What is the best way to find an import/export mentor?

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What is the best way to find an import/export mentor?

Several months ago I started reading about careers that would not only allow me to work for myself, but also to travel a bit. Import/Export seems like it may be a good fit but I am having some trouble getting started. I’ve done some reading and research but would like to find a mentor.

I am currently considering writing down a list of the questions that I have, looking for import/exporters on linked in and asking if they will allow me to interview them. From that point, depending on rapport, I can ask if they are interested in mentoring me. I’ve never done this before and was wondering if anyone can recommend a different approach to finding a mentor or is interested in being a mentor.

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How do I get buyers from Dubai?

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How do I get buyers from Dubai?

I want to start exporting from India to Dubai how can I get buyers?
Answer:
This questions must be in many people’s mind. But there is no easy answer to this.
It’s pure hard work and dedication. I wouldn’t be totally wrong if I were to assume that you wanted to export textiles products from India to Dubai. I will try my best to answer this and hopefully, it’ll help.
-Go to Dubai Chamber of Commerce website – Dubai commercial directory, company list, dubai phone directory and find companies of your interest and send them short emails with your offers. They may or may not answer but try to follow-up with them every week. Make an excel sheet recording their responses and try to convince them to take a small order from you. It’s all about how you approach them and what you tell them about your products. Keep in mind they will never pay cash upfront – be prepared for that.
Speak with them via email and take a trip to Dubai – meet with them face to face it will establish trust between you two. And like I said, it is pure hard work and dedication.
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Finding distributors in ASIA – What’s the process?

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I own a clothing company that manufactures in the US. I am looking to find an agent to take my product to Asia (Japan and China). What is the best way to start looking?

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