Your Coaching Business Plan – Take Your Coaching Career To The Next Level

How do you write a great life coaching business plan? There are a billion resources detailing how to write goals or take your coaching career to the next level, most of which are fine, but what you really need is to give yourself time to focus on your life coaching business plan. If you are serious about making this year a turning point in your coaching career, here a few tips that will help make a difference no matter what strategy you choose.

You Need 24 Hours Dedicated to Working on Your Life Coaching Business Plan

The most important life coaching business plan tip is to give yourself a full day to plan. Not just an hour. Not even half a day. Smaller time blocks can be easily wiped off the face of the planet with a small emergency. An afternoon can also be easily whittled down to a half hour of scattered thoughts. That’s not going to give you a quality future for your coaching career. Give yourself 24 hours.

Create Your Life Coaching Business Plan in a Different Environment Away From the Usual Distractions

The other key aspect to making the most out of your life coaching business plan time is to get away from your usual environment. Get away from your usual distractions and conversations. Creating a powerful life coaching business plan that is powerful enough to take your coaching career to the next level is going to take focus. Daily distractions like the internet and the phone take away from your focus; and that’s power that is lost.

In your usual environment you think about how you usually think. If you want to take your coaching career to the next level, the same thinking that got you where you are will not get you to the next level. If you create your life coaching business plan in your home or usual workplace, you’ll tend to repeat what happened in the past. So get yourself to a different place. Find a nice area outside your usual town, even if it’s only a half hour away. Find a place to stay the night. Maybe drive to a bed and breakfast or campground. Go to sleep somewhere else and when you wake up start your day.

If You Give Yourself 24 Hours and Distance From the Norm This Can be the Best Year of Your Coaching Career

You’ll be amazed at the power that getting some distance from all the things that usually stop you can have on developing a powerful life coaching business plan. Give yourself this gift. Set yourself up to make powerful changes in your coaching career by creating an optimal planning environment. And have a very happy new year!

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Colette Seymann
JTS Advisors Bi-Designated Strategy and Accountability Coach

6 Tips for Writing Usable Coaching Business Plans

Think coaching businesses don’t need coaching business plans? Well, think again. It doesn’t matter what type of business you have – life coaching or selling lemonade on the side of the road, you need a business plan!

Coaching Business Plans

Does a Coach Really Need a Business Plan?

The short answer is YES. The long answer is Of course!

The Small Business Administration notes on its website that “the importance of a comprehensive, thoughtful business plan cannot be over-emphasized.” William Bygrave, a professor at Babson College conducted a study in 2006 in which he studied several years’ worth of Babson College graduates to determine if the ones who had started their businesses with a formal, written business plan were better off than those who started their businesses without business plans. The answer he found was surprising – it didn’t seem to make a difference.

So – what’s the answer? Prevailing wisdom and the advice of many experts is to write a business plan, and coaches, coaching business plans are needed, too!

You Can’t Write a Business Plan Just to Get it Done

Perhaps one of the problems with some entrepreneurs is that they really don’t put much effort into writing the business plan. A coaching business plan, or a plan for any type of business needs to be comprehensive. Research, effort, and time is required to create a functional business plan.

It’s not a repot for school that you do at 11Pm the night before it’s due – it’s a project that will take some research time and more time developing the concepts. Just like a coaching practice, coaching business plans aren’t created in a day!

6 Tips to Creating Usable Coaching Business Plans

Here are a few quick tips on writing a business plan for a coaching business:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to write the plan. A few days, a few weeks, whatever it takes to finish a comprehensive business plan.
  • Don’t write it during normal working hours. If you are working another job while starting a coaching practice, don’t even think about trying to compose it in between meetings, phone calls, and conferences with the boss!
  • Make it comprehensive – cover areas such as Administrative, Vision, Values and Core Principles, Desired Goals and Outcomes (both short term and long term), and Marketing.
  • Include a SWOT analysis. What’s SWOT? S -strengths, W – weaknesses, O – opportunities, and T – threats.
  • Don’t forget to include a section on marketing. Most coaches hate marketing, but it is an absolute necessary part of running a successful coaching practice. It must be comprehensive and include different possible types of marketing and ways to assess success or failure.
  • Be sure to look at examples of other coaching business plans. This is a good way to find an outline for your own business plan.

If you are ready to start a coaching practice, you should invest the time in creating a comprehensive yet concise business plan. It should be a formal, written plan that will serve as a guide and reference for as long as you own your coaching business.

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