There are numerous advantages to establishing an overseas business, including a greater exposure to your product or service, the chance to venture into untapped markets, the opportunity to profit from the exchange rate, and the ability to rejuvenate your business. However, just as it can work to your advantage, the exchange rate could also prove your downfall. There is also the risk of misunderstanding the local business climate, not being able to spend enough time on your business, or falling foul of the legalities. If you can overcome the pitfalls, starting a business abroad can provide a wealth of opportunities and excitement. 

Beginning your Overseas Business Journey

No matter where you’ve chosen to start your overseas business adventure, there will be several things to get straight before you head out to see the world. For example, do you know whether your product or service is viable in the country you have chosen? Is it appropriate for you to begin your business in the locality? What sort of premises are you looking for? Starting a business abroad requires you to make so many decisions, as well as conducting thorough research. You will now be competing in an entirely new marketplace, and you have to be prepared for whatever successes or failures are likely to come your way. Having a clear understanding of your clientele, your business plan, and the country to which you’re moving is vital. Be prepared to network; if you have managed to build a successful business in the UK, be mindful of the tactics you used. There’s a good chance that you’ll need to adapt the way you communicate to suit a new clientele, but the basics should be the same.

Have you got all of your paperwork in order? Establishing any kind of business abroad will usually require a work visa of some kind, which must be applied for, and approved, well in advance. It is also imperative to have the correct documentation in place, otherwise you run the risk of falling foul of all kinds of business laws and regulations.

Funding your new business adventure

Taking your company overseas is going to require a lot of money. Seeking premises, trips to conduct research, applying for permits and paperwork, and purchasing stock all rely on funding. Have you considered where this will come from? It is vital to make sure that you can raise that capital before you let your dreams completely run wild. How else do you expect to grab the attention of new clients? If you’re lucky, and have savings, you will instantly have a starting point. If not, consider seeking advice, and a loan, from your local bank, or even pitching to investors. The main advantage of seeking investment is that you’re also likely to get a wealth of advice and guidance along with it – two key things that you’re bound to need along the way. Charterhouse Capital Partners is one such investment firm with a wealth of experience in all sorts of business decisions.

Establishing a business abroad may well be the best decision that you ever make. Before you set off, though, be sure that you have researched and understand the local climate, and considered every pro and con.