Become a Life Coach - What it takes ... and other important questions
What is Life Coaching?
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How fulfilling is this career?
Life coaching probably ranks as one of the most – if not the most – fulfilling careers today.
Very simply because it involves helping other people to be the best they can be. As you watch your clients grow and develop and achieve things they never thought possible, your heart will sing!
This is what making a difference in the world is all about!
There are other reasons too.
For one thing, when you become a life coach, life will never again be boring. Each client is unique, with his or her own view of the world, own hopes and dreams and own obstacles to growth.
And then there's the unrivalled flexibility of the career. You choose the hours you want to work, when you want to work, what types of people you want to have as your clients, and so on.
What's required to become a life coach?
There are no statutory requirements to become a life coach.
You do not need a degree in psychology or any other qualification for that matter and, at present, you do not need to be registered with a professional body.
You do not need to be of any specific age, although at least some adult life experience is recommended.
Remember though that life coaching is all about delivering great results for your clients. If you want to become a certified professional life coach with the very best chance of building a successful practice, there are a few important things to bear in mind:
be an honest person with unquestionable integrity;
have a real passion for working with people;
have an open, inquiring mind;
be non judgmental of others;
be very well trained with access to an effective coaching system and toolkit that will help you deliver the results your customers will expect from a professional life coach.
What training do I need?
If you are serious about becoming a certified professional life coach, you need training of the highest quality and integrity. In other words, training that is:
reputable (proven to deliver results over an extended period);
broad based (focusing on all aspects of life coaching, not just niche techniques);
oriented towards practical application (rather than overly academic);
supportive, right through your certification period and, preferably, beyond.
As life coaching is very much a word-of-mouth driven industry, your ability to deliver results for your clients is by far the most important attribute of the training you will undertake.
Will I need to give up my existing job to do the training?
Not if you choose to train with New Insights.
Our certification programme is specifically designed for people who are currently in employment or holding down important responsibilities, such as stay-at-home mothers.
You train in your own time and at your own pace.
Only when you feel ready should you start coaching for money and then in your part time until you have established your practice and feel ready to take this on as a full time career.
That way you have the flexibility to control your destiny without taking unnecessary risks.
Does it matter where I live?New Insights operates internationally
No. Not if you choose a New Insights certification programme.
Although we are based in Mutare, Zimbabwe we have trainee life coaches all over the country who can assist you. We also have partner operation in South Africa and in the UK with trainees throughout Europe.
We can help you to become a life coach no matter where in the world you live or decide to move to. The programme imparts universally applicable skills, tools and techniques which you use with the help of our proven coaching system.
The great thing about our programme is it's flexibility. You are in total control of the agenda at all times. We are always there to support you by phone, email or through our innovative online Forum and Journalling facility.
How long will it take to become a certified life coach?
Any reputable certification programme should include exposure to the theory of life coaching as well as extensive hands-on practice coaching.
New Insights life coach training involves some 300 hours of study, preparation and practice in total and will prepare you, thoroughly, to become a life coach with everything you need to build a successful practice.
Our certification programme will probably take you somewhere between 9 and 15 months to complete if you can allocate roughly 3 to 5 hours a week to it.
Be very wary of short courses that claim to turn you into a practising life coach after just a few weeks or months. Such claims are generally unrealistic and will likely result in disappointment, frustration and the need to invest in retraining.
What employment opportunities are there?
By far the majority of people who become life coaches start their own life coaching practices rather than look for employment.
And why not?
This is a wonderfully flexible career that can be started from home. When you become a life coach with your own practice you are in control and you decide your hours and the clients you prefer to work with.
Life coaching practices share very few of the challenges associated with other small business start ups. They require minimal capital outlay, are generally low cost to operate and carry little risk.
Can I earn a decent living from Life Coaching?
Yes, of course.
Good life coaches are in great demand. After all, they help people to achieve their goals and dreams so why wouldn't they be?
Fees vary dependent on experience, target market, client type and so on but most coaches charge in the range of $25 to $100 per session but can even go higher depending on your clientele with a session generally taking anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes.
Good life coaches with full practices can earn well in excess of R35,000 per month.
And don't forget that the operating costs are very low.
How do I find clients?
Life coaching is very much a word-of-mouth business. If you prove that you can deliver great results for your clients, you'll never lack for referrals and that is your lifeblood.
When you first become a life coach and are just starting out, finding new clients can be a little more challenging.
If you train with New Insights you'll be exposed to at least fifteen practice clients, each one of which is likely to refer other friends and colleagues to you, thereby building your pipeline of clients.