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Operating a Business Overseas? internationalexperts Answers Your Global Mobility Questions

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If you want to operate a business in Brazil or France or even Canada, you need answers to about a million questions. How will you immigrate? How much do you have to pay employees? What about business taxes? And how do you make sure your employees find housing, get their kids in school, and adjust to a new culture?

The beta site internationalexperts tackles these questions and more. You can ask any question in the Q&A section (similar to Quora), or browse articles on topics like laws and immigration. Once you have a plan, find lawyers and other professionals to help you avoid slipups that can lead to lawsuits, fines, or worse.

According to cofounder Todd Heine, the biggest mistake companies make when operating overseas is doing nothing at all:

“While huge global companies have whole departments dedicated to global mobility, most businesses do not have resources that focus on cross-border issues,” explains Heine, a lawyer trained in US, Canadian, French, and EU law. “It creates serious compliance issues at home and abroad. And, compliance issues mean huge costs in time, money, and reputation.”

Heine cofounded internationalexperts in 2011 with Steve Dworkin, who has spent 30 years bringing engineers across borders as cofounder of CTS International, as well as Charles Mosher, Steve Cappo, and Paul Sogge. Internationalexperts is based in Bellevue, and was recently showcased at our Tech Cocktail Seattle mixer.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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3 Responses to “Operating a Business Overseas? internationalexperts Answers Your Global Mobility Questions”

  1. @sunnycmui

    Interesting way to tackle the problem of starting a new business somewhere you aren't familiar with. Hmm, I would wonder about whether focusing the international business niche is enough to stop people from going to other q&a sites with much larger user bases–quora, yahoo, etc.

    Still, this is an underserved audience and doing business internationally is much harder than it needs to be. There might be difficulty in sourcing people qualified enough to be experts, especially for every country.

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    • Kira M Newman

      Good point, there could be Q&A sites for everything. But I think the key here is combining it with a directory of services – basically, you go on the site to find professionals to help you out, and you can see how good they are by reading their answers in the Q&A section.

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