Tell me if this sounds familiar:
You have a great idea. Your heart pounds a bit when you think about it. You feel in your gut it has the potential to be big.
You buy the domain name. You set up the website. You find the right photos.
It’s your baby and you love it. You dream about the potential of how your idea can make a difference. You envision the opportunities that could come your way.
You write your first post and share it on Facebook. Your mom “likes” it.
Someone tells you to tweak your website. Change the colors. Try a new theme. Add a sign-up form.
You google “how to start a business.” Suddenly the search bots know that you are a budding entrepreneur and every ad is targeted to sell you something.
You stay up late each night, trying to put your big idea into words but it all falls flat. This is much harder than you expected it to be.
You create an “About Me” page but leave it blank because you have no idea what to say.
You get the first sign up for your newsletter! It’s your weirdo neighbor.
You get your first comment on a post! It’s a spammer telling you that they have cheap electronics to sell.
You start to get nervous, you second guess if your great idea is really any good.
You buckle down and grit through the discouragement. You know you have what it takes and you WILL NOT FAIL!
You see all. the. things. on Facebook. Everyone promising success. Everyone telling you that their way is the way. It’s overwhelming.
You try Pinterest.
You try YouTube.
You try blogging.
And you’re still stuck. Spinning your wheels. You want your baby to succeed but after lots of hard work, sacrifice and effort, you’re still at the starting line.
What’s next? Is it time to hire a coach? Do normal people do that? Does that mean you’re not enough? Or does it mean that you’re normal?
If this sound familiar, you are not alone. This entrepreneur gig is HARD. It can throw even the savviest, successful, hardworking superstar into a spiral of doubt.
But it doesn’t mean you have to stay there.
I work with talented, smart, hardworking individuals who recognize that their idea has the potential for profit and purpose. And they know that collaborating with someone during a big transition isn’t a sign of failure. It’s how smart people move towards success. It’s an investment that unlocks potential.
In the last ten years, I have worked with hundreds of clients…
- The Mom who is ready to start up her Dog Training Center now that her kids are back in school.
- The Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who was ready to write the book that he’d been dreaming about.
- The Nurse who was ready to take her training and expertise and bring her products to an eager market.
- The Artist who knows that his work will connect with people but has never leveraged the internet.
- The Tutor whose expertise can help graduate students all over the world, but was still meeting teenagers at Panera.
- The Blogger who has half-a-million followers and is looking for ways to diversify her revenue stream.
All of them were in a place of transition and recognized that instead of spinning their wheels and trying to “coach themselves,” they would be more effective and realize success more quickly when they invested in a business coach.
So what can you expect from a collaboration with a business coach?
In a nutshell, a great business coach is a partner who makes your business exponentially MORE.
When you decide to work with a business coach you are recognizing the opportunities to go beyond your own expertise and harness the power of collaboration.
So what should you expect?
INSIGHTFUL: She has the emotional intelligence to speak candidly without discouraging your vision. A great business coach needs to listen to your vision and heart in order to harness your talents. You are hiring her to give you sound, constructive advice that adds value to your mission. And a great coach has a wealth of experience to leverage.
EXPERIENCED: She should be well versed in multiple disciplines. Don’t want to squander your time with someone who can only propose one solution, but work with someone who is knowledgeable in multiple fields. When I work with clients I routinely tap into 25 years of sales and marketing experience, I use my technical expertise on WordPress and Search Engine Optimization to customize and optimize those marketing plans, and I have worked with hundreds of clients on their product strategies, many of whom are making a 6 figure income from their businesses. You don’t want to settle for less.
CREATIVE She shares creative solutions that leverage your ideas and lifts them to another level. You should expect ideas and insights that you haven’t recognized. There should be “Aha!” moments when the lights turn on and your heart starts pumping. And, like most of my clients, you should think “This is exactly what I needed.”
BOLD She pushes you to stretch beyond your comfort zone while giving you the tools you need to succeed. You should expect that you will have to do things that feel uncomfortable, that stretch you out of your old routine. You should expect that you will work hard and make mistakes, but that you will be better for them. And you should expect that she will hold you accountable to deadlines and goals. Otherwise, it’s a lot of talk, but not enough traction.
If you are interested in exploring this more, I would be glad to talk with you on the phone. Simply send me an email and we can set up a 30 minute call. Even if we’re not the right fit to work together, I can help point you in the direction of someone else who can.
I look forward to hearing from you!