Thing first, niche second

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Now I know a niche is as important as the next marketing/sales/business guru but there is an order to these things that may well be the difference between driving yourself mad and your sanity (and success).

For me the ‘right’ order is Thing first and Niche second.

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What’s the one thing?

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As someone who has a thousand ideas a day (you might be the same?) I am never short of options when it comes to ‘how’ to do my Thing. I could write a list of never-ending hows, if I’m honest.

But as I am sure you know, trying to do everything (just like trying to market to everyone) typically gets you nothing or no one. You need to focus to get results.

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Everyone has a different Act

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You might DO the same thing as someone else—you might have the same skill or qualification—but everyone’s Thing (with a capital ‘T’) is different.

When you realise that your Act is different to everyone else’s, you have a Monopoly in your marketplace. You become the only person that does what you do the way you do it. Or, put it another way, if people want to come and see YOUR act they have to come and see YOU.

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If you call it sales, it will feel like selling

If you consider that you need to do a sales pitch or have a conversation that will end in the sell, then you might be setting yourself up to not sell much at all.

The thing with a sales pitch is you’ll go into pitch mode–you’ll start to talk differently, change your energy, perhaps feel uncomfortable (as will most likely the person you’re pitching to) and you’ll feel less like you and more like a salesperson.

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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It’s like a muscle

Your Thing is like a muscle–when you use it often and ‘build it up’ it becomes more and more easy to use/do. And stronger–it definitely gets stronger.

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