Originally Published in Real Business | August 26, 2014 | By Paul Mandell and Gavan O’Farrell
As all but the luckiest or most deluded entrepreneurs will tell you, launching a new business is an extraordinary challenge.
There are risks and obstacles at every turn, and the odds are generally against you. Among the more daunting challenges for those businesses that make it out of the gate is the prospect of expanding operations into a new country.
However, foreign expansion is easier today than most entrepreneurs expect. And for many startups, the pursuit of a global presence early in the growth process can create a smoother path than other forms of growth.