Welcome to the United States. With nine time zones, 50 states, and some of the most diverse geography in the world, doing business here isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ exercise. It’s wise to choose a region to tackle first, and then scale up from there.
Getting to the United States
Air New Zealand operates direct flights from Auckland to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston with flying times of around 12 hours. To get to New York (and most other places in the United States), you’ll have to stop somewhere on the way.
When to visit
The best time to visit really depends on where you’re going. Some areas can get oppressively hot during summer (particularly in the south). Spring and autumn are usually fine but be aware that tornado season arrives in the Midwest between April and June. Hurricanes are a feature of early summer along the southern East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico coast.
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the United State’s national holidays, as some businesses may close during these times.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on the United States.
Doing business in the United States is not hugely different from other Western countries, but there are a few things to bear in mind.
- This is not the place for modesty – sell yourself hard and provide proven results wherever possible.
- Be prepared for breakfast meetings – working days are longer than you may be used to.
- Americans often feel uncomfortable with silence – perfect your small-talking skills and go armed with conversation-starters.
- Here, more than anywhere else, ‘time is money’, so get to the point quickly and speak directly.
Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in the United States
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit United States, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with the United States
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with the United States, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their United States page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.