Now I had a conversation with a friend of mine who knows some big names in the web development industry around where I'm at. He said what sometimes happens is that companies might see my website and like the idea. So all they do is implement the same idea but make it bigger and better, and I would just be left in the dust. Making it bigger and better is definitely an easy thing for a company to do because I'm just one person, and inexperienced to top it off, while they have teams they could dedicate to this matter.
Is this a major concern for web developers, and is it really that hard for the individual to flourish without thousands spent in efforts against such advances?