How to create a profitable coaching practice from Day 1.
It’s scary. It is terrifying leap of faith. You quit that job that sucked the life out of you. But you knew that you were destined for something greater than just a simple 9-5. You want more for yourself. You want freedom for yourself, your family, and your future. No matter what the reason is, you simply just want to be happy. However, happiness takes intention and devotion when you are starting your own business. Here is what to do during your first 6 months when beginning your business:
- You have to be willing raw with not only others, but yourself
You want to attract clients to use your services rather than someone else’s. You have to set yourself apart from the competition. You have to figure out how to tell your story and in the best way. Being vulnerable is the best way to get people to see you for who you are, to feel a connection with you, and to see themselves in you. There are coaches who set up private Facebook groups who share their stories at least once a month after they have added more clients to their group. That is one of the strongest ways to gain more clients, and ultimately the way to be honest with yourself.
- Tell your family and friends about your business and gain feedback
Your family and friends are the people who are going to be the most honest with you at any given point in your life. They will tell you if you have something in your teeth, what is good to read and watch, and when you don’t look good in that outfit. Some of your family or friends may tell you however that this isn’t the way to go and some will be supportive. Pitch to them your business idea anyways to them. Listen to what they have to say. Gain some pointers. Even ask if they have people that they can ask questions to as well. Get their feedback, it’s invaluable!
- Do not force a client on you
Remember when your mum should to force you to play with her friends kids and you weren’t keen on it? Yeah. Make sure you don’t try to do that with your clients. Being overzealous with your clients can turn them away. They may even hurt your business if you are forcing yourself upon them. Learn to be able to take a step back. Realize that not everyone is willing to take that leap of faith with you. Realize that everyone may go through all the steps, be excited, and then back out. Let those people flock back to you.
- You have to be willing to learn at all times.
You are creating your own path. You are doing great. However, you have to be willing to listen to understand what to do next. You do not know everything. Some people who have created their business and are fully just relaxing at home are still willing to know more. The best coaches read books, attend seminars and webinars, get to know themselves more and always keep their mind open to feedback and new opportunities. Stop learning. Be stubborn about goals but flexible about your methods. Make sure you are listening with intent to understand and not just reply. You will lose valuable information that way.
- Be sure to forgive and grow from your failures and mistakes
It is inevitable that you will fail. You may lose clients. You will hit rock bottom. You will hear from people that you should not be doing this. That you are crazy to do this. You will be filled with negativity. You will burn out. You will wonder if you should quit, give up, and just quit with this new endeavor in your life. When you hit this point, you have to give yourself time. Do not forget to take time for yourself. Your business can not grow if you are not growing within yourself as well. Take a step back from the business for a day or two. Shut off your phone and decompress. Exercise a lot of self care and love for yourself. You have to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of your business. Come back with new mindset to continue on with your business.
- Enjoy the journey, don’t wait until the end to enjoy it.
This is supposed to take time. This is supposed to be enjoyable. It is your life. It is your time to shine and make this life the best part of your life. You are finding what you are best at. The minute you start dreading working on your own business is the minute you need to change your mentality and what you are doing. You took this chance on yourself. Do what you believe. Make your future self proud.