Every business, no matter how small your town is, has to compete with someone. What advantage will you play up to your customers?
Red’s, a barbecue place in my hometown, is promoting its location. See, 14 miles away in another tiny town is a terrific barbecue place. So Red’s is basically saying, “don’t make the drive.”
It’s not a very sustainable advantage. Given the choice to up their game to be terrific, they’ve chosen to go with “we’re closer.”
If you want to build a long-term sustainable business, start by improving your quality.
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Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.