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Doing Business 2019: Behind the Numbers

Doing business within a particular region can be a very positive, profitable experience. Alternatively, it can be fraught with lengthy, profit-eating procedures and complex business regulations when you choose the wrong foreign location. This is why the World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 rankings receive so much attention annually. Their study objectively measures how easily a […]

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Choosing a Regional Location for International Expansion

When expanding internationally, a company normally weighs the pros and cons of each country to decide which best suits their needs. However, gaining a foothold in the new market involves more than a single overarching decision. Foreign businesses also face an abundance of location choices within the country and it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Luckily, […]

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Tips For International Business Travel

International business travel is more important than ever. Even though the digital age has made it easier to collaborate with others, human contact still counts. In-person meetings increase rapport, facilitate cooperation and enhance bonds. The ROI on business travel is also very strong. Oxford Economics USA reports companies realize $12.50 in incremental revenue for every […]

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Hiring In-Country Versus Sending an Employee

A business entering a new market must consider how it will staff its new operation. Many companies are conflicted between two options: hiring in-country or sending an employee from home. Deciding between the two requires an examination of the pros and cons, as well as identification of the key success factors offered by highly ranked […]

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International Expansion of a Non-Governmental Organization or Nonprofit

A non-governmental organization or nonprofit faces unique challenges in addition to those routinely encountered by business expanding internationally. NGOs and nonprofits may offer economic, environmental or social benefits in regions which can directly or indirectly highlight governmental and political issues. Consequently, it can be tougher for the organization to penetrate the market, but it isn’t […]

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International Mergers and Acquisitions

According to the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances, 49,000 international mergers and acquisitions occurred in 2018 alone with an estimated value of $3.8 trillion. Over a third of the value of these transactions involved U.S. companies. Growing Trend Deloitte predicts merger and acquisition activity will increase, in both the number of transactions and deal […]

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Brexit and What It Means For International Businesses

Brexit’s impact on international business is yet to be fully realized. Even though the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) trading bloc over three-and-a-half years ago, they’re still no closer to figuring out precisely how it will happen. Even worse, the UK government appears poised for a legal showdown as the October 31 […]

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Attractiveness of Latin America for Global Expansion

Global expansion can provide asset diversification, a richer talent pool, access to countless new markets, and fantastic business opportunities.  However, the world is a big place and it can be difficult to decide which country to choose. Fortunately, there’s a strong case for doing business in Latin America. Here’s why.  Untapped LATAM Markets  The U.S. […]

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Contractor Versus Employee: Important Considerations

Contractor or employee? It’s an important decision for business, especially when looking to expand internationally.   Generally, hiring contractors costs less since your company does not need to pay benefits. Independent contractors are also a good choice for organizations wanting to expand, but unwilling to invest in employees until they test the new overseas market and […]

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What Are the Main Costs of Hiring in Europe

Hiring in Europe involves finding the right talent at the right price. This involves many factors, including costs and complexities that are not often considered.  While Europe is an attractive business area with affluent markets, stable economies, and accessibility, it is also vast and varied. Here are just a few of the main costs your business should consider when hiring in Europe and ways to overcome these challenges.  European Payroll  Payroll […]

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What Are the Main Costs of Hiring in Africa

Costs of hiring in Africa vary greatly. The continent of Africa presently includes 55 countries, all with varying economic, cultural, and political conditions.  When you recruit for Africa you can’t rely on the same methods you use in your host country. Accounting, payroll, tax, and other requirements often differ greatly. Additionally, some African countries are better-suited for foreign business than others.  Fortunately, Blueback Global can help your business overcome these challenges. Here […]

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Jul 19, 2019

Localization to Globalization and Back Again

A look at how and why Living Goods moved their headquarters from San Francisco to Kenya as presented at #OpExDC2019 In this age where we hear so much about globalization and how remote talent can help organizations all over the world from anywhere in the world, Living Goods recently moved their headquarters, and all leadership […]

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