If you are the type of person who always cheers on your friends and are their to listen and help them navigate through seasons of life, you would be a successful coach or consultant. The question you may be asking is, “What the heck does that even mean?” What does it look like to be a coach or consultant?
What is a coach or consultant?
A coach or consultant is a specialist who can help to instruct or train clients through something specific. They help people navigate a particular need or problem. On top of training and strategizing, they will also help keep them motivated and hold them accountable to their client’s goals.
For example, as a fundraising auctioneer and consultant, I walk my clients through what they need to do to have a profitable fundraising event. I ask them a lot of questions to understand where they are and what they know already and try to learn about their donors, event and culture and then I help them strategize the best solutions. I do not just give them a set one-size-fits-all solution. Instead it is different for every client, which is the benefit of having a consultant rather than purchasing a course or event plan. I use my experience and expertise from attending several hundred fundraisers to help them. I follow up with them to hold them accountable through the process and give them feedback for the months leading up to their event. This helps them have the most successful event possible. They are happy to pay my fee because I am able to help them make exponentially more revenue at their event.
Now, you probably aren’t a fundraising auctioneer, so doing the same type of consulting wouldn’t be right for your business, but there are so many options for starting a business as a consultant or coach.
What types of coaching or consulting businesses could you start?
This is a huge and ever growing industry. You can become a certified fitness coach. You talk to clients and find out what their goals are and create a customized workout plan for them and you also hold them accountable. People pay for this, because they know how hard it is to know what exactly they need to do at the gym. On top of this, you can niche down to become more valuable to a type of client: yoga fitness coaching, post-partum fitness coaching, seniors fitness coaching, etc.
Maybe you’ve been around the block a couple times and know what works and doesn’t work for new moms. You can help with all sorts of things depending on your background and area of expertise. Homeschool Coaching, Potty Training Consulting (or you could just start a business as a professional potty trainer, because I would have paid for that), Behavioral Consultant, etc.
You could help other people as they grow their businesses. While “Business Coach” is another broad topic, you will want to niche down based on your expertise: New Business Coach, Marketing Consultant, Hiring consultant, Job Search or Resume Consultant, etc.
This is closely related to Fitness coaching, but this would focus more on overall health and wellness. You help your clients meet goals in all areas of health and wellness. As a health coach, you would assess their needs and make a plan for them to follow to live a healthier life. Niches you could pursue are: women’s health, family health, navigating autoimmune diseases, etc.
Organizational/Home Coaching and Consulting
You would help people create systems in their home that they would follow. Help them organize their stuff in a sustainable way and feel more at peace and productive in their own home. This is an incredibly valuable type of coach because it leaks into other areas of this person’s life. Some niches you could pursue: Kitchen organization, storage and keepsakes organization, simplicity consultant, closet consultant, home office organizer, etc.
You can help people set budgets, motivate them to follow them and hold them accountable to their goals. Maybe they want to get out of debt, save for a down payment on a house, pay for college, earn some extra money or grow their wealth. As a money coach, you can make a big impact on the life of others. Financial Leaders like Dave Ramsey offer programs to help you become a financial and money coach. I’m not paid to endorse Dave Ramsey, because he doesn’t need it, his system is so effective and if you could learn his system to get out of debt and grow your wealth, you could help so many people and in return build a successful business for yourself.
Any consulting that has to do with an expertise you have
I mentioned before that I am a fundraising event consultant. I do not PLAN events, but I walk my clients through the things they need to do to plan an profitable fundraising event. If you’ve ever had success with something, you can consult someone else through it. Pulling from the experience you had in a job before choosing to staying home with kids is another great place to start.