There is a huge number of opportunities exists for small and medium industries in the international market. However, there are several risks associated with making the business go on a global scale. Along with legal systems and laws, foreign currency exchange is playing a critical role in international business.
Foreign currency is exchanged in a global market freely like many other commodities. however the rates of foreign currencies fluctuate even several times a day. Due to this there might be profit or loss depending upon the rate of foreign exchange. This fluctuation in foreign exchange can affect business if the size of the business is small and the margins for selling is narrow. This can lead to reeduction in profit rates also.
Selling products with price in dollars and asking customers to pay in dollars will be good for most business. This can reduce the risk of fluctuations in foreign exchange. However in certain cases not accepting the local currency can be risky of losing customers.
The foreign exchange rates do not fluctuate much during the day and the fluctuations will be much lesser if the payment period is less. So asking for prompt payment from customers can reduce the risk of foreign exchange fluctuations. This way companies can get the money back in their account before major fluctuations occur.
Another way to reduce the risk is through anticipation of fluctuation and charging more for the products being sold. Percentage wise increase in the price of the products can make the value of the product stable in a fluctuating economy.