What It's Really Like to Become a Career Coach
There are A LOT of reasons people come to me wanting
to start a coaching business.
- Help others
- Control of their lives
- Do work they love doing
- Make a big impact in someone's life
The list goes on and on.
For me personally the first time I thought about it, I knew that I wanted to be around for my kids and that I wanted to help people completely change and improve their lives.
However, most of those exact same people don't see how they can make a living at it or how to make it possible for themselves.
This might be you too.
But how do you know if it’s where you should double down your efforts.
If you're the type of person who for some crazy reason people just keep coming to you for advice OR you're that person who people want to share everything with.
Maybe you know that even though you can be a high performer working for someone else, you really want to actually be working for yourself.
You probably enjoy helping other people and probably also appreciate how some businesses can do a lot of good for people and the world.
Depending on how far along on this journey you are you might have already had a few clients that you've helped out.
You might even have a website where you're just not sure how to use it to bring yourself clients or truly convey your expertise and establish yourself as an “authority”.
You’ve probably had passing thoughts about a coaching certification (but wondered whether or not it would actually help get you credibility or give you what you need to make this into “a thing”)
If all of the above are true OR even just one, it’s probably a safe bet that you would enjoy coaching full time tremendously.
Above all if you find that you just can’t stop helping other people in the areas you enjoy and have learned about or have some experience in, then it’s probably a great sign that you should be coaching or consulting in one form or another.
Plus, I’ve found that once you’ve done coaching and learned how to build and scale a business, it sets you up for so many ways to pivot from there.
I think of it as the best win-win-win way that I know of to start other businesses because it’s essentially “paid research” where you are legitimately helping someone solve their problem while they’re ecstatic to pay you AND you get to learn all about exactly what they need most from you to help them. Plus when you do a really good job you they are only all too happy to recommend you to others (think testimonials! Yea!)
Here’s an example of just a few spinoff-businesses from people who I’ve helped get started with coaching.
- Paid Speaking (once you’ve built authority on a topic area, people want to know more)
- Created Training Classes and Group
- Coaching Programs
- Live Events and Experiential Events
- Online Education and Courses
- Consulting for corporations (for expertise in their market)
- Licensing for corporations or individuals
- Published books and other published works
- The possibilities are truly endless
Wherever you're starting in this journey, I'd like to show you 3 things that we show our paid clients and students who are starting and growing coaching businesses.
You’ll find all of these in this guide!