Things to Consider When Expanding Your Business Overseas

Deciding the time is right to expand your business is a big decision, and one you have probably been thinking over for quite some time. So, what if you want to expand your business overseas? This can be a lot more involved and there are some things you’ll want to consider before and during the expansion. These considerations are meant to stop you from expanding, rather to prepare you so that the expansion is done in such a way that it helps increase the odds of your business’s success.

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Do You Have an International Business Plan?

When you first started your business here on home soil you likely had an in-depth business plan. Deciding to expand overseas should warrant a whole new global business plan. While it can be similar to your other plan, it needs to recognize that business can be different overseas. Obviously, you will have a different market, different type of client, pricing could be different, etc. This plan needs to discuss your commitment to the expansion as well as the goals you want to put into place.

At the same time, it’s also a good idea to draw up a separate marketing plan, which again takes a global approach.

The Affordability Factor

While it would be great to be able to spend as much as you want on the expansion, that’s not really ideal for the bottom line. Before the expansion takes place it’s important to set a budget and determine how much you are able to invest into the expansion. Now keep in mind this number can change moving forward, but you at least want a starting point.

Do Your Research in Advance

Whether you are selling a product or service it’s important you do all the legwork well in advance of the expansion efforts. This means taking a look at what products or services the market would be interested in that you offer, whether you need to make any changes to your products, pricing models, who your target audience will be, how you plan to get your product to them, and more. By answering all of these important questions in advance the expansion can move that much faster and smoother.

What About Staff?

There is also the question of staff. Do you plan to transfer staff overseas or will you be looking for all new staff? That also brings about the question of how you plan to train the new staff, and how you plan to pay them. You can always use a third-party company which specializes in global employment outsourcing and payroll. This can help to take a lot of the stress off your shoulders where staffing issues are concerned.

Stay on Track

While it can seem like a never-ending journey as you work to expand overseas, the best advice is truly to stay on track and get help and advice from professionals along the way. The more information you can gather about global expansion, the more prepared you will be to handle the challenges that are bound to pop up.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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