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Riches in Niches: How to Make It Big in a Small Market Hardcover – May 10, 2007
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--Dr. Ivan Misner, founder of BNI and New York Times best-selling author of Truth or Delusion?: Busting Networking's Biggest Myths
"I'm a real believer in niche marketing. I think it's responsible for my success as a professional speaker. Susan Friedman has written a superb book that will make you see your career in a new light and lead you on to even greater success."
--Roger Dawson, author of Secrets of Power Negotiating
"If you want to transform yourself from one of a million to one of a kind, you need Riches in Niches! This book tells you exactly how to stand out in a crowded marketplace--and profit from it!"
--Steve Waterhouse, CSP, author of The Team Selling Solution
"Susan Friedmann has written a "from rags to niches" book which proves why she's the master of small markets. Riches in Niches is an invaluable work which shines light into every crevice, corner, and choice you'll find in smaller markets. The markets are small, the book is huge, your potential after reading it is vast."
--Alan Weiss, Ph.D., author of Million Dollar Consulting
"At last, a book that addresses the key to contemporary marketing. Nichepreneuers, the term Susan Friedmann brilliantly coined, defines a powerful mindset that has become the giant killer strategy for small business success....This is the `must read' business book of the year."
--Rick Segel, CSP, author of The Essential Online Solution and The Retail Business Kit for Dummies
"Break through the clutter and be bold. Great advice for a powerful business development strategy." --Randy Gage, author of Why You're Dumb, Sick & Broke...And How to Get Smart, Healthy & Rich!
"Using real-life examples from countless success stories, Susan Friedmann has written the definitive step-by-step manual on how to make the most of your expert identity and succeed in a small market. Reading Riches in Niches will give you the golden keys you need to focus your specialty and control your destiny."
--Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, author of Leave the Office Earlier
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is not the first of its kind. Five others that I have read that predate this book are:
101 Ways to Promote Yourself (1997), ISBN: 0380785080
Million Dollar Consulting (2002), ISBN: 007138703X
Get Slightly Famous (2003), ISBN: 0972002111
How to Position Yourself as an Obvious Expert (2004), ISBN: 0972094164
From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur (2006), ISBN: 0470050866
All of these books are highly rated at Amazon, and the instant book is my favorite of them. I like the way Riches in Niches is outlined, written, and especially the numerous lists that are included. You will learn in this book that writing articles, Web pages, eBooklets, eBooks, booklets, and books is an important way to build your credibility and to get the word out about your specialty. You will learn that blogging and Web sites are important. And you will learn that public speaking, whether it be speeches, seminar presentations, workshops, or training sessions, is an important way to promote yourself. All of these things are ways to make money, too.Read more ›
When I was quite young, I excitedly told a mentor about several new things I was doing. His advice to me was to pick one and do it well. Since then, I have seen the wisdom of that advice proven time and time again. It is better to do one thing well than to do many things poorly. That philosophy is the underpinning of this book.
But it's not a rah-rah book that spends a couple hundred pages making the same point over and over. You've probably read such books. Whenever I have finished such a book, I wonder if the author has ever really put the advice to use. There's no "how to get there from here." Riches In Niches lays out a 7-step plan anyone can follow, plus it provides a ton of useful references. Throughout the book, you'll find short case histories that each illustrate a point.
The first chapter introduces us to the author. We learn why Friedmann chose the path she did, and we get to learn from her mistakes. The next chapter provides a detailed explanation of why it's better to pick a specialty than to try to be all things.
Chapters Three and Four lay the foundation for understanding how niches work. The next seven chapters (Five through Eleven) provide Friedman's seven-step plan. Chapter Twelve ties it all together and provides some additional insights. In the back is an extensive "Recommended Resources" section that, in itself, justifies buying the book.
Friedmann writes in a style that reminds me of a transcript of a public speech. This should not be surprising, as she is an accomplished public speaker and is, in fact, a National Board Director of the National Speakers Association.Read more ›
For the small business owner, the book is chock full of real life case examples from people who have transformed their "general businesses" (my words, not Susan's) into niche businesses and prospered by utilizing what Susan Friedmann labels as Susan's Secret Success Strategies. These strategies all force you to take a new look at your own business and look at how you are running it. Are you busy developing your own niche and creating a new market or are you trying to compete with Joe Blogs and every other Tom, Dick and Harry down the street?
Many of Susan Friedmann's strategies are common sense ideas that many business owners never get on their own. They involve ways to develop your own name as an expert through use of the media, blogs, etc., as well as portraying yourself as a well designed niche company through such basic things as your company name and the way your business card it made up. Susan even gives hints on how to determine what your own niche really is or should be.
If Riches in Niches had a draw back I think it would be related to how Susan sometimes goes into explaining the processes of business franchising, how to find attorneys, etc., which I feel are wholly different subjects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book while preparing for a presentation at a conference. The more I read, the more it occurred to me...I am a nichepreneur and never realized it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elena Yearly
I read this book when it came out several years ago and I think it was ahead of it's time, I have read it more recently and have seen this information is still relevant in today's... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ken
Jam-packed with authentic and crystalline information, a jewel on every page. I keep quoting it in my research and notes. Thank you, Susan.Published 14 months ago by Martha Clare
This is a excellent book with well thought out philosophies. Easily digestible and filled with actionable steps you can take immediately to grow your existing business inside of a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jason A O'Neil
I felt this could have been a pamplet; the info contained in the book is probably available from the net for free. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Poopsie Efficient
What a great book. Really gives you a clear understanding why going small will help you make it big.Published 19 months ago by Barbara Tilley
This book explains what and why a niche book is good and gives examples of types of niche books and how to create your own niche titles. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Denise Logan