Your ambition has led you to start your own business and now it is moving you to expand your business to an international level. You know your company is going to instantly become a success but you are unsure of how to present your company to an international investor or even how to effectively market to customers in other countries. You may have a basic business plan which enabled you to gain start-up capital and other immediate and initial necessities, but now you are at a point where you can rightfully look into expanding into other areas including the international fronts.
There are many components to a standard business plan that you should have carefully crafted to your particular industry and targeted customer base. This article with an international business plan example will give you insight to writing an international business plan based on the criteria of a simple business plan. The formatting will assist you with establishing the sections of an international business plan and direct you on how to include the needs of positioning your company in another country.
I. COMPANY (BUSINESS) PROFILE - This profile is essentially a detailed overview of your company. It should address the who, what, where, why, and how of your company so that potential investors are able to gain insight.
A. BUSINESS DESCRIPTION – You want to state the mission and vision of your company; detail the business model, which tells why you are not like your competitors; outline your short- and long-term objective strategies; discuss current strategic relationships which will prove beneficial in your overall company success; and outline your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (also known as a SWOT Analysis).
B. PRODUCT OR SERVICE DESCRIPTION - When you give a description of your company you want to describe what product or service you are offering to customers. If you are producing a product then you want to detail your method of manufacturing or distributing. Your goal in this section is to be as detailed as possible regarding what your company is offering to the market and customers.
C. LOCATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION – This section is important to an international business plan because it details the projected location of the company or warehouses; details the copyrights, trademarks and patents and other important documents needed to prove ownership.
D. LEGAL STRUCTURE AGREEMENT – In this section you want to describe what your company is legally registered as. For instance if you are a warehouse distributor you cannot enter into a market selling services only. You should, if applicable, include resumes of key personnel and detail their strengths in this section. How you secure and insure your business internationally should be included in this section.
E. MANAGEMENT AND PERSONNEL – Investors want to know who is running the company and if they are capable of effectively running it. This section lists the people who are or will be operating the company internationally. A resume is usually a supporting document. Since you are entering international areas you want to address who you want working for your company, their projected salaries, and any future needs for your company, given growth projections. You can also include your external consultants such as accountants and lawyers.
NOTE: Developing a business plan for an international company requires more research than in your current country. You need to do your best to know the country in which you desire to enter into. The wording of your business plan must be specific to the country of entrance to avoid confusion and delay in investor participation.
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