It is easy to assume that your local business practices can be transferred and implemented overseas. Stop right there and save your money for the airline ticket. To be successful in global markets requires patience, commitment, plenty of business trips, and creating strong business and personal relationships. You should always look for local partners and avoid doing everything yourself. Your Asian business partners work long hours and you should make sure that you are available in the evenings when you are back in your country. Building a large network in different business segments is tempting. To build a strong connection with a small number of contacts might be the better approach. Trust and patience are expected. It is not very likely that you will sign a deal during your first visit. It is very likely that plans change on the fly. To be willing to adapt to change and be prepared for delays in business activities will help you to avoid frustration. Interested in learning more about successful international business activities?