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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Now there's New Zealand-based software company Xero that develops 'beautiful' cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses. The company has offices in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
And there's accounting software company The Sage Group who just recently announced a global agreement with Salesforce.com that goes like this:
Sage has agreed to start using the Salesforce Customer Success Platform. Implementing the cloud based CRM system shows that Sage want to get close to Salesforce and get some kind of symbiotic partnership with the cloud giant. - Source: The Sage Group Plc announces global agreement with SalesforceWatch all these companies for future global competitive activity. Bring it on as they say for each wants to play in every country!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
- How much in U.S. goods gets exported each year, and has that figure increased in recent years?
- Are there indicators that show when a small business is ready for global trade?
- How should business owners determine which markets to expand in?
- What are some things business owners can do to attract foreign buyers to their website?
- How should business owners handle foreign currency transactions?
- What should small business owners know about shipping products overseas?
- Where can business owners learn about customs duties and foreign taxes?
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Read: 8 Big Import Compliance Challenges
Monday, February 23, 2015
- How to thank people at your business as if they are winning an Academy Award.
- What is the real impact of great power and influence in our world?
- How the CEO of Entertainment One Ltd. built a global entertainment giant.
- Read the list of 50+ global issues that makers can solve.
- How to prevent surprises through your ecommerce site.
- How to bring your business into the digital age.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
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Friday, February 20, 2015
5 Ways to Prevent Surprises in Global Ecommerce
Thursday, February 19, 2015
He was a family man and had a great, global vision for his firm (well ahead of his time):
It was Michele Ferrero’s vision to expand internationally. In the 1950s, he opened production plants and offices in Europe. He expanded to the rest of the world starting in the 1970s. All the while the company shunned acquisitions, breaking into foreign markets by introducing products catering to local tastes.Read the obituary: Italian Chocolatier Found Success with Nutella
Ferrero is the world’s fourth-biggest chocolate confectionery company, with 8% of the global chocolate market. No. 3 Nestlé has 12%, according to consumer research group Euromonitor’s data from 2013.
And what a sweet ending ... he passed away on Valentine's Day.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
How is the future of global e-commerce going to develop?
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
How to Bring Your Business Into the Digital Age
Monday, February 16, 2015
- Go global, hire local is part of a job-creation engine designed and operated using a global ecosystem approach.
- Why you should make the world your business playground.
- How do you make your multilingual presence not cumbersome nor half-finished, but invisible?
- Small businesses operating in a global marketplace (video).
- Why small businesses are being included in the ongoing discussions on international trade agreements.
- The importance of building a global company in good times and bad.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
A special thanks to Shawn for quoting us and for including our advisory board member Kati Suominen.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
The GTCI study reveals six key factors affecting talent competitiveness across countries of different GDP per capita and development levels, with one being:
- Technology is changing the meaning of 'employable skills': technological changes will affect new segments of the labor market, impacting the 250 million 'knowledge workers' globally today.Access the report: The Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2014
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Learn more about what this means: IMF Cuts Global Economic Growth Forecasts
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
That's what UK SME online retailers are doing:
“There is a marked increase in the percentage of UK SME online retailers aiming to grow international sales in 2015, compared with 2014," says Nick Landon, managing director of Royal Mail Parcels.Read the entire article: UK's SME online retailers more confident on international trade
Note: We cannot track Royal Mail's study that is referenced in the article.
Monday, February 09, 2015
- What's not going global? Google's 'Right to Be Forgotten' (transparency outweighs additional privacy in this case).
- A few tips when taking your business global.
- Netflix goes to Japan in the fall of 2015 (Netflix wa 2015-nen no aki ni Nihon de hanbai kaishi).
- 10 tips for a killer global market entry strategy.
- The difficulties in expanding globally with a contingent workforce management program.
