Possible Ways to Find a Business Coach:
- Ask friends who’ve been coached
- Look for one on LinkedIn, or search the web
- Post in groups where business owners may be seeking coaching (or vice versa) o Check out your local Chamber of Commerce website
How do I know if I need a business coach?This is a question that comes up often and it’s not always easy to answer. If you are feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start, then coaching might be a good option for you. The answer to this question is different depending on who’s asking it and why they are seeking coaching in the first place. If someone would like help with their business strategy or marketing plan, that’s one thing. However, if an entrepreneur needs more of a mentor than a coach, then it might be better to look for someone with the necessary experience in their industry. What should I do if my budget is tight? If you have a limited budget, there are some ways to find coaching that will not cost anything or very little. You can post on the business owner and entrepreneur groups where coaches may offer free services or check through local council programs. Some business coaches have group programs that have lower fees for smaller businesses. Am I coachable? The other question to ask is, am I coachable? Some people are not fundamentally open-minded or have a hard time following directions. If this sounds like you, then it might be better for you to hire someone with the necessary skillset. Some business owners are not coachable and this can lead to the business coach feeling frustrated. A good indicator of whether you are open to coaching is if you can answer yes to these three questions:
- Do I know that my current path may not be successful?
- Am I willing to try something different even though it may seem too risky or uncomfortable?
- Can I see myself working with someone on a regular basis to achieve my goals?