Your phone rings at 1 am in the morning. Your classmate, who you admittedly do not know too well, is on the other line divulging some details to you about a situation that they are dealing with at home. You listen respectably and help them talk it through. Your phone rings two more times that night with calls from two different people. You sure are a popular go-to person for people with problems! If you find yourself in this situation often; with friends, family, coworkers, or classmates consulting you for help, advice, or just to listen, a career as a life coach could be just the path for you.
Before your phone rings again, we are going to go over the steps you will need to take to become a life coach. Why not get paid doing something that you are good at – especially if people trust and need you!
Benefits of Becoming A Life Coach
Before we step into what you will need to do to become a life coach, let’s take a look at the wonderful benefits that being a life coach has to offer. Remember, you will be helping others, but you will also be helping yourself!
- Being a life coach is rewarding and fulfilling. You are working with people who want to better themselves and achieve their goals.
- You can live and work remotely.
- You can become a life coach in addition to keeping a day job.
- You can always move up and work to expand your skills and launch yourself into your own business.
Let’s take a look at the steps you will need to do in order to become a life coach:
Firstly, you will need to become qualified to be a life coach. There are several routes you can take to do this. Whichever route you take, make sure that these steps fit in there somewhere:
- College: Go to college, preferably a 4-year university. As life coaching is becoming more popular, the demand for experienced and well-educated life coaches is increasing. Make sure that you have a good diploma, because it will get you far.
- Take Classes: If you have completed college already, opt to take some classes at a local community college or online that will be relevant to life coaching.
- Get Certified! After you have gone through a coaching program or class, you should be ready to get certified. This can be done either through ICF or IAC.
It should be said that, with any career where you are offering one-on-one services, you will need to build up a reputation and clientele before you really reap the benefits. The same goes for life coaching. Therefore, you are going to want to take the time to properly develop and set up your business and clientele base.
- Handle yourself: Although you may look into getting hired by companies or businesses the employ life coaches, chances are you will be working for yourself in the beginning. As such, know up all the necessary things that are essential to know when you become self-employed, such as: self-employment tax, invoicing clients, and so on.
- Find your Niche: Before you begin marketing yourself to clients, find the niche that you want to specialize in for your life coaching business. For instance: businesses, career, relationship, family, and work/life balance coaching are a few ideas of areas that life coaches specialize in.
- Market Yourself: Market yourself as if you have an amazing product and service that you want to sell to a customer. If you can, market yourself as a “professional” in your niche, because that will give you much more appeal to your possible clientele.
- Get Clients: Eventually, you will find that once you get a few clients, word of mouth will be your best friend. Now, you can start determining if you want to up your hourly rate or charge. A good way to determine this is to look at how much your competition is charging.
Working with Clients
You will definitely find a lot of reward in working with your clients. Here are some basic things to keep in mind when your client comes to you:
- Interview: Start with an interview to get to know your clients as well as possible. Figure out their goals and determine what areas of their lives they would like to modify or change.
- Stay organized: Whenever you own your own business, you are going to want to stay as organized as possible. Do not forget to make calls or miss appointments, because clients can be unforgiving.
- Help: Your specific courses and certificate training will give you an idea of how you should properly deal with your clients. Remember not to just tell them what to do: listen, help, instruct, and process with them.
Develop Your Skills
Just as your clients will be growing and developing themselves as individuals, you too are going to want to develop your skills as a coach. Of course, the more practice that you get with life coaching, the more effective your skills will become. Here are some things that you can do to help you continually better yourself as a life coach:
- Be Positive: No matter how you feel or what you do, always be positive and encouraging. No one looks for a life coach who is sad or depressing.
- Be Flexible: You will learn that not all your clients have the time or personality to do in-person life coaching. Therefore, you will have to work around their time and be willing to compromise with their scheduling.
- Be Professional: As much as you might connect with your clients, remember to keep everything professional. You are not there to be there best friend and hang out with them outside of work: you are there to coach and guide them through their goals.
Begin Your Path to Success!
Becoming a life coach is a rewarding and lucrative way to use some of your skills that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Remember to be creative with your clients on their paths to success, and you will be rewarded with the feeling of helping someone reach their full potential!