Sunday, January 30, 2011

What to do when someone copies your business or ideas?

We posted an article about 6 months ago on how to protect your designs and website for being copied.

Just revisiting this topic, as we have many new members who have joined us since then.

It can be frustrating when you set up a business and work really hard to make it a success for someone to come along and copy your words and ideas. This is never easy but competition can be healthy - it makes you work even harder. However it can be annoying when the people who are copying our ideas are industry colleagues.

Behind the scenes we regularly advise members on how they can protect their ideas, from everything to how they present at trade shows to networking their business.

So here is a great article that I have found which is worth a read -

"Many may imitate what you are doing, in fact they could outright copy, what they can’t have is the essence of the idea, the passion that has kept you awake at night with excitement at the thought of launching a new business idea. They can’t copy the integrity that has formulated the plan … nor understand everything that whirrrs and cogs behind it nor the commitment that your family and team have made to you to ensure it is successful

Howard Schultz, the Chairman of Starbucks states in his book ‘The Starbucks Experience’

“We have no patent on anything we do and anything we do can be copied by anyone else. But you can’t copy the heart and the soul and the conscience of the company.”

-Howard Schultz, Chairman of Starbucks"

Read the full article here  

Unfortunately it isn't a case of IF your ideas get copied but more like WHEN they do. Remember too that the person copying you will also become a victim of copying too ....

A quote one of our mumpreneurs used is from McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc "My attitude was that competition can try to steal my plans and copy my style but they can't read my mind: so I'll leave them a mile behind"

Be yourself. There is something that you can do better than any other. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that.
If you’re in our network then remember that alliances are extremely beneficial. Building good relationships with other network members can actually boost your business success.


  1. This is indeed a very inspirational post. Though it is really frustrating when you found out that your ideas has been copied by anyone else. I must agree to you that, being yourself would make a difference to outweigh others. Because no two(2) different people have similar way of thinking.

    Please always inspire us. Keep up the good work.


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  2. I appreciate this article, as it encourages me how to react to those who copy my business idea.

    I put in close to 3 months of efforts, and about to see results, only to have an idiot copy my idea lock, stock and barrel and call it his own. It annoys me to the core.

    Howard's statement really put things into right perspective for me.

  3. What Mr. Schultz said was true. Everybody can imitate everything that you’ve done, but no one can duplicate the feeling of being successful from the seeds that you’ve planted. Also, nothing can steal the loyalty that you’ve invested from your satisfied customers. And this is what makes a business work.