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Starting a Business as a Foreigner

March 18, 2018




Starting a business is a daunting task, especially if you are considering starting it overseas. It requires thorough research and intensive planning in order to familiarize with the market needs of the foreign country. Before venturing into business abroad, you should have realistic expectations for success and try to eliminate potential barriers that inevitably come with a new venture. Every new business is a risky venture and the risk is even higher when you take your business to a foreign country. But this is not to say that you should not pursue your dream because the business is risky and hard to start. 


Before you decide to cross the borders, consider the following are strategies towards starting a business abroad.




Research on Various Business Practices 


Every country has different business laws and practices that differ from one country to another. Business practices like banking, taxation, and ways and means of operating business vary from one country to another. Become well acquainted with the available laws and research on the requirements in order to ease the process of setting up the business.


Study The Cultural Diversity 

Business may be adversely affected by cultural diversity based on the fact that customers may find it a taboo to buy certain products or services. Consider taking several trips abroad in order to familiarize yourself with the cultural dynamics and interact with the local community. Understand the cultural difference that may have an effect on your business viability. Study the culture surrounding the service or product you will be selling to ensure there are tangible markets and a need for products or services you intend to offer.


Investigate Available Business Infrastructure 

Every business needs to thrive under effective and efficient business infrastructure. Investigate the type of transportation system used in the foreign country, cost of buying or renting utilities, availability of the internet, and other considerations. You can narrow down the study to a specific city or town that you would like to set up your business, moreover, a location of which your own personal lifestyle would thrive in on a daily basis.


Study the Competition and History 


Before venturing into a new market, it is important for every entrepreneur to research and know potential competitors of the business. You also need to study the history of the business you intend to start, whether companies undertaking your type of business have failed or succeeded in the past. Get to know what made those businesses to fail and what drove the others to succeed. This will help you to know where to improve and what practice to avoid in order to succeed.


Understand the Country’s Political Climate 

Political stability should be highly considered before backing your bags and going abroad to start a business. a country with good political climate will be easier to do business than a country with skirmishes and high political temperatures. You will get better returns on a politically stable country because there is ease of doing business.




Starting a business as a foreigner can be lucrative if all these tips are put into consideration.  The setup process should be done considerately and with sensible forethoughts to eliminate any negative outcomes.  Please review our future immigration articles for up-to-date resources of international immigration processes.


For more information on the Immigration processes and requirements for each country, it is best to seek the expertise of qualified and experienced Immigration Consultants or agencies.  You may choose to contact the Embassy of the country of interest that is located within your home country.  For quality assistance and referrals, please contact us for a consultation. Alternatively, we have international experience and resources to assist you in your business-abroad processes.






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