For a business to be successful, understanding the competitive landscape is very important. If the gap between an owner’s concept and customer’s perception of the product/service is bridged, then the business can connect to its market efficiently. Managing external relations, understanding competition and scanning the environment are the critical factors in a small business environment. The advantages that a small business or start up has, is the amount of time that could be spent on identifying market, creating advocates for business instead of only customers, identifying an audience that is willing to spend on the product or service and validating the market in a variety of ways. A small business owner can actually convince his customer that the value proposition is real and potent.
Effective Pricing Model
Even with all the strategy, market research and a great product, sales can tank without an effective pricing model. While having a great pricing model is important, to connect with the market audience and know their opinion before implementing a sales strategy is also important. While emphasizing on pricing and strategy during initial days of business set up shorter sales cycles are better. Also, an evolving business model is very important.
In small business one way to increase visibility is to seek endorsements from customers or big players in the field. This is the best promotion technique. To be able to sell your business through partners or satisfied customers is one of the best ways to market. A small business is highly personable and so to be able to spread the word through highly satisfied customer’s is very important. Identifying and picking high value customer’s is very useful to the business. This will help us build legitimacy to our business and at the same increase our value proposition. If approached with the right strategy, it could result in a win-win situation.
Branding the product or service , is very quintessential to the business. How to create a marketing buzz which will help establish the brand is the key question in this Internet age. There are many marketing strategies like viral marketing, word of mouth and promotional marketing etc., Which type of marketing tool is best suited for the business, is the key question to be asked for?
Identifying the right location or domain name , in case of online business helps in establishing the business brand. Seeking investments from small business resources like banks and government agencies will help in establishing the resources needed for the business. A good banker will be small business owner’s best friend. He can guide the owner away from the financial pitfalls and also show him potential opportunities in investment.
Depending on the type of entrepreneurial personality the owner belongs to, the exit strategy is to be planned. This is very crucial as it will result in the building of a better business model. Enjoying what we do, having a passion for it, will help us beat all the odds. As crucial as it is to have a great product or service idea, it is very important that the entrepreneur identifies with that product. Without the confidence in the product or service, without the passion and vision to sustain it, it will be next to impossible to run a small business. An ability to shrug off mistakes, to learn and move on is needed.
Overall, being an entrepreneur is a journey with all its challenges and rewards. It is important for an entrepreneur to have a flexible personality along with risk taking attitude. While, it is important to be successful in business, generate revenue and make a profit, it also enables us to give back to the society in terms of the employment opportunities that it creates.
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