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Nail Your Niche: The Definitive Guide To Finding Your Target Market For Health Coaches + Wellpreneurs


Hey healthy ladies!

In this deep-dive blog post I’m going to walk you through EXACTLY what to do to get crystal clear on your target market as a new health coach.

So, let me walk you through my step-by-step process for doing just that!


INTRODUCTION: Why do I need a target market?

Businesses that don’t have a clear target market often have trouble attracting and converting clients; take longer to be seen as leaders in their field; and struggle to grow their email lists and income.

Here’s what knowing your target market can do for you:

  • Get higher engagement and create raving fans of your work

  • Build your authority, expert status and credibility

  • Help you grow your audience of ideal clients and prospects

  • Positively impact more people’s lives, and in bigger more impactful ways

  • Give you confidence and clarity in your coaching and content

Yes. ALL of that. Kind of amazing, right?! 😉

That is why target market is (in my eyes) the #1 KEY in business.

You simply MUST know who you are talking to in your communications and in your marketing. If you try to speak to everybody, you are speaking to nobody.

The more you understand and speak directly to your ideal client, the deeper the connection and trust that will develop naturally between you and them. (Which is important, because people buy from those they know, like and trust.)

However, many new health coaches struggle with this key piece.

So, to help you all out, I’ve put together this ULTIMATE guide to help you get clear on your target market — so that you can start attracting new clients as soon as possible!

✨ Some of these steps are simple.
✨ Some of these steps are straight up FUN.
✨Some of these steps require a little more time, thought and reflection.

But they will all provide you with the clarity you’re looking for.


What is target market, EXACTLY?

Target market is essentially: “Who would you most love to work with in your coaching business? Who are you meant to serve?”  

(Other words that describe the same thing are ‘niche’ and ‘ideal client’.)

Understand that your target market will evolve!

You need to choose a target market for ‘right now’ to be able to start building your business.  

Then the more clients you work with, and the more you build your business, the more clarity you will get!  You may find: ‘Oh I see more of THIS type of person coming to me for help’... or ‘THIS is the topic I’m enjoying coaching on the most’.  

And that is completely fine!

In fact, it is exactly how it is supposed to unfold.  

You will always be refining your target market… getting to know your ideal client better… honing your niche and your zone of genius… alllll the way through your coaching career!

But the most important thing is to choose one for NOW and get in the game. 🙂

People often panic when having to choose a target market, because they worry they will be excluding other groups.  

Well, the beauty of target market is that you can speak to one person - one specific target market - and trust that whoever shows up is probably perfect anyway.

After all, they have been attracted to working with you for some reason, and will be resonating with your message, your energy, your marketing, or your program.

Now that you understand what target market it, that it’s always evolving, and why it’s important, let’s start figuring out yours, shall we? 
 

HOW TO FIND YOUR TARGET MARKET



1. Uncover the clues to your target market that lie in your past

People can REALLY overthink target market. So at this point I would like to ask you a question that will make it super simple:  

“What if your life has already set you up for who you are meant to serve?”

Because the truth is, your past usually holds the biggest clues to your target market. I really believe that everybody has been called to be a coach for a reason.  And everything in your life to date has been perfectly designed for this moment where you’re ready to become coach.

Your passions and your life so far hold the clues to who you’re meant to serve.

We’ve all lived unique lives, and very often teach what we need to learn, or what we’ve already learned.  


2. Create a Timeline of Your Life

Pull out your paper and pen again. Let’s see if there’s any truth in the idea that your life might have been setting you up to serve others in a specific way.

I want you to start thinking about the major, obvious lessons you’ve learned in your life.

Just start mapping these out. You might want to write them on a page; you literally might want to write them on a timeline. You could even number the years, if you like. Whatever age you are now, or 0 to 10, 10 to 20, or 20 to 30.

Along this timeline, start jotting down a whole lot of thoughts.  

Let’s start with your childhood…

  • What was your family dynamic growing up?

  • What was your health like? Were you healthy? Were you unhealthy? What kind of foods did you eat? What kind of lifestyle?

  • What kind of family did you grow up in? What were the relationships? Who were your parents? Did you grow up with foster parents, grandparents? What were they like? What was the family like?

  • What challenges did you face as a child?

Now start to fill up certain areas on your timeline beyond childhood now…

  • What were your biggest failures or frustrations in life? What were the hardest times?

  • Were there family issues – either your own or your parents’ - with marriage or divorce or death or birth?

