April 18, 2014 64 comments

How to Start a Creative Coaching Business (you love)

by Regina

How to Start a Creative Coaching Business You Love

If you’re thinking about starting a creative coaching business (and monetizing it effectively, obviously) 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 lessons and steps in the 7-week 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

K, now let’s get started:

1. Determine your true passions.

Answer a few of the questions I sent out to my email friends last week:

  • What am I naturally good at?
  • What do I have training or education in that I enjoy doing?
  • What do I have an interest in or find myself researching often?
  • What am I passionate about that I will still be passionate about in five years?
  • What activities do I enjoy most?
  • What do I receive compliments on?
  • What do I find the most joy helping people with?
  • If my business wasn’t profitable for six months or more, would I still want to do it?
  • What topics do I bring up in conversation most often?
  • If I were to write a book right now, what would it be about?
  • Thinking through what’s involved in delivering my passion as a service (this post should help), am I willing to go through all of the steps?

P.S. Find a BBF {best business friend}. This process is no bueno on your own. You need a business friend who “gets” what you’re doing, can provide feedback, and supports your efforts.
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2. Discover your best audience.

You should know the habits of your target audience, know how they like to learn, and know what makes them trust a new source. Use something like this Ideal Reader Survey to get to know your audience better.

Whatever you come up with, try to narrow it down further. Do you coach writers on how to write and publish books, or do you coach first-time, female, non-fiction authors on how to write and publish books?
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3. Decide what perception you want people to have of you. Determine your ideal reputation.

This one is big. And the moral of the story is: choose who you want to be. If you happen to online stalk me (thank you!), you may have already seen my Entrepreneur.com article on 10 Steps to Creating a Killer Business Persona. Well, take those 10 steps, purposefully. As you craft your identity, try to see through the lens of someone who fits your ideal client profile.

Don’t be fooled by how deceptively simple this step seems. This is a huge/long lesson in the class I teach because it will ABSOLUTELY affect every other step of starting a creative coaching business or consulting practice.
Creative Coaches Also Be Like Teach People How to Treat You
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4. Craft a content plan. Determine the types of content your audience finds ideal. Figure out what you love to create.

There are three types of content essential to growing your coaching business, four that are key to business success. {Proverbs, anyone? . . . Crickets? Cool.}

>>> Uno. Cornerstone content: that which your brand will come to be known by. I’m far from being some “it” blogger, but my “cornerstone” pieces thus far are the ones in my sidebar. They’re the posts others seem to consider most useful, actionable, and geared toward my ideal blog friends.

>>> Dos. Content that furthers your goal reputation. If you want to be seen as “that woman” who puts together the most epic outfit posts of all time, then publishing a mediocre post with “meh” outfits is a #fail. If you want to be seen as the most helpful small business blogger to ever walk the earth, then your posts should be as helpful as possible. Don’t start posting a bunch of opinion pieces and San Antonio Spurs fan fiction. I mean, I’ll read it, but I’m not sure who else will.

>>> Tres. Shareable content. Those times you write something so clearly, or make a video so beneficial to your ideal clients, that you feel compelled to share it with as many people as possible. You know that you would be clearing up a lot, or helping people out with something major, if they would just read/watch/hear your content. If you feel like that once you create something, there’s a large chance that your audience will feel like that too.

>>> Cuatro. Gateway drugs.
I mean content. Gateway content. Drugs are bad! Or something like that–okay, kids? Gateway content is valuable content that naturally leads people to other products or services you have available, at other levels of engagement.

I’ll use this post as an example. This post is free. Free for anyone interested in learning how to start a creative coaching business or consulting firm. You may have a mild interest (and browse over the post or read it intently to see if you want to start a creative coaching business in the future) or you may have a keen interest (because you plan to start creative consulting soon). Either way, it’s free.

the Creative Coaching Manual | byRegina.comBut, wouldn’t it be beneficial if I had another product that was available to the people who are at a higher level of “readiness,” if you will? And indeed, I do. I have a 7-week class with multiple modules for anyone who is serious about learning how to build a consulting business from scratch. Hmm. But perhaps a class it too much for someone who is interested in coaching, but doesn’t have a sense of urgency about starting. Good point my astute sister or brother. So I’m also making this content into a guidebook that’s less expensive (and less hands-on) than the class.
<<-----but shh, no one knows about the book yet.

