Yesterday I mentioned that one of the things you might like to do is work from home as a Freelancer. One such position is that of a coach. Perhaps you are a bit like Tabitha.
Become a Coach
Tabitha worked in human resources and enjoyed what she did. Her job included interviewing potential candidates to see if they’d be a good fit for the company. Team leaders often raved about her working, enjoying the way she had a knack for finding the right person for almost every task.
But Tabitha’s son became sick one year and she had to take personal time off. When it was clear her child had a serious condition, Tabitha resigned from her job. She knew she wanted to work from home so she could care for her boy but she wasn’t sure what to do next.
While she was trying to decide, several job candidates asked her to coach them through the interview process for high-level positions. Most of these candidates went on to get the jobs because of Tabitha’s expertise.
The experience made Tabitha realize she could create a coaching business, helping to prepare potential employees for new job opportunities.
What Do Coaches Do?
Coaches can be found in every area of life. Typically, a coach is someone who helps a client achieve a goal. This goal might be big such as finding a new job or searching for a soul mate. The goal may also be small such as updating their wardrobe, losing ten pounds, or learning how to cook.
You can find coaches too that help people reach goals in their finances, career, fitness, relationships, etc. The possibilities are endless, and the exciting news is that anyone can become a coach.
If you have specialized knowledge that others crave, you can decide to offer your services as a coach. Of course, there are a few things you should have before deciding on this path…
Desire to Help Others
When you coach someone, you must care about them on some level. You’ll find yourself working closely with those you coach and investing in them heavily. Just like the best medical doctors and nurses genuinely desire to heal their patients, you need to care about helping your clients succeed.
Willing to Address the Nitty Gritty
If you have the belief that a coach simply tells clients what to do and they complete the task, then you have the wrong idea. Many coaches find their clients are struggling with other issues that must be addressed before progress can be made.
That means your role is fluid and changing from session to session. One week, a client may need you to hold their hand during a difficult step and the next week, they may simply need your advice on a tiny issue.
You can’t control a client’s journey. All you can do is be there for them and be willing to step into the nitty-gritty moments of their lives.
Interested in Growth
At its core, coaching is about transformation. These transformations might be big or small, but they always require growth from your clients. You are the GPS, guiding them to their destination.
A large part of being a coach isn’t just spitting out directions, it’s understanding the stages of transformation. Helping your client navigate these successfully is a vital component of what you do. If you find topics like career growth or personal growth fascinating, coaching will probably be a good fit for you.
Unsure about This Path?
If you’re worried that you don’t know enough to become a coach, Kelly McCausey of Love People + Make Money can help. She’s designed a short webinar so you can discover if you’re ready to step into coaching.
Tabitha created a website for her coaching services and started telling everyone about it. Within a few months, she had enough referrals to earn a full-time income while still being present with her son.
To implementing your side hustle
Fran Watson, Career Coach – www.franwatson.ca
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