Start a Business Abroad

If you plan to start a business abroad, you need to spend plenty of time on research & planning. Make sure you make a proper business plan. A good start would be the Businessballs website which offers free business tools & advice. Starting a business in a foreign country and culture will be much more difficult than in your home country, and getting a business license could be difficult and could even take months. You would be well advised to use a local lawyer who is experienced in this area to help smooth the path. Take some accounts software with you, and read some books about starting and running a business. Most of the strategic advice will be sound in any country, though the tactical advice may or may not apply. Don't think it will be easy. Be prepared to work 60 to 80 hours per week for the first year at least.

Another useful link is the U.K. Businesslink site. Although some of the advice is specifically for U.K. businesses, there is a lot of valuable advice for someone who plans to start a business abroad.

Our good friend Bob planned to start a business abroad a couple of years ago & has now acheived this with the opening an Optic Shop in Turgutreis. We were pleased to be invited to the grand opening of Elite Optik in Turgutreis on Saturday 15th July 2006. The shop was officially opened by the Mayor of Turgutreis.

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Grand Opening Ceremony
In the picture above you can see the Mayor of Turgutreis talking to Bob & his business partner Lutfi.

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Start a Business Abroad - Optic Shop Turgutreis
Elite Optik sells a large range of designer frames for both sunglasses & prescrition glasses. If you bring your prescription into the store, you can collect your new glasses within an hour. You can even have prescription sunglasses.

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Mayor of Turgutreis
The Mayor was one of the many guests for the grand opening who enjoyed a spread of food & wine.

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Start a Business Abroad - Move to Turkey
A customer (Lorraine) does her Kays catalogue pose :-) while trying on a pair of designer sunglasses.

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Start a Business Abroad - Start Business Overseas
Bob handing out flowers to passers by.

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Business in Turgutreis

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Start a Business Abroad - Living Abroad

Bob mans the sales counter ready to serve customers of Elite Optik, Turgutreis. Bob is also in the process of setting up a distribution network to supply glasses to other opticians throughout Turkey.

Bob Lamky and Lutfi Atas are equal partners in Elite Optik. Bob is from Canada and Lutfi is Turkish. Lutfi has almost ten years experience in making glasses and advising customers. He comes highly recommended in the industry so you can be sure your eyes are in good hands.

Dirty-Dog-Sunglasses (8K)Elite Optik is a large store selling all the popular brands of sunglass and optical frames including Rayban which is one of Turkey’s favorite models. They also sell a new brand to Turkey called “Dirty Dog”. Bob is the exclusive distributor for all of Turkey and will not only market Dirty Dog glasses at this new store but will also being setting up a distribution line throughout Turkey. Dirty Dog is a very popular line of Sunglasses and Optical frames designed in Australia where they are a household name. The pair you see in the picture are mine :-)

Elite Optik offer a full optical service & will cut your prescription lenses to fit almost any frame. The lenses can be regular lenses or sunglasses. All variations of contacts lenses are available including the newer coloured ones which have proven to be very popular.

Bob says "Please come in and visit us as we're always looking to make new friends. If you mention that you heard about the store on the moving-overseas-guide website, I'll give you 20% off any model of sunglasses."

Elite Optik can be contacted on 0090 (0)252 3823393

Contact Bob at Elite Optik

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