See how that works? There’s a product for almost everyone at almost every level. Whether your clients want to spend $0 with you while they get to know you, or $5 – $20 once they see how helpful you are, or $50+ once they’re convinced you are the one who can help . . . whether your clients have a growing, mild, or deep interest in your content, there’s something for them. It’s all about the gateway drugs.
Gateway Drugs: Not for Kids Kids At Home Don't Read This

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5. Choose a name and business entity.

Based on all the great work + discovery you do in the four steps above, pick a name that suits you + your audience + your content. Make the highly debated choice between branding yourself as yourself, Sarah McGinnis, or yourself as a company, McGinnis Coaching, or a company company: Muffin Tops Consulting.

Then it’s time to choose whether you’ll operate as a sole proprietor or perhaps form an LLC. Here are a few facts on the common business entities for you (from back when I was writing about semi-boring things like that).

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6. Build your brand identity.

If there was a spectrum of brand identities, on the “bad” end would be brand identities that take away from or hurt your brand. Yeah. I’m talking to you if you built your logo with clipart in a word processor.

On the good end would be identities that excite or add awesomeness to your brand.

And in the middle would be brand identities (like mine) that neither hurt nor greatly enhance. Pretty much, if you like me, you like me for my content, and my brand identity doesn’t distract you or pull you out of my content in disgust. I think.

Whatever you do, don’t end up on the distracting end of the spectrum. My actual feelings get hurt when I see a brand that has a 15-color + 7-font logo, with all 15 colors and 7 fonts used frequently throughout the site. Please don’t act like you’ve never seen it.

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7. Build a business plan, vision + mission statement.

I wrote a post on business plans for bloggers you can use as a guide.

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8. Establish an online presence and strategy.

Which will include things like:

  • understanding the basics of SEO (search engine optimization)
  • understanding SMO (social media optimization)–check out this article on SMO and these tips and video recording on SMO by Peg Fitzpatrick as a start–yep, linked to her twice because she’s that amazing
  • getting with the Pinterest and Google+ movements, if applicable
  • learning the ropes of Twitter and how to add value with your tweets and connections
  • being engaging on Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other applicable social platforms
  • crafting an overall plan for how your accounts tie together
  • creating a consistent brand identity online (through graphics, tone + content)
  • figuring out the best web host and website solution for your business, then getting an attractive site and blog built

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9. Blog like it’s your only hope.

Mainly because it is your only hope.
Too dramatic? Okay. It is the vehicle most likely to get you to your destination. So find use your voice early on, you’ve already found it, because it’s yours. Learn about spreading your message/content attractively + consistently.

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10. Develop your products and services (with your clients, strengths, and passions in mind).

Remember the gateway drugs? Consider those when you create your products and services. Or imagine a huge funnel: lots fits in at the top but it keeps getting narrower and narrower. Better yet, I’d like to call it The Downward Triangle (because it’s awkward and memorable and makes it sound like I do yoga).
Just call it the downward triangle The Downward Triangle

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11. Price to win-win.

At the end of a coaching session/package, your client should feel like she won (as in, value > price; or value = price), and you should feel like you won (as in, price + satisfaction > time or stress).

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12. Gather or fund all your necessities.

You’re gonna need software, a computer, office supplies, a social media management platform, an accounting + collaboration app, a business phone number (or Google Voice, for free), and all the other stuff in my article about being prepared. If you need to fund some things, consider a crowdfunding campaign (Kickstarter or Indiegogo are great), a business registry (just like for weddings, but not), personal savings, or even a full-time or part-time job.