  • What about friendships or colleagues? Anything great that stands out? Anything painful that stands out?

  • Have you travelled anywhere? Pop in your travels on your timeline, and any big things that come to you about those travel times – travel is always such a teacher.

Now let’s look at your wins:

  • What are the big wins in your life, or big successes? What are you most proud of?

  • You can come back and fill this in in even more detail, and fill in 10 things you’re really proud of.

  • Are there some celebrations in life that stand out — or are there some things that never did get celebrated, which perhaps you should have celebrated?

  • Write down some things you could have celebrated, or would have loved to have been celebrated – or even acknowledged – for.

Now let’s think about “support”:

  • In what areas have you supported others in this timeline?

  • When have others come to you for advice?

  • When have others seeked support from you?

  • And what about the other way round? When have you needed support for others? When have you sought guidance from others? When have you needed advice or needed to lean on someone else to get through a hard time?

Now bring you into today – at the end of the timeline:

  • Where do you live? What do you love about where you live? Are there any frustrations about where you live?

  • Are there any current lessons you’re going through or recent lessons you’ve been through?

  • What are some truths in your life you now know for sure because of what you’ve through? What makes you so unique because of this journey you’ve been through?

  • Are there areas in your life that people always relate to you on or always ask you about? Are there things that you feel in your life are normal — or things you feel are abnormal?

Take some time, once you’ve finished reading this blog post, to really build out this picture BIG…  and acknowledge to yourself how your life has set you up for a special set of skills that no other coach could ever have. 😉
 

3. Take “Visual Snapshots” along this timeline…

Next, from this big timeline of your life, we’re going to do a fun but powerful visualisation exercise designed to give you even more clarity on your target market.

It’s called a “snapshot” visualisation exercise.  

So as you take in everything on that timeline, soak up what an amazing, full, unique life you’ve had. All the things you’ve overcome, all the things you’ve done in your life…  your power, your strength, and your human weaknesses too.

Then I want you to bring into mind the area that you feel called to coach on.  Whether its weight loss, body image, digestive issues, gut health, romantic relationships...  

You don’t need to have a perfect answer at this stage.

Now I want you to scan from the beginning of that timeline — from when you were young — right up till now, and take a visual “snapshot” of the circumstances along that timeline where you were dealing with issues that you’d like to coach on.  

So let’s say, for example, weight loss…  

You scan through the timeline, and see maybe at 4 years old you remember your mum telling you something about weight. And then you remember as a teenager struggling with an eating disorder, for example. In your 20’s you remember trying a whole lot of juice cleanses.

Just go along the timeline and take some “snapshots” of anything that’s relevant to the area you want to coach on. Mark them on your timeline.

And when you’ve done that, I now want you to take some more specific snapshots around this area that you’d like to coach on.

I want you to put some markers on your timeline, and take some visual “snapshots” at these exact times…

First of all go back 6 months ago and just take a snapshot and see if there’s anything going on for you in your life at that time around this issue (whatever it is you’re wanting to coach on).

Then go back one year ago and take a snapshot there. Just take a still shot of what was going on for you in your life at that time around that issue.

Now scan back and take a photo around the 2 to 5 year mark. Was there anything major or significant going on for you at that stage around that issue; around the area you’d like to coach on?

And then go right back 5 to 10 years ago and just check – were there any significant moments there that would be good to take a snapshot of around this area?
 

4. Get clear on your pain-points and desires at those times...

Choose 1, 2 or 3 snapshots from that timeline that really stand out to you as pivotal times in your life.  And then jot down a few answers around those times using the following prompts.

During those pivotal times in your life: What were you struggling with?

Write a little bit specifically about your story, around your health, or whatever area you’d like to coach on. What was going on for you at that particular time that stands out for you?

Just write a few little notes to jog your memory so you’ve got it. What were you struggling with? What were you focusing on or obsessing over?

These are the PAIN-POINTS of your target market.

(This is going to be SO useful in your business, as it can get you into the mind of your target market, which will be invaluable when creating your coaching package).

I want you to write what was the biggest struggle at that stage.

And then reflect on:

  • What were you looking for?

  • What would you have loved to be free from?

  • What would you have loved to find an answer to?

These are the DESIRES of your target market.

Whether or not you did find them, or in hindsight it’s more a case of: ‘I wish I could have found this product or service, that would have been so helpful!!’ - think about what you have loved to have bought if it could have solved the problem you were struggling with.  

