries can be a tricky exercise. Add to it all the compliances, licenses, and rules you need to follow. The long list of paperwork should only be handled by an experienced attorney on behalf of a business, this will help avoid many of the problems foreign businesses can face while exploring newer territories.
1. Know the Laws:
In order to effectively leverage overseas markets, you need to know the business laws of the country and city where you plan to work.
You’ll need to learn more about the overall articles of incorporation, any sort of trademark laws, labor laws, and even the legalities of importing and exporting goods through customs.
You should hire a legal professional to help you to master the tax regulations of the country you’re planning to open a business in.
Also, make sure you understand their trade laws as they relate to trading regulations with other countries and markets.
Understand that companies going global comes with a high amount of risk — but an equally high chance of reward.
Paying more to do your research upfront, and hiring the right people to make sure you’re following the law, could save you millions in the long run.
2. Consider Political Stability:
Taking the time to understand the current economic and political stability of the country you want to work within should be the foundation of your international business strategy.
Many internal businesses end up becoming insolvent due to elections or coups, strained relations between foreign leaders, and even because of a sudden change in exchange rates.
You should always make sure that your brand and products are culturally acceptable — and useful — to an overseas market.
For example, will they be allowed under both governmental and religious law?
And what sort of government assistance (if any) is provided by foreign governments?
Even think about how things like the climate, natural disasters, and time zones might impact your overall revenue.
3. Know your Market:
Finally, you need to make sure that you know how to market to foreign consumers.
What benefits will your company offer them? For example, will a new factory bring in more jobs to a low-income community? What are the advertising laws there?
How close is your target market to where you want to open your business?
How will you determine the price of your products based on the foreign economy?
Above all, is there a need for your product where you plan to open your doors?
Ready to Create your International Business Strategy?
From taking the time to conduct serious market research, to understand the legalities of your business, this post serves as the perfect foundation for your international business strategy.
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