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13. Find your clients. Rather, help your clients find you.

Sure, you may take on some pro bono work at first to build your portfolio, confidence, and experience, but after a while, after building your creative consulting business the right way (with valuable content and everything else in these 21 steps) clients will find you and be willing to pay what you charge.

Tip: Don’t let people (friends included) “pick your brain” all day long for free. Marie Forleo killed it with her video on the topic.

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14. Learn to manage + run your business, your way.

As you get into it, you will discover whether you like to save receipts and do all your accounting at the end of the week/month or each day as transactions happen. You’ll figure out your favorite way of managing your inbox, planning out promotions, and more. The thing to remember is to find what works for you, and do it consistently, no matter how weird.

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15. Create a project process and workflow that benefits you and your clients.

As you plan out each service (or the delivery of each product to your clients), think through every single step of the process. Write out everything you do, every interaction with the client you will have, in the course of providing a service. This is a crucial step, and I’ll tell you why in a moment, but for now, your workflow or process may look something like this:

>> Client emails me or contacts me from my website expressing interest in a certain coaching package >> I email the client back with more details on the package and my Getting Started Worksheet; I also ask her how she found me and thank her for considering me >> The client emails back once the worksheet is complete >> I review her answers and determine if we’d be a good fit >> I email her to schedule an initial 15-minute consultation >> She responds with a good time >> I email back to confirm our appt. >> I call her at the specific time and we talk about her goals >> If the conversation goes well, I tell her I’ll send her an invoice for her package later that day >> I send the invoice >> I receive payment from my client via PayPal before any work begins >> I research her unique problem/goals and create a plan of attack >> I email her a few questions >> She responds >> I incorporate her preferences into my plan >> I email her the plan and request another meeting >> She responds with her availability >> I firm up a meeting time >> We have a second coaching call to review her plan >> Once a week for the next month, I check in with her via email to ask about her progress and answer any questions she has >> She responds with questions >> I shoot back answers and applicable resources on my website >> At the end of the month I send her my Wrap Up email

Planning out each little interaction like this is important because: (1) you can now develop a checklist, that you use for every single client (and keep in their physical or digital client file), and (2) you can develop resources and goodies for each step of the way that your client will enjoy. Things that will make the process more enjoyable for you and her. Things that will make her more likely to recommend you to others like crazy.
Create delight during each step of your coaching process Your clients will love you

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16. Manage money + accounting tasks like a superstar.

You have to get the hang of keeping receipts, recording all your income, changing prices when necessary, sending past due invoices, saving money, charging taxes when applicable, paying taxes, taking deductions, and more. You’ll be running a legitimate business and good money management is imperative.

And yes, I was horrible at most of it for my first few years in business. In fact, don’t tell the IRS, but I didn’t even know I had to pay and file estimated taxes for quite a while. Ahh, the joys of working for yourself.

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17. Develop a launch plan.

Will you have a party? Will you hold some promotions? How will you reveal your brand? Will you ask key friends for help? What’s your timeline for launch?

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18. Spread + promote your brand and passion.

After you launch, you need a plan in place to continuously spread your brand message and helpfulness across the land. A lot of this will be taken care of by an effective content strategy (#4), but think about things such as guest posting on other people’s blogs, collaborations with other brands, events, social media press releases, and your all-important email list.

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19. Always be analyzing.

There are multiple facets of your business that you will have to consistently review, analyze, and make adjustments from:

  • your blog analytics: which tell you your most engaging posts, your best traffic sources, and much more
  • client feedback: tells you what to tweak to make your coaching a better experience
  • pricing: will need to be changed at certain points to keep your business profitable and rewarding
  • client relationships: you have to figure out if/when to break up with clients
  • product offerings: you may need to continually adjust what you sell
  • etc.

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20. Create the ultimate planner or master task calendar. Organize your business now that you know what it takes and what you need to do.

I use stickers in my planner to remind me of important tasks. Real people in the real world use Google Calendar. Whatever, I’m 12. Did I mention my planner was a Lisa Frank?

