Doing Business Abroad

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One very effective way of expanding your business is to open up new markets abroad. With the Internet it's so easy to develop your business to have a global reach and you don't need to limit yourself to English-speaking countries because there is a fantastic free tool available that can help you translate your web content into all these different languages:

Afrikaans
Albanian
Arabic
Belarusian
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese
Croatian
Czech

Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Filipino
Finnish
French
Galician
German

Greek
Haitian Creole
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Irish
Italian

Japanese
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Malay
Maltese
Norwegian
Persian

Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swahili

dish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Welsh
Yiddish

This amazing tool is called Google Translate and you can get it at www.translate.google.com

Google Translate is easy to use and allows you to translate between different languages as you type. You can also copy and paste large chunks of text into Google Translate and it will instantly turn it into a different language like magic.

You can upload documents for translation such as website content, brochures and sales letters and you can communicate with customers and other businesses in various countries by e-mail, simply by copying and pasting your e-mail into Google Translate then type your reply in and get your translation back ready to copy and paste into a return e-mail. You can also find people and websites abroad to target your products and services. Here is an example:

1.    Search for ‘Dubai tours’ and Google Translate will turn it from English to Arabic, "جولات دبي"

2.    Put this into a search engine and find Arabic web page results.

3.    Google will translate the Arabic web page results back into English for you.

You can also translate words instantly from English with no clicks at all if you download a Google toolbar. Simply pause your mouse pointer over an English word and the word translator will display the word’s meaning in your own English-language. Translating couldn't be any easier than this.

Just think what this could do for your business -- never again will a foreign-language be a barrier to doing business around the world. You can translate your marketing materials and your website into any language you want and open up your business to a global market.

Doing business with China

Now you know how to translate in different languages, a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you. How about doing business with China? This is one country that has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. China has one of the largest populations and actually has about one fifth of the total human population on Earth. Since late 1978, China opened its doors to business with the rest of the world and can now offer some good opportunities for foreign trade with GDP growth figures steady at around 9 percent per annum.

In just one year, China saw an increase in total exports of 13 percent, and they are growing year after year. There could be an opportunity for you to do business with China, but before you consider doing business with any foreign country, it is worthwhile spending time on research. There is a great resource for doing business with China with access to business information and detailed research reports -- go t0 www.chinaknowledge.com

Basic rules

Doing business abroad can bring a whole new dimensions to your business and can increase your sales dramatically, but if you are planning to trade with other countries, including China, you should observe some basic rules to make sure you avoid some of the scammers and con artists that inevitably prey on the unwary.

Avoid telegraphic transfers

If you are sending money abroad to somebody you don't know, you should avoid telegraphic transfers such as Western Union as they are untraceable. Telegraphic transfers are designed to be used to send money to people you know but are not a good idea for business transactions.

Avoid upfront payments

There is a scam which includes asking people to send money upfront for a product or reward later on. This may take the form of a pre-approved loan or credit card application, a holiday or a prize of some sort. You will be asked for your bank account details or requested to pay fees to gain access to whatever is on offer. The risk is you get nothing in return or you don't get quite what you expected.

Basically, use your gut instincts about these matters (if it seems too good to be true it usually is) and avoid upfront payments wherever you can.

Avoid telephone numbers beginning with 070

These telephone numbers can be routed anywhere in the world and are frequently used by scammers and fraudsters. They are actually personal numbers which allow calls to be re-routed to almost any other number. They look like cell phone numbers.

The best way to avoid this is to always ask for a fixed landline number and if you are concerned about phoning any of your contacts in China or around the world, you can check numbers first and verify where the number originates by going to numberingplans.com