If you are planning to launch a new business in Poland you need to know about the market. Each country is different and so does the market existing there. There are many hiccups, challenges, and obstructions that you will have to encounter on a daily and monthly basis till your company becomes a brand to reckon with.
Astro Strategist cum Business Astrologer Hirav Shah says, “Starting a business in another country can be financially and emotionally rewarding if you do your homework, have realistic expectations for success, and avoid or compensate for the potential obstacles that inevitably accompany a new venture. All new businesses are inherently risky. In the United States, perhaps one of the most friendly climes in the world for entrepreneurship, almost one-half of new business operations fail by the end of the fourth year, and one in four fail by the end of the first year.”
“While there are no statistics indicating the failure rate of new enterprises by country, you should assume that the difficulty of achieving success is as least as hard in a foreign land as here in the United States. However, there are a number of tips and techniques you can follow to help better the odds of success.”
Tips to Launch a Business in Another Country
1. Identify and Quantify Expectations
Begin your effort by looking for parallels to the type of markets you’re already serving in the United States or elsewhere. Ideally, select countries or regions where you can provide your products or services without making too many modifications to fit local standards or laws.
A tentative plan to move forward should be the outcome of your planning and due diligence, with answers to the following questions:
- Why Are You Undertaking This Operation?
- What Are You Going to Do in the New Country?
- Where Will Your Business Be Physically Located?
- Who Needs to Be Involved in the Planning and Execution of the New Venture?
- When Do You Want the New Business to Be Established?
- How Are You Going to Proceed to Meet Your Objectives?
Planning and execution go hand-in-hand; while you will inevitably overlook some element, your success is directly dependent upon the level of preparation you do before taking the first step.
It generally makes sense to start your operations on a small scale with the intention of expanding later on. For example, you might pick only one or two products to offer your foreign customers initially, or outsource manufacturing with the ability to move it in-house as you gain knowledge. Maintaining optimum flexibility during the first days makes sense allowing you to test the waters of the market before dedicating too many resources.
2. Understand the Environment
While some experts claim that “starting a business overseas might actually be much easier, less risky, and more economically sound than setting up a business in your home country,” it is far better to expect problems than assume everything will go as planned. There are four major areas to consider when setting up shop in a new country:
Every country has its own version of immigration rules, financial regulation, taxation, and employment law. If your business requires the import or export of goods, you will need to check out any restrictions on the products being moved and the costs associated with their movement. Property rights generally vary by country, so don’t assume that your investment is safe based upon U.S. standards. Confiscation of property is not uncommon, particularly in emerging industrialized countries.
If you plan to begin your new business in a country that is rapidly evolving politically or economically, limit your financial exposure and personal risk until you are confident that you understand the environment and can appropriately cope with the potential changes.
As a result of the worldwide recession due to COVID, some countries are experiencing draconian tax burden and negative growth, most likely leading to social unrest and possible attacks on foreign-owned businesses. At the same time, other countries have rolled out the red carpet to new businesses as the key to a brighter economic future. Tax incentives have increased while regulatory bureaucracy has been streamlined and eliminated. Locating in one of the latter countries can benefit the populace as well as the new owners. If you plan to sell your products or services within the country, you should understand the general spending habits of the populace, as well as the existing competitive business environment. Established businesses are likely to react when you begin to affect their market shares.
In addition to a possible language barrier, there are a whole host of cultural behaviors, attitudes, nuances, and sensitivities that can affect your business. In some countries, religious customs may affect how and when business is conducted.
3. Determine Your Budget
While businesses fail for a variety of reasons, one of the more common causes is insufficient startup capital, generally stemming from the business owners’ optimistic projections of revenues and profits. Starting a new business is difficult under the best circumstances, but even more so when operations are remote and the business environment uncertain.
When making your projections, be conservative on estimating revenues and liberal when estimating expenses. Anticipate that your cash-flow break-even (the point when the money coming in meets or exceeds the money going out) will be longer than you initially expect.
Any review of public projects indicates that humans are woefully bad when estimating project costs or timelines:
Private projects are no more likely to be on schedule and budget than public projects – just less publicized. Use a 50% to 100% “fudge factor” in your number for overseas projects and new businesses to ensure you have enough capital to ride out any problems or delays.
4. Resolve Logistics Issues Before Setting Up Shop
Many countries lack the infrastructure that exists in industrialized counties. Even where the movement of goods is not physically restricted, there may be regulations that affect the free flow of products within and outside the country, as well as fees, duties, and export taxes.
In some countries, the payment of bribes to local government officials is a normal business practice. If you will be setting up a business in a country where “gifts” and bribes are the normal way of doing business, you must retain legal advice about what you can and cannot do before starting operations.
5. Find a Local Agent
A local agent, or sometimes an attorney or accountant experienced in international law, can be invaluable when establishing a physical presence in a new country. You don’t want to have your products seized or your operations shut down due to some miscommunication or misunderstanding with the local government officials.
6. Establish an International Banking Relationship
If you anticipate exporting or importing goods from or to a country, be aware of currency differences, and take measures to eliminate exchange risk where possible. This requires that you remain aware of constantly changing exchange rates. The foreign exchange market can be extremely volatile, and if you don’t pay attention, your revenues can quickly evaporate as money is converted between currencies.
Research your international money transfer options. Unless you are in need of some specialized service, you should not normally rely on your bank to send and receive money across borders. In many cases, you are charged exorbitant fees and have to wait several days for the money to clear and become available in your account.
Hirav Shah’s Final Word
“Before venturing into a foreign country’s business market, always develop an exit strategy, and be aware of indicators that might trigger your retreat. If things go wrong, you will want to salvage as much of your investment as possible, so identify any restrictions on selling or valuing your business, as well as potential buyers if you do not have success or run into insurmountable problems. Beginning a business in a new country can be very profitable for all parties involved when it is done thoughtfully and with reasonable forethought to protect against possible negative outcomes.”
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