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    15 Replies Latest reply on Dec 19, 2007 4:46 AM by Emile Yarder

    How to expand my business with oversea customers ?

    pxfsnow11 Wayfarer

      Hello , this is Jessica from China . I am a wholesaler on all kinds of name brand products which are very famous all over the worlds . such as nike jordans shoes , gucci , prada , LV , Chanel bags ,watches , hot hip-hop clothing , fashion apparel and ladies fashion accessories and so on .our website is http://www.trades99.com and http://www.etrade99.com . we are starting our business from 2002 . we have lots of oversea customers in Europe and north America . almost of our customers are come from US , UK , CANADA , FRENCE , and GERMANY . now we would like to expand our business in other countries , and I hope to know more friends in this field . can you help me ? please give me advise on how to expand my business . thanks
        • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
          DomainDiva Ranger
          You are on the authorized distributors lists for authentic luxury goods such as Gucci, Prada, LV, Chanel & Nike?
          • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
            LUCKIEST Guide
            px, Here in America, we have SCORE. SCORE helps people and gives advise on how to expand businesses.
            You can visit SCORE on line. It sounds like you need a Marketing Plan and a BUDGET.
            Do you have a time table or projection?? How is your cash flow??
            Good luck, LUCKIEST
              • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
                pxfsnow11 Wayfarer
                Hi Luckiest , thanks for your help . I went to visited score.com several days ago , but I didn`t know what can I do on this website ,,, I can not find useful information on how to expand my business there ,, do you have any suggestion ? thanks , Jessica .
                  • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
                    LUCKIEST Guide
                    Yes I do. Please email me at "pdeig@juno.com" and include a phone number.
                    Maybe the following will help.
                    h3. 7 Steps to Small Business Success

                    1. Start Smart
                    2. Plan Ahead
                    3. Set up Systems
                    4. Seek out Sales
                    5. Aim for Growth
                    6. Leverage Opportunities
                    7. Plan Your Exit

                     

                     

                    1. Start Smart.
                    Identify a niche. Don't compete to be the lowest cost provider. Look
                    for what makes your product or service unique and adds a special value
                    for the client and charge for that value. Every business has many
                    facets. Start with what you know and like; start a business that has
                    meaning to you. Keep in mind that we don't know what the future holds,
                    many of the jobs and businesses of tomorrow don't exist today. You can
                    create your own success.

                     


                    Now is the time to dream. To start smart, you should like the idea of
                    the business. The way to earn a good income and build wealth is by
                    serving clients well, making their life better in some way-it's more
                    than filling a need in the marketplace. To succeed you want to test the
                    idea to make sure your potential clients like the idea too. Test your
                    ideas.

                    2. Plan Ahead.
                    People often ask me why bother with a business plan? Look at the
                    lottery as an example. You may get lucky and get the winning ticket,
                    but the odds are against you when you rely on random chance. I'm a risk
                    taker...but not that much, minimize the risk of going into business and
                    maximize your potential for success. Take the time to write a plan of
                    how you get from point A to point B. A plan gives you a clear future
                    focus and increases your chances of success.

                     


                    The first rule of a start-up is put some of your own money in the
                    business. As the owner you must be willing to capitalize the business.
                    The second rule is put as little of your own money as possible in the
                    business. Prepare your plan and look for funding for your business from
                    multiple sources, which can include a business loan or business line of
                    credit.

                     


                    Don't go it alone. Plan ahead now to build your team. Your team may
                    include a CPA and an attorney that you work with as needed. Add a
                    mentor from your industry and get a SCORE mentor to help you plan for
                    success. No one has all the answers. You get more ideas and information
                    by building a success, support team that can help you plan ahead.

                    3. Set up Systems.
                    The most basic system every business should have is a good financial
                    system. Ask yourself how am I going to generate enough income to
                    support myself and my family. Begin here. Put together a personal
                    budget, so you know what it costs you to live. Now, you can move on to
                    the business budget and sales planning, so you can see how many sales
                    you need to break even and make a profit. The start-up expense plan,
                    operating budget and your accounting software are vital to your
                    success.

