6 essential tips for doing business internationally

Most businesses today, especially those in the digital field, try to take advantage of how small the world has become thanks to technology and the internet.

This could mean relocating employees or hiring overseas, serving clients abroad, and/or partnering with companies anywhere in the world.

Here are six great tips that will serve you well when doing business internationally:

Be patient: It is critical to understand and appreciate cultural differences when you are doing business in a foreign country. We are very adjusted to a blistering pace in digital business today, but when doing business overseas, you need to take extra time to earn trust, and learn the customs of others you with whom you are working. This approach will be deeply appreciated by senior executives and members of large organizations such as governments.

Socialize and enjoy: One of the best ways to earn trust and understand a foreign culture is to take the time to go to events with your foreign colleagues and associates. Not only will you meet other people that could open new doors, you will build a reputation in their community.

Respect customs and try new things: When getting to know people and earning their trust it can be a great sign of respect to learn about their culture, and try things your new colleagues share with you. This can be anything from the banal, to the outright thrilling and dangerous. Food and the way in which people dine is one good example.

Reciprocate: Its a wise idea is to invite your colleagues from abroad back to your home city and show them a good time. Give them a chance to get to know your culture, both locally and generally. You will find your hospitality and personal background will not be lost on them.

Stay in touch: Perhaps the simplest piece of advice is the best advice. Take advantage of how easy it is with modern technology to stay in routine touch with your contacts abroad. 

Travel well: There are many detailed tips you can find on the internet about how to travel long distances well. If you have had little experience on long haul flights it can make very big difference in your health, your timing and performance when you arrive at your destination.

If you would like to discuss how we can support your organisation to expand overseas, please contact us here or speak to Shelley or Stuart on +44 (0)121 214 6204.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK