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“It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your experience is. You just have to have that little inner voice that says ‘I really want to do it’ and for a woman, ‘I think I can.’” – Wendy Pease

Have you ever wondered what would be needed for you to leave corporate and become a business owner? Today’s Finding Brave guest is an expert in this topic, and I’m very excited because it’s an area we have not yet talked about in over 200 episodes of the podcast. Today, she shares how you can own a business and think global right from the start, as well as how to communicate across cultures and languages to expand your business in the process.  

Wendy MacKenzie Pease is the owner and president of Rapport International, a translation and interpretation services company specializing in marketing, legal, and medical/life sciences translation. Throughout her career, she has worked with hundreds of companies to help them communicate across more than 200 languages and cultures.

Wendy has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Foreign Service & International Politics from Penn State. Her expertise in international relations grew from working in several international and global marketing roles and spending years living abroad. 

Wendy is a frequent speaker, writer, blogger, trainer, advisor, master networker, and avid world traveler. She hosts the Global Marketing Show podcast, which features experts on opportunities and challenges in increasing multilingual lead gen and revenue.

If you think that you’re done with corporate life and you’re ready for a new adventure in business ownership, like both Wendy and I were, we’re here to tell you that you have some great options. Buying a business is something you absolutely can do, and Wendy can help you turn this dream into a reality for you. 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Wendy’s personal story about leaving the corporate world [5:11]
  • Her process for exploring buying a business versus starting one [9:32]
  • Why buying a business can be a more attractive option that building one from ground up [11:26]
  • How Wendy got into the translation business, and the lesson she learned about the importance of having a passion [12:30]
  • The ways that women and men typically differ in their views on business ownership and scaling a business [15:56]
  • The essential questions to ask, and what you need to know before buying a business [20:39]
  • Some of the options you have to finance a business, and what her recommendations are when looking at potential banks to work with [27:03]
  • Wendy’s tips for expanding your business and marketing internationally [32:03]
  • What she considers to be the biggest benefit of expanding your reach to an international market [36:46]
  • A look at her podcast, and what you can expect to hear by listening to it [39:12]

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Other resources mentioned:

Wendy’s Book,The Language of Global Marketing: Translate Your Domestic Strategies into International Sales and Profits

Her Podcast & YouTube Channel

Episode 21: How To Deal With Sexual Harassment At Work, and Protect Yourself, with Tom Spiggle

Episode 138: How to Grow and Pivot Your Business During The Pandemic and Beyond, with Nell Merlino

Kathy’s Forbes Blog with Susan Sobbott, How Different Are Female And Male Entrepreneurs? 


Recommended book – Buying Your Own Business, by Russell Robb 

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“I always had the intention of being a business owner, but I didn’t know what to start. I started daydreaming online, and I found this little translation company for sale.” [10:52]

“By just buying a business you have a much higher likelihood for success because most start-ups don’t last beyond two years.” [11:26] 

“When you’re looking [at becoming a business owner], you can buy a business straight out or you can buy a franchise, but you’ve got to be passionate and interested in whatever you’re looking at.” [13:44]

“It’s really ironic to me that women do better [in business], but they’re less positive about saying they can do it.” [16:39] 

“I really didn’t want to go back to corporate. I just had two bad experiences, I had young children, and I wanted to be in control of my life.” [17:29] 

“If you take out a loan you’re using other people’s money. You can afford to get a bigger business and you’ve got a higher likelihood of success, particularly if you’re buying something that has assets.” [27:58] 

“Get to know your banker. How do you get to know your banker? Find a community bank and then they get to know you.” [29:02] 

“Companies who are global have higher revenues, on average about 20% higher. They have higher earnings, they pay higher salaries, they have higher valuations, and they’re more stable.” [36:48] 

“I am so passionate about helping people communicate across languages. I really think it’s a more peaceful and prosperous world if we can speak clearly to each other.” [41:56]

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