- 3 questions you should ask before going global.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
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Friday, February 06, 2015
Read: The New Wrinkle Affecting Your Shipping Costs
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Learn about export loans available through the U.S. Small Business Administration and other global business solutions from our Federal Government. In addition, you will get tips from a small business exporter who has used these programs successfully to enter new markets and increase export sales. Lastly, you will hear directly from an SBA lender on how to prepare in advance to get the financing you need to grow your export business. Video can be found here or you can click on it above.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
|Photo courtesy: Apress|
Yes we can all counts!
Expanding global access for small biz. Solution: Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably (99.9 percent of the battle to exporting lies in learning the mechanics of how to do it so this book spells it out in a way that is both empowering and useful).
Labels: expanding global access, Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably, key to accessing global markets, Laurel J. Delaney
Posted by Laurel Delaney at 2/04/2015 08:45:00 AM
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
|Photo courtesy: Telzio|
VoIP phone service can take care of your global and mobility needs as your business expands to new locations and employees expect BYOD benefits. You can get phone numbers from all over the world and use them in any location on your computer, desk phone or mobile device. It’s easy to manage all your numbers and users in one online account, no matter how many locations you have.
Here are 3 ways a VoIP phone system can assist in your quest for global expansion:
1. International Presence
You can get a local or toll free number in almost any country, making it easier for international customers to reach you. Some countries like Denmark require that you have a physical address in the country in order to get a phone number there, but for most countries it’s as easy as a few clicks.
You can browse phone numbers from over 50 countries here.
VoIP phone systems are managed completely on the web. There’s no software to be updated, no hardware to be stored in closets and everything is managed through your web browser.
You can have multiple offices and phone numbers around the world and still manage them all under one account. As long as you can connect to the Internet, you can access your phone system.
VoIP service is location agnostic. You can move your IP phones to another country and they would work just the same, using the same phone number it was calling with before.
Softphones enable you to make and receive calls from a mobile device or computer. You can travel anywhere and manage business calls on your mobile device separately from your personal line.
Telzio recently launched a mobile softphone app that integrates with a fully hosted VoIP system. Starting from $1 per month, the app and a full set of professional features come included.
What to Watch Out for When Choosing a VoIP Provider
When comparing small business VoIP providers, you should ask yourself how many users you will need and who will be in charge of implementing your new phone system.
Users -- Users are the extensions and phones you need connected to your phone system. You will find that most VoIP providers charge user fees from $15 to $70 per month per user, but you have other options.
Plans from Telzio cater to small businesses and offer free users with all phone numbers. Instead of paying per user, you pay per phone number and add as many users as you need to each number.
Usability -- Whether it is you or the IT person who will be setting up and managing the system, you want to cut down the number of hours it will take.
Telzio has an easy-to-use admin panel and intuitive interface where you can be up and running in minutes. Built on the premise that anyone without IT experience could manage everything from start to finish, Telzio is the easiest way to get started with a VoIP phone system. You can see how the visual setup works at Telzio.com/demo.
Plans -- In this world we live in, hidden language and fees are everywhere. Make sure you find the fine print and know what you’re getting yourself into, especially if the VoIP provider requires contracts. If something is described as “unlimited”, it usually has a “fair use” cap written somewhere else. Getting people to pay for more than they use is how those big phone companies make more money after all.
About the Author
Diana Chu is the Chief Executive Officer of Telzio and has over 10 years of experience working with small businesses. Diana graduated from the University of Southern California where she studied Business and Entrepreneurship. Frustrated with deceptive telecommunication companies and horrible customer service, Diana is focused on supporting small business owners through enhanced, efficient and transparent phone services.
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Monday, February 02, 2015
Today in Global Small Business: Why SBA's Administrator Wants All Small Businesses to Partake in the Global Economy.
- Why Maria Contreras-Sweet wants all small businesses to partake in the global economy.
- How to find an ideal distributor.
- Five must-have tools for e-commerce success in 2015.
- Why setting aside thinking time improves ecommerce business.
- Is our inter-connected world shrinking back toward its national borders?
- Is our global economy tied to energy (and the price of oil)?