I think about two of you took me seriously just then and lost all respect for me. I can’t blame you.

Use your master calendar to plan out your blog posts, to remind you to pay taxes, and to schedule in all of the tasks that you’ve come to learn are important for business growth.

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21. Stay focused for growth and for the big decisions headed your way.

When should you quit your day job? When should you pivot your business? When should you rebrand? If you’re staying focused on your business plan, and “you always be analyzing,” you’ll naturally begin to see answers to some of the big business questions.

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So, what do you think? Are you interested in starting a creative coaching business of your own? What is it that you are passionate about? Is this more/less work than you expected? Please let me know in the comments below.

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Creative-Coaching-Sidebar If you’re interested in finding out more about the self-guided class (with weekly chats) on building your creative coaching business, please visit the course description page.

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64 responses to “How to Start a Creative Coaching Business (you love)”

  1. L.J. says:

    This post is freakin’ awesome – just what the doctor ordered. Glad I found ya!

    • regina says:

      Hey L.J., thank you for taking the time to read it and comment. Glad you enjoyed.

    • My thoughts exactly – thank you Regina for sharing your gifts and talents with the world! I am so grateful more and more women are putting themselves out there and uplifting others while they succeed!

      I’ll be sure to keep you in my “INSPIRATIONAL” book mark folder when I’m writing blogs and sharing info because your site rocks!

      Magic Passion Love & By Regina !

  2. Brooke says:

    Funny how you find things the exact moment you need them. I’ve been wanting to branch out in my blog to be more of a business as well. There’s so much good info here!

    • regina says:

      Brooke, I love your name and have the overwhelming desire to call you McBrookerton, as in, “Here comes The McBrookerton y’all.” It sounds really cool in my head, but partially because Brooklyn was one of the three names I considered changing my name to as a child. I apologize that I’m weird.

      Moving on: Yes, I always think that’s so funny and not a coincidence. I love those moments. I have enjoyed everything I’ve seen of your blog and your down-to-earth, witty writing. Good luck as you branch out your blog. I’d love to hear any feedback or questions you may have as you go. You’re probably seven levels of savvy beyond this, but here’s a very basic brand identity checklist you can use and add to as you branch out. Again, it’s very basic and meant for you to add the items most important to your brand and to the clients/customers/friends who will buy from you.

      Thank you for taking some time out to read and to leave a comment of encouragement Brooke (<-- I was so tempted to say McBrookerton again. Literally almost typed it and submitted the comment.)

  3. espinelli says:

    Thanks for the article Regina! I am always looking for a way to simplify the blogging and marketing process for my clients and you explain everything so well! I love that you are a creative coach too! I haven’t heard the term previously, but it’s fantastic! And, great job showcasing your personality– it’s so prevalent, fun & entertaining 🙂

    • regina says:

      Emelina, thank you. I just checked out your website and some of your blog–it’s so well designed and your content all looks good.

      I appreciate that you took some time to check out my blog and to comment. That’s so meaningful to me. Also, thanks for the compliment on the term + personality. You’re really encouraging.

      I wish you continued success with your clients and your great site. Thanks again.

  4. This is the second week in a row I have had one of your post speak to me like I am the only one you are talking to. I wrote out my entire blog business plan last week and have referenced it frequently. I don’t know where I am heading just yet. Bookmarking this to come back to in between using my voice. Thank you so much for what you do. I will probably be back for the book or the class

    • regina says:

      Anne, haha. Thank you for that comment. I love that you finished your blog business plan as well.

      Sorry for taking so long to reply here. I appreciate your time in reading and sharing your thoughts. Your comments mean a lot to me. Please let me know if you have any questions while you start + grow your business.

      P.S. I love following along with all your stuff on Instagram as well. P.P.S. You have a fun blog Anne.

  5. Davilyn says:

    Excellent! Just what I was looking for! Thanks again for a great post.
    Davilyn

    • regina says:

      Davilyn, I love your name. Thank you for taking time to read and to comment. I apologize for taking so long to reply. Your comment really is appreciated. Good luck with your blog + business.

