E-commerce and mobile devices are making it easier for businesses to sell to a global market. Websites make it easy for shopping to happen in any time zone. Integrated online payment systems can accept and translate currencies.
It’s no wonder that IFAC’s Global SMP Survey taken at the end of 2014 found that of the small to midsize practices, 69 percent reported that around 5 percent of their customers are international. That may not sound like a huge number, but that is still a decent percentage of untapped sales for companies that do not currently sell beyond the U.S. borders.
But of course, just waking up and deciding to go global isn’t likely the best way to break into the international market. A recent PitneyBowes Global Ecommerce blog post brought up 12 good points for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) to ponder prior to an attempt at gaining a global following. Some of these are more obvious, but some could equal a huge headache if not carefully considered first. From their suggestions, I’ve listed a few important areas:
Of course, there are other issues to consider. But this list should get your mind going in the right direction. And remember, becoming a global success may not happen overnight, but in the long run, it may be worth the work upfront.