I remember the first day I started my company. I was overwhelmed and overflowing with excitement. I was making the leap into 100% self sufficiency, business ownership and paving the way for my own future. Then I realized; I needed help. I did not know everything like I thought I did, heck, I did not even know some of the basics. Business was keeping me busy; as well as stressing me out. There was so much to do, so much to learn, and I was being buried alive in my new found freedom. I remember points during my new business journey where I was ready to scream! As I spoke to and spent time with other entrepreneurs, small business owners and executives, one thing became clear. I needed a business coach.
I hear entrepreneurs and small business owners tell me all the time, “I don’t need a coach, I got this”. They also say things like, “I am too busy for a coach” or “I don’t have the money to spend on a coach.” My answer is always the same when I say, “my point exactly.” A coach is the person who will make you better so you are not too busy to get better, and not so broke you can not afford a coach. These excuses are the exact results you produce by not getting a coach.
In business, there is competition. Whether you know it or not, there are others trying to win. Others are trying to beat you. Others want to not just beat you they want to crush you. These others are highly trained, highly skilled and some will be ruthless in their pursuit of business and entrepreneurial success. Know this as you step out onto the field and into business battle. If you show up unprepared, you will be slaughtered.
Here are a few tips as you search for, interview and then hire a business coach.
I hope this answers some of your questions about what to look for when hiring a business coach. Please feel free to comment and post here if you have any more questions, or need any feedback.