1. Covering Your Legal Bases

Doug BendCheck with your attorney to make sure you are not triggering any additional legal requirements. For example, many countries require a company to register if they are doing business in the jurisdiction. You need to notify your legal counsel so you can determine whether yournew business activities trigger any additional legal requirements. – Doug BendBend Law Group, PC


2. Taxes and Shipping

john ramptonCan you even ship to where you‘re trying to expand? What taxes should be collected? It’s hard knowing the answers to these questions, but they are crucial to expanding your company beyond your own country’s border. – John RamptonAdogy


3. Approving Credit Cards

josh weissApproving international credit cards is much more difficult than domestic cards due to the lack of address verification available in the U.S.You will likely have to do some manual work to approve each order and take on additional fraud risk. While it can be challenging, the upside of international expansion usually makes it worthwhile. It is certainly something to consider. – Josh WeissBluegala


4. Managing Growth

Charles BogoianManaging growth, from both a cost and service perspective, is the most complicated result of startup success. Flexibility and responsiveness in your supply chain can be a strength within local markets, but duplicating those strengths around the world is difficult. A startup must provide premium, consistent service to every customer in order to thrive; that challenge is complicated when those customersare stretched out across the globe. – Charles Bogoian, Kenai Sports, LLC


5. Order Fulfillment

Andy KaruzaFulfillment can get very complicated and expensive if it’s not managed properly. For instance, a customer may order from a country where they don’t have a nearby fulfillment center, thus drastically increasing shipping costs. I would recommend using Amazon FBA for storing inventory and fulfilling orders. They are already in most countries. – Andy KaruzaBrandbuddee


6. Managing Returns

Firas KittanehLike you would do with your U.S. customersyou would want to offer international clients the same or at least a similar return policy that demonstrates you believe in the quality of your service and goods. But logistically, managing international returns is a nightmare. Overseas returns are costly to receive, so you need to price international orders with enough margin to account for worldwide returns. – Firas KittanehAmerisleep