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Considerations When Doing Business Internationally



When starting a business in this day and age you must think internationally. The Internet has connected the world and now almost all businesses, aside from local mom and popshops, have some international aspect to them. However, dealing with foreign countries can add a whole new set of issues to your new business. Therefore, understanding the countries you will be working with is a must. Below are a few tips to help you succeed with your new business:

 

-      Research the country of the company you will be conducting business with.  Cultural norms and ways of conducting business vary throughout the world so knowledge of the country’s culture is a must.

 

-      Learn some basic phrases in the country’s native language so you can impress your partners and show them that you have done some research.

 

-      Understand that other countries do things differently and try to keep an open mind.  Ethnocentricity can destroy business relations.

 

Do Your Cultural Homework And Impress Your Partners

 

When doing business internationally most likely the link language used will be English. However, learning some of the language of the country you are working with can impress your partner or client and prove your consideration of their home country. Whether you learn Thai language to better communicate with your Thai manufacturer or Chinese for your Chinese relations, your partner or client will most certainly be impressed. You would be surprised how far something such as cultural and language consideration will go with a business relationship. Many countries are very proud of their culture and heritage so taking some time to show your respect to their customs is of huge importance. 

 

Use Technological Tools To Maintain Close Relationships

 

Finding time to travel to China from the US or Britain can be extremely difficult, especially when starting a new business.  Luckily, technological tools such as Skype can help you maintain a close relationship with your partners halfway around the world. If you need to learn the Thai language services on the net exist that can help you learn from the comfort of your home or office.  Doing business internationally in the present day is much easier than the past due to technological advances. Below are some ways you can use technology to help your international business relations:

 

-      Video calling services can help you maintain a personal relationship with your international clients or partners. These services are usually free or very low cost.

 

-      Online language services can help you learn a foreign language from your own home or business. This way you can stay at home or the office while acquiring your new language.

 

-      Online file-sharing services allow you and your international partners or clients to share information without having to constantly send emails back and forth.

 

Starting an international business does not have to be a headache.  If you equip yourself with the proper knowledge and consider the cultural norms of the country or countries you will be working with, you should have a fruitful business relationship.

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