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The benefits of being copied

- November 8, 2010 < 1 MIN READ

If you’re onto something good, it’s likely that sooner or later someone will give it a go, too. Surprisingly, being copied can be good for business. Here’s why.

In the world of small business we’re always talking about being unique, developing a point of difference, standing out. Sadly getting noticed can be followed by getting copied, but it’s not the end of the world, far from it. 

Here are my fab four benefits of being copied. 

1. You’ll be better prepared  

In most cases, the first instance of copying is more cheeky than serious. These days it’s very easy to knock up a website, or produce a brochure, that appears to have very similar offerings to your own. Plagiarism is not uncommon. But success is far more than a slick shopfront or sales aid. 

Yes it’s annoying, but breathe deeply and be thankful. 

2. You’ll dig deeper  

A challenger can copy what you do, they can’t copy who you are.

Look at what you do best, what you do that only you can do, and strive to do it better. 

In many cases a challenger pops up because they believe they’ve found a weakness or seen a gap. Your job is to strengthen and fill. 

In the meantime, seek solace in the fact someone else has thought “This person’s on to something.” 

3. You’ll learn and accelerate 

Copycats rarely copy one business. You may view their work as a personal attack, but it’s more likely you are one of a handful of unwitting crash test dummies. 

Burrow under their hood, understand their rationale and plan your refresh. 

4. Competition makes you sharper  

Finally, remember that competition really is good. It’ll keep you on your toes, push you to constantly improve and will open up the market to more custom. 

So have you been copied and if so, what was your experience? Share it below and don’t worry, we won’t pinch a word of it.

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  • Andrew Caska

    Caska IP Patent Attorneys

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