This series is commissioned by UPS. Last year we did a series about the trend in micromultinational businesses. These are businesses that are small -- some very small with a mere handful of employees -- but already operating as multinationals. It used to be that your business had to wait to grow up before going international. Not today. Today you can leapfrog from a startup serving a 50-mile radius, to selling to customers in dozens of countries. Today that I'd highlight some articles from our archives on the special challenges and opportunities of\u00a0going international even while a small business. Background Information As background on this topic, take a look at: Considerations Before Going Global -- In Preparing Your Business To Go Global, I point out 5 considerations (pros and cons) of taking your business international.\u00a0 Should you or shouldn't you go global?\u00a0 There's no one right answer.\u00a0 You have to look at your business and your market, as well as the risks and opportunities.\u00a0 For instance, figuring out how to get paid is one of the key issues facing any international business where money is going across different currencies and different payment legalities.\u00a0 Another key issue:\u00a0 local taxes and regulations in each jurisdiction your business be in or send goods to have to be considered, or you could lose big money.\u00a0 Yet another issue:\u00a0 exporting laws and licenses in your own country -- you can get in compliance and sleep easy, or you can wait for the nightmares to start.\u00a0 Get informed, weigh everything, then decide. Readying Your Website for International Visitors -- The Web is a key marketing, sales and distribution channel for international business.\u00a0 In How to Make Your Website Ready for International Business, we examine 4 steps you can make to ensure your website is friendly to and ready for non-domestic and non-English-speaking visitors.\u00a0 From internationalizing your website content,\u00a0 to\u00a0 making it easy for buyers to calculate shipping costs -- the steps are now relatively straightforward ones. Inspiration If you are looking for inspiration from other businesses that have gone multinational as either young startups or while still relatively small, go no further than these examples: Challenge:\u00a0 Cost of Compliance -- in Tales of Micro-Multinationals:\u00a0 Jadience , we took a look at Jadience, which sells a line of health and skincare products and treatments rooted in Traditional Oriental Medicine.\u00a0 One of their biggest challenges as a small business:\u00a0 complying with industry regulations in many different locales, including the cost of the compliance process. Opportunity:\u00a0 Expansion Using a Hub and Spoke Model -- in Tales of Micro-Multinationals:\u00a0 Worketc, we profiled Worketc, a maker of business software with customers in 23 countries at that time.\u00a0 The company's Founder, Dan Barnett, says that scaling a micromultinational can be done, but only if you treat each region as its own micro-multinational.\u00a0 You'd need to expand in a hub-and-spoke model, rather than a traditional pyramid organizational structure, he says. Opportunity:\u00a0 Meeting Client Needs by a Mix of Face-to-Face and Virtual -- in Tales of Micro-Multinationals: The Real Time Project, we looked at The Real Time Project, a consulting group that helps organizations deal with the implications of content becoming more real-time. It takes a diverse range of skills including skills in social media, real-time Web protocols, video distribution, and business and branding strategy.\u00a0 It's unlikely that most companies will have all the necessary skills in people sitting in one room in one location today.\u00a0\u00a0 A multinational consulting firm helps large brands scale with the right mix of face-to-face and virtual resources.