How To Do Business In Turkey

Doing business in or out of the country is always tricky, but doing so in another nation can be even more difficult. Starting your own business outside of your home country comes with its share of complications that are not necessarily easy to navigate.

This article will go into detail about how you can start your own business in Turkey and what things you should know before you begin. More than just giving you tips for starting your business, we’ll also discuss the legal requirements in Turkey as well as some basic language tips.

Business owners in this country must be aware of their Turkish laws and regulations as well as the rules abroad. This includes knowing which countries accept the same types of businesses as yours and what paperwork is needed to run said business.

There may be additional fees for having a business license, so make sure you have enough money set aside to cover these! And once everything is all finished and paid for, stay organized and update your documents regularly.

Organization structure

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Starting your business in Turkey is not as easy as some may make it out to be. Even though you will need an initial visa, doing business there comes down mostly to having appropriate organization structures for your business.

Business owners in the west are sometimes unaware of what options they have when starting their company in other countries. In most Western nations, private individuals can start businesses with no restrictions or requirements.

This isn’t always the case in developing economies like Turkey. There are many bureaucratic hoops that must be jumped through before officially opening your doors for business.

You will probably have to form an “Sole Proprietorship,” which means you are the only person owning the business, OR a “Partnership,” where you work with another individual who owns a share of the business.

Banking regulations

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Doing business with a Turkish company that is not registered or licensed can be tricky, to say the least. Starting your research by looking up the companies’s registration information will usually reveal if they are authorized to do business within your country.

Most large international banks have offices all over the world, which means it’s almost always possible to open an account somewhere outside of Turkey. Some may even offer better exchange rates than local currency exchanges!

By using credit cards that are accepted abroad, you get some extra protection too – most of them these days have reward programs where you earn points towards free travel or merchandise. There are also ways to lock in current banking fees, so make sure to look into those as well.

Be wary of companies that ask for lots of money up front and no way to contact their customer service team. This is especially true if the money is being transferred to another bank! Buying products online has additional protections built-in, because sellers need to face repeat customers and reviews to bolster their trust. Make sure to check out both sides before making a purchase.

Public awareness of business

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Doing business in Turkey is not like doing business anywhere else in the world. You will need to be aware of different regulations, laws and procedures that apply directly to you as an entrepreneur or business person.

There are many factors outside your control when it comes to investing in Turkish businesses, but being familiar with these can help mitigate any potential problems.

Some of these include: legal proceedings; local corruption (which is very prevalent here); tax issues; language barriers; and media coverage. All of these things can make starting or running your business difficult, if not impossible.

Marketing your business

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A growing number of foreigners are marketing their businesses in Turkey, but most do not know how to effectively market themselves or their products to local audiences. With the ever-growing online presence of companies, it is very easy to spread out messages to potential customers.

Business owners who fail to actively promote themselves lose an essential tool for success in the Turkish marketplace. In fact, some say that being too popular can actually hurt your business long term!

There are many ways to promote yourself and your business outside of social media. You can write articles for magazines and newspapers, produce videos or podcasts, hold events, put up advertisements, start a website, develop good relationships with media members, and so forth.

All of these strategies require time and money, however. It is important to consider how much you have available and whether or not those resources will be used more efficiently doing other things like working or studying.

We would also recommend trying to reach as large an audience as possible by investing in software and tools to make your message accessible to everyone. This way, even if people cannot afford to purchase what you sell, they will still be able to benefit from your advertising.

Learn Turkish

how to do business in turkey

Doing business in any country is tricky, but doing business in foreign lands like Turkey requires even more finesse due to the language barrier.

Luckily for you, there are many ways to learn the Turkish language! There are plenty of free resources online as well as courses available at local universities and through private language schools or companies.

By learning the basics of the Turkish language, it will help you communicate with other natives and also aid you in your business ventures in Turkey. Who knows – you’ll make a new friend too!

There are several languages that share similarities with Turkish so don’t worry about ‘stealing’ their vocabulary! Plus, most Europeans speak English which makes it much easier to get around.

Plan your business structure

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If you plan to run your business from abroad, then choosing your business structure is an important decision. You will likely have to choose between doing business as a sole trader, partner, or company.
As mentioned before, it’s best to start off as a sole trader unless you have enough money saved up for business loans.

Once you do get that business loan, you can change your legal status to either a partnership or company. Both of these are more expensive than being a sole trader but this way you won’t need to pay income tax twice when you earn profits.

You may also want to consider registering your new business with local authorities and/or other organisations such as SCI (Supply Chain International) or BCA (Business Continuity Australia). This helps ensure smooth running of your business and future success.

Know your customers

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Doing business in any country is about knowing who your customer is and what they want. In other words, it’s about marketing! When you understand this basic concept, doing business anywhere becomes much easier.

Marketing is the process of communicating information about a product or service to potential buyers. Marketing online includes things such as social media marketing, content marketing, influencer marketing, etc.

When doing business abroad, one must be careful not to promote products that are not culturally appropriate. For example, advertising for vegetarian food may go over well in Japan but could backfire in Europe where meat is an integral part of their diet.

Generalizing people and promoting stereotypes will only hurt your business. Rather than focusing on how to sell like A, focus more on helping them buy like B.

Do not break the law

how to do business in turkey

Doing business in any country is tricky, but doing business in a non-Western nation like Turkey can be especially difficult as laws are constantly changing and sometimes hard to interpret.

It is important that you remain legal by complying with all local regulations. The most common things entrepreneurs get into trouble for are violating copyright or trademark laws, using illegal methods to promote your product, and/or publishing false information about your products.

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