  6. Taila says:

    I have spent about 3 hours on your blog, that I just found today. You are amazing and have such valuable knowledge. Keep inspiring :), you have surely motivated me this morning. I will surely be back. . . often 😀 .

    Prosper In Purpose,

    Taila
    http://www.hautehemisphere.com

    • regina says:

      Taila, wow. Thank you so much. This is a wonderful, meaningful comment. I appreciate that you took some time to stop by and leave your thoughts.

      “Prosper in Purpose” is a fitting tagline for you; your blog seems so purposeful. Wishing you continued success with your blog.

  7. April says:

    I just stumbled on this post and am so glad I did! About 4 weeks ago, I “discovered” I’ve been coaching people for years, I’m good at it and enjoy doing it and already know who my clients are. Reading your post was great in solidifying things I already knew I need to do plus a few others. Thank you so much!! Excited about reading more on your website!

    • regina says:

      Okay, your About.me pic is epic. Tons of personality coming off of it. Excellent.

      Thank you for coming by the blog and taking time to read and comment. It’s exciting that you have these pieces already in place and can just continue forward with what already is a coaching practice. Lovely how things work out like that, eh?

      Wishing you continued success with your clients and please let me know if you have any ideas, questions, or legendary thoughts you want to share. Thank you for your time April.

  8. Ashley says:

    This was just what I needed. Thank you for the witty insight. It’s practical and will take me a long way!

  9. Jessica says:

    This post is amazing and exactly what I needed to read right now. I am very interested in either buying a workbook from you and possibly working with you! I seem to have missed your class. You did mention a book. Do you have an idea of when that book might be available?

  10. Ella says:

    THANK YOU
    I’m having a DIY coaching session tomorrow with a florist friend of mine and I came across your work looking for questions to ask ourselves over brunch… you are so clever! Love everything on your website and will be following with great interest!

    Thanks so much for sharing such helpful things, you are indeed a ninja x

  11. Kia Perry says:

    Regina this was awesome! It wasn’t until I read “10 Signs You’re A Creative Coach, Not A Freelancer” that I realized I love coaching. I’m always trying to help my friends who are interested in pursuing creative careers visualize and follow their passion! I’m a graphic designer and in the process of launching a new brand. I want to offer Creative Coaching as a new service. One thing, if I want to help young women visualize and pursue their passions in the creative industry, do you think I’d have a valuable service if I didn’t necessarily focus on the business-y side (accounting, finances, etc.), which I’m not that passionate about coaching? Your advice would really be helpful as I’m struggling a little about what coaching packages to offer. Thanks, and I truly appreciate your post. They’re sooooo informative and have helped me out a lot!

  12. Eve says:

    Wow, thank you! I took notes 😉 I would so love a business coach like you! I did have a question about the blogging bff part. My blog subject/specialty is not mainstream in the offline world around me. Should I look for a blogging partner in my online communities?

  13. Emma says:

    I love you Regina.
    You are ace.

  14. Alex Torresgmail.com says:

    Enlightening and extremely helpful, truly gave me the clarity that I need to move forward in my career as a transformation coach. THANK YOU!

  15. Ghada says:

    Insightful and resourceful article , just on time. Thank you Regina .

    I am in the middle of my coaching training and feel the urge to start a blog which would eventually be a website. My passions are geared towards health, nutrition, body and SOULSSS .(nutrition is my background(

    Looking for creative name that would ignite my passion and launch my skills.

    Thanks a million!

  16. Frances Gollahon says:

    Great site and I’m looking forward to reading more and finding out what you’re up to! Thanks for sharing. P.S. I don’t have a website yet.

  17. Sandra says:

    That’s great advice for any business start up, not just coaching. Thanks so much for sharing! And now to the most important point: I’m going to look at Lisa Frank calendars! 😀

  18. Lois B. says:

    Freaking awesome. Granted I’m going for small business consulting not blogging but this article is exactly what I needed. Thank you!

