Because The Coach Says…

by Julie Barnes

You know the saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well the same is true for running a business…even if you’re solopreneur. And…that village should include a coach. But how do you find a coach that will actually help you and your business grow?  Here are five tips to help you find the perfect coach.

1. What do you need help with?  First, you need to determine where you’re at in your life and business. Do you need coaching to get over any “crap” that’s holding you back from your dreams? Then check out a life coach. Or maybe you have your business started but need help with marketing, so a marketing coach would be great. Some people use multiple coaches to help them move forward.

2. Do you prefer in person or virtual?   Some people like to actually meet with their coach for a face-to-face meeting. Others prefer virtual, since they can work with anyone in the world and do not have to run out to an appointment.

3. How about a group? If you prefer the support of a group of like mined people, then check out coaching groups. You have the benefit of a coach / mentor, monthly group calls on a topic related to the group and you’re able to interact with the members.

4. Show me the money?  Use your monthly budget as a deciding factor. What can you afford to spend on coaching? All three options that I mentioned vary in price.

5. Where did all my time go? Take a look at your calendar. How much time do you have to commit to coaching and the work involved? Yes, there is work involved. You have to actually implement what you’re learning. If you’re in a group coaching program, pencil in time to interact and ask questions with the group and stick to it. If you don’t, before you know it…you’ll have chatted the day away.

Bonus tip: Once you have found the coaching program you feel is best for you…do a trial run before making a commitment. Even though you have asked friends for referrals, their coaching program may be right for them, but not for you. Also, when you feel you’ve outgrown your coaching program…move on to the next level or find a new group. You’ll know when you’re ready. Part of being an entrepreneur is being able to follow your “gut” even though others may not think it’s best for you.

Julie Barnes is a Freelance Writer traveling the great USA full-time in a 42 ft RV.  Her newest book “How They Did It…36 Entrepreneurs Tell How They Launched the Business of Their Dreams” is available here. Visit her website at Follow Julie on Twitter at

Julie Barnes is a regular contributor to the Secrets of Success blog.


Zsa Zsa said...

Very helpful article. I believe that finding a mentor or a coach is essential if you want to succeed in business nowadays, but it can be trick finding the right person. These questions are great guide...thank you!

Julie Barnes said...

Hi Zsa Zsa! I'm so glad you found them helpful. With SO many coaches out there specializing in different areas, it can be overwhelming deciding on the perfect coach. Have a great week!

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