Doing business in Macedonia
Our translation agency has tips for doing business successfully in Macedonian.
Getting to know each other
The business world in Macedonia is quite formal, so it is important to know how to greet someone. In this case, it should be with a strong handshake, eye contact, and a greeting which is dependent upon the time of day. If you know the exact title of the person in question, you will make an impression if you use it. Otherwise, the surname in combination with Mr, Mrs, or Ms a good way of greeting someone. There is room for more informal contact but you should leave it to your Macedonian host or hostess to take the initiative.
Business meetings often take a long time in Macedonia. Your potential business partners will be very thorough and will examine a proposal from every angle. Don’t expect them to make any decisions fast. That said, it will be appreciated if you are to the point and if you support your information with visual material. Furthermore, do not be too aggressive in your negotiations.
The official language in Macedonia is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Macedonian, although some people also speak Albanian, Turkish, or Serbian. Most Macedonian entrepreneurs have an excellent command of English, however, but official documents for things like permits are often only accepted or issued in Macedonian. Our translation agency will be happy to be of service with sworn translations, for instance, but we can also help you with the translation of a CV, business documents, or manuals, along with many other documents.
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