Vertical Markets

Vertical markets provide an excellent way to develop and build your business. Building a strong client base and reputation, however, are of greater importance at the start than finding a vertical market.

Vertical Markets, Vertical-Markets

Vertical markets are a great way to develop your business. The question is though, “Should you pursue vertical markets from the start or let them evolve naturally?”

The answer is highly dependent on your business plan and how you have positioned yourself in the market. However, with computer consulting, vertical markets tend to come about naturally. Start with getting a good base of customers. That’s how you will resonate as a real expert.

Aggressively pursuing vertical markets doesn’t make sense when you are trying to build customers and a reputation. When you have a good reputation then you can think about how vertical markets might expand your business.

Focus on finding the sweet-spot clients that require your services consistently and are willing to pay premium rates for them. From that point, vertical markets may open up for you. You might end up with 10 clients who are attorneys. Suddenly you have a vertical market in the legal profession. You then concentrate on serving the needs in the vertical market whatever they may be.

Natural Vertical Markets

There are times when vertical markets will make sense from the start. If you have experience in a particular industry like the medical or banking fields, you’ll probably concentrate there. The best place to start your business is always with what you know, so you will create a vertical market within an industry due to your expertise.

The Bottom Line on Vertical Markets

Vertical markets are a great way to grow your business. Your primary concern as you start your business, however, is on gaining a steady client base. Whether these clients come from a vertical market from the start or your business evolves into a vertical market over time – the bottom line is the same. Build your clients and your reputation first and worry about a vertical market second.

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