It’s been quite the eventful new year for Blogger Babes, but fortunately, we’ve powered through! As the month comes to a close, we hope you’ve had the chance to jumpstart 2016 with us and our resources, including the latest edition of Blogger Building Blocks, How to Choose a Coach for Your Blog Business.
If you haven’t had the time to peruse this eKit yet, we’ve got a couple tips on personal coaching that you can benefit from right now.
1. Make sure it’s the right time for a coach.
You’ve heard the old adage: “Timing is everything.”
That rings true for most aspects of life. Coaching is no different, especially because it’s very much a next-level strategy. When trying to determine whether you need a blogging coach, consider factors such as:
- How coaching will fit into your budget.
- If your blog is up and running as a business.
- If you feel more than ready—impatient, even—to step out of your comfort zone.
- If you are able to set goals and know exactly what you want to accomplish.
There are two pitfalls you need to avoid:
- Hiring a coach before you are ready.
- Hiring the wrong type of coach for your goals and needs.
Investing in coaching at the right time in your business life is one of the wisest career moves you could ever make—which means it’s extremely important that you make sure it is the right time. Be sure to ask your prospective coach if they agree it is the right stage in your career, and then ask how exactly they think coaching will benefit you.
2. Try it before you buy it.
This concept has been around for a long time, and it’s especially helpful when it comes to selecting a coach. Luckily, you’ll see coaches who offer “free” consultations online—from webinars to Facebook groups—pretty often.
Once you’ve scouted out a coach and decided that you want to work with them, take that coach up on their free consultation (but be aware that there will likely be a sales pitch at the end). After the initial session, a coach may even offer you alternatives, such as:
- A free or inexpensive group coaching forum option.
- The books they have written—with a reason why it would be a good book for you in particular.
- Alternate coaches or mentors.
- Free resources the coach provides.
Whether a coach offers alternatives or not, you should end the meeting feeling empowered—not inadequate.
Remember, when it comes to selecting the perfect coach, the choice is always up to you. If you have a good feeling and you’ve done all your research, we think you might have found a match.
You can find the rest of our advice on picking out the perfect coach for your business in the latest Blogger Building Blocks. Act fast if you aren’t already a subscriber—this eKit and all of the guides, worksheets, and other resources in it will go up to $27 come February.
Have you ever had a business coach? If you did, what worked for you and what didn’t? If you didn’t, are you considering one? Let’s chat in the comments.