Every day, 337 bloggers* across the world realize they’re not really bloggers, rather, they realize they’re not only bloggers. It’s not some sudden, startling realization. It creeps up on you, but it means a world of change for how you approach your blog and your business.
*That’s an actual statistic y’all. And by actual, I mean that I actually just made it up.
A blogger is someone who blogs. (Genius, I know.) Just like a runner is someone who runs. Being a blogger doesn’t stop you from also being a small business owner, or a creative consultant, or a cat magician (that’s literally all that popped into my head). But, if you think you’re a blogger, you might not realize you’re also a creative coach or that you’re actually engaging in consulting.
Have no fear, friends. There are some pretty obvious signs I’ve seen and experienced over and over that will help you determine if you are in fact creative coaching along with all that blogging.
10 Signs You’re
Crazy Like Me a Creative Coach Disguised as a Blogger
1. Your readers ask you questions, constantly. And some questions are beyond the scope of your blog posts.
This means they consider you an expert, an excellent resource, and someone they can go to for any questions in your industry/area. This also means your building up trust with your readers. That is crazy valuable.
Other similar signs: Your friends have deemed you the go-to expert on whatever you blog about and constantly ask questions or send people your way. Or, you’ve always been the advice giver and counselor of your friend groups.
2. You find yourself researching your craft or topic more and more and more and.
If in a 24-hour time period, you’ve ever lost 3 hours to Pinterest, 4 hours to Interweb research, and 2 hours shopping for related books on Amazon, you are obsessed.
3. You get a lot of joy out of helping people out with things you’re interested in.
Like, a lot a lot of joy. You get excited. You get research-y. You do it for free. You do it and smile.
4. You find it simple and fun to explain how to do things you love.
For some reason, when you sit down and map it all out, it just comes naturally. Your words flow + people learn. Hint: If people constantly compliment you on how useful your blog posts or other pieces of content are, that means you do a good job + make a good coach.
5. Your digital + desk life have become a bit of a mess, because:
- There’s no more memory on your phone due to all the pictures and notes you added related to your passion.
- You haven’t turned off your computer in three weeks because you have so many active tabs + programs open.
- You’re embarrassed when anyone sitting next to you at the coffee shop sees how many files are on your desktop.
- You have so many ideas and projects written down in so many different notebooks, you don’t know where to begin.
6. Your brain quite literally won’t stop.
You can’t turn off the creativity, thirst for knowledge, or flow of ideas. So much so that you:
- forgot to feed your kid and/or watch your favorite TV show
- haven’t fallen asleep quickly in a month or more because your brain stays up scheming
7. If you wrote a book right now, it would be about your blog topic. Also, if you mapped it out, you’d realize you have enough knowledge to write a book or create a course on it.
This makes you an expert on your topic, by the way –> someone with enough knowledge to write a book, or teach, or simplify and organize information in such a way that others benefit.
And if you want a little help getting started in expanding your knowledge to information products, check out:
- My free workshop on creating information products (2.5 hours of training and a 15-page workbook)
- My post on ways to monetize your coaching business
- My 2-day workshop on creating courses (at a special sale price right now)
8. You want to say yes to every niche project or client/advice-seeker who comes your way.
Don’t do it. But it’s fun to have that many options you’re excited about. You have to be wise about saying “yes,” because mini-burnouts will come and decrease your creativity and desire for your blog and coaching business.
9. Someone has offered to, or is willing to, pay you for your expertise.
One of the most obvious signs of all.
10. You haven’t stopped nodding your head “yes” or feeling excited about what you do since you started reading this post.
. . . and now that you’ve discovered you’re a creative coach, what should you do?
Make a plan. If you feel that you’d enjoy coaching people in your area of expertise, make a plan. You’ll want to start releasing more targeted and useful content; you’ll want to make sure your focus is adding value to your readers.
I wrote a post on How to Start a Creative Coaching Business You Love (oh, and it’s pretty in depth, so grab a soy chai latte) to help you begin to plan your new business. There’s a lot of work to be done, but it will be rewarding if you truly love to teach, help + coach.
What do you think? Might you be a creative coach or consultant? Do you think you’d enjoy writing books, creating tutorials, teaching classes, or personally coaching people? Any obvious signs you’d add to my list? Let me know!
P.S. Here are 16 ways to monetize a coaching business, btw.
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