It doesn’t matter how big your business is, or how long you’ve been in business, chances are you have at some point in time considered working with a business coach. But you have wondered if a coach can really make a difference for you and your business. To answer this question, so that it means something to you, you need to understand what a coach does and how to choose the right one for you.
Business coaching provides you with a way to interact with a professional coach who has your best interests at heart and can help you to be more effective building your business, achieving your goals and balancing your life and your business. Business coaches are a good mixture of accountability partner, sounding board, cheerleader and even emotional support. A coach specializes in helping you ensure all aspects of your life, work together with the ultimate aim of ensuring your business works.
Simply going through the process of hiring a coach can be highly beneficial to your business, as the coach should will want to know where you are right now with your business and where you want to be. An effective business coach will help you determine not just the direction you want your business to go in, but they will also help identify actionable action steps to take, to achieve the goals you and your coach have set.
Accountability Check Up
By regularly meeting with a business coach you will have the ultimate checking in system, your coach will want to know what you have accomplished since your last meeting and by having someone else besides yourself who you are accountable to will help keep you focused and on track as people the world over don’t want to disappoint others.
A Sounding Board
Talking plans and proposals out with a third party who is also well versed in business will help solidify each plan you make so that you’re not going down the wrong roads to start with. An old business friend coach of mine, used to say “I tell them what they need to know from love, and not what they want to hear” this is invaluable to anyone.
A Cheer Squad
Running a business is hard and it can often feel lonely and many businesses coaches make an excellent support system and cheerleaders. In this way, you not only have a good plan of action to make your dreams come true but also someone to share your success with who has your best interests at heart.
A good business coach will understand how your family life can affect your business life, they can often help you get the balance right and help you deal with your family and friends when it comes to pushing your business forward.
The Business of a Business Coach
This is the area most coaches shine at, if you need help identifying holes in your business plan, ways to fill the gaps, and how to create an actionable plan to push your business forward, then a business coach can definitely make a difference. The real trick is finding the right coach for your particular business and you.
In order to find the right coach for you that fits your business type and personality, ask the right questions of any potential coach. Plus, ask others that use a business coach for referrals and before hiring any coach. Finally, buy some of the coach’s products and services and try working on a short term project with them first before committing to a long term coaching project. This can help you ensure that they are the right coach to push your business to the next level.