When you first start up your business, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time coming up with an innovative new product. Either that, or you’ll provide a product that’s already out there with a twist that makes your company the provider of something better than others out there. But when you find you’re on to a good thing, there’s one thing that’s almost certain. You’ll get a host of copycats grabbing onto your business idea and trying to make a profit from it themselves. Now, there are certain steps you can take to protect your intellectual property. If you trademark and copyright your brand, others can’t mimic the way you present your products to the public. But it’s extremely difficult to patent a product and prevents others from mimicking it and presenting it to the public in a different package. So, you’re bound to end up with the competition. But can competition be good for your company?

The Negatives

There are, of course, immediate negative concerns that come along with competition. When you have competition, life is going to become a little harder. You’re going to have to fight to establish yourself as the lead provider in your field. You’ll have to make an extra effort in all areas to push ahead of others.

The Positives

Try to take a positive from these supposed negatives though! Take a look at the infographic below for a few examples of how competition can actually drive your business forward, increase your profits, and prove to be an all-round good thing for you and your brand!

Infographic Design By University of Alabama Birmingham

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