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No successful entrepreneur wants to keep their business local. Businesses that don’t expand miss opportunities to build a worldwide customer base and increase sales and resources.

Entrepreneurs should desire to go global. Global expansion means stretching your business past the local market and establishing a business presence in other countries.

Expanding internationally requires a strong business strategy, a solid team base, and marketable products. If you’re considering going global, here’s your guide to starting an international business.

How to Start Your Business Global Expansion

More than 29 million small businesses operate in America. Only 1 percent of them currently do business overseas.

The international market is imploring entrepreneurs to take their products beyond their borders. The end result is worthwhile, but the process is complex.

Create a Business Strategy

Every market has its advantages and disadvantages. The global market is no different. Develop a strategy that addresses both economic and political opportunities. These could hinder or help your business overseas.

  1. Set goals. Decide how much of an international presence you want. Then design a proposed budget that will meet long and short-term goals.
  2. Draft a Business Model. The business model needs to communicate sales and cost objectives. Key performance indicators should be clearly defined as well.
  3. Devise an action plan. Stick to the Who, How, and When of this strategy.

When you expand your company globally, you are not exempt from cultural obstacles, trade regulations, and international competition. Create a business strategy that speaks directly to these obstacles before moving forward.

Test a Product

Expanding overseas will have a serious impact on your business. Don’t make too strong a first leap. Test the market first.

Survey a portion of the overall market for people who are benefiting from products similar to yours. Then target a particular demographic within the market.

For example, if you want to open a convenience store overseas, first do an analysis of stores that are selling the same products. Then analyze the locations of stores. Are they more successful in urban areas or rural areas?

Decide which segment of the market your product will thrive in and test the product there.

There is no specified length of time on how long to test a product overseas. Base the time on the product’s performance. If the product is performing poorly, pull it and test others. Don’t waste your budget on sub-performing products.

The goal is to successfully launch your business overseas and benefit financially.

Build a Team/Hire a Partner

If you’re serious about going global, hire an experienced executive team. You’ll need a group of experts who know your products and share the same passion.

A team with knowledge of overseas business will understand the local economy and put your business’ interests first.

Having a global team gives your business an aggressive advantage in the international market.

Go Global

Global expansion is a complex business process. Before pursuing international expansion, test the market. Send a team to different countries to analyze markets and look for alike products. Weigh the pros and cons and slowly emerge onto the global scene.

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