"How often are you, your employees and your co-workers operating like lighthouses standing securely on the shore, attracting and safety guiding the boats (customers) that need your business with your light?
How often do you run up and down the beach frantically looking for boats (customers) to serve?"
Reference - Attracting Perfect Customers -
The Power of Strategic Synchronicity by Stacey Hall & Jan Brogniez
Another quote from the same book "Our business now attracts Perfect Customers only" also from the book above and thought it would be an excellent mantra or affirmation to use when starting your venture or new business.
What if you are still deciding or can't make up your mind? You may think "I want to help everyone - by defining my niche I won't be able to help as many people."
It may sound crazy but by defining your niche and being very specific you will be known as the expert or the go to person for solving a specific problem. This helps create your identity and makes you stand out from the crowd. A quote from Alex Mandossian "Be like a well - narrow and deep".
If you could spend all day, every day working with a particular group of people, who would it be???
It is often said you don't find your niche but your niche finds you. If you are unsure ask some of your friends, work colleagues what they think you are good at. You may think that you haven't got a particular skill or have actually taken something you do well for granted and it is not until someone gives you praise or asks for advice or help that you may realise your worth.
What do you like to do?
You may start off more generalised but find that certain types of people actually make you feel drained whilst others will make you feel vibrant and alive.
Ask yourself these questions:
Demonstrate how you can help someone either solve a problem or how they can benefit from the solution or tools they are getting from you.
By being clear on who you are, what you do and who you serve you will attract your perfect customer.
Spend some time on this as this is the most important aspect to get right, to be in alignment with yourself and your core values.
Some questions you can also ask yourself
"My job isn't to convert everyone out there to like me. My job is to stand up, share my light, share the truth of who I am and help as many people that I can."
Reference: Quote from Leonie Dawson - Amazing Biz & Life Academy
Mind map out your potential Niches
This can then be further broken down or you can use the same template once you have identified your niche to expand on how you can help or serve them. See how you go otherwise jump into our forum and ask for help.
Another alternative is by saying it in the positive:
Be really specific - no more than 60 seconds. This is your 'elevator script' - The message that you can say when someone asks you "So, what do you do?".
Check out this inspiring article from Entrepornography.com
Get even MORE personal with your list.
Once you have your ideal client framework, let's go even deeper and get to know them on an individual basis. Lisa Lachusa suggests creating an 'Avatarget' (Avatar + Target Market). Create a fictional character who personalises your client wishlist and is your 'Perfect Customer'.
Feel free to give this character a name, age, fears, worries and even a family.
Later when we start our marketing section, you'll be able to write directly to your 'Perfect Customer' and copy will flow a lot more easily! Thanks Lisa, for the great idea!
I hope these ideas have started your mind ticking over and you're ideal 'Perfect Customer' is taking shape. Remember, just chose some characteristics for now. As we continue through this challenge, you can add to your list! As Marla Cilley - Flylady says "Progress, Not Perfection"
Create an 'Elevator Speech'
Break it down into three steps - it will make it easier to identify who your perfect customers are.
Those three steps are:
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