Category Archives: Business success

Find a ‘Free’ Business Coach

free_business_coachI once wrote all of the website copy for an experienced business coach. Whenever I take on a project like that, some of the first steps involve scouting the competition and trying to determine who has the best websites.

Reviewing different sites for business coaches, I found that a person can learn a lot about what business coaches would do just by looking at their websites. In other words, you can get some good business coaching without paying for the coach.

As well as writing this coach’s website, I have other clients who are business coaches or who are professionals that consult businesses in different ways. I do a lot of ghostwriting and editing for these clients. In the course of this work, I have gathered some favorite websites that offer ideas to improve businesses.

Be your own coach

Think of these as the beginning of a “do-it-yourself” business coach. I suggest you explore a wide variety business coach websites yourself to glean tips and possible directions for your project. By the way, there are coaches who specialize in certain niches. I found one who specializes in yoga studios. Search for a specialist in your area.

When you start to explore various business coach websites, you have to dig a little to find where they have hidden away their tips. This coach specializes in restaurants and the site’s blog offers a lot of great advice.

Check out the homepage of this coach’s website. Scroll down to the box that has the headline, “What’s gotten you here, won’t get you there.” You’ll find a long list of areas where they coach businesses to improve, like time management, communication skills, selling skills and CRM development strategies. If you feel you are weak in any of these areas, do additional online research to find ways to improve.

Take the quiz

I initially got the idea to write this article when I found a site that offers a rather extensive quiz for business owners or managers. Take this quiz and answer the questions honestly. As you work your way through the process, the quiz itself will cause you to think about the various aspects of your operation. The areas that need improvement will be revealed by the time you finish the quiz. At that point you’ll probably realize what you need to do to get your business back on track.

Of course, after looking at the websites for a variety of businesses coaches, you might realize that you need far more advise than you can gather on your own. Now you’ll have a good overview of the available coaches and be in a better position to hire one.

Finally, if you think you have all of this down, maybe you should consider starting your own business coaching service…