And consider whether - IF you could have found a solution to what you were actually in pain on:

  • What would you have been willing to pay for if it made your pain go away?

  • What services would you have loved to buy if they would solve your problem?

You may want to repeat that if you had more than one area on your timeline that really stood out.   
 

5. Which version of you is your target market?

Your target market is most likely a YOU at a different stage in your life — someone who is where you once were, whether it’s 6 months ago, two years ago, 10 years ago.

I have certainly been the target market of both my first AND second coaching businesses!

That is why I can speak to them in a way that connects and resonates so deeply.

I have been in their shoes, and faced the same challenges and struggles. I know them, because I WAS them. And I’m passionate about these topics I coach on, because they interest me! 💗 

So, if you could choose ONE time from your timeline when you felt maybe that could be your target market, I want you to go deeper and think:  “Could I actually help that person?”

Be honest. If you can’t, you can’t.

But have a think about that person. And then give her a name. Make her REAL.  Maybe it’s helpful for you to realise that it’s probably someone out there called, say Shailene, who’s also struggling with this issue, just like you were.

I want you to identify with her, feel for her, and let your heart go out to her.

Can you help her heal?

For many of us, our target market isn’t some abstract person. Our target market is in fact a version of US.  For 90% of people, this is the truth.


A REMINDER: TAKE IMPERFECT ACTION, ALWAYS!

I want to wrap up this blog post by reminding you that target market doesn’t drop in overnight.   It’s a little bit of “chicken and egg” situation - the more you work with people, the more clear your target market will become.  

But you DO need to choose a target market for “right now.”  One to get started with.

People often sit on the sidelines because they don’t know their target market — and target market is only really going to come 100% CLEAR once you put yourself out there and start coaching.

So we really want you to take imperfect action and be willing to explore some options.

Even if it doesn’t yet feel ‘perfect’, decide on ONE ideal client that you think at this stage you would like to work with — so you can move forwards with that one and see how it flows.  From there you can refine, and fine-tune your target market.

That is how it is supposed to work.

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Any questions? Ask away in the comments…

Love,
Amanda xx

Download my free fill-in-the-gap guide to finding your profitable target market... 
 

How to get re-inspired when you’re feeling stuck

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Hey beauty,

Walking along Burleigh Beach with girlfriends is one of the rituals that grounded me into my new home on the Gold Coast — and today I’m sharing some of the rituals that help me stay in a high-vibration state in my business. (Beach walks and ocean swims are some of them!)

Click here to listen to this audio now.  

In this vlog — a snippet from an UPswing Mastermind Coaching Call — I share the importance of finding what works for you when it comes to shifting your vibration; my favourite book on mindset; how to actively steward your energy as an entrepreneur; and how to build alignment practices into your day…

So that you can go from high-vibe to low-vibe, and get re-inspired with EASE when you’re feeling stuck. 💗

 
 

Enjoy! Energy and mindset is of my fav topics to coach on as a business woman and feminine leader, because it is so transformational.

We go a little deeper into ‘energy work’ on this 10-minute audio, so it’s one to listen to in the bath, on a walk, or with a journal by your side…

To really let the teachings sink in and settle.

Love and high vibes,
Amanda xx

 
 
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How To Be Your Own CEO and Get More Done as an Entrepreneur

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Hey beauty! 💗

Business and entrepreneurship can get super-serious and all-encompassing sometimes, can’t they? And honestly, when they take up ALL of your time, energy and attention - it can make you kinda boring. #tunnelvision

I started feeling this way earlier in the year — so I intentionally planned a trip of FUN and connection, to people and places which have nothing to do with my job.

Yes, I am still coaching as I travel, and part of the trip is actually for a mastermind with other entrepreneurs — but two weeks were carved out purely for time with my family, and 5 days just with my husband.  It feels really great to focus on what matters most.

And I know I’m not alone in getting swept up in entrepreneurship sometimes either!

Starting and running your own business (even on the side!) can feel like a more-than full-time gig — often leaving no time to enjoy the things you want to do.

But don’t worry…

You don’t HAVE to book a holiday to help bring back some balance and self-care into your life. Although you totally can! 😉You can ALSO book yourself a CEO date each week.