  19. Portia says:

    You are a rockstarter! (Rock Star+SELF-starter). Not sure how I found you, but I’m off to retweet your awesomeness 🙂

    Portia

  20. Leliam says:

    Great post, Regina. Precise and relevant for the business. Thank you!

  21. You are flippin’ rad.
    #obsessed.

  22. Jarell Alder says:

    Divine! Just the fuel I needed to turn my dreams into a reality. Thank you for this!

  23. Arieta says:

    Amazing! So glad I found this article – just what I needed to read. So helpful!

  24. Cristina says:

    Very resourceful article!!!

  25. Beverly Philipp says:

    Amazing tips that are really useful for the place I’m at in life. I’m trying to pursue coaching in a way that has a great impact for the younger generation. Thank you for mapping these steps out for us who are trying to find our niche, and also how to appropriately market it.

  26. Very useful article.. I bookmarked for future…

  27. Fantastic Writing…Nice sharing blog

  28. Ashley Harris says:

    Thank you so much for providing very practical and resourceful information to help me get started!!

  29. Jessica says:

    This is amazing! Thank you sooooooooo much!

  30. Sarah Green says:

    I love this post! I am in the (slow) process of moving over from the day job to working for myself as a wellbeing coach and feeling a bit overwhelmed (& excited) with everything to consider. This post has been so great to read and just says it as it is! Need to get the branding plan sorted asap. My blog post this week will be about sites/ articles I love so I hope it’s ok to include you. Thanks again x

  31. Amanda Sue says:

    Oh my goodness. I have been devouring your posts this evening, and I’ve restrained myself from commenting, because I don’t want to look like a crazy stalker person.

    But this one, I had to comment on. I TOTALLY had Lisa Frank when I was younger. And Christian Riese Lassen… he did dolphin stuff, and I had all of it… notebooks, folders, the works.

  32. Jennifer says:

    Oh my gosh Regina…I’ve been reading for a few days on your blog and everything is so dang helpful…and packed with goodies but when you just said “After starting and abandoning a couple of businesses (actually, 7-ish),”. I got chills . I have done just that too! And I’m tired of it. Thank you for this post that I haven’t finished reading but will definitely dig in to because I had to comment right then about starting 7 biz’s and abandoning them lol. Thank you thank you

  33. Kendra says:

    Oh my goodness! Why am I only finding you now? I love everything you are about and everything say! I only have been reading through you site for a few hours and have 8+ tabs open from this post alone.

    I can’t wait to read more and be inspired to get my business in gear!

    Thank you!

  34. Bonnie says:

    Hi Regina,

    Not all of your information applies to the type of coaching I want to do (as it’s not “creative coaching”) but you are a reputable source and it’s hard to find that! So I’m taking your tips and tailoring them to what I need. I have found so many great tips here on your website, it’s amazing. So thank you!

    ~Bonnie~

    • regina says:

      Bonnie! Thank you so much for this sweet comment. I’m glad the tips are such that you can apply/tailor them as you see fit. I really appreciate that you took the time to comment!

  35. Amber says:

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive post! It was awesome and extremely informative.

  36. Toni says:

    I am a geek by coronary heart and programmer by
    pastime!

  37. Brain says:

    Hi Regina,
    I have just read your article I like it. I am going to imply this source and idea on my work let’s see what happen. thank you once again for this creative business consultant article.

  38. Rahwa says:

    What an amazing blog! You are a rock star!! You motivated me to get back to develop my consulting portfolio and continue blogging. And yes… After reading your article and taking notes..I subscribed. Rock on. Ps–I would like to ask you a few questions re copyright etc. Email??

  39. Annika Hylmo says:

    This is so helpful! I coach creative professionals who come to me primarily through word of mouth, but as I’m thinking of ways to develop my business this is a great resource. Thanks!

