From personal experience as well as experience working with clients, I know that getting started in an online coaching business can be somewhat difficult. You’re finding your place in the online world, you are trying to conserve money so you opt-in to all the Freebies, and you still have a lot to learn. I don’t mean to scare you, but you ARE GOING TO LEARN A LOT! It’s actually incredibly blessed. Six months from the start of your business, you’re going to be able to look back and see how much you’ve grown and to see how far you’ve come. And you’re going to feel elated and so grateful. But as I said, to get to that point, you’re going to have to do some work.
If you’re looking to be a coach, I assume you already have a problem that you know you can help others solve. Since you already know that, here are my best tips for getting started from that point:
Start with your mindset. If there is anything I have learned from running my business, it is that mindset is the foundation. If all you think about is that you’re going to fail, well guess what? You’re probably going to fail. If you don’t believe that you deserve to make money, then you won’t. It all starts with mindset. So, the best thing you can do is start building a positive mindset right at the beginning so that it can grow with your business.
A couple ways you can do this are to use affirmations, visualizations and working through your limiting beliefs. You can read more about steps to do that here!
Don’t forget your mission statement. Now, I have to say that creating a mission statement is not essential to your business, but it sure as hell helps so you might as well do it. A mission statement is a statement of anywhere from a sentence to a short paragraph that explains who you want to help, what you want to help them do (can be somewhat vague), and why you want to help them. Referring back to your mission statement will keep you on track with everything you do in your business. It will ensure you don’t stray from your mission and that you are continuously clear with what you’re doing. You can read more about how to create one here!
Get clear on your ideal clients. This is key! If you don’t know who your ideal clients are, you won’t know who to attract! You won’t know who to look for. Ask yourself some questions, like “who do I love working with and talking to,” “who do I want to help,” and “who have I been in the past?” Do some market research to discover whether or not the group of people you come up with have a need for the product or service you’re looking to sell. And then, journal as if you are this ideal client to try to pinpoint their struggles and their successes. Make sure you COMPLETELY understand them. And go find them.
Don’t do it alone. This last step is crucial. Being an entrepreneur, starting a business is NOT easy. Find your support system. Maybe it’s a biz bestie, a mentor, a best friend or you invest in a coach. Whatever you decide, just make sure it is someone who can remind you of your amazing-ness, who will pick you up when you’re down, and who will encourage you to push past your comfort zone to reach new heights.
There are, of course, MANY more steps than those I have listed above. However, these are a great start. If you need more help from here, there are so many other resources on my website, in my Facebook group and you can always reach out to me!