Get excited to kick start your remote career as a life coach! In this article you’ll get all your questions answered to become a life coach. Find out what a life coach is, how to choose your niche as a life coach and how you can get your first client.
Requirements to become a life coach:
- None! But it helps to love serving and helping others, as well as having a passion for mental health and personal development.
The coaching industry is not regulated. So unlike being a teacher or a therapist, you do not have to go to school or even get a certification to become a coach. But this means it is up to you to show professionalism and set the standard for yourself. I highly suggest finding a certification program to learn various tools and techniques to help you stand out in the industry.
Life Coaches Work Remotely
I am a certified Life Coach and entrepreneur. I work remotely with high achieving and smart millennial women who struggle with people pleasing via Zoom. Right now I live in Tampa, but I just got back to the US from traveling as a digital nomad in South East Asia for the past four months with my husband.
It was an experience of a lifetime!
We traveled and explored Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, India and Cambodia during the day, and worked at night.
Working at night was harder than I expected it. I had to cut back on the amount of clients I took because of the time change. I need my sleep!
I think in hindsight we should have stayed in Bali, as that was our favorite country, and traveled from there taking weekend trips to other countries. This would have helped us be less exhausted and have more stability.
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The Day to Day of Being a Life Coach
It can look different for everyone, but one of the first things I do every morning is coach myself. This means I use the tools I learned in my certification and apply it to myself to help me see my thoughts clearly so I can understand what thoughts are serving me and which ones I want to work through so they don’t hold me back.
I also work on marketing, developing content for my blog and social media, doing consultations and coaching my clients!
A coach is a wise mentor and usually the one person in someone's life who won’t judge them or give them unsolicited advice.
During a session I hold space for my client. This means I am present and can look at the problem objectively. My sole job as a coach is to ask powerful questions, teach concepts and tools that help my client see their thoughts clearly so they can make the best decisions about their lives. I empower them and love them, even when they are struggling to do that for themselves.
Coaches work with people who have a variety of problems, but who are high functioning and want to go to the next level. Coaching focuses on the future and doesn’t analyse the clients past or have them dwell on their problems. Coaches also do not diagnose and focus more on self exploration, self-development, and self-management.
Hire Yourself A Coach
A year ago I started my company, Simply Jewelle Coaching, and decided to make a career change from being an elementary school teacher to life coach. I did this because I wanted to be able to help people on my own terms, location independent! During this transition, I worked with career, health and life coaches to help me navigate this major life change.
I highly recommend hiring a 1-1 coach yourself to see if you like coaching!
Coaches all have different techniques and styles. A good way to see if it is a good fit is to set up a consultation (usually they are free), read their blogs, watch their youtube channels where often they post examples of coaching, join their Facebook groups or listen to their podcast.
I have never stopped working with a coach. I have a coach right now and always will. I think coaching is like working out for your brain. For me it is as important as having a cell phone or wifi.
Do I Need a Certification?
Shortly after making my decision to become a life coach I got accepted into The Life Coach School Coaching Certification program.
I choose The Life Coach School because of the incredible value it gives to its coaches and its reputation for being known as the Harvard of coaching certifications; which after completing my certification, I would completely agree with. They are one of the only coaching programs that provide you with the knowledge of coaching, but also teach you to be an entrepreneur. This skill is priceless in the coaching industry.
You can be the best coach ever, but if you do not know how to market or sell, you won’t be able to financially sustain yourself.
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Landing your first client
It is lots of hard work and that is ok because it is 100% worth it. All the best things in life are.
During my certification course I started marketing on social media and worked with clients. Some people wait until they have completed their certification, but with a Masters degree in Education and my five years of teaching experience I felt ready to jump right in even without a niche.
One of the big myths in the industry is that you will not make money without a niche.
I know many coaches who have made 100k by just being a general life coach. I believe a niche can be nice to have, once you have some experience and know what you like to coach on and who you like to coach. Some of the top niche categories are weight loss, over-drinking, business/marketing, relationships, and productivity or organization.
I chose my niche of helping smart, successful millennial women overcome people pleasing tendencies because that has been my story. For almost my whole life I was that polite nice girl who was also a femnist and go getter, but I just struggled saying NO to my bosses, people I admired, parents, people I dated and friends. I was terrified of hurting their feelings or making a wrong move myself. I did A LOT of work on this by practicing little by little, realizing the root cause of my people pleasing tendencies, and building my self worth and confidence. You are your best first client!
Make sure you have financial means to support yourself as you start your business, but once you get those first few clients (which is the hardest part) the personal and financial growth is limitless as a life coach. I know coaches who make no money, to coaches who make more than 7 figures a year and everything in between.
So to simplify, here are 5 steps to get started as a life coach:
- Find yourself a coach and have your own personal growth transformation.
- Get certified! (I am biased but The Life Coach School is the best and I heavily researched them all.)
- Start your business legally and on social media. Tell people you are a life coach!
- Get free clients to practice. Keep practicing to build your self confidence until you build your business where people will pay you!
- Serve. Serve. Serve. Sell. Learn marketing, selling and business skills either through your certification program or by hiring a business/marketing coach.
Now get after it!