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Opening a successful business in America is relatively simple, and hundreds of thousands of immigrants do it every year.


Opening a successful business in America is relatively simple, and hundreds of thousands of immigrants do it every year. In this article, I'll outline five key steps for a successful business start in the USA. Following these steps will help you build a strong and systematic business on a different continent.

Step 1: Gain Employment Experience

Often, people who immigrate to the USA already have successful business experience, a stable income, and expertise in a specific field. Many entrepreneurs arrive in the USA having built successful companies in their home countries and knowing how to manage a team. When they come to America, they aim to start a business at the same level they left off in their native countries. However, this ideal scenario often doesn't work in practice.

Therefore, the first step is to work as an employee in the position and field where you plan to open your own company. Business may look somewhat similar worldwide, but it's played by different rules in different places. There are numerous local nuances that you might not be aware of, and not knowing about them can lead to stumbling blocks.

Additionally, when you're employed, you undergo the hiring process. You get to see how employment relationships work in practice, what job responsibilities and manager-employee relationships are really like, and what kind of work culture is acceptable. You'll learn about the inner workings of the business. If you're an entrepreneur or manager, you'll quickly recognize these details and nuances, which you can then compare to your own experience.

In America, there are two forms of employment: either on a contract basis or "at-will." At-will employment means that an employee can quit at any time. They have no commitment to the company and no obligations. They work as long as they want to work, but while they work, they do so under the conditions outlined in the company's rules.

Step 2: Learn the Terminology

I've met many people who speak in a strange language, mixing their native tongue with English. They use their native language for general communication but pepper it with English words, creating a confusing mix. Here's why this happens.

Due to their professional activities and work, many people get acquainted with certain concepts in the field of business primarily in the USA. They come as students, then start working, and the first thing they hear is "job description." While they might not have encountered this term in their native language before, it becomes part of their lexicon in the USA.

Whenever you come across a term, always ask for its meaning. But here's another piece of advice: never blindly trust what someone tells you about it because their explanation might confuse you. Always take the term and verify it yourself.

Step 3: Act Quickly

Don't wait for the perfect moment to start your business. You can provide value and offer your services to people right now. Fix their computers, create presentations, build websites, and so on. Start looking for clients quickly. Don't delay.

One of the most effective ways to find clients in America, especially in the early stages of your business, is networking. This includes your connections, acquaintances, neighbors, friends, and more. Recommendations from friends or acquaintances play a significant role in American business culture. When an American wants to buy something, their first action is often to ask family and friends if they can recommend someone. For example, if I need to change the tires on my motorcycle, the first thing I do is message or call my friends to see if they can recommend a place. This is how things work in America. You can do the same—announce your business to all the friends and acquaintances you have and even to strangers you meet in various places. This can help you find your first clients or expand your existing customer base.

Step 4: Register Your Company

By this stage, you already know how to make money. So, it's time to register your company, and you can do it yourself. While you can pay someone to do it for you, it's entirely feasible to open a company independently. Many states even have websites in multiple languages with detailed information and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

When I came to New York, I had to open my own company. I was dealing with hiring, opening accounts, and so on. I did it all myself, even though I already had an international company at the time. I didn't do it to save money but rather to personally understand this area. By going through these steps myself, I gained a much clearer vision of official matters, making it easier to handle them.

Opening a company comes with ongoing expenses. You'll need to file tax returns for your company separately from your personal tax returns. However, don't rush into the fourth step until you've determined the type of business that suits you best and enhances your business processes.

Step 5: Delegate

Start delegating your responsibilities as early as possible. When you try to handle everything on your own, it's a trap. The more time you spend on routine tasks, the less time you have to find people, expand, and seek new orders.

Make the transition from doing all the work yourself to focusing on finding new opportunities and expanding your business.