International trade has given business owners a plethora of opportunities for new growth. The global economy allows any aspiring entrepreneur or seasoned business owner the opportunity to engage with clients from around the world. And we’re here to help. Read on to learn about the 10 things you need to know about operating a cross border business.
The increase in clients that can be achieved by reaching across borders is phenomenal. E-commerce allows almost any business (regardless of size) to engage with a clientele that is both vast and eager. This can open your business to new opportunities that aren’t available in the original country of operation.
Opportunities will come for you to profit from generous currency exchange rates. We recommend seeking professional guidance that can help you take advantages of these exchange fluctuations.
A good accountant will make sure that your cross-border business takes advantage of all the tax opportunities available to you.
E-commerce is one of the best ways to engage internationally. By providing your product or service online with a stellar website, it becomes easier to close the sale and see your profits rise.
Many businesses have found major advantages to outsourcing easy tasks to countries that pay lower wages, like India and Bangladesh. This can actually be a win-win situation for all; lower wages in these countries still go a long way.
Businesses engage in different marketing practices depending on where they are located and you’ll need to market your business accordingly.
Increasing cultural sensitivity goes a long way in improving the education of your business partners. It takes a truly culturally sensitive business to adapt and see profits rise.
Due to tariffs, you may find better opportunities on certain materials needed for production in other countries.
Global brand recognition in a global economy can provide a massive boost to business. You’ll need a savvy account to help keep up with the books.
Even providing low wage jobs can help communities all over the world. Consider donating some of your products, services, or profits to help the communities where your business thrives.
All in all, expanding your business by crossing borders and becoming an “international enterprise” should increase visibility and sales. Having a trusted partner that can guide you in the right direction, help you to avoid mistakes and pitfalls along the way, and generate profit is a great advantage to have when going global. The accountants at Hogg, Shain & Scheck will help make your cross border business profitable in whatever market you choose to engage.