How Small Businesses Can Have a Leg-Up Against Corporations

Competing with large corporations can be an intimidating situation for anyone, especially if you’re a small business. With more employees and more resources, it may feel like you’re the underdog in the fight, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Small businesses offer a variety of benefits that corporations just aren’t capable of. 

If you want your small business to put up a fight, you are going to have to leverage all of your assets. Incorporate these strategies into your business plan and go up against your competition confidently.    

Focus on a Niche

If you want to be a contender against large corporations, focus on a very specific sector in a market. When people are looking for a broad solution, large corporations are likely to have the advantage. But, what happens when they are looking for a much more specific product or service and need help? That’s when you step in and offer your expertise. 

By choosing to focus on a more specific part of the market, you will be able to offer a more personalized experience for your customer’s needs. It can also help you develop a community around what you offer. This niche market segment you choose to do business in will weed out the competition, allowing your small business to thrive. 

Build Relationships With Customers 

Building relationships are important to all businesses, but even more so if you’re a small business. As a small business, you know your target audience better than any large firm. This is a huge advantage that you have and you should make the most of it.  

A large corporation isn’t able to build a personal relationship with all of its clients. You want to ensure that your customers are well taken care of in every aspect and give them a service that they can’t get anywhere else. Make sure they know that they are important to you. Go out of your way to help them whenever they need help. These seemingly small details will go a long way when forming your business relationship.   


Being a small business gives you the opportunity to offer personalized products and services to your clients. By offering these personalized touches, you differentiate yourself from the competition and build upon your reputation. You are now seen as a business that puts in extra time for their clients because they care. 

Personalization can also strengthen your relationship with your clients by showing that you put thought and effort into creating a unique product just for them. It takes more work to make and execute custom products or services, and your customers will appreciate it so much more when they receive something done just for them. 

You can also utilize this personalization to allow your brand personality to shine through in everything that you do. This personality helps make your small business stand out and feel more relatable to your customers, helping mold your relationship with them in a unique way.  

Create High-Quality Products and Services

Your business should always ensure the highest quality products and services to your clients. By always putting your best foot forward, you establish yourself as a reliable source for what your customers need. Your customers should know that every time they come to you, they are going to get consistent results. 

This also adds value and trust to the relationship you are forming with your customers. By offering them a product or service they can’t get anywhere else, you become a valuable addition to their business. Your customers will also want to share the experience they had with others, bringing in new leads to your business. 

Form Partnerships with Other Small Businesses 

Another relationship you should focus on developing is with other small businesses. Build a partnership that is mutually beneficial. There is strength in numbers, and together you can compete against larger corporations.

Figure out different ways you can help promote each other’s products or services. If their customers have built a strong relationship with them, they will be more likely to trust their recommendations and use your business as well. 

These partnerships can help you grow your business. It is also a great way to learn about new strategies to apply to your business. Additionally, these will give you a new perspective on how to handle certain situations you may face and provide the support to get through it.  

Have Exceptional Customer Service 

When something goes wrong or a client needs help, they don’t want to have to spend hours waiting to talk to someone who can help them. They want help immediately! This is a major perk of working with a smaller business. 

Customer service is another way your company is able to develop its relationship with a customer. Just by offering them help quickly and efficiently, you’re already a step ahead. Go above and beyond what they need, showing them that you want to help them resolve their problem and are going to do everything and anything to make that happen. 

Offer Faster Results

Let’s face it, large corporations have many resources that smaller businesses don’t have.  However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get certain things done faster. Being efficient in the way you run your business is one way you can offer your clients faster results. 

A larger corporation might be stuck in its processes due to the large scale of the organization. They might be more reluctant to change and adapt, going through every step of a lengthy process. Since you have a smaller team, you can learn to do the same thing in creative new ways, saving time and offering faster results for your customers.  

Being a small business offers many advantages that a large corporation just won’t be able to match. Focus on what you can offer, and provide exceptional service

Let us here at Pinckney Marketing help your business apply these strategies to your marketing plan and give your small business a competitive edge against your competition. Click the button below to connect with us!

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