Career Coaching Business Plans 101

Career Coaching Business Plans 101

Most of us know what a business plan is but how do career coaching business plans look like?

Career Coaching Business Plans 101

Career Coaching Business Plans: The Key Elements

All good career coaching business plans have the same key elements that a normal business plan would have – an executive summary, a description of the company, management team information, information on its product or service, market analysis, strategy and implementation, and financial highlights. Let’s take a look at each of these crucial elements.

1. Executive Summary

While the executive summary should appear first in your business plan, it is actually written last, as an overview of the entire business plan. It’s the most essential part of your plan because it acts like a doorway to your plan.

This section is basically a summary of what your business does, the problem that it solves, the target market, the founding team, and financial highlights.

There is a saying in the film industry that no great script is written, only rewritten, and in a way that’s how you need to treat your executive summary. It needs to be impactful so don’t be afraid of rewriting it until you know it off by heart. As much as possible, keep things brief.

2. Description of the Company

The next component of your business plan is a description of your company. You note here whether it is a sole proprietorship, a partnership, or a limited liability corporation. Here, you also talk about the history of the business and your plans.

3. Management Team

A good business plan also covers the expertise and efforts of your key managers as well as your human resource strategies.

4. Products and Services

Next on your business plan would be each product or service that your career coaching company offers to individuals or other businesses.

This section would also clarify what benefits clients would achieve from your offering and how the products or services are different from the rest in the market.

5. Market Analysis

Market analysis is covered next in your business plan and includes your study of the local market, the fact that you don’t feel it’s saturated, where your customers are to be found and how best to reach them.

As a career coach, you could target people looking for a pre-retirement gig, young graduates looking to get their foot in the door or someone looking to change industries entirely.

Break down larger marketing plans into small steps so you are able to keep the focus on building and developing your long-term goals. For example, if you plan to market to every IT executive in your area, break it down into steps. Break it down so that this month you will purchase the demographics list of IT executives in your city, then the next week develops the sales letter, the third week turn it into the printer, so on and so forth.

6. Strategy & Implementation

The strategy and implementation section of your business plan gives you opportunities to be specific about dates, budget and managerial responsibilities.

7. Financial Highlights

The final part of your business planning covers all financial aspects of your business growth. Here, you talk about where you will find your funding for your business and/or expansion, what your profit and loss statement looks like, your cash flow, your company’s balance sheet, and financial projections.

Within the business plan, it is beneficial to map out the financial budget for a certain length of time. In most businesses, this plan includes all major expenses for the year. Adhering to a yearly plan may be difficult for some coaches because they are not able to do that in their personal lives. For example, if one has a hard time saving 10% of their income how are they going to adhere to a budget that requires them to put money away for future development in their small business?

The plan should include a one-year improvement plan as well as monthly or weekly goals so you can follow it closely. Let’s say you plan to expand your career coaching business by enrolling more executives. That requires an additional coaching space which is going to cost you about $8,000. Stay committed to taking $100 out of your earnings each week by writing a check and placing it in a box. At the end of the year, you can count up the checks, rip them up and write one big one for your expansion project.

Having a well thought out career coaching business plan will help you achieve the things you want to achieve throughout all stages of your business and will help to ensure your business is a success.

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Writing a Winning Career Coaching Business Plan

Writing a Winning Career Coaching Business Plan

Writing a career coaching business plan can be a lot of hard work or it can be great fun. You have so many ideas floating around in your head that it can be difficult to capture them all in a logical format and know where to start. However, committing time to write an effective plan can help improve your chances of success as a career coach.

 

Writing a Winning Career Coaching Business Plan

Not every business needs a 100-page bound business plan. However, all businesses need to have some idea of where they want to go and how they are going to get there.

Here are some tips on how to write a killer career coaching business plan!

The first stage of any career coaching business plan is ANALYSIS. You need to take a very objective look at certain factors that may impact your business. The two major ones to consider are competition and your operating environment.

First, let’s look at your competition. Clients only have so much money available so your first task is to ask yourself “What is my competition like?” and “Can I beat them?” The more you understand your competition, the more you can develop your unique selling proposition and compete in the market.

Next, let’s look at your operating environment. This is basically understanding what factors around your area of operation are likely to affect your business performance. You need to ask questions like:

· How is the economy doing?

· What is consumer confidence like?

· Where is technology heading in my industry?

After answering all the questions, you need to decide how these might negatively or positively influence your business.

Now that you have discovered more about your competition and explored your operating environment, it’s time to set some OBJECTIVES. This is what you want to achieve in the period your business plan covers. It is said that good objectives are SMART, i.e. specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and targeted. Here’s an example of a SMART objective for a career coaching business.

By the end of this year, we will have increased sales of our career coaching workshop by 6.5% over the previous year.

It is much easier to achieve high performance when you set clear objectives.

Next, you need to outline your STRATEGY. How are you going to reach your objective(s)? This is where your marketing plan comes in as it helps describe your marketing strategy and how you are going to achieve your desired objective(s).

When developing your marketing strategy, consider the following:

Products & Services: What products or services will you be offering? Will you be offering on-site career coaching services or will you be conducting group workshops at another venue?

The Target Market: The target market is the clients that you expect to do business with. For example, will you focus on millennials who are looking for someone to help them out in their job search or experienced executives who are looking for a career change?

To make your strategy work, you must also allocate appropriate RESOURCES and why you believe this is adequate to get the results desired. This could be dollars, people, equipment, etc.

A career coaching business plan must also have some PROJECTIONS. This covers your basic financial projections that your business plan will deliver. Are you expecting a profit or loss? How much?

Lastly, you need to allow for CONTINGENCIES. Plans change all the time and your career coaching business plan needs to consider these possibilities in advance. A good way to do this is to yourself ask some “What if?” questions. Here are some examples of “What if?” questions:

· What if a new competitor enters your market?

· What if the unemployment rate increases?

· What if the career coaching industry experiences a downturn?

Being aware of likely contingencies will save you a lot of stress and allow you to deal with problems before they become a big problem.

These few things will help your career coaching business to become a great success and also provide you with peace of mind knowing that you have thoroughly thought about and planned for your business.

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