Three ways small businesses can compete against large competitors

Launching a small business can be an extremely intimidating process, particularly when having to stand up against large, successful and established competitors. Read on for our tips on how your small and developing businesses can stand up against daunting competitors and reach a powerful position within your industry.

The power of the niche

In order for any business to be successful, finding a niche is essential. That is never truer than when it comes to new businesses emerging in a saturated or busy market. Therefore finding a niche within your industry is one of the most important things that you can do. Explore the best niche for you from the perspective of the consumer and research your target market in order to understand what they need and what they are looking for.

Where is their ‘pain point? What is lacking in your industry, where is there a gap that needs to be catered for? Once you have answered these types of questions then you will be in a much better place to be able to start developing and marketing your niche to stand proud against your competitors, that you have something unique to offer. Read for more information on how to establish your niche and capitalize on it.

Bigger does Look better

Unfortunately, our competitors may have years of experience, they may have large teams of staff and they maybe all-round powerhouses in your industry.

As perception is so important you are going to want to inflate the size of your company in order to be able to start building up a trustworthy and prestigious reputation that will have your competitors quaking in their boots. One of the best ways to do that is to rent a virtual office in a prestigious city centre location. Research companies like who will be able to operate as a virtual assistant whilst also allowing you to appear to be much bigger and more established than you actually are.

Focus on quality

Whether you are selling products or a service, one of your main focuses needs to be quality.

You only have one opportunity for repeat business as your business develops and the easiest way to lose new or potential clients is by failing to provide on the quality side of your business. It is easy to be overwhelmed with lots of orders or incoming projects as your business takes off, particularly if your business is still just you, however, it is better to turn down work, or orders, in the beginning, than it is to take on too much and jeopardise the guarantee that everything will be top quality.

The first few months of your business is crucial to the long-term success of your business, everything you provide, sell or share must be of the highest possible quality in order to build up a solid reputation and an authoritative position within your sector.

The above three approaches will go a long way in helping your business launch properly, develop over the first few months and then prosper into a business that will flourish and eventually be giving your competitors a run for their money.