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I have been curious about becoming a life/relationship coach for a long time now, and I am wondering if there are any life coaches out there who can tell me about what this looks like logistically in their life i.e. How hard is it to get clients in Berkeley, how much do you charge, how long did it take to feel established in it?, etc. Also, can you recommend a good training/certification program? It seems like there are some out there that reek of scam and others that may be more legit. Are there different schools of thought on techniques used? (I imagine so..) and what are some popular ones? Thanks so much! inspired mom
I have ''officially'' been a life coach for the past four years. I jumped right into a coaching certification program as I started my business. The six month program I did was through Coach Training Alliance. It's a program done over the phone and internet. This was a good program for me, but I know there are many, many good programs. What matters is that you choose one that is the right match for you based on time, schedule, cost, location, etc. I worked with my own coach during this time for help in selecting a program and getting my business started. During the past four years the amount of time I've focused on coaching has gone up and down based on other career opportunities and starting a family. However, now I feel like I have the perfect fit for what my personal and professional goals are at this time in my life.
I work between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm four days a week. My ideal schedule is 6 full-time individual clients and working one to two days in the corporate setting providing in-house life coaching. My fees have also changed over time as my business, experience and confidence has grown. Initially my rate was less then $300 per month for 3 session per month, then they went up to $350 per month and now, as I am working with more professional and executive clients my monthly fee is between $450 and $850 per month depending on the package.
Because the coaching profession is growing by leaps and bounds and there are so many coaches in the Bay Area, I strongly recommend the following:
- Hire your own coach to help you get where you want to go faster; - Become a member of a coaching business growth organization such as Coach & Grow Rich or Prosperous Coach.com. - Choose a niche (who you will market your coaching to) as soon as you can...this will make all the difference in becoming established and making a good living a coaching (versus it just being a hobby of sorts).Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss in more detail. Nicola
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