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It’s an international concern – bees are disappearing all over the planet. In fact, the quote from the late Albert Einstein could never be more relevant – “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Today, colony collapses are sweeping across the U.S. and Europe.
If you have a successful beekeeping business, you are not only in a profitable industry; in addition, you are contributing to the planet’s sustainability, and others can probably benefit from your knowledge and skill. The other piece in sharing your skills is that you can expand your business overseas to other eager and aspiring beekeepers, increasing your profits as well.
How Exactly Do You Expand Your Beekeeping Business Overseas?
The steps may seem a bit complex at first, but if you follow them carefully, you’re bound to succeed. Let’s unpack the steps that you will need to take for this expansion to come to pass.
Choose the country or countries
Choose the country or countries into which you want to expand. This will require some research. Which countries are experiencing colony collapses? Within those countries, are there beekeepers who are struggling? Are there individuals interested in the industry who are not yet in it? To collect this information, it may be necessary to locate a contact person in the agricultural industry in a target country and contract for their consulting services.
Decide how this expansion will take place
Once a target country has been chosen, will you sell franchises to foreign nationals? Will you maintain ownership of the beekeeping operations, choosing to hire employees and managers? This will impact how you set up business in that foreign company and the need for a legal expert, native to that country, to translate organizational documents and contract agreements for franchisees or employees.
At this step, you should start looking for official translation services to have your materials translated properly.
Market your business to the right people
For this, establishing an engaging and well-designed website that shows the value of the business will be warranted. Again, for this, a native expert should be used. The language, the syntax, the expressions, etc., must be localized for your audience to develop an interest in the business.
You will be asking interested individuals to get in touch with you for discussion, whether that involves potential franchisees or managers for your operations overseas. If those discussions occur via emails or messaging, who will be translating? Again, you will need help. Even if you travel to the target country for face-to-face discussions, you will need an interpreter.
You have now found your people
They will need equipment, supplies, and, yes, bees. The equipment and supplies will not be a major issue. On the other hand, transporting bees from your colonies will be. Remember, bees are considered agricultural products in most countries, and there may be some strict regulations regarding importing them into a country. You must be aware of these regulations and be sure that you meet all them. A native consultant can provide translation and help to streamline the transport.
Once the businesses are up and running, you will need to monitor progress, revenue, and success. Financial reports will need to be provided to local, regional, and national governmental agencies within the target country. You know the drill. More expert translation will be needed.
Success can be replicated
Once you have achieved success in one country, you are ready to move into others. Use these same steps and procedures, and you will not fail. What’s more, you will be contributing to a global issue that needs to be addressed.
Professional Translation: Choose Smartly
It should be obvious from the steps outlined above that you will need professional translators to accomplish your business expansion – people who are natives to your target country and who can guide you through all the processes and strategies that will result in success. Remember that being a professional translator does not only involve being fluent in two languages but also knowing the specifics of the beekeeping job to choose the right terms. Thanks to pandemics, online and remote translations have become the norm, and this can mean you should spend more time finding an expert translator for your task. Don’t be lazy in this regard. The best professionals will bring the best results.
Eric Wyatt is a writer and editor for several online academic writing services. His area of specialty is consulting and working with grad students working on their theses and dissertations. In his spare time, Wyatt raises honeybees and supports environmental causes.