A weekly CEO date can help you:

  • Be more efficient and effective with your time…

  • Get more done in your business…

  • Have more time for the (other) things you love…

Watch this video to find out how I do mine 💋(and what I recommend to my clients)

 
 

Love,

Amanda xx

PS: I’ve created a FREE How To Be Your Own CEO Guide to help you be more efficient in your business, get more done, and do things you love. Click the button below to download your copy today, beauty. 💗things

 

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How To Stay Healthy While You're Building Your Biz

 

Hey healthy lady!

I completely understand the demands of balancing:

  • Family...

  • Children...

  • Spouse...

  • Clients...

  • Continued study...

  • Making money...

  • Building your business...

I am right there with you, and so are the ladies in my UPswing Mastermind and UPswing Momentum programs...

So I asked these women to share their top tips for staying healthy (and happy!) while building a coaching business, and they offered up some excellent advice. 

These are women who for the past 6-12 months have been working hard to build their businesses - all while balancing the demands of work, study, family & entrepreneurship. 

(For those that don't know, UPswing Mastermind is my stage 1 program for beginner health coaches, and UPswing Momentum is my stage 2 implementation program for coaches & heart-fuelled emerging leaders.) 

Here are their top tips for staying healthy while you're building your biz...

 

Make time for you

You hear that? Make time for YOU. I was definitely feeling overwhelm at one stage with kids, clients, running the business, doing Upswing Mastermind - and felt like I wasn't really walking my talk as a health coach. But once I learnt to create some space for myself (which was kind of difficult at first) I realised how important it was!

Making time to just chill and not think about the business, means that when I do, I'm more focused and productive. Learning to fill up your own tank is ESSENTIAL when you are giving so much.

- Melissa Lowe, UPswing Mastermind

 

SET BOUNDARIES

My main tip for staying healthy while building your business is setting boundaries. I was saying 'yes' to everything and everyone - mostly out of excitement and my desire to grow my business - and found that it was really burning me out! So I've begun to set boundaries in terms of my scheduling, commitments, and how much of my time I give away. It's made a world of difference.

- Christina Tidwell – UPswing Momentum

 

healthy meal planning & prepping is a must!

My number one tip is to PLAN AHEAD!  Meal planning and prepping has been an absolute LIFESAVER for me while juggling building my business, and taking care of two toddlers...with another baby on the way!  

I plan two weeks of meals in advance and do one big shop - then I just have to top up the fresh fruit and veggies.  I prep healthy snacks, and make double at most meals to keep things as easy as possible. And I keep it interesting by trying at least a couple of new recipes and meals each time.  

Building a business is hard work and it’s important for me to fuel my body with the right foods, and stay on top of my energy levels.  There's no time for the 3pm crash round here! ;-) If you have healthy food on hand and ready to go, then healthy food is convenience food - and the temptation to reach for the not-so-healthy option isn't there.

- Kylie Kerehoma, UPswing Mastermind

 
 

 

Self-care first, business second

Self-care first, business second. Rest assured, this isn’t counter-intuitive. In fact, when we really connect to ourselves - and our purpose for our business - it becomes intuitive to nurture ourselves first.

After all, you are your business!  Without beautiful you, there would be no business at all. Let’s not forget that. So look after you by prioritising 'you-time' into your every day - for at least one hour. And watch as you become more creative and aligned, and business starts to flow.

Sally Jane Douglas, UPswing Mastermind

 

allocate set hours for your biz

My top tip is to create boundaries by allocating set hours to your work. Creating time boundaries like this has allowed time for myself... time for my family... my part-time work... AND my own business. It ensures I am productive within the time that I have allocated to my business, and ensures that my own physical and mental health remains top of mind.

- Melinda Benstead, UPswing Momentum

 

prioritise your to-do list to maintain balance

My top tip would be to prioritise your to-do list... making sure that YOU are on it!  It was clear to me that I would not be able to realistically accomplish EVERYTHING I wanted, while still maintaining a balanced home life.

By organising the most important and relevant tasks to my mission, I was able to push others that weren't - and give myself time to unwind, workout, and shop, cook and prepare healthy foods for myself and my family.

Making myself and family a priority on my to-do list everyday prevented me from letting overwhelm take over, and enabled me to maintain a healthy balance in my life.

- Eleanor Duelley, UPswing Mastermind

 
 

 

Look after your health + wellbeing

I have a busy schedule, but I ALWAYS make sure that I eat well, exercise daily and take time out when I need to. I love getting outdoors every day and the best place is the beach - rain, hail or shine 🌊 - it's so good for the soul!  By looking after my health and wellbeing, it makes such a difference to my day-to-day life, and to my business.

