How to become a life coachArfaq Hussain
How to become a life coach
One of the questions I’m asked most often about my job is ‘how did you get to be doing that?’ and it’s usually closely followed with ‘and how could I qualify/get started on that?’ Over the next 2 month’s worth of blog articles, we’ll look in more depth at how you could qualify yourself as a life coach – and if it’s not a route you’re interested in taking, at least it’ll give you more of an insight into how your own life coach came to be.
Why has using a life coach become commonplace over the last few years?
The hectic and busy lifestyles that many of us now live has lead to some of us needing to seek out a life coach for help and advice. As our lives are becoming more and more hectic and complex, we may find ourselves needing that extra bit of advice or guidance to help us get by. It is difficult to decide what to prioritise when we find ourselves being pulled in so many different directions. Sometimes turning to a friend means that you don’t receive unbiased or objective advice. Visiting a life coach can help as they will ask you to define your goals and help you focus on creating a clear path to achieve them.
What are the advantages of being a life coach?
Being a life coach is probably one of the most rewarding jobs out there. What’s more, you can complete work on your own terms and essentially be your own boss. You will set your own fees and decide your own working hours. And best of all, you get to help people improve their lives! Bear in mind, this is a self-employed position. You’ll need a business plan, business bank account and a head for figures to stay on top of your self-assessments. You should always seek advice before starting your own business, and then weigh up all the pros and cons before making your final choice.
How easy is it to become a life coach?
Becoming a life coach is not a particularly difficult task. There are no real barriers to entry or official qualifications/specific life coaching courses required. However, getting clients is not as easy as you have to constantly be pitching and selling yourself. It can also be difficult to provide proof of your skills and evidence of success with past clients. How would a potential client really know whether you have successfully improved a past client’s life? It can be a difficult thing to measure.
The most important measure of success is how much you are helping people gain the strength to overcome their problems themselves. Even just getting them to identify their problems in the first place is an achievement. Gathering client testimonials is a great way of establishing credibility around your services.
Will official certification help?
Even though no official qualifications are required to become a life coach, certification can certainly help you gain clients. It gives you an air of credibility and professionalism that can make your clients feel more comfortable. Also, the growing demand for life coaches means that the field will get more and more competitive, and getting certified will help you stand out.
Other than credibility, you will find that you can gain a lot of valuable insight from life coaching courses. Even though becoming a great life coach is dependent on possessing a core interpersonal skill set, studying anything in depth can only help you improve your skills. Consider gaining that additional training even if you find that you have enough clients. You will only be able to use the knowledge to help serve them better, or using new methods that you hadn’t previously thought of. Even if you have been in the profession for many years, additional training and development is always a useful thing to embark upon. Develop yourself with life coaching courses, so you can help your clients develop themselves better.
In Part 2, we’ll look in more depth at the question of qualifications. In the meantime, Merry Christmas!