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How to Move Your Company Overseas, Physically and Digitally

How to Move Your Company Overseas, Physically and Digitally

As your business grows, you may be looking for new opportunities and markets for your business to reach. This is great, as it will bring your company more revenue, but the market that you are a part of now may be limiting you. If you are going to be relocating your business overseas but aren’t sure where to start, the following tips should help guide you in the right direction.

The Physical Change

If you are planning to move, you can take the following steps to do so.

Location

One thing you have to pay attention to is the location. Many small businesses make a decision about a location based on a few abstract ideas, such as the fact that a particular location is exotic. It’s important to note, though, that the fact that a location is exotic shouldn’t drive your decision completely.

There are a lot of areas where you could expand your business, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses, which you need to know about before deciding where to place your business. Consider the kind of workforce you’ll have around you, the potential customers, and the local economy. It might also be a good idea to consider potential natural disasters that occur in this region so that you get the appropriate insurance. If certain areas are more disaster-prone, you may want to rethink a particular location.

Relocation

Depending on your type of business, there’s a lot you won’t have to take with you because you’ll probably find those items where you are going. Still, there are a few things that are irreplaceable, like your vehicles. For example, if you plan on moving to Hawaii, you want to work with a company that specializes in Hawaii car transport. You should talk to a few companies to get a few quotes to see what their pricing is like. If you are transporting a fleet, see if there’s a special for transporting several vehicles. The earlier you do this, the more time you’ll have to get a good deal.

The Digital Change

A business not only has to worry about the physical changes it’ll have to make but also the digital changes. The following are some things you should keep in mind.

Address Change

Be sure to inform search engines that your business has moved or will be moving as this will make it easier for past customers to know you are gone. Making this move early enough will also give folks in your new location time to learn about your place of business. This could make a big transition like this go a little smoother.

Remember, many people search for business locations online in these modern times. The time is long gone when folks just drove around or looked through the yellow book to find your location. So, if you want to effectively exist in your new location, then you need to inform search engines of this change.

Local Content

Once you move your business, you need to make sure you localize your content. Most companies know that online users are proactive and like to learn things on their own, which is the reason smart companies produce written and video content meant to teach internet users something. Once these users learn what they want to learn, they find out a little more about the company. You probably have content on your website, but at the moment it might be telling folks you are somewhere else.

To fix this, you need to make sure you localize your content to ensure it’s reaching customers who can visit your place of business. Sometimes, businesses need to modify their content more than other businesses. For example, if some of your content talks about snow but you are moving to a snowless area, this information may no longer apply. You’ll want to make appropriate changes so that your new local customers understand why you are the right company to visit.

These are just some things you need to consider before moving overseas, but there’s so much more. In addition to this information, you could talk to a corporate or business relocation service to help you figure out how to make this change effectively.


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by Amy Sloane //

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