Want to make sure you stay out in front of your competitors even if they're beating you on price? Today, courtesy of Microsoft.com we present, "9 Tips & Tricks for Your Business to Gain a Competitive Advantage."

1.) Analyze your target market and identify your competition.

2.) Be speedy in responding.

3.) Appear more professional and engage.

4.) Be prepared.

5.) Improve your product/service offering.

6.) Offer better customer service.

7.) Offer online ordering where competitors don't.

8.) Make your website more efficient/reliable/quicker/simpler.

9.) Offer freebies/deals that competitors don't.

For an in-depth explanation of each of these tips and tricks, click here.