Starting a company from scratch and then nurturing it until it succeeds is no easy task. A great deal of dedication is required—and so is a great deal of sacrifices. But if you managed to do this locally, it makes sense to try and expand your business internationally too. Unfortunately, many people are afraid to give this adventure a try; as they feel they will not do as well in foreign soils. Despite this, if you are willing to try to make it big in a land that is not you own, then here are a few tips to help you out…
Learn to speak the local language
Proper communication is vital when it comes to the world of business. This is a fact that most of us are aware of. From handling clients, to dealing with employees, almost every task becomes naturally easier if you have a good command over the language that they speak. Yes, it’s possible to run a business overseas with the help of a translator, or even in English. But if you want to see actual results of improvement in your business overseas, then we strongly suggest you learn to, at the very least, speak the local language.
Become one with the locals
If you have the freedom and the resources, consider living a few months in the intended country, before you start your Hong Kong offshore company. This way, you will get a good feel of the locality, as well as have a good idea about the locals’ likes and dislikes. This will inevitably also help you figure out if your company and the product you intend to introduce is suitable for them. Don’t forget to also take time to learn the local customs and traditions; something that will help you a great deal when dealing with customers.
Familiarize yourself with the rules and the laws of the country
When it comes to business, most countries have their own set of rules and regulations. It’s important that you have a good knowledge of your intended countries laws before you make a decision on if you should start your company there. Don’t forget to think of the business taxes as well. Remember that even things like Hong Kong company registration fees can be different from country to country.
Know when to handle things personally, and when you can do so through proxy
A mistake that most people do is start up a company, and then leave the whole thing in the hands of a local so they can move back home. This is not a very smart thing to do. There are certain things that are best handled by yourself; like communication with first time clients. First impressions are lasting, and in most countries, the word of mouth can be stronger than you think. Of course, you can make use of the technology so freely available now— just know when it’s appropriate.