Great!!! So you decide that you want to be a life coach. That’s a really fulfilling career choice for sure, but have you actually done your research? Are you absolutely sure you know what you are getting into and how you can succeed at this? Becoming a life coach means that you will be showing other people clear direction and for that, you need to be clear in what you want to really do. So here are some things that you simply must know before you become a life coach.
Always choose a niche
Life coaching is a vast field and there are so many branches in it. Therefore, one thing that you will be spoiled for, is choice. This helps coaches market their services to a specific type of clientele and gives potential customers confidence that the coach has expertise helping people with their unique challenges. Some of the areas that you could look at specialising in are;
- Career transition and job search
- Romantic relationships
- Academic issues
- Work-life balance
- Weight loss
- General wellness
Now complete your training program
You are taking on a big responsibility, because you will be helping people improve different areas of their lives. This is why you should enrol on a programme that can help you with this. Our Diploma in Life Coaching – Level 3 is a great place to start from. During the training you will learn the psychological principles of life coaching and how you can assess the needs of your clients. You will also need to learn about ethics involved in life coaching, communication skills and more. The programme is also accredited which means that your qualifications will be valid.
Why are credentials important to a life coach?
Because they go a long way in helping you gain the trust of your customers. When credentials are provided by a professional organisation, it shows that you have the skills and the knowledge to do what you are doing and to help customers gain the results that they desire. Remember that you can continue to learn as much as you want to, and that the higher you study, the better of a coach you will be.
Get a business insurance and classification
In order to get certain legal protections as a business owner, life coaches can get a business classification, such as a Limited Liability Company or Corporation designation. Although life coaches are not required to carry insurance, getting coverage can help protect their business and give clients peace of mind.
Hone your other skills
Skills like active listening, using the right body language, clear and effective communication, patience, respect and empathy are all skills that you have to hone over time. You may find that your natural compassion is what guides you to choose this career path but along the way, you will understand that these skills are polished only through time and practise and not overnight.