The first thing that you need to be an online health coach is passion! Really, to be an entrepreneur you need passion and to be an online entrepreneur you need to be passionate and determination.
It is not easy to build something from scratch. The saying “if it was easy, everyone would be doing it” comes to mind…
You need to want it. The idea of working from home, basking in the sun while you sip margarita’s while laying pool side is just a technique that business coaches do to lure you into the idea that being an entrepreneur is this glorious vision that anyone can achieve.
I mean don’t get me wrong, I day dreamt about the idea and fell victim to it many times while listening to podcasts filling my mind with the concept that if I just believe or manifest; it will come. Reminds me of the movie “build it and they will come” except they don’t mention the having to build the flipping thing before “they” come and that it will take blood, sweat and tears…. lol
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WHO SHOULD START AN ONLINE BUSINESS AS A HEALTH COACH?
- Someone who is passionate, we covered that.
- Someone that is ok failing or maybe it is not ok failing…. You WILL fail and you have to believe enough in yourself that you can get up and try again and again until you discover what works for you.
- Someone who is ok not having consistent money. This is fairly standard for any entrepreneur, especially in the beginning.
- Someone who enjoys being on a computer. You may be able to hire out many tasks but there are still things that you need to do and they revolve around a computer. It is an online business we are talking about after all…
- Someone who enjoys to teach. That is really what health coaches do. Teach others various skills, techniques, strategies etc
- Someone who is organized, You cannot mess around with paperwork and you will have paperwork to do (even if on line) you have to be diligent in getting it done and having it organized. People are sharing personal facts about themselves and those need to be handled accordingly.
- Someone who enjoys working with other people. Many people do not like working with others daily and so you want to look at that when starting out and act accordingly. Maybe you don’t run group programs for example.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE BECOME A HEALTH COACH?
The number one reason to become a health coach is to help others. That makes sense but there are other reasons as well. We get lost in the help others to the point that we can loose ourselves. I remember the first time I had someone write to me saying “how dare I charge people for health and say that I want to help people.
I was crushed… honestly, I was devastated and thought about it for a long time. I thought I should quite, that they were right. I was so emotionally torn about it and it took me far too long to remember that I have bills to pay too.
To that point, a reason to become a health coach should be money. In my opinion, it is not a bad thing to make or to want to make money and we spend an awful lot of time worried we don’t have enough or feeling bad for charging it.
You need to eat, pay your mortgage, kids activities, bills and so much more so it is ok to put that guilt away.
Another reason to become a health coach would be that you are truly interested in health. That seems redundant however, loads of people work as hippo crates. I am not talking about you having health issues or working on getting fit. I am talking about running 5 day food challenges while you chow down pizza every night while off line. People will see through it.
One other reason that I feel some do really well as health coaches is personal experience. They have either gone through a health challenge or had a loved one go through a difficult health challenge.
WHAT SCHOOLING DO YOU NEED TO BECOME A HEALTH COACH?
You have a few options. You need to obtain the proper level of Nutritional knowledge. Seeing as now a days there are many different diets, health concerns and weight struggles you want to be extremely well versed in all of the areas of health.
You also need to learn how to teach seeing as that is what coaches do.
Having been a College Health Instructor for a decade myself, when I did do mu Nutritional schooling I found it hard to find a school that could teach me something that I didn’t already know. I am trying to boast, that was simple the issue that I had when researching.
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I recommend that you reach out to others and see how they felt about the curriculum. If you look at Facebook groups you can find Health Coach groups and jump in and ask around to get input.
The school that I went with is Nutraphoria and I can honestly say that I loved it!
Coming from someone who already knew an awful lot in this field coupled with being in charge of creating curriculum that is a big deal for me to say.
I still visit there site to see what they have up and coming as far as courses.
They have a blog post dedicated to what to look for in an online school and I think they hit some nails on the head.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN ONLINE SCHOOL?
For me flexibility was key. I was teaching full time, had 2 kids, husband that still wanted to be able to go out from time to time and a house to manage.
The second factor was the curriculum and did the courses in fact cover the vast information that I was wanting and at the level that I was seeking. A sales page can be awfully deceiving so I recommend that you call the school up and have a long chat making sure to ask your specific questions.
Is the program accredited, this will mean that they have to maintain and reach certain guidelines governed by an overriding body.
Next, I look at the cost and truthfully although this is important, it should be your deciding factor. Rather, you want to look at the value that the course gives you. The more you learn, the more that you know and the more that you make in the long run. The school will pay itself off eventually.
TECH NEEDED TO BECOME A HEALTH COACH
I cover all of this in detail in my course.
You need to narrow down your niche and ideal client first before you can get anywhere online. If you don’t know who you are speaking to, how can they find you?
Setting up a domain, host and then creating your WordPress site are the next steps in getting up and going. You want your site up as soon as you can to build your domain authority. That is really a thing, I had no idea until a couple years in business that I had not set my site up to even rank with Google and so no one was even finding it in a search…. ouch…
I cover domain/host and even how to set up your own site in my course, The Health Coach Creator as well. I think it is so important to know your own business and so I think building it yourself is critical. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t… It is not hard, it takes steps and a couple days and that is it… I walk you through the whole thing HERE.
It can feel so overwhelming in the beginning… Honesty, it can feel overwhelming in the middle too and that is ok. It is also ok to ask for help, fire out or take a course to help guide you and save you some time. There is no absolute way to work in this business and don’t be fooled by guru syndrome. Just because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you and there is trial and error that will happen.
You got this!
I would love to hear from you and where you are at. Feel free to leave a comment and I will definitely get back to you!