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Protecting Your International Ventures

Don't get swindled by overseas customers.

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This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In the global marketplace, do you know how to get paid without losing your shirt? The first step is to call your banker. He or she will suggest one of three payment methods: payment in advance, a letter of credit, or a sight or time draft. A good international banker can walk you through your choices.

If you'd rather make a go of it on your own, PayPalis good for payment on transactions of less than $10,000. And VeriSign's CyberCashand Worldpayboth accept multi-currency payments and offer specialized options.

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