The Pros & Cons of Running a Niche Business

The Pros & Cons of Running a Niche Business

It can be challenging for a new business to compete with all of the established companies offering such a wide variety of products and services in different industries. This is why small and medium-sized businesses will often carve out a niche to make them stand out and differentiate themselves from their competition. 

Competing in a niche industry can be beneficial as you may face less competition and enjoy more pricing power. Still, some disadvantages can come with running a business that is so specific. The market is small, the opportunity for growth is limited, and successfully implementing a niche strategy requires creativity and innovation.

At Beacon Advisors, we help individuals buy, sell and merge businesses. As experienced business brokers in Toronto, we have ample experience with companies in all industries and niches and will help you every step of the sales process.

Advantages Of Running a Niche Business

Advantages of Running a Niche Business

Less Competition

Less Competition

The more niche your business is, the less competition you will have. When you run a niche business, you are less likely to have competitors offering the exact specific product or service as you. Less competition means a higher likelihood of lead conversion and obtaining particular goals.
Pricing Power

Pricing Power

Running a niche business will provide the owner with a sense of pricing power. Since a niche business will have less competition, they will also have less pressure to price match or price products lower.
More Targeted Marketing

More Targeted Marketing

Since your overall market will be smaller and more specific when you have a niche business, you will understand your audience and target the people you are marketing to better. You are more likely to identify precisely who your audience is, what they do, their needs, what they respond to, etc. The Harvard Review reports that many of the broader markets evolve from niche markets.

“That’s because niche marketing teaches many important lessons about customers — in particular, to think of customers as individuals and to respond to their special needs.”

Knowing this information will allow you to be more specific and strategic about your marketing efforts as you will know exactly where to market your business, how, and when.
Word of Mouth Power

Word of Mouth Power

The smaller your demographic is, the more connected they will be. This means that you are more likely to reach others by word of mouth when you get or convert a lead.
Credibility

Credibility

If you successfully target your niche market and can generate word of mouth success, you can build credibility as an expert or specialist within your given niche. Having minimal competition from other businesses or brands will also help you establish this reliability and credibility within your expertise area. This credibility can also help you to create closer and longer-standing relationships with your audience and community.
You Can Merge Businesses

You Can Merge Businesses

The most significant disadvantage of running a niche business is that you limit your demographic and, as a result, your capacity for growth. This disadvantage, however, only exists if you let your niche business stay stagnant.

You can always merge with a completely different business type to access a new demographic or connect with a business that plays another role in your supply chain. Business mergers are a great way to broaden your horizons and grow your business.
Disadvantages Of Running a Niche Business

Disadvantages Of Running a Niche Business

Smaller Market

Smaller Market

The more specific a business is, the smaller its market will be. As a result, niche businesses market to a much smaller audience than a general business that appeals to a wider variety of people. This smaller market will also be relevant if and when you consider selling your business. There will be a smaller pool of buyers with expertise in the industry or the willingness to educate themselves.
Limited Room For Growth

Limited Room For Growth

Since niche businesses are so specific and appeal to individuals with particular needs and interests, their growth and expansion potential tend to be more limited. When a business stays within a niche, they tend to be less accessible to people outside the community.

Fortunately, if a niche business has enough capital or access to financing, they can merge with or acquire another company to expand its horizons and growth potential.
What You Need to Run a Niche Business Successfully

Shopify defines a niche business as “a segment of a larger market that can be defined by its own unique needs, preferences, or identity that makes it different from the market at large.”

A business owner’s interests, understanding of a niche, and approach to business owning and operating will indicate if they are suited to run a niche business or not.

Identify Your Niche

Identify Your Niche

If you are going to run a niche business, you need to identify your niche first. To identify and choose the right niche, you will want to consider a few things:
  • Needs that are unmet and the niche products or services that you can offer to meet these specific needs
  • The volume of businesses currently serving the niche
  • Your existing expertise in your niche of choice
  • In-depth research to get an understanding of its nature and audience
  • Your access to resources, materials, and audience needed for the niche
Niche Understanding

Niche Understanding

You will need to establish an in-depth understanding of the niche of the business you are looking to invest in. To be successful, you will need to do your due diligence to know the ins and outs of your niche's needs, what products and services are required, who needs them, how to reach them, etc.

You will have a particular audience to target and require an intricate knowledge of this typical buyer to ensure your continued success.
Creativity & Innovation

Creativity & Innovation

A niche industry requires expertise and innovation in a specialized area that has yet to be capitalized on or sufficiently explored by others. Finding and capitalizing on this niche requires creative thinking and a unique approach.

Find the Right Business With Beacon Advisors

The business advisors and brokers at Beacon Advisors will help you invest in the right business for your needs and goals. Get in touch with us today, and we will help you weigh your options. You can have peace of mind knowing that we will assist you and advocate for you every step of the sales process.

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