How to Start a Creative Coaching Business (you love)

How to Start a Creative Coaching Business or Consulting Practice

If you’re thinking about starting a creative coaching business so that you can consult people and help them with something you’re passionate about, then KNOW THE FOLLOWING:

  • this may be the most fun you’ve ever had in life
  • this will likely be the most involved (translation: hard) work you’ve ever done
  • there may be a day soon when you wake up and cry* merely because you get to do what you love all day; and that day may be followed by many more days like it

*Not to imply that I cry over silly stuff, or anything like that, because I don’t. I mean, I’ve seen a few movies, TV episodes, and even commercials that make me cry, but I don’t think it’s a pattern, per se. Every other day is not a “pattern,” right?

You do not need a formal education in your coaching niche. You do not need 11 impressive credentials in your area of expertise. You don’t even need one impressive accomplishment to start a successful coaching business, because . . .

If you’re genuinely passionate about something, skilled, and willing to do the work to learn whatever you need to so that you can help others, then you can become an expert who provides valuable content to adoring, raving lunatic fans. Let me show you how. I’ve got 21 steps to share, which are the 21 modules of a class I teach on the same topic.

Y’alls ready?

The first things you may want to do are pick a name for your business, whip up a fancy logo, decide the coaching packages you will offer, and promote yourself to your target market . . . but don’t. After starting and abandoning a couple of businesses (actually, 7-ish), then starting, growing, and rebranding my current business, and helping multiple clients with their companies, I can comfortably say that your first steps are best in this order:

Steps To Starting Creative Consulting Creative Coaches Be Like
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Any Blogging Questions? April Q+A means free answers!

Free answers to any blogging questions: April Q+A with

Okay my fabulous friends, if you have any blogging questions, this Q+A was made for you. Over on Facebook (or Twitter if you don’t use Facebook), all day today and tomorrow until 6 p.m. CDT, you can ask me any blogging question you want. It can be a general question, a technical question, or a question specific to your blog. Anything.

I will reply with all the free resources, answers, and personalized tips I can. Would love to hear from you!

Photo of me (which I was nervous to use by the way): (c) Isaac Yzaguirre

Before + After Checklists for Your Blog Posts (and a free download)

Before and After You Post Checklists for Bloggers
Short + sweet today. Just wanted to share a resource I created and use for my blog posts: The Before You Post + After You Post Checklist of things you can do to create and promote the most quality content possible. With SEO, image design, social media, grammar, and more to worry about, it’s simple to forget some important things.

Below is the free PDF download of my checklist. I recommend getting it laminated so you can use it over and over, but you know . . . whatever works for you. Hope you enjoy it.
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Daily, Weekly + Monthly Business Tasks for Bloggers (free checklists my friends)

Business Tasks for Bloggers: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Checklists for Bloggers
Well my friends, you’ve probably figured out by now that running a blog as either a marketing tool for your business or as a money-making tool for your life is a lot of work. There are multiple “tasks” that exist outside of writing and publishing quality content. And since I love you, I put all those businessy tasks that deal with marketing, maintenance + accounting (for your blog) into some nifty blogging checklists. I hope everyone loves checklists as much as I do.Keep Reading

9 Ways Bloggers Are Like Drunk People

Bloggers are like drunk people
Dear bloggers and creative entrepreneurs, I came to the realization that we have a lot in common with drunk people. Here are just a few of our common traits:

1. We forget stuff extremely quickly.

Bloggers: We forget to do things such as eat lunch. Right after we finished making lunch. Because, you know . . . our blogs.

Drunk people: Will forget the end of their sentence, mid-sentence. And where they put their wallet. And their phone.

2. We have ridiculous ideas that seem really epic at the time.

Bloggers: You know, like writing about how bloggers are like drunk people. Or launching those two other blogs we’re so passionate about that we have negative amounts of time and energy for.

Drunk people: Things such as serenading you from afar, challenging the Dwight Howard sized man at the bar to a fight, or simply dancing, really horribly.

3. We try to keep the party going way past our bedtime.

Bloggers: I know you feel like you can crank that post out at 3 a.m., but let’s be honest, sometimes your delirious blog posts are the equivalent of drunk texting your ex. You’re better than that.

Drunk people: Go home drunk people, you’re drunk.

4. Our emotions change in an instant.

Bloggers: “Aww, no one commented on my post today. Maaan! No one loves me. Life is horrible . . . ooh look, Holly B. just repinned my pin. All is right with the world!”
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12 Essential WordPress Plugins for Pro Bloggers (that are free and simple)

WordPress Plugins for Blogging Like a Pro

Pro blogs look so “pro” because a lot of care is put into the features, functionality, and layout of each post and page. The thing is, it doesn’t have to take half your life/day to add these sleek elements to your posts if you have the correct plugins. Enter, The 12 Best Plugins for Pro Bloggers in the History of the Earth. You’re welcome.
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How to Write a Blog Business Plan (the guide for champions)

How to Create a Blog Business Plan

If you like adult homework and careful planning, this post is for you. If you don’t like adult homework or planning out the details of your blog as a business, then this post is definitely for you. If you currently (or ever plan to in the future) regard your blog as a business, or a way to make money, or grow your platform, or enhance your brand, then creating a blog business plan is essential.

“Why? Why must I do this? This is just part of your nefarious plan to keep me busy . . .” you say.

True. But, if you don’t 100% love your blog plan and me after you’re done, I’ll enter you into the “Regina wastes my time and life e-gift card drawing” for $25 to, because here’s the deal: I’d never recommend starting a business without a business plan, so I feel passionately about you developing a blog business plan if you’ll ever regard your blog as a business.Keep Reading