Monday, June 25, 2001
Here's your latest
issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade
Professional. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews
useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at
FITA's International Trade/
Import-Export Portal at http://fita.org, an excellent
source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library
of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to others.
My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly
e- newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites.
Now I'm using my Web research skills to find sites that
are useful for international trade, as well as some
fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting.
SAMPLE BUSINESS PLANS
You can't go into
business these days without first doing a business plan.
Investors, bankers - just about everyone who gets involved
with your new business is going to want to see the numbers,
so you if you're starting a business and you don't have
a plan, you'd better visit Sample
Business Plans at www.bplans.com. This site has
more than five dozen sample plans for all types of businesses
(including import- export ones), and you can view them
for free. There are also plans for marketing your business,
starting a Web-based business, starting a non-profit,
and more. And if you have questions about starting a
business, there's an Ask the Experts page where you
can get them answered.
Ever come away
from a salary negotiation feeling that you settled for
less money than you could have gotten? I have, many
times. In fact, if I had half the money I negotiated
myself out of early in my career, I'd be rich today.
I wish I could have used
SalaryExpert.com at www.salaryexpert.com back then.
This site allows you to search for salary data for hundreds
of jobs in the U.S. and internationally. You get a chart
with salary information plus cost-of-living data ("buying
power") for the region you selected. It's a must-visit
site before any salary negotiations.
Are your prospects part of the international trade
community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase
your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really
Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional.
FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to
selected organizations. For information, please contact
Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at
or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.
QUICK GUIDE TO LETTERS OF CREDIT
Letters of credit
are an essential tool for international trade. You can
find a good overview of them at Quick
Guide to Letters of Credit at www.mantissa.co.uk/Top2_1.htm.
This easy- to-read site will give you some basic information
and tips on how to use letters of credit. There's a
CD-Rom for sale with more information, but there's no
obligation to buy it.
Published by Federation of International Trade Associations
Copyright © 2001 The Federation of International Trade Associations. All rights reserved.
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