Business etiquette around the world

If you’re interested in doing business on a world scale it’s vital that you educate yourself as well as you can about the different business cultures that you’re going to encounter in any country that you hope to do business with. The fact is, even though you hear people talking about how “small” the world has become, the differences in business etiquette from one country to another can still be very large and the problems you encounter very acute.

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Business culture around the world.

One website that is helping people around the world to overcome these cultural business barriers is World Business Culture. The World Business Culture (WBC) website has in-depth information on the business cultures of 39 of the world’s largest countries, economically speaking, as well as a wealth of references, books and other material that will help someone interested in selling their goods or services in another country.

On the WBC website you’ll find a profile for all 39 of these countries as well as a wide range of topics that are relevant to the way they do business and, maybe more importantly, the way they don’t do business. This isn’t just random material that was slapped together but keenly insightful and informative information that was put together by experts with many years of practical experience in a myriad of international affairs.

For example, if a person was interested in doing business in China the WBC website would inform them that, although China has experienced 10 years of phenomenal growth, they are also deeply rooted in tradition, especially when it comes to the way they do business. Even as they open their doors to the West and adopt some of their policies and procedures to appear more “Western like”, trying to deal with them from an outsider’s point of view can be especially difficult.

India is similar in some ways and, while they are certainly opening up their country to foreign investments, some areas of the country, at least business-wise, still have very strong barriers for entry that probably won’t be coming down anytime soon. Besides that, India’s government and banking systems are extremely complex and hard to understand even by people within those industries. Like China there are many cultural obstacles that must be overcome, including a business etiquette that has been framed over millennia and what can only be described as a very complex system of business communication.

Lest you think that doing business with the United States is easy, or at least easier than China or India, the fact is that breaking into the US market is quite challenging and being accepted the same. Where in China and India a person’s personal life is valued and not to be intruded upon, in the United States you can be sure that they will expect you to be on call 24/7. Also, speaking English, while helpful, doesn’t exactly give you any type of “extra credit” in the States.

All of which makes the World Business Culture website all the more relevant and valuable for anyone who’s keen on breaking into a country outside of their own. If that happens to be you, it would definitely be recommend that you bookmark the WBC website because, in all likelihood, you’re going to be referring back to it on a regular and ongoing basis.

 

Know-How blog for small business owner

If you’re a small business owner that you know how difficult it can be to start and run a business. Not only are you the person that has to take care of customers but you also have to be a marketer, “boss”, manager, shelf stocker, spokesperson and many other things. As the old saying goes, a small business owner must “wear a lot of hats”, meaning that they must do many small jobs to keep their business going and be successful.

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Business advice for small businesses.

For the new business owner these tasks can be even more difficult because of the simple fact that they don’t have a whole lot of experience. While most small business owners are experts in one industry or another, becoming an expert marketer, for example, is usually something that they haven’t learned yet.

And that’s why the Business Know How Blog (www.businessknowhow.com) is such an excellent tool for any small business owner. There is literally everything you need to know about small business on this well-run website, including things like information on how to comply with state and federal laws, how to deal with employees, how to get a small business loan and much more.

The Business Know How blog is owned and operated by women, something that allows them to give a little bit more insight and advice to female small business owners. That being said, no matter if you are a male or female small business owner this is literally a treasure trove of excellent information that runs the gamut of information that a small business owner wants and needs to know.

The info here doesn’t just answer questions about running a small business but also gives tips on business ideas and how to start a small business, advice on franchising and Internet marketing, suggestions on how to market locally, tips on how to organize and develop a business strategy and so much more that listing everything here on this short review would be practically impossible.

Suffice to say that if you’re a small business owner, or thinking of becoming one, this is definitely a blog that you want to bookmark as a favorite and go back to on a regular basis, if not daily. The Business Know How blog, simply put, is like the Wikipedia of business information and will make your life as a small business owner much easier. Need a co-founder for your startup? You will find more info here Co-founders

 

 

 

 

Find a vendor on Business.com

Business.com connects B2B vendors and purchasers around the globe.

Business.com, purchased by Research Nation in February 2011, is now called Business.com Media Inc., and is a large Business to Business (B2B) marketer providing invaluable solutions for businesses, large and small.  The website provides products and services information, directories of suppliers, vendors, how-to articles, guides and business forms that can be downloaded, as well as several applications.

Whether a business is just a sole-proprietorship or a Fortune 500 company, they can maximize their strategies, promote their strengths and improve their processes with resources found on business.com Media Inc. such as price comparing and competition.

Vendors can target and reach potential buyers early in their search process, showcase their brand immediately and effectively, and be included in the directory of over 10,000 vendors.  Over 50 million customers can find vendors who fulfill their needs, compare them against many others, and make wise decisions before buying.

There are purchasing engine applications that assist buyers at any level, price comparison applications, libraries of reports, reviews and guides, and 50,000 how-to manuals.  Any business can research and compare products and services for their business with ease on Business.com Media Inc.’s website with exceptionally easy maneuverability between pages.

The website includes pages that focus on vendor lists, comparing vendors, business planning, construction, and a consumer products page, where there are many choices for a sub category like home & garden, which leads to helpful blogs and business names. There is an education page, a healthcare page, and pages that deal with human resources, industrial needs and educational products.

The company has two locations in California mainly the great Los Angeles and San Diego areas, is privately held and Ryan Reddycord is the CEO.  Their main business rivals are companies who do similar B2B resource marketing like Buyer Zone, Lending Tree and Service Magic.