Are you a good pet sitter? Are you a great pet sitter?
Chances are we can all benefit from a bit of competitive edge over our competition, wouldn’t you agree? You know, doing something just a little bit extra, better or different from your competition.
First of all, remember this: Every potential client you find yourself chatting with is yours to lose. She is clearly in the market and desperately searching for the highest qualified pet sitter around. If she doesn’t hire you, she’ll be hiring the next pet sitter on her list.
Your ideal client doesn’t want to spend all day on the phone or sending email. She wants nothing more than for you to be able to offer and provide the most ideal service money can buy, so she can get back to her day with one less thing to worry about.
Thank You, Next!
During my days of holding auditions in the entertainment world, I learned a fascinating fact about most of the actors who came in to read for the parts.
They were petrified. And more often than not, they felt that those of us on the opposite side of the table were against them and wanted them to screw up and fail.
Now while that thinking may no doubt make for great television, Simon, Randy or Paula were nowhere around us. In fact, the truth is that we desperately wanted nothing more than for each actor to give us the audition of a lifetime and to be exactly what we were looking for.
That would have made our lives much easier and we would have been thrilled to find an amazing actor we could cast and be proud of. So the truth of the matter is that we were rooting for each and every actor who came in to audition.
And your potential pet sitting clients are rooting for you, too.
Imagine how exhilarated you’d feel by providing your clients a level of service they didn’t even know existed.
Take pride in what you do, how you do it and why it’s important to you and you’ll begin to see immediate results.
Start to bring out the best in you by following these 6 rules:
1) Gain the respect of your clients.
Before rattling off your credentials or the details of your dog walking service, take a few minutes at the beginning of a conversation to make a genuine connection.
2) Believe and trust in yourself.
Make decisions and trust your instincts. If you don’t believe in yourself and the quality of your work, you can be certain no one else will.
3) Follow your plan.
Stay the course, yet be open enough to adjust your route along the way if something is not quite working the way you hoped or if you see a better option.
4) Think creatively.
No need to reinvent the wheel if you can implement a better way of utilizing the wheel. There is plenty of room for new innovations in the world of business.
5) Explore your skills.
Get cozy with your strengths and really understand them. Only then can you begin to utilize them in a way that others cannot.
6) Envision your success.
Take time each day to envision how your business will look at various levels of success. What will your successful lifestyle look like? How will your business look, function and operate in your ultimate and ideal world. Intention is a powerful tool and all successful entrepreneurs understand the power of intent and visualization.
So the next time you are given the opportunity to WOW a potential new client, remember that she wants nothing but the best from you. You are not wasting her time – unless you offer a sub-par solution.
Your only job is to tap into and bring out the best inside you. Here’s a way to start: What are some of the things you bring to the table that others do not or cannot?
Let us know with a comment below, and in Part 2 of this series I point out specific ways you can become a better pet sitter by thinking like your clients. Stay tuned…