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Posted: July 08, 2007

If you've thought of taking your business - large or tiny - overseas, but aren't sure how, here are a few Web sites that could get you started:

Selling eBay. In the ever-shrinking world of commerce, nobody has done more than eBay to include the "little guy." On eBay, sellers - or people thinking of being sellers - can use this page to check out the benefits and pitfalls of marketing their widgets internationally.

More business. A set of simple how-to guides on this site could help new entrepreneurs with selling abroad, starting or buying a business, building a Web site, marketing and managing a company. One page even has business software downloads that cover billing, profit-loss statements, customer management and timekeeping for little or no money.

This page on the same site has an enjoyable bank of sample business plans - listed alphabetically from the one for an aircraft-equipment-maker to one for a yoga center (no 'Z' plan listed).

Translation, please. When it comes to international trade, you've got to speak the language - or use Babel Fish. Type or cut and paste text into the translation window and - Zap (a word that's the same in all the languages we tested) - the Web page provides a translation. Warning: This page offers no help translating between American and British English.

Commerce Department. There are winners - and losers - every time the bureaucrats shake hands. Check out the U.S. Department of Commerce's site for big-picture announcements, reports and government incentive programs for international trade.

Export strategy. This detailed outline for starting and running an export business is nearly a decade old, so it might be dated in places, but it is one of the most complete guides we found online, with descriptions of market-research methods, networking tips, and the pesky problems in servicing a product from half the world away.


Contact staff writer Reid Kanaley at 215-854-5114 or rkanaley@phillynews.com.

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