We're not in Canada any more

Thinking of starting a business abroad or expanding overseas? Experts offer advice for finding your feet:

Call the embassy

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's consular services offers small and medium-sized businesses free use of contacts and advice.

Location, location, location

London or Paris might be beyond your budget, but outside main centres you can save in rent, transport and personnel costs.

Diversify and stay flexible

Develop related-revenue streams in the new market to help weather the stormy global economy.

Translate your materials

Language, references and even paper sizes must fit the local context.

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Source: Rainmaker Global Business Development, Kevin Beare & Co.

Special to The Globe and Mail