Are you considering a career in life coaching and curious about the best way to become a life coach while still employed? Well, maybe this article will help point you in the right direction.
To Resign or Not to Resign
Several life coaches remain employed full-time while starting out in their coaching careers. Unless you have savings equivalent to three or four months’ paychecks, the logical thing to do is to hold on to your full-time job until you get your coaching career up to a certain level where you are comfortable to resign from your current employment.
Now, if you have no intention of resigning from your full-time job because you enjoy what you do but instead are looking to supplement your income with a part-time life coaching career, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It all depends on you and how committed you are.
Is it possible to juggle life coaching, a full-time job, family obligations, etc. together and still make time for yourself? Yes, it is. But the choice has to be yours. You have to get to a point where you feel confident and ready to take that leap.
The Best Way to Become a Life Coach While Employed Full-time
When I first started as a life coach, I had no intention of doing it full-time. I was going to work my permanent job at the hospital while supplementing my income with coaching. But after a few months, I realized that with my family obligations and my passion for helping people live fulfilling lives, I had to make a choice. I resigned from my 9-5 in pursuit of what I determined to be my calling. It wasn’t easy at first making that transition, going from certainty to uncertainty. However, with the support of my husband, my trust in God (Christian faith), my experiences and skills, I was able to launch out without looking back. Today, I have a thriving business, and I am doing what I love without restrictions.
Few Questions to Ask Yourself
To embark on a life coaching career while fully employed, you will have to ask yourself the following questions. After you have done that, then you can proceed with getting ready for your coaching business.
1. Why do I want to become a life coach?
2. Can I generate enough money as a life coach that will take care of all my expenses? (This is for those of you who are considering leaving your current job at some point.).
3. Can I juggle my current job, life coaching, and other obligations at the same?
4. When and where will you be meeting with clients? (Weekends, evenings, holidays.)
5. Am I going to be doing one on one or group coaching?
6. Am I going to be seeing clients strictly face to face, phone, online, or all three?
7. Do I need to go for specific training for coaches, or is my degree enough?
8. Where am I going to get clients from?
9. Do I need to register my life coaching business?
10. Do I require a coaching certification to help clients?
Whether you eventually decide to resign from your 9 to 5 job to pursue a life coaching career, or you choose to retain your current position and add life coaching to your portfolio, a career as a life coach is worth it. The best way to become a life coach while working full-time is to, first of all, do your research and be real with yourself. You also have to know what you can handle and what you cannot before making the transition. Do not make any hasty moves. Ask yourself questions like the ones mentioned above and be sure that you can answer or find answers to most or all of the questions.
“Margaret K. Olubiyi
Writer, Coaches Training Blog community”