"Laurel Delaney writes in a tremendous spirit of service to entrepreneurial and small business leaders navigating the opportunities of globalization. Whether leading a fresh startup, a small business, or an entrepreneurial growth company seeking greatness, the question of whether-and how-to go global must be addressed. Delaney shows yet again her passionate dedication to serving her readers with deeply practical guidance."-Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Beyond EntrepreneurshipGain the knowledge you need to market, sell, and fulfill orders internationally, taking full advantage of the Internet and the opportunities it creates. This book is the bible for entrepreneurs and small business owners taking their US businesses to the next level of growth through exports. Exporting empowers readers with the can-do confidence to tackle the challenges and opportunities of exporting, leading to greater revenues, stability, and profitability for your business. With 70 percent of global buying power lying outside US borders, exporting is not just an option for ambitious entrepreneurs-it's an absolute must for building and sustaining a successful future.Typically, exporting first appears on the radar of small businesses as unsolicited inquiries from foreign customers on the web via your email, website, blog, or Facebook page. People outside your country want your product, and they want it now. The problem is that most small business owners do not know how to service these inquiries. What's the best way to ship goods? Do I need a license? Should I sell through wholesalers in specific countries or directly to consumers? How will I get paid?Reflecting the rapid rate of change in national and global trade regulations and economic conditions, this second edition contains extensive updates and enhancements of the first edition's data and citations; actual and prospective multilateral trade agreements, especially the TPP and TTIP; CFR, EAR, and BIS rules; interviews with trade and sector specialists; economic trends and shocks affecting export opportunities and risks in various regions and sectors; and the annotated selection of recommended exporting resource sites.Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably:Lays out simple steps and tips to conduct market research, find customers, open new markets, create an export business plan, get paid, and ship goods and services efficiently and profitablyShows you how to use the Internet and social media to mediate the exporting process and expand your international presenceDetails how the US government helps exporters and how to avoid foreign regulatory pitfalls von Delaney, Laurel
Laurel J. Delaney is founder and president of GlobeTrade, a management consulting company that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses go global. The United States Small Business Administration has recognized Delaney as a world-renowned global small business expert by naming her the Illinois Exporter of the Year. She is the author of Start and Run a Profitable Exporting Business as well as numerous articles that have appeared in international and scholarly publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Conference Board. Delaney runs the Global Small Business Blog, which is ranked No. 1 in the world for entrepreneurs and small businesses interested in going global, and hosts the annual Global Small Business Forum in Chicago. She runs Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global and is the About.com Import & Export expert, a charter member and board member by appointment of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, a member of the International Council for Small Business, and the Chicago Chapter Chair for the Women Presidents' Organization. Delaney's passion for going global goes back to 1985, when she first started her business. Since then, she has devoted more than 60,000 hours of work in the area-from consulting to writing to teaching. Ms. Delaney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Columbia College Chicago and a Master in Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.