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Hiring and Working With a Small Business Coach

We’ve all met highly successful people who just seem to have it all together. They have a great business, manage to spend time with their families, and even get a vacation (or two) every year. What makes them different from you? Why is their business booming, while yours feels like a struggle? How do they manage to get so much done so efficiently?

The answer, nine times out of ten, is that they have help. I don’t mean they outsource their work (although they may). What I mean is they have help staying focused, on target, and clearly envisioning their goals and the path to achieve them.

In short, they have a coach.

Just like your high-school track team had a coach to help them run better, faster, and more efficiently, a business coach helps entrepreneurs improve their workflow, market more effectively, and build a stronger business.

Why does this method work? mentorship

First, we place a much higher value on that which we pay for. If you’re paying a coach, you’ll be more inclined to listen to – and carry out – his or her instructions. Not only that, but because your coach is generally someone you admire, but not necessarily your friend, you’re less likely to want to disappoint her with your lack of action.

Finally, your coach has more knowledge than you do, and is able to see clearly where you need to take action. Left on your own, you might spend months or years with the trial and error method, just to arrive at the same place a well-trained coach can help you achieve in a short time.

Think you’re ready to hire a business coach? Read on and I’ll let you know what you need to do before you even consider it.

Hiring a business coach is often the turning point for entrepreneurs. It’s at this point that many of them finally begin to develop the business they’ve always envisioned, but could never quite reach. Their income goes up, their efficiency improves, and their stress levels decrease.

But if you want to make the most out of your coaching relationship, there are a few things you need to take care of first, because proper planning is the key to your future success.

Choose a coach whose style you like. Just because a particular coach comes highly recommended doesn’t mean he’s a good fit for everyone. If your personalities clash, your relationship will be strained, and you’ll only wind up feeling more stressed and resentful of your time together.

Next, make sure you enter into any coaching relationship with a clear goal. It would be nice to be able to hand a messy box of ideas and half-formed thoughts to your coach and let him sort it out, but that’s not a very good use of his time (or your money).

Better for you to have an end point in sight. You might not know how to get there, but if you can see the goal, your coach will be much better able to help you achieve it.

Working with a business coach may very well be the best thing that ever happened to your business. Just make sure you take the time and lay a good foundation before you move ahead. You’ll be much better prepared if you do.

There are as many styles of coaching as there are coaches, so it’s important to find one that clicks. And as with any service professional, perhaps the best way to do that is to try them out.

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