How many times in your business have you heard, “You need to choose a niche”? While nearly everyone talks about the benefits of a niche and that they need to find theirs:
- How do you really choose a niche?
- How do you know the right one?
- Will you really like it?
- Will it prove profitable?
For me, in the beginning it seemed to boil down to one critical question: How was I going to attract clients?
I understood finding my target audience from the marketing I had done in my previous businesses. After hearing the speakers, taking the classes, and reading the books about the importance of choosing a niche, I began to understand that to really have effective advertising, my business and marketing plans must start with a clear idea of what my niche market would be.
I am a business and life coach for Real Estate Professionals. Okay, there are still a million Realtors in the United States, but to be honest, when I first began coaching I thought that niche was too narrow. I knew there were other Real Estate Coaches out there. All I could focus on was the overwhelming feeling that came to me in trying to figure out how was I suppose to compete with the other coaches with that same niche. So, I decided I wasn’t going to limit myself. I decided I was also going to work with small business owners. They were kind of like real estate professionals since they both had small business and I had owned several small businesses in the past. I knew there were a lot of small business owners out there.
I also told myself I didn’t want to get “bored” working with just Real Estate Agents. Now, several years later, after working with hundreds of real estate agents, brokers and managers, I have found a couple groups of ideal clients that excite me: real estate moms looking to balance their business and their life, busy real estate professionals looking to efficiently manage their time and brokers or agents looking to build an effective team.
Sometimes you chose your niche and it works out from the beginning. Other times, your niches evolve as you and your business change and grow.