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How do I know if I should I be a coach?

Updated: Apr 4

You should read this if any of the following sounds familiar.

  1. I've always wanted to be a coach (secretly I think I can be a very good coach and make money from it).

  2. I'm tired of my current job and think coaching to help other people will make me happy.

  3. I've got lots of experiences in my industry to 'pass on' to someone.

  4. I've been researching how to get certified to become a coach.

  5. I've been observing other coaches who seem to be enjoying what they do and making good money from it.

Well, I've spent 35months learning from 26 different coaches and invested a five-figure sum in the process. I've learned and reflected a lot and applied the learnings wherever I could so I'm still on the journey of knowing more about coaching.

I believe you need to continue reading this before you make a decision to leave your full-time job to pursue coaching. If you read something below that pricks you a little - I would be so grateful if you could take some time to find out why.

  1. What would you coach? Are you confident you can coach a client for results? Why? How? Who is the ideal client you want to work with? Until you have the answers - find out more.

  2. No, it will not. Quitting your full-time job without a plan will hurt you and the ones around you. For every successful coach you see on social media -there are hundreds who are struggling and likely will for a long time. Why? Most coaches are helpers at heart - that does not make them score too high on the money-making aspect most times.

  3. Consider being an industry mentor then. Life experience is valuable but not everyone wants to hear it. Even if they do -they will not pay. Coaching is not mentoring. You do not have to mentor someone physically, you may want to create content shared on social media so that your reach may be widened.

  4. You may have been reviewing the processes and even a list of training providers to guide your formal process of certification and that's great but remember that the cert alone does not mean you are able to coach your client for results. You should be able to do both. Coaching certification is a costly exercise and takes up to 6 months or a year to complete, so do consider carefully the time and financial investment needed for this step before you commit.

  5. That's great but how much of the perception is valid? Every coach's journey is different. My suggestion? Look for a coach who has shared their struggles as much as they have shared their success and the lessons they have learned from it.

If you have any comments or further questions on this - please reach out and I'll be happy to have a chat.


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