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Why Finding Your Niche Is Key To Your Business’ Success.

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It is a common belief that a narrow focus is bad for business. It is a concern that too little a guide can make your brand feel restricted and unable to grow. Broadening your reach is best for your business.

But I believe that the reverse is true.

The benefits of a targeted product, solution, or business that addresses an underserved market can be significant. It is all about finding your niche and working hard to refine your product or skills. This will help you refine your offerings and develop the expertise you need to stand the test of time.

It is a common belief that a narrow focus is bad for business. It is a concern that too little a guide can make your brand feel restricted and unable to grow. Broadening your reach is best for your business.

But I believe that the reverse is true.

The benefits of a targeted product, solution, or business that addresses an underserved market can be significant. It is all about finding your niche and working hard to refine your product or skills. This will help you refine your offerings and develop the expertise you need to stand the test of time.

Startups fail because they need to capitalize on a niche market or provide solutions to a problem. If your focus is narrow enough, your startup could end up closing before it has a chance to grow. A niche is not a “niche idea” anymore. It’s an integral part of any business model, regardless of industry.

Why Niche Works

Many people have a primary doctor. Perhaps they’ve been with you for many years. You likely know each other and have a pleasant conversation at your annual checkup. It is a friendly relationship. If you have a serious concern, your doctor will refer you to a specialist who can address it.

Finding your niche is similar to being a specialist in a particular field that makes you stand out. Entrepreneur outlined seven steps to create a place. Although the article is very informative and provides step-by-step guidance, the main takeaway is: Specialization in one area can be very profitable. A Forbes article from 2016 taught me something similar.

Focused business concepts have many benefits. They allow you to be more successful in small markets with fewer competitors. With a clear focus, you can target your audience with a targeted strategy. You can identify and claim your market expertise by defining and excelling in a specific skill set or knowledge area.

For example, the restaurant industry is full of niche businesses. I believe those fully committed to their niche have tremendous success. My company operates two franchise restaurants, Gold Star Chili (in Cincinnati) and Tom & Chee (in Toronto). Each restaurant has a distinct niche. While many fast-casual restaurants across the country, our brands have been successful because they focus on specific slots. They also make their core products as good as possible for guests.

Similar to the above, many restaurants offer chicken salads. However, you may have instantly thought of Chicken Salad Chick when I mentioned chicken salad. This restaurant chain specializes in chicken salad. There were many critics at the start of the brand’s existence, but it has grown tremendously by learning about its product and creating a brand around it.

Think beyond the restaurant industry and compare Barnes & Noble vs. local bookshops: Barnes & Noble sells thousands of magazines, books, toys, games, and other products at all its stores, including comic books. If you are looking for an older Spider-Man issue, a local comic store is where you will likely find it.

Take your niche to the next level.

Finding ways to be unique among the other businesses in your niche will help you take your company to the next level.

We created a unique product that was based on a 13-spice Jordanian recipe. This allowed us to be different from others who offer Cincinnati chili. Gold Star Chili has expanded beyond this category and is selectively expanding the menu. Tom & Chee also started selling tomato soup and grilled cheese to hungry ice skaters in downtown Cincinnati. The grilled cheese donut has become the business’s claim to fame. Today, the company offers grilled cheese melts, soups, and fresh salads. This allows it to reach a wider audience while still maintaining its niche.

This idea is also applicable to other restaurants. Many stores sell soap. But Bath & Body Works found and embraced this niche as their company’s market. Even though they couldn’t locate their home base on a map, people still knew about the company. The brand is now a nationally recognized brand that makes soaps and lotions. Bath & Body Works has grown from a niche product to offer complementary products and is now a prominent star in the L Brands portfolio.

These are my three tips to help you elevate your niche.

  • Passion for what you do
  • Learn how to understand your ideal customer.
  • You must ensure that you can fulfill a customer’s need.

Last Thoughts

A singular business focus is not a sign of incompetence. It can be a path to success that leads to increased growth and success for your company. A single focus in business can be very profitable if your company can master the topic and then strategically expand with complementary products or other services.

Brian Santiago

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