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If you are a small business owner considering entering a foreign market, you will need to understand the market, the industry and all relevant regulations. But more importantly, you need to understand your financial position and business strategy.

There are certain conditions which necessitate an expansion into foreign markets. You are justified to venture into overseas markets if your vision and products have been international from the start or if you have grown too large and can no longer acquire more local customers. You can also do so if you source your supplies and workers from an overseas market or if your product is more popular there.

Once you have determined that you need to expand overseas, you will next have to consider whether to focus on simply exporting or set up a company in the foreign market. Analyze the pros and cons and decide which better suits your strategy and financial capability.

It is also recommended to hire external experts to evaluate your financial strength and the feasibility of your goals and objectives. They can provide an unbiased opinion. They can also help ensure that your business plan is not only based on hope but is supported by data and grounded in financial reality.