Who's your perfect client?

by James Foster 27 replies
Let's pretend I'm a genie and I can give you the absolute perfect small business client.

Who is that for you?

Is it a client who comes to you in bound from a direct response piece (mail or online) and pays you monthly with little or no contact?

Is it a referral from a current client, who you can talk to often (high touch) and help them grow like a family member?

Or is it something/someone else entirely?
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  • Originally Posted by James Foster View Post

    Let's pretend I'm a genie and I can give you the absolute perfect small business client.

    Who is that for you?

    Is it a client who comes to you in bound from a direct response piece (mail or online) and pays you monthly with little or no contact?

    Is it a referral from a current client, who you can talk to often (high touch) and help them grow like a family member?

    Or is it something/someone else entirely?
    A referral from an existing client.

    Clients brag. And a client that brags about your service...gives lots of information, like how much you charge, what they get, how long it takes...

    I ask clients, "Who have you talked to about the service I provided?" That's who I want to see. That's the ideal prospect.. If they know what you charge, and what you do, it's a huge plus.

    And a great added bonus in selling, is that this referral only knows one other business owner that you have talked to...and he bought from you. So "buying from you" becomes the expected outcome.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave147
    My perfect client is someone who pays me on time every time! and who understands what I'm doing for them.
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    • Originally Posted by dave147 View Post

      My perfect client is some who pays me on time every time! and who understands what I'm doing for them.
      Good point. I should have added "A client that pays me in advance, and has managed expectations".

      The "paid in advance" thing is key. Even if you work on a monthly charge, charge them at the beginning of the month, for that month's service.

      I can't remember ever losing a client over this.
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    • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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      Originally Posted by dave147 View Post

      My perfect client is someone who pays me on time every time! and who understands what I'm doing for them.
      When you find one of those - give them a medal.

      Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author overy
    the perfect client is whoes behaviour is nice and gave payment on time...
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I agree with several others in here. I have 2 ideal regular clients right now.
    Both prepay. Both trust me 100% with zero complaints.
    One of the 2 was my first customer when I started 7 years ago.
    The other started with me 4 years ago.

    Other than that, I look for advance decent payments, clarity on jobs,
    niches I know a lot about and ones I can also now consider as friends.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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    Always a referral. They have generally been forewarned of what a pain in the ass I am to work with but that I'm worth it because of what I produce and my competitive pricing in my local market.

    Cost of acquisition? $0.00.

    Frank
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron Lafuddy
      Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

      Always a referral. They have generally been forewarned of what a pain in the ass I am to work with but that I'm worth it because of what I produce and my competitive pricing in my local market.

      Cost of acquisition? $0.00.

      Frank
      Yeah, Sure, $0 acquisition costs, BUT...what are you paying them to STAY once they EXPERIENCE what a PITA you are to work with?

      I can't help feeling it's not enough.

      Ron
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by Ron Lafuddy View Post

        Yeah, Sure, $0 acquisition costs, BUT...what are you paying them to STAY once they EXPERIENCE what a PITA you are to work with?

        I can't help feeling it's not enough.

        Ron
        Many more people than you realize are masochists.

        Frank
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        • Profile picture of the author dave147
          Originally Posted by Ron Lafuddy View Post

          Yeah, Sure, $0 acquisition costs, BUT...what are you paying them to STAY once they EXPERIENCE what a PITA you are to work with?

          I can't help feeling it's not enough.

          Ron
          Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

          Many more people than you realize are masochists.

          Frank
          Hence...the perfect client
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          • Profile picture of the author myob
            My best clients are usually the failures, the frustrated, the dazed, and the confused.
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            • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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              Originally Posted by myob View Post

              My best clients are usually the failures, the frustrated, the dazed, and the confused.
              Is the an example of, "Misery loves company?"

              Frank
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              • Profile picture of the author myob
                Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

                Is the an example of, "Misery loves company?"

                Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author CFamm
    My perfect client (dog walking and sitting):

    34-54 year old woman
    married
    both her and husband work
    1 dog
    2 small children
    slightly liberal politics
    born out of town
    previously owned at least 1 other dog
    has been consuming my content for over 2 months
    subscribes to at least 1 self help forum/magazine/provider
    ranks time with her children as a very high priority
    did NOT get the dog as a "practice" child
    spends regular time with their dog

    Since trying to find out more about the psychographics of my best clients and the best clients of other businesses like mine I've had much more luck attracting those clients quicker and more cheaply.
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    • Profile picture of the author glioma9
      Originally Posted by CFamm View Post

      My perfect client (dog walking and sitting):

      34-54 year old woman
      married
      both her and husband work
      1 dog
      2 small children
      slightly liberal politics
      born out of town
      previously owned at least 1 other dog
      has been consuming my content for over 2 months
      subscribes to at least 1 self help forum/magazine/provider
      ranks time with her children as a very high priority
      did NOT get the dog as a "practice" child
      spends regular time with their dog

      Since trying to find out more about the psychographics of my best clients and the best clients of other businesses like mine I've had much more luck attracting those clients quicker and more cheaply.
      This.

