You have a great idea. You are great at your craft. You can do it better than the company you used to work for. You need to pursue a different career path.
We all have reasons why we decide to become entrepreneurs.
As entrepreneurs, we think we can do it all, and most of us even try. Every entrepreneur has strengths and weaknesses. And over time, we learn what those are. Maybe your struggles are related to productivity, or organization, a lack of confidence, or a fear of failure. Regardless of whether you’ve been in business for 20 years or 20 minutes, a business coach can help you work through your biggest entrepreneurial and personal challenges.
At Jaguar Business Solutions, we officially launched our small business coaching program at the end of 2021, however, we’ve been coaching and working with entrepreneurs and different business types and industries for years. However, as there are more entrepreneurs and startups than ever before, we saw the need to launch a coaching program in an effort to help meet that demand.
However, in our time working with entrepreneurs through our coaching program, we realized what it takes for clients to have a successful coaching experience with us. With that, we provide this guide to help you to determine whether or not a business coach is right for you, and how to see success—and ROI—by working with one.
What Does a Business Coach Actually Do?
A business coach is often confused with a business consultant. Although the two are similar in some ways, they are two very different roles.
A business consultant assists an entrepreneur or business owner with business strategy and is often directly associated with business growth.
A business coach can assist with strategy, however, a business coach often assists an entrepreneur with personal growth and development as well as business growth and development, specifically in the areas of personal development, time management, and combating procrastination and distractions. A business coach can help entrepreneurs to find clarity, make decisions, and spearhead action.
With that being said, a business coach…
- Assists with goal-setting and planning
- Assists with turning those goals into actionable plans
- Serves as an accountability partner
- Provides advice, support, and guidance
- Helps clients find the answers within themselves
- Does NOT do the work FOR you
Is a Business Coach Right for You?
Ask yourself the following questions…
- Are you ready to put in the work?
- Are you ready to make a commitment?
- Are you prepared to take accountability for your actions and your role in your business?
- Are you prepared to make some decisions?
- Are you prepared to make an investment in your business—and in yourself?
Think of a business coach as a personal trainer. A personal trainer will support you through your workout, but you have to show up at the gym on the day of your appointment and get ready to do the work.
Where to Find a Business Coach
As mentioned above, with the number of entrepreneurs and startup businesses higher than ever before, the need and demand for small business coaches will only continue to increase. The good news is that you will be able to find a business coach on a number of popular platforms, including the following:
However, choosing the right business coach isn’t like picking a rabbit out of a hat. It’s important to approach finding a business coach as you would if you were looking for a physician, an attorney, or a personal trainer. You want to find someone who not only has experience working with entrepreneurs but who also has the right personality fit and who will also meet your particular needs.
All in all, if you’re looking for a business coach with extensive personal experience as an entrepreneur, and one who is also compassionate, helpful, approachable, and who will keep you accountable, and if you’re ready to start your own business or make a serious change to your approach to your business—and your lifestyle—then you are in the right place. Contact us today to learn more about our small business coaching program.