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Bon Voyage!

Sending employees <i>over there</i> starts with a little work <i>right here</i>.

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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Do your plans for international expansion include opening an overseas office? Your chances of success and profits are greater if you develop a comprehensive expatriate program before you transfer employees to a foreign country. Sending someone overseas to live, even temporarily, is far more complex than sending someone on a short-term business trip. Denise Oemig, director of international compensation and assignment services with Runz-heimer International, offers this advice:

Decide in advance whether the position you're creating will always be filled by someone from the United States or if the person you're sending overseas will identify, hire and train local personnel to staff the fa-cility.

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