According to Forbes Today, the life coaching field is a 2 billion dollar industry with a 5.5% yearly growth. And yet, the recent pandemic demonstrated that even such strong industry can be strongly affected by lockdowns, restrictions, and inability to meet face to face with clients. In response to the Coaching Federation questionnaire, 49% life coaches around the globe mentioned reduced work hours and falling number of working hours.
Bringing life coaching practice online would be the best option for your clients, and an enormous opportunity for established life coaches, and those who are ready to make first steps in the exciting world of life coaching.
Let’s explore why online life coaching would be the best option from the potential client point of view.
Online Life Coaching is More Convenient
Scheduling time for a virtual training session with an online coach can usually be much more convenient than scheduling a session with a local coach. And on top of that, there are a lot of smaller, often overlooked, reasons why getting an online coach might be more convenient than going to a local life coach:
Unpredictable weather can become a big hindrance to visiting a local coach, while online personal coaching can make the problems with unexpected weather not be an issue at all. Imagine heavy snow, rain, wind or just really hot weather prevents you from going to your coach. This is how a virtual session by phone or video chat with your life coach will keep you physically safer than having to go out in the bad weather.
Seeing a life coach online will save you fuel and some other costs like cleaning or clothing costs. Sometimes food, travel, or hotel costs might also come to play when working with local coaches, depending on the situation, along with having to consider paying for a babysitter.
Having to train locally, and the additional costs that will go with it can be a reason for some people to not train at all. If you choose an online coaching course, you will find it a bit easier to afford the sessions and follow your dreams.
More Benefits to Having an Online Life Coach
- You will have an opportunity to find the best coach for you from any place in the world.
- You will have a way the larger pool of coaches to choose from.
- You are not limited to just the coaches near you.
- You can find a life coach who specializes in precisely what you are looking for.
- You can find a life coach who is exactly the right fit for you.
- You will save some time on commuting.
It Is Better than Hiring a Local Coach
- Being able to freely move around is very convenient and a benefit of hiring an online coach. If a client has to stop to make a visit to a local coach, they may find it difficult to find a time to meet with the coach.
- Many people will feel more comfortable discussing sensitive matters with an online coach.
- Everyone needs to have somebody to talk to, and an independent online coach can make a big difference for some people. Working with an online coach can be a better choice for some people because remote coaches are usually unbiased about local affairs.
Choose The Faster Way to Improve Your Life
Why would you make an appointment and wait to meet with a local coach if there are coaches who work with their students using way more convenient online technologies such as video chat? Such methods are much quicker than having to stop and have a face-to-face meeting with your coach.
Time is one of those things that always seems to be in short supply, and time is money. This is why so many people will opt to choose an online coach nowadays to work with instead of having to spend the extra time and money to meet with a local coach.
And as a side note, when you work with an online coach, you have the ability to choose from thousands of experienced, qualified, and professional coaches instead of restricting yourself to only those who are available nearby.
What You Should Expect When Working with an Online Coach
Think about what kind of life coach you are looking for. Is it a coach who specializes in relationships, careers, or is it a coach who will help you to find your real passions and true calling in life? Some coaches will help you take action and start working towards your goals, while others will help you build confidence and be more motivated.
There could be even more factors you might consider when choosing a life coach online:
- What is your coach’s age?
- What sort of experience your coach has
- What approaches, methods and techniques your coach will use
- What character qualities, skills, and abilities your coach has
Anyone can call themselves a life coach, and this is where you have to be careful. Unlike in most other fields, there aren’t any legal restrictions on who can claim to be a life coach. In order to be licensed as a “psychotherapist”, for example, you would need to meet all the qualifications to get licensed, but this is not the case to be a life coach.
When it comes to life coaching, there are a number of different training sessions, educational programs, and licensing organizations. Even though the coaching industry currently lacks uniformity, there are still a number of organizations that want to regulate and certify life coaches, in order to ensure that coaching is being done both ethically and professionally. However, according to some informal surveys, no more than 20% of listed life coaches possess some form of coaching credentials.
Although there are quite a lot of different schools, programs, training sessions, education, and credentialing organizations, the most widely known and most reputable regulatory organization is the ICF, which controls the training and legal professional standards.
When you first meet with your coach, make sure to find out how long they have been doing it, what kind of experience they possess, what is their educational background, and what qualifies them to work as a life coach.
Now that you’ve learned about the potential benefits of online life coaching from the customer point of view, the next step would be to bring your practice online.
True, it’s easier said than done. There are a lot of questions and new knowledge to acquire, before your life coaching practice could fully cross that magical digital border.
Future is bright, and you can find a lot of useful guides and articles here in our PowerMotivator.com blog, not to mention that we can transform your business to be true online life coaching practice, while you concentrate on what you do the best – creating changes in client’s lives.