Hiring a business coach, like hiring a personal trainer, is a matter of timing and desire. If you’ve never worked with a business coach, it can be difficult to understand why any small business owner would need to do so. Still, much like hiring personal trainer, there are some situations that call for more support and assistance to get you to the next level in your business more quickly.
1. Nothing seems to be working.
Like exercise, when you’ve tried every means to get in shape, develop your strength, or improve your flexibility with little results, it’s time to call in the cavalry.
Almost every business owner experiences a time when they have done all the right things to move their business forward and haven’t gained traction. It’s frustrating to work so hard with little return.
A business coach brings objectivity to your situation. S/he helps set goals, develop achievable plans, measure progress, and, more importantly, keep you focused on developing the skills and habits you need to succeed.
2. You’re new to business.
If you’re a new entrepreneur, welcome to the wild ride known as business! There are new skills to learn, marketing concepts to understand, and business development to undertake. It can be a bit overwhelming at times.
A business coach guides you in your new business journey, making sure you have the right skill at the right time to make the time and effort you invest in your business payoff.
3. You’re business is bulging at the seams.
If this is your situation, congratulations! It’s a sign your business is growing. That’s the good news. Ready for the not so good news? Without the right skill set and systems, a business chokes on its own growth.
Small business coaching helps analyze your current situation, assists with developing a plan for growth, and ensures you have the strategies and the systems to support your accelerated growth.
4. Fear is holding you back.
It’s okay to say you’re scared. Most of us are – we just don’t admit it publically. Fear of failure, success, financial loss…no matter what the reason, fear not dealt with properly destroys passion and dreams.
Business success means taking calculated risks. A business coach helps set up the financial, emotional, and time reserves needed so you can afford to take the risks without fear of loss. Plus, you won’t have to journey alone.
5. You need a challenge.
And, what entrepreneur doesn’t! Being in business for years can lead to complacency and a loss of passion. Don’t kid yourself – your clients know it!
When you’re ready to achieve something far more than you thought possible, a strategic business coach helps stretch you beyond your current boundaries.
6. You’re at a crossroads.
Remember the saying, “when you get to a fork in the road, take it”? Oh, if it were only that easy. When you arrive at a junction in your business where the road taken – and the business model built – depends on the decisions you make today, you want to make sure your choices are clear.
With several options before you, and many roads to choose from, a business coach helps you decide what’s most important in your life and sort through the options that will take you there.
7. You’re ready for a giant step forward.
Your business has been humming along at a nice growth rate but you’re ready to leap to the next level. Identifying the right support structure, goals, plans, and resources is vital in jumping forward successfully. A coach can help.
8. The way you’re working isn’t working.
Whether you’re burnt out, overwhelmed, or both, you recognize that you cannot keep working the way you are. There’s only one problem – you don’t know what to change or do differently.
Business coaching helps unwind your current work habits and patterns to identify new skills, practices, and patterns that get you back to your creative, focused, impassioned self.
9. You don’t know where to start.
Hey, this sounds like an every morning occurrence, doesn’t it?! It feels that way when the projects, tasks, and initiatives overflow the hours in a day. When deadlines loom, there’s no time for delays and indecision.
A business coach helps you sort through your many tasks and projects to coach you on new and different ways to approach your day to ensure every day gets off to a great start.
10. You’re preparing for a major event.
Expanding your family, a retiring spouse/partner, or retirement for yourself are examples of situations that call for your business to pivot. Business coaching helps identify what you want your business to look like, help develop the plan to get there, and keep you focused.
Think you have a situation that would benefit from a business coach?