How to Write a Simple Coaching Business Plan

Think you have a great idea for a business and need to draft a simple coaching business plan? You’ve probably come across simple coaching business plans on the Internet but you may not have the time to read them all. The coaching business plan template presented here will get you started.

How to Write a Simple Coaching Business Plan

It outlines five most important sections of a business plan and can serve as the blueprint to help you write a simple coaching business plan.

Five Elements of a Simple Coaching Business Plan

Background 

In this section, you’ll want to compose a little story to tell people about your coaching business and what you offer. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What need are you serving and why is it important to the world right now? 
  2. Is your coaching field growing or shrinking? Is the need for your service likely to grow or decline over the next 5-10 years? 
  3. What is your reach and what is the potential for your business in terms of numbers? 
  4. What is the profile of your most likely clients? Is it men, women,or children? What are their ages? 

After you’ve figured out the answers to the questions above, outline your personal qualifications, training and education that will support you in serving your clients. Also list any soft skills, coaching philosophies or beliefs you have that will help you serve your clients. This is the place to tell your readers what makes you great at what you do.

Vision and Mission

A vision is something that just gets you moving in the right direction. It may be so ambitious that you never actually get there, but it will lay out a path for you. A good vision is inspiring, focuses on serving the world, and is very ambitious. Try and develop a vision as you would like it if you could serve every single person who needs your coaching services. Capture what the world would be like if you could do this in simple 3-5 sentences. 

For example, “A world where every person is living their life to the fullest.”

A mission on the other hand is about your purpose and your part in changing it. Capture how you’ll serve people, and what your role in delivering the vision will be. 

For example, “Helping people discover their life potential and supporting them in making changes to bring this potential into the world.”

Marketing and Communication Plan

It’s essential that you give some thought as to how you’ll communicate your vision and mission to others. Instead of “marketing” your services, think of it as “sharing your message.” You already know that what you can offer your target market is of value and that it needs you. Write how you’ll communicate to those that need you most and how you’ll help them. Before you devise a marketing and communication plan, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who needs to hear my message? What groups do I need to serve most?
  2. What do they need to hear from me?
  3. What is the best way to find and communicate with them? Do they communicate online? Or In person? Workshops, webinars, etc?
  4. When will you communicate with them? Will you reach out to them daily? Hold workshops once a month? Send out a weekly newsletter?
  5. How will you know if they have heard your message? 
  6. What will success look like? What are your marketing and sales goals or targets for this year and the coming two years?

Risks and Opportunities

Sometimes things might not go according to your plan, therefore it’s prudent to spend just a bit of time thinking about the areas that may go wrong and devise a corrective action plan or a Plan B to limit the damage.Likewise, it’s a good idea to think about any opportunities that you haven’t thought about yet so that you don’t miss any good ideas along the way. 

Financial Plan

Having an idea of what you need to make in terms of income to continue coaching others and help change their lives is essential to delivering your vision. And in this day and age, any business that is not growing or evolving is dying. There is no standing still! So this section details how you’ll sustain your financial viability, and how you’ll grow your business.

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Jeannie Cotter
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Writer, Coaches Training Blog community