There are several different types of import/export businesses. Some will help companies to transfer sell their products overseas. Some will buy products, and then search for buyers overseas. Some will find buyers who are lacking products, and track down a seller and work out a deal between the two. If you want to be a sort of import/export “freelancer”, you will establish all sorts of contacts, and perform whatever jobs need done out of the things I have mentioned. When you gain expertise in the technical aspects of moving shipments of items, you will be a sought-after asset for all international companies.
To start with, you should narrow your idea down to a simple venture to get started with, and test the waters. First you need to find out about any legal factors that may be involved with your importing. Particularly if you are importing a food product, you will have to deal with all sorts of licenses and other hoops to jump through. Talk to your local business bureau, and tell them your business idea. From there you will be able to get the ball rolling on whatever processes you will have to go through. This could include local business practices, or customs for the country you are shipping to. Investigate all aspects so that you don’t get hit with a nasty surprise when it’s too late in the game.
Running an import/export business takes a lot of courage, and a lot of effort. But if you have the personality and the ideas to make it work, then it could be a great possibility for a lifelong career. Just consider what all you could sell, and how you are going to do it. Make sure that you are fairly knowledgeable about trading in general before you try to do it internationally. And most of all, you should be willing to go out on a limb and take risks for the sake of starting up a better business.