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Establishing and growing your business can be a rewarding but challenging experience. Here at Alibaba.com, we are dedicated to making it easy for you to do business anywhere in the world. The International Trade Guide provides advice and assistance to facilitate your sourcing process and help you find the perfect supplier for your products.

  1. Starting a Business
  2. Selling on eBay and Amazon
  3. International Trade
  4. Logistics & Finance

1. Starting a Business

A Guide to Getting Started  

Establishing a business and becoming your own boss can be a very rewarding experience - and with the right help it can also be relatively simple. Here at Alibaba.com, we are dedicated to making it easy for you to do business anywhere in the world.

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Setting up an Online Business  

Running a business online can be a lucrative and satisfying experience, giving you the flexibility and freedom that you've always dreamed of. At Alibaba.com, we work hard to make it easy for entrepreneurs to set up their online business - we can help you find the perfect supplier for your products, and we also provide advice and assistance.

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Branding Your Business  

A strong brand is invaluable in today's hugely competitive marketplace - it's an unspoken promise of value and quality. Brand loyalty is hard to crack, so once your customers love you, chances are they'll stick with you. A great brand with a strong identity will help your business stand out.

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2. Selling on eBay and Amazon

eBay & Amazon Sales Strategies  

Find out how to become a seller on eBay and Amazon, boost your sales and build your business. Whether you're new to online sales, or have been active on these platforms already, you're sure to find Alibaba.com's guide to selling and creating a sales strategy for eBay and Amazon to be very useful.

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How to Stand Out Among Your Competitors

Discover useful tips and tricks to get your online shop noticed on Amazon or eBay. Here at Alibaba.com, we make it easy for online businesses to find the products they need to run a successful online business. Check out our suggestions for improving sales on popular web platforms, and find suppliers from around the globe.

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Search Engine Marketing

If you're looking for a way to boost your traffic and increase profits while selling online, search engine marketing is a great option. Learn how to use search engine marketing to enhance your eBay and Amazon pages with help from Alibaba.com.

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Healthy Profit Margins

Whether you are an eBay trader or an online seller with your own webstore, it’s important to know what your overall profit margin is. Healthy profit margins are one way to keep your cash flow perfectly balanced.

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3. International Trade

The Supply Chain  

For any business owner, understanding the supply chain is vital for success. If you want to find out how to choose the right supplier and which inventory method is the best option for your business, Alibaba.com can help. We are a specialist sourcing centre, helping you find the products you need for your business.

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Manufacturing - A Global View  

For entrepreneurs around the world, establishing working relationships with international manufacturers can be a smart business decision. Find out if a global manufacturer is the right choice for your enterprise with help from Alibaba.com and search our database to find the right supplier for your needs.

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Source from Overseas Suppliers  

Importing goods from overseas can be a profitable option for business owners in the UK. Here at Alibaba.com, we can help you find out how to get started in international trade and learn about ways to increase your chances for success.

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Import/Export Duty, Excise, and VAT  

If you import or export goods as part of your business, it's vital that you understand your tax liabilities, including the rules surrounding customs duties, excise and VAT. Find out more with Alibaba.com. We are committed to helping companies do business abroad, ensuring you find global manufacturers to supply your inventory.

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Legislation: Patent

Do you have a great new product idea? Then make sure you protect your intellectual property and have the idea patented. Find out more about patent legislation and how it can help you keep exclusive rights to the item, thus enabling you to make money by either manufacturing it yourself or selling the licence.

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International Business Practices

Around the world, different customs, values and even languages can have an effect on how business is carried out. Understanding these differences and working to conform to them is essential for smooth dealings across cultures. Here at Alibaba.com, we are committed to helping international traders connect.

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Manage the Business Risks

Sourcing products from international traders can have many benefits, but for smart buyers, it's essential to do what you can to manage risks to your own business. Here at Alibaba.com, we offer a sourcing solution for businesses of all sizes and we can help you find ways to ensure you're working with trustworthy suppliers.

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4. Logistics & Finance

International Transportation  

If your business relies on overseas suppliers, you should take time to consider the rules and regulations that govern international transportation. Here at Alibaba.com, we offer a sourcing solution for companies of any size, helping you find the ideal products or raw materials for your requirements.

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Payment Methods - International Practices  

If you run a business that trades globally, it's essential that you understand the options available - and risks involved - in making or accepting international payments. Here at Alibaba.com, we offer a sourcing solution for businesses around the world and we also offer options for making your international payments easy to manage.

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Finance Your Business

Whether you're starting a new business, or wanting to build an existing enterprise, choosing the right business financing options is essential. Here at Alibaba.com, we can help you get started in finding funding for your new business, and once you're up and running we can also provide a sourcing solution for your inventory.

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Grants and Funding  

Every year the government offers billions of pounds in government grants to businesses. Whether you have a new company or an existing one, a bit of extra money is sure to be welcome. Find out more about government grants from Alibaba.com, the international sourcing solution.

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Business Insurance

It can be tricky to know what insurance your business needs, especially if you’re just starting out. Find out more on what type of insurance do you need for your business?

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