      I did dog walking with two dogs for someone for a part time job and she comes home from work in the afternoon. I like how she trusts me and my service because we are also neighbors.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aditya Bajaj
    Its all about payment and appreciation the work we do is fantastic we are service leaders and have strong case study's to prove our success. We are starting to get good ones. The perfect client is one who is on the same page and puts its trust in you. He ensures you are well paid for the time and paid on time.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Me. I'm my perfect client. Not only am I tall, dark and handsome, I'm also suave, debonaire.


    Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

    When you find one of those - give them a medal.

    Frank
    Waaaay ahead of you. I gave me that medal years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mdshohidulislamrobin
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    My client is perfect..He's really helpful to me and my job in every space..And he pays me good amount according to my work..
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  • Profile picture of the author J50
    $10K plus to spend and cost zero in acquisition costs. Also being easy and pleasant to deal with is a big help too!
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  • Profile picture of the author randyman
    The perfect client is someone who doesn't act as if they know more about your field than you do. Pays on time, not much of requests.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      You have low standards, my friend. Raise your standards, you'll have a happier, richer future.

      Originally Posted by randyman View Post

      The perfect client is someone who doesn't act as if they know more about your field than you do. Pays on time, not much of requests.
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    As your business evolves, as you learn and grow, this model will evolve as well, but perhaps the continual process of discovery is just as important as what you discover.
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  • Profile picture of the author EelKat
    A Genie comes and says he'll give my my perfect client? Who do I want?

    I know exactly who I want. I don't even have to think about it.

    A female 25 to 45 (maybe as young as 14 or as old as 60, but not as likely). She loves Elves, wizards, unicorns, Dungeons & Dragons, and probably reads comic books, CosPlays at conventions, watches anime, and plays RPGs (table top, CCGs, and video games.) She probably likes the Witcher franchise and the InuYasha series.

    Most importantly, she loves Yaoi, Barra, Bishonen, Twinks, Semes, Sissies, Transvestites, BDSM, CBT, Monster Porn, and other similar forms of Gay Erotica, which she obsessively reads, and when she can not find more new titles to read, she starts writing gay slash fan fiction porn for to satisfy her need for more gay Elf wizards.

    Why is this my perfect client? Because I'm a Yaoi author. The main character of the series I write is a bisexual transvestite Elf wizard. His lover is a gay unicorn. His other lover is a Half-Elf/Half-Demon. He also has 4 wives.

    When I'm not writing Yaoi novels to sell on Amazon, I'm on my website writing articles on how to write Yaoi novels and sell them on Amazon.

    Meaning my ideal client is the young women who wants to read Yaoi (so buys my books) and then after reading Yaoi wants to write her own Yaoi (so heads to my site to read my articles on doing so.)

    She also has a lot of friends on Tumblr and shares her Yaoi obsession with them, recommending my novels to them, then recommending my articles. Together they gather on Reddit and FanFiction.net to tell even more people about my books and articles, and thus she drives traffic from far and wide by telling everyone she can, every where she goes.

    And so when a DiJinn pops up telling me he's going to give me my ideal, perfect client, that's the client I ask him for.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron Lafuddy
      Originally Posted by EelKat View Post

      A Genie comes and says he'll give my my perfect client? Who do I want?

      I know exactly who I want. I don't even have to think about it.

      A female 25 to 45 (maybe as young as 14 or as old as 60, but not as likely). She loves Elves, wizards, unicorns, Dungeons & Dragons, and probably reads comic books, CosPlays at conventions, watches anime, and plays RPGs (table top, CCGs, and video games.) She probably likes the Witcher franchise and the InuYasha series.

      Most importantly, she loves Yaoi, Barra, Bishonen, Twinks, Semes, Sissies, Transvestites, BDSM, CBT, Monster Porn, and other similar forms of Gay Erotica, which she obsessively reads, and when she can not find more new titles to read, she starts writing gay slash fan fiction porn for to satisfy her need for more gay Elf wizards.

      Why is this my perfect client? Because I'm a Yaoi author. The main character of the series I write is a bisexual transvestite Elf wizard. His lover is a gay unicorn. His other lover is a Half-Elf/Half-Demon. He also has 4 wives.

      When I'm not writing Yaoi novels to sell on Amazon, I'm on my website writing articles on how to write Yaoi novels and sell them on Amazon.

      Meaning my ideal client is the young women who wants to read Yaoi (so buys my books) and then after reading Yaoi wants to write her own Yaoi (so heads to my site to read my articles on doing so.)

      She also has a lot of friends on Tumblr and shares her Yaoi obsession with them, recommending my novels to them, then recommending my articles. Together they gather on Reddit and FanFiction.net to tell even more people about my books and articles, and thus she drives traffic from far and wide by telling everyone she can, every where she goes.

      And so when a DiJinn pops up telling me he's going to give me my ideal, perfect client, that's the client I ask him for.
      Hi,

      I'll let Claude know you're looking for him.

      Ron
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  • Profile picture of the author TMets5
    Yep the golden ticket is a client who appreciates your services and understands the value you deliver. A natural response for that business owner is to refer to other business owners in his/her circle and your business can then grow
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Tran
    My great client is: pay on time, buy many product and become an affiliate for me
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