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A Birmingham Business Coach: A day in the life of…

For those contemplating a change of career to one of the fastest growing industries in the world; coaching, wondering what can be achieved through life and business coaching, or want to know more about what it is to be self-employed…this will give you an insight and access to some of the insider secrets of a Business Coach to see and try on for yourself!

Do you like a varied day?

No day is the same, unlike in my old ‘corporate world’, which is one of the main elements of any business and self-employment that is to love and be nurtured. Many career changers to business start-ups would be surprised at how self-employment looks or feels, it’s very different to anything you know working for someone else. But highly rewarding!

Running your own business as well as working within your business takes passion, dedication and an absolute love for what you do. Coaching clients most days (if you get your marketing and delivery right!) it’s time to dedicate a day to 2 days per month planning and preparing for all other elements of your business to run just as swimmingly. Aside from the planning time you invest in your existing coaching clients, a successful Business coaches weekly and monthly to do list may look something like this:

  • Workshop content

  • Next month’s marketing planning & content

  • Follow-up coaching enquiries

  • Networking meetings

  • Invoices & Receipts

  • Social media updates

  • Website amendments/improvements

  • 1-1’s/meetings with potential associates

  • Training Course/s

  • Personal Development

  • Accounts

As you can see the tasks involved in running a successful business or Life and Business Coaching practice are varied and require a multitude of skills, not to mention patience, aptitude and dedication! For the purpose of this, let’s select three to give you an insight:

Marketing and Content

It is advised small businesses should spend between 40 and 60% of your time on marketing activities. So, even worked out as a minimum if you work an average 37 hour week, that’s 14 hours spent on marketing your business. Still sound a lot? That incorporates everything you do that is to grow your business, gain more clients etc – training courses, networking events you plan and attend; it soon all adds up.

Your marketing should be consistent – in both message and in timing. The best way to make this happen is to approach the planning in the penultimate week of every month. Evaluate successes for the previous month and start to plan for what you want your message to be next month. Get your e-newsletter out at a consistent time, at a time that suits them (you’ll know this from your marketing tracking). Plan and execute your social media marketing, set up your account with a scheduling platform (hootsuite etc) to do the consistency for you, leaving you to tweet/linkedIn/facebook when the mood and energy takes you. Book in for networking events that suit you and your business with education, training or speakers to help you grow you and your business.

Following up: Potential Business Coaching Clients

It may or may not surprise you to hear that some coaches or business owners out there do not follow up on potential enquiries! A recent statistic about follow ups at exhibitions pointed towards 80% of potential leads not being followed up! Bizarre. If someone expresses an interest in what you have to offer, follow up with them – you can do this in so many ways to make business happen so much more enjoyable and easy. Ask them if they’d like to meet for a coffee – sounds like you both have lots in common and lots to discuss. Would they like to receive your lovely ‘freebie’ FAQ’s, ‘How to…’ guide – any promotional material you may use to share your business story with your clients? Pick up the phone! Lately seen as one of the most terrifying of all prospects. Possibly because we receive so many unwanted calls, but this is the one that really works well.

Do you love to increase your knowledge and skills?

In any industry, in any role, it’s integral to your success that you keep up to date with new technologies, emerging practices, updates and anything else that will keep you learning, motivated and ahead of your competition. The great thing currently as there are loads of brilliant courses and workshops being offered for free or very little investment. Networking helps you keep abreast of any courses happening in your area. They are a great way of meeting fellow business owners, potential clients or strategic associates, plus the bonus of learning new skills that will help you grow your business and be able to the best possible service to your clients, so that they keep coming back for more.

Clare Whalley celebrated 10 years in business in 2017. A great milestone to achieve. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

Clare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business book in for a free one hour business strategy session


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