I can tell you that running a small business is definitely not easy — this is especially true when it comes to marketing. Marketing a small business successfully requires a lot of hard work and dedication. As a small business owner, you need to have a marketing plan that is based on the trends and nuances of the market that your business operates in.

Know the Market and Your Customers

The fundamentals for marketing a business are always the same, whether you have a small business or a large on; however, a small business will not have the same amount of human resources and amount of financial help available to it as large businesses will have. On the positive side, if you are the sole decision maker in your small business venture, you have the opportunity to be in close contact with your customers and get a better feel of the market in which your business is operating.

This will help you a lot in the long run, because you will know what your business' strengths are and how to make them even better. If you want to capitalize on these strengths and avoid being overtaken by your competitors due to shortage of financing and other resources, you will have to be involved directly in formulating a marketing plan tailored especially for your business.

It takes loads of determination, insight and basic knowledge of basic marketing principles to market your small business successfully. You don't need to have a huge marketing budget, top advertising agency or several salespeople in order to market your business well. These factors do matter, but in the end, it is your marketing plan that really counts.