I’m going solo today to have an honest conversation about My Struggle with Finding a Niche. It’s been a difficult path that stills feel a little raw and emotional for me as I’ve taken the leap back into private practice this year. Join me now as I share some thoughts and tips I’ve picked up along the way.
What We’ll Learn
- Two big fears for me around my career path:
- How do I manage a growing STC and Healthcasters community AND a private practice, while still making time for my family and my self-care?
- Who do I serve in private practice?
- “Being an entrepreneur and building an online business isn’t easy!”
- How most clinicians find a niche:
- Some focus on a diagnosis, condition, or presenting concern
- Some focus on a population
- Some focus on a training
- Some do a hybrid of these
- How I narrowed down my niche to serving entrepreneurs and basketball players
- What I’ve learned from Selling the Couch: “It’s much better to go deep into ONE topic than to be broad about several topics.”
- How my conflicted feelings led me to focus on working with entrepreneurs
- How I identified my niche (What do I want in my life and career?)
- Family cannot be an afterthought
- Career is what I do, not who I am
- Freedom to work from anywhere
- A business focused on service
- The “buckets” of my career: Counseling/coaching/consulting, teaching, creating, writing, and serving
- Why the different buckets? They give variety and create multiple income streams
- How I distinguished between my two niche ideas:
- Are there other clinicians who are having success in seeing this population?
- Passion is not enough. Is there a public demand within this niche?
- Can I provide a variety of products and services to this population?
- Is this scalable?
- Can I serve this population via the medium of online counseling?
- A Bonus Tip! Can I amplify what I’m doing and make a natural leap into a certain population?
Malvin’s website: Selling The Couch
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