  40. Atiyah says:

    I pinned this article some time ago because I knew I would need it. I’m just taking steps to start my own business. I thank you for this article.

  41. Lacey says:

    I actually gained more respect for you when I read your planner is Lisa Frank.

  42. AnnMarie says:

    This might just be a life/game-changing post for me. In the past week, I had three entrepreneurs/aspiring entrepreneurs reach out to me about “coaching” that I don’t even offer — yet. I’ve just been putting out value-driven social content while building my website and working on the content for it. My plan was to launch the site, stick with “infopreneurship” for 6 months or so and then consider coaching. But people are apparently ready and waiting for this “coaching”.

    Just reading and bookmarking this post made me feel like I GOT this enough to schedule my first free consultation with someone today.

    Thanks so much Regina!

  43. Cody says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK, REGINA!!

    PS. thank you!

    cb.

  44. Bettina says:

    OMG Regina! I think you are my most favourite blog of all times .. and I’ve read many!
    You are an eye-opener! Seriously! I’ve been working for companies since 12 years, always unsatisfied, but highly motivated to do more than they actually hired me for just to be pushed back by someone who was saying this is not something we’ve paid you for but the input is great!
    On the other hand people come to me (also private) to ask for my help and tips.

    So I thought I’d become a freelancer, because this is what you do right.. you don’t like your job/your boss… you work for yourself. But while setting up my own business website and also reading your blog I realized, This isn’t right either.

    I had a feeling for a while, that this wouldn’t satisfy me either but couldn’t put it into words. Then I came across this post and NOW I know what the problem was. I’m not a normal employee, I’m not a freelancer, I’m a passionated creative coach!

    Thank you so much! It’s the first time in a while, that I feel relieved about my career!

    Just one thing: I can’t enroll for your course. The one you mention here. http://scrappycourses.com/courses/zero-to-coaching-business
    Even tho you write there it will be online with no end! 🙂

    Have an awesome day,
    Bettina

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  46. Laurie says:

    This is AWESOME!!! I have been interested in starting a coaching business for YEARS! I have been “coaching” people most of my life.. my ISSUE is pricing.. it’s NOT about the money for me ..it’s about helping people.. I want to help women who have fallen and can’t get up.. I want to help women that are in shelters, rehab, abusive relationships, depressed, lost..etc.. to get out of their current situations and move to where they want to be. I have a hard time asking a women for a fee..but you explanation of the downward triangle,has given me a way to be able to resolve that concern for me..thank you , thank you, THANK YOU.

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  50. Nina says:

    How MO-TI-VATING was that?!!? After the glorious golden chariot drives off with my children in tow, I am watching the sun rise and pondering…. actually, internally beating myself over the head with my witch broom (Halloween starts early at my house – I promise it’s only a decoration). With each blow to the head, I am making a very sad attempt to hit the “Go Button” on this grand idea of starting my business that will (duh dumb duh duhhhh) WORK. As the weeks…. months pass, I have found that the big, red “Go Button” has been playing hide – and – seek with me (the struggle is real).

    To my “Go Button” – Regina… thank you for your amazing blog, and my MO-TI-VATION. There are trilllllllions out there and non of them quite stand out like yours with REAL information and flow.

    Consider yourself…. PINNED

    With Respect,
    Nina

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  52. […] Changes will start to show up though, but the problem that we are facing will give you how we see into them. The solutions that we face will depend upon the versions of the story and make up with the whole part and be more certain on this. […]

  53. Jay says:

    Regina!
    Oh my! Thank you for putting this together and sharing! I think that we will meet one day! I so appreciate this article, you spoke to my heart numerous times. But most importantly, you provided with (ya ready for it?!)… STEPS!!! Real steps that don’t paralyze me with a tong of anxiety. I have been so focused on name and brand and BLAHHHHH, that is frightened me right into Club Frozen.

    So, THANK YOU! I will print this entire post and hang it in my apt. I am feeling like “the 1 again”.

    Many blessings to you.

    -Jay

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