How to Get Ready for Being a Life Coach

A life coach is pretty much just what it sounds like--a person who coaches her clients to meet their own best potential. Some focus on career coaching, others on health or relationships. Whatever your niche, there are steps you can take to help you build a successful coaching business. It takes a lot of work and education to be an effective coach, but the results are worth it.

  1. Identify your own goals regarding your career and other parts of your life. You'll be helping people set and meet important goals. Making sure you have a solid handle on your own is a good place to start learning how to do this.

  2. Get an education. A life coach should have a graduate level education in counseling, social work, psychology or some other relevant area of study. These programs will teach you to listen effectively, counsel your clients when they need it and help them work through whatever blocks they have on their roads to success.

  3. Participate in an accredited coach-training program. This is a course of study that teaches you exactly what you need to know to be an effective coach, and also information about starting and running your business.

  4. Seek out a position as an intern or assistant to a successful life coach, if possible. Learning on the job is one great way to get the hands-on training that no amount of classroom work can replace.

  5. Write a business plan. When you are ready to go out on your own and start recruiting clients, you'll need to have your business in order. Make sure you have a price list and services that will allow a wide range of people to consider hiring you. Make up printed materials such as flyers and brochures. Start a website, or even a blog.

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