                     

                     

                    4. Seek out Sales.
                    The daunting question is how do you go about seeking out your first
                    sale. Recognize that since you don't have a big ad budget to be seen by
                    everyone, you need to target a niche and get connected in your market
                    community, be it local, regional or national. You need other people
                    selling for you-not employees-goodwill referrals. Get out and talk to
                    as many people as you can. Join organizations that would have clients
                    for your product or service. Become a visible part of your market, and
                    then ask for the sale. You begin the sales process with people that you
                    know. Yes, it's okay to start with friends and family as your first
                    customers, and then broaden from there.

                     

                     

                    5. Aim for Growth.
                    The basic tenant of creating a company is that you own the company. You
                    are not just creating a job for yourself. It's less risk and less
                    investment to get a job. Building a business is creating a company that
                    is more than the job itself. Think about the future. How large do you
                    want the company to be in terms of sales, net profit and employees?
                    Your answer to each of these questions will influence how you grow.
                    There are varying costs and profits associated with growth. It's
                    important to make a deliberate choice early about how you want to grow
                    your company.

                     

                     

                    6. Leverage Opportunities.
                    Good luck. Good fortune. Good timing. All play a part in business. As a
                    business owner, be very clear about your core focus for the business
                    and how it serves clients. Your core business is what pays the bills.
                    Then, as an entrepreneur you are about opportunity. When you see a
                    potential opportunity or stroke of luck measure it against your core
                    business focus. Good fortune is great, when it matches your vision for
                    the business. Always consider if a good opportunity is the right fit
                    for your business. If something looks great, but it's not in sync with
                    your long-term plan and budget, think carefully before committing your
                    company's resources.

                     

                    Take advantage of good opportunities that make sense for you long term.
                    A perfect example is McDonalds. Ray Krock started a small business that
                    became a large franchise network with a consistent product, consistent
                    systems and an ability to seize opportunities such as the Arch card and
                    offering healthy salads to meet the interests of today's consumers.

                    7. Plan Your Exit.
                    Someday you may want to sell your business or retire from business.
                    Today, ask yourself what's next? How can I have an asset in the future
                    that someone will buy? If you are going to sell someday, you have to
                    have something to sell-a plan, vision, business on the books, equipment
                    and systems. Whether you have been in business for one week, one year
                    or 15 years-look ahead to what the business itself will be as an asset.
                    Your business has value, value you are creating today. To sell or
                    distribute equity in the business you need to have it down on paper and
                    keep good financials. Know the worth of your business, so you can know
                    the value it can bring to your future wealth and/or retirement.

                    LUCKIEST
                • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
                  Mozart Wayfarer
                  Have you considered selling on eBay? That's an easy way to get global outreach.
                  • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
                    Emile Yarder Adventurer
                    Pxf snow, What do you mean about other foreign countries? Have you made a list???
                    Your products sounds good but what's about authenticity?

                    I work in a very strategic market in Brussels. And my job is to advice and to help people who want to establish or to expand their businesses and activities in our country. We do also to provide marketing services and OEM. We are also wholesellers for a lot of quality products.

                    In your case, dealing with luxuruous items, you need to be represented in your new market. Your agent could show to your future customers how your products are fashionable and true. If you need that kind of service, don't hesitate to contact us.

                    John
                    • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
                      pxfsnow11 Wayfarer
                      Hi friend , thanks for all your help . I would like to adertise my website and products on some b2b business website now . do you have any suggestion on which website should I choose ? my main products is shoes , clothing , jeans , jerseys , handbags and fashion accessories . I would like to find the most suitable website for my business , thanks . Jessica
                      • Re: How to expand my business with oversea customers ?
                        mandrean Newbie

                        px,

                        Have you considered using video email to effectively communicate to these customers. Simply put, video says it better! Visit http://www.videoemailiseasy.com and contact me if you'd like more information.

                        Thanks, look forward to hearing from you..