Becoming a life coach, and creating a life coach career for yourself can be very rewarding in a lot of ways. But like any other important decision that you make, it is important to do your research before you dive in head first. So before I discuss how to become a life coach, you'll want to check out the waters and be sure that becoming a life coach is the right life choice for you. You need to learn if your "who" would work in the life coaching profession and learn the answer to the question, what do coaches do?.
I suspect it is also important to you to learn if there is a demand and what the potential for acceptable life coach career income potential actually is. And finally, it is important to research various life coach courses to figure out which one is right for you.
People from all backgrounds, cultures, and countries, and with all kinds of personalities and temperaments can have a successful and rewarding life coach career. But there are four important qualities that are foundational to the "who" of all effective life coaches.
There are other qualities and abilities a person should strive to develop if interested in becoming a life coach.
See the page called What Do Coaches Do? for a description of what coaches actually do for clients during sessions. But the time spent actually coaching clients isn't all they do. Most life coaches are small-business owners. And not everyone is cut out to be a small business owner. There are many tasks that coaches are responsible for that you should be aware of if you are interested in becoming a life coach and one of the most daunting is the marketing task.
If a life coach career is going to work, coaches must have clients and that means they must market their services. And they need to manage their clients along with the finances and records. That means learning about, setting up, and managing technologies such as Social Media; Email,telephone and voicemail systems; Blogs and Website; Newsletters; Scheduling and Calendaring; and Bookkeeping systems.
list of tasks necessary for successfully becoming a life coach can seem
overwhelming but there is relief in the form of other entrepreneurs
whose business it is to help Coaches with all that.
Go to Positive Changes Coach home page from Becoming a Life Coach