ICF Offers Mentorship Opportunities To Coaches Who Want To Become A Life Coach

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Although it might seem that mastering the skill of becoming a life coach involves little more than oversized compassion and stellar listening skills, in actuality, becoming a life coach isn’t a simple business choice. You need to be certain that you’re choosing a profession that involves helping people with their problems. You also need to be certain that the people you’re helping are going to benefit from your help. And lastly, you need to make sure that you aren’t just floating around the globe doing nothing productive. Becoming a life coach isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. So when you’re deciding on the path of your future career, take these seven steps into consideration before you start your business ventures.

Choose A Niche

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If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to choose a niche. Do you know what your niche is? Perhaps you could answer the question, what makes a great life coaching client? If you can answer this question and more, you’re well on your way to being a successful coach.

The first step in choosing your niche is finding one. You can search for niche directories online, but they won’t have the same level of quality that a good coach’s site will have. This is where you will choose your niche. It might be something like parenting, relationships, finances, or even health. No matter what niche you choose, though, you’ll need to offer life coaching services.

Kinds Of Questions

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As you search for a niche, make sure you look at the kinds of questions your potential clients ask. If you find that many people asking similar questions, you have an excellent chance that there is a hungry market for your services. For instance, parents frequently ask questions like: When my kids are sick how can I know if it’s serious? Online clients will ask such questions as: How do I know if I’m doing everything I can to reduce my stress level?

After you’ve chosen your niche, you’ll want to consider whether you should pursue a formal education or not. Many life coaches prefer not to obtain a certification because they feel their knowledge is sufficient to satisfy their clients. However, there are plenty of coaches who have a continued education requirement. A certificate in coaching or an MBA would help you stand out and get more clients. In addition, these certifications are generally recognized by your customers and might lead to job offers after your certification.

Startup Costs

Once you have chosen your niche and considered obtaining a formal education or not, you need to think about your startup costs. If you plan on doing the majority of your coaching online, you won’t have any startup costs. However, if you want to pursue a traditional education or have a storefront, you will have to incur some startup costs. The costs for becoming a certified life coach will vary depending on your area and type of coaching.

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Other coaches will opt for additional education and training programs, especially if they don’t feel comfortable taking the time to get a basic certification. To be perfectly honest with you, ICF offers many benefits and is a great alternative to a traditional education. In addition to offering training programs, ICF offers mentorship opportunities, access to live events, and access to online resources.

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