- Fiona Taylor, UPswing Momentum

 

CELEBRATE WHERE YOU ARE 🎉

Building a business takes time, along with a whole lot of hard work, determination and resilience.  We’re constantly looking ahead, planning our next step, and visualising the future. It’s easy to get frustrated and wish you were further ahead or more successful... especially if you’re comparing yourself to others in the biz.

So my top tip for staying healthy while building your business is to take the time to pause every now and again and celebrate exactly where you are. Recognise how far you’ve come, celebrate your wins, and acknowledge your achievements no matter how small.

- Liz Tiepa, UPswing Mastermind

 

nourish, move + mastermind 😉

Building a business can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. My #1 tip to stay healthy during this process is to listen to your own body. Our bodies are powerful messengers and always let us know what they want and need. And if you nourish it with a healthy food on regular basis, drinking plenty of fluids, moving your body and taking rest, it will reward you.

It can be easy to get carried away working all day and forget to eat or drink enough liquids and then feel low, lack confidence or lose focus and clarity.  So prepare meals and snacks in advance... find time to have 'me time'... walk/stretch throughout the day... and find your own personal mastermind group, where you can share what's happening and get support - it can be so healing!”

- Alenka Ala, UPswing Mastermind

 
 

when you have an 'off' day - be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself. It's OK to have an off day... or even an off few days. It's tricky juggling everything, and sometimes something has to give. Keep in touch with your support crew (friends, family, your coach, your mastermind community, your peers, etc.) and share what's going on. ASK FOF HELP when you're struggling. Make sure to get out of the house, away from your desk, and do something for you, that brings you joy. And remember, it won't happen overnight, but it will happen!!!

- Kaaren Haywood, UPswing Mastermind

 

schedule self-care APPOINTMENTS

My number one tip is to schedule self-care appointments for yourself. This has been so important for me and helped me stay sane! I do my best to exercise, eat well and meditate every day. At least once a week I have a relaxing bath, a sauna, a massage or schedule something extra special like that. What's the point of building a health coaching business if my own health is suffering? My wellness is a priority.

- Melanie Hansen, UPswing Momentum

 

feed your soul + RECHARGE

Make time for activities and people who remind you of who you are at your SOUL level. Spend time with the people who make you laugh - and who take your mind off of the 'business building chatter' that is hard to stop without a worthy distraction. Don't neglect your favourite activities and hobbies that help you feel peaceful and mentally relaxed.

We often feel like we have to business build 24/7... but recharging your body, mind and soul along the way makes for greater energy available to focus on your business.

- Tamara Pulles, UPswing Mastermind

 
 


Do work that lights you up

My top tip for staying healthy is make sure you are enjoying your work and keeping in alignment with what you really want. Whenever I step out of alignment with my truest desires my energy drops and I often get sick. When I do what lights me up I'm like an unstoppable cheetah! ;-) 

- Amanda Pickering, UPswing Momentum

 

focus on SLEEP

My number one tip is to focus on sleep. Learn your optimal amount of sleep - and then use a smartphone app to remind you when to go to bed and when to wake up, in order to get that each night. It's simple but powerful! 

Michelle Edwards, UPswing Mastermind

 

Check in with your ENERGY + plan accordingly

Check in with your energy levels and stress levels and schedule or plan accordingly. Where possible offset stress with exercise, meditation or fun activities that neutralise the negative accumulative effects of stress.  

Also remember that different activities require different types of energy, focus and mindset.  After working with clients, I like to schedule some time out to reset and re-energise... always being conscious of not booking too many sessions in a row. And working at the computer for long sessions can also become draining, so I love to mix things up and schedule 'time-outs' from technology.

Lastly, I find that I have different energy levels at different times within my monthly cycle - and I like to really tune in and listen to that, and schedule my weeks with either more activities or more self-care. This can be a hugely powerful insight. 

- Carolyn Daley, UPswing Mastermind

 

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PUT SELF-CARE IN YOUR BUSINESS PLAN

My top tip is to make self-care a part of your business plan - just like the other tasks on your list. That includes quiet time, optimal nourishment, movement, and breathing outside. It's the most important part of being able to help others, because it keeps you in alignment to be able to hold a healing space.

- Jamie Raisleger, UPswing Momentum

 
 

Love,
Amanda xx