Life Coaching can be a lucrative, flexible and rewarding career.
It’s now the second-fastest-growing profession in the world! According to last year’s International Coach Federation’s (ICF) 2020 Study on the Global Coaching Industry, there were over 70,000 coach practitioners globally in 2019 — and the Life Coaching industry makes a yearly revenue of almost AUD 4 billion!
But it’s not suitable for everyone.
So, if you’ve been wondering, “Is Life Coaching right for me?” you’re in the right place. We’ve put together some questions that will help you figure out whether to pursue it.
Should I become a life coach? Answer these 5 questions to find out.
DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR SELF-DEVELOPMENT?
A passion for self-development is the backbone of life coaching.
When you become a coach, you’ll learn things about human behaviour that you rarely get exposed to anywhere else – including the 12-Step Coaching Model, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis.
Ultimately, coaching is about diving deep into WHY we do what we do and HOW we can do it better. As a coach, you’re guiding your clients on a journey of self-development. So it works best if you’re passionate about doing this ‘inner work’ too.
“As a coach, you’re continuously improving yourself because you’re continuing to learn higher levels of personal development tools and questions. To me, that’s one of the most fun parts about becoming a coach,” says Glen Murdoch, founder of The Life Coaching College Australia.
DO YOU WANT TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER?
“Life Coaching is about being able to live your life on your own terms, build your own business, and work the hours you want to work,” says Glen.
As a Life Coach, there are endless opportunities to redefine your work and be your own boss.
You get to decide everything for yourself: your pricing, who you work with, where you work from, whether you coach full-time, part-time or even integrate Coaching into your current profession. The list goes on!
We’ve got graduates who have successfully redefined their careers — retiring from accounting to earn a six-figure income from coaching; integrating coaching into their 9-5 management role for better results, or leaving an unsatisfying career as an Account Manager for one as a hypno-coach.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP AND INSPIRE PEOPLE?
If helping others is one of the things that drives you in life, you’re not alone. Contribution is a core part of coaching allure.
“We interview every single student before they join one of our coaching courses, so we know what draws most people to this career path: freedom, yes, but also fulfilment,” explains Glen.
Your role as a life coach is integral in helping individuals maximise their potential and cope with any obstacles they may face. And as a coach, you play a significant role in helping them to become their ‘best selves’ with proven tools, techniques and practices.
DO YOU HAVE THE TIME AND ENERGY TO COMMIT TO STUDYING AND PRACTISING COACHING?
Well-trained coaches do incredible work and change lives, but coaching is a skill just like anything else that you learn. It requires time and energy to master.
Our coaching courses at the Life Coaching College include 4 to 45 days of face-to-face learning and 42 to 100 hours of practice coaching. But regardless of which training you take, you must commit to study and practice to be successful.
Then as you go through different phases as a coach, the time and energy you spend on (and in) your business will be distributed differently. “You might start at 80% study, 20% practice. Then that morphs into 50% study, 50% practice, then 30% study, 50% practice, 20% business-building,” adds Glen.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE?
Most people get into life coaching because of the factors above: passion, freedom, flexibility, career control and contribution.
But to take coaching from a hobby to a business, you will need to market yourself and promote your services, whether in-person or online, locally or globally.
If you’re worried about this, don’t panic! We give you all the tools in our coaching courses.
Each program includes expert-led marketing and business training (including creating products and programs, finding your niche, understanding your perfect client, online/social media marketing, Facebook & Google Ad Words, and much more).
And just as importantly, we make sure you’re armed with the coaching tools to create tangible transformation for your clients — so you can put yourself out there with confidence.
Feeling reassured that this is the path for you? Once you know you want to become a coach, the next question is, ‘How do I like to learn?’
If you prefer to learn in an in-person classroom environment, but still want to fit your training around your full-time job, The Life Coaching College could be perfect for you.
Click here to explore our Coaching Courses and find out more.