If you are thinking about expanding your business or just want to start a company outside your native country, there are some things that have a huge impact on a company’s development abroad. The local culture and financial regulations differ from one market to another. As an entrepreneur, you have to be prepared to face all the unusual aspects of the new business environment. These are the tips that will help you avoid some of the major pitfalls.

Learn about the culture. To communicate your company’s message to the target audience, you need to find out about their culture and traditions. Remember that case when Pampers diapers campaign failed in Japan? Their images showed a stork bringing babies while there is no such thing in Japanese folklore. Make a research to find out what associations the locals may have with your product or service to create an appealing marketing campaign.

Remember about strategy and business plan. Entering a new market is very exciting but you can’t forget about the strategy of your company. Make short-and long-term goals, develop a business plan flexible enough to make some necessary changes on the way. You should know exactly what you are doing and follow the steps to reach specific goals. You have to understand how much time will a particular step take. Don’t let chips fall where they may and keep the situation under control.

Hire a professional translator. No matter whether it is an innovation POS material you have in mind or simply thinking about the localization of the existing website, you will need the help of a professional translator. There are many funny stories about multinational companies failing to translate the slogans and even names of their brands properly. If you don’t want to become one of them, hire an experienced translator. In case you are confident about your own translation skills, it won’t harm to use some of the popular CAT tools to improve the accuracy and consistency.

Learn from the mistakes others made. There is no doubt you will have to do a detailed research on the competition before entering a foreign market. However, you can do even more than that. Try to find some information on the companies who have tried to start a business there but failed. It will help you avoid making the same mistakes. You will also be able to find some useful insights on how to approach the local customers.

Networking is the key to success. It is very hard to start a business in a country where you don’t know anyone yet. Try to get your way to the community of expats and make friends with someone there. It is not only beneficial in terms of meeting the communication needs but also business ones. You never know who will be that person who leads your way into the local business world.

Don’t let the taxation system bring you down. To avoid any unexpected surprises, learn all the details of the local taxation system. As you know, it differs from country to country and you have to be careful to follow all the rules. To make sure you are doing everything right, you can hire a consultation agency or a personal consultant. Don’t forget about the financial rules and immigration rules as well as you might find yourself in a difficult situation one day.

Take care of the organizational aspects. You should know how many employees will you need at the first stages of the company’s development. Think about the competitive benefits your business will have to attract the experienced candidates. Decide whether you will have an outsource agency taking care of the payroll issues or not. These are all small things but when there are too many of them, it becomes very hard to concentrate on the more important ones.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Elaine and I'm a self proclaimed "do it yourself addict". I am the mother of the best 11 year old boy ever and my husband's not too shabby either