A life coaching business can be a tough gig because life coaching is not really a business – it’s a skill like architecture, graphic design, or technical writing. It’s something you learn to do, and it’s something that is completely separate from running a business.
But can you have a life if you’re a life coach?
Let Someone Else Run the Coaching Business
You can get a coaching job working for someone else. You can practice your skill while letting someone else run the business. Of course, you are then subject to someone else’s whims, company hours, and the rules and regulations of the organization.
Do you want to run the show? Do you want to make your own rules? Do you want to be your own boss?
Can a Life Coach Have a Life?
Once you commit to owning a life coaching practice, you’ll soon learn the issues faced many other coaches who have started life coaching businesses. You are faced with also running a business – administration, marketing, paying the bills, and making sure all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed.
With running a business and doing what you really want to do – coach – is there any time left to have a life?
This is a serious problem faced by many life coaches – a life coaching business just dominates their lives and they almost don’t even have the time to coach because they are so busy marketing and promoting their services.
But, it is possible to have a life when you own a life coaching business? It is possible to make time for family, friends, leisure activities, vacations, and fun even while becoming a successful life coach?
How to Have a Life When You Have a Life Coaching Business
- Before you start your business, make sure you fully realize that life coaching is a hard business to run. It’s easy to get started, it’s an incredibly rewarding gig, but it takes plenty of hard work and time to make your business profitable and prosperous.
- Take time for yourself. Sure, you might need to work sixteen hours per day for some time to get going, but you can’t continue at that pace indefinitely. Take a day off, take a short vacation, go play golf for the afternoon, take your spouse out to lunch – just get away from the business for a spell.
- On those days or weeks when you work so hard, remind yourself of your purpose – remember that life coaching is a calling and you are working so hard in the service of others.
- Make time for exercise and meditation. Exercise and meditation helps maintain a healthy body, a clear mind, and a strong immune system.
- Look for the signs of work burnout – increased cynicism, higher levels of stress, low energy, excessive worrying, and a perceived lack of time. It might be time for a vacation!
A life coaching business is a calling, but it is also a business. It’s competitive, time-consuming, and stressful at times. You want to be just as focused on having a personal life as you are on helping your clients and making your business a success!
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