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How to Become a Successful Life Coach



Becoming a successful life coach is no easy feat. The life coaching industry, this year alone, is expected to draw in over a billion dollars in revenue. There are thousands of life coaches operating in the United States at any one time, and the industry continues to grow every single year. This article will tell you how you can tap into that industry and better than that, how you can become a successful life coach.


If you are driven to help other people, have a passion for self-improvement, and want to listen, then you could make a great life coach. Here’s how to get started:


The Skills Required to Become a Life Coach

Life coaching takes a lot of work and a lot of learning. To become a life coach, say the coaching specialists from, you will need to tap into your self-growth and work on yourself first and foremost. First, ask yourself:

  1. What areas of my life do I need to improve upon so that I can help others?

  2. What do I do with those areas when I have identified them. In other words, what are my goals?

  3. How do I achieve those goals and hit my targets?

The ability to ask yourself important questions, and however ugly the answer, to be truthful to yourself, is a great skill, and will benefit you tremendously as you advance toward becoming a successful life coach.


To become a life coach, the skills that you need are:

  • Consistency;

  • Motivation;

  • Leadership;

  • The ability to listen;

  • Creativity;

  • Confidence;

  • Compassion.

Where Do You Fit In?

There are many different types of life coaches. To find where you fit as a life coach, you need to work out where you feel comfortable. For example, do you want to help people to start their own businesses? Do you want to help people to launch their careers, improve upon themselves, achieve a sense of spirituality, or fix broken relationships? Becoming a life coach first means finding out where you fit in, and what it is you are passionate about helping people with. A good way to find your niche is to reflect upon past experience and skills, then use them to your advantage in helping others.



You do not necessarily need a certificate or license to become a life coach. What do you need, however, is a positive attitude and experience. No degree will qualify you as a life coach. With all of that said, you can derive great benefit from attending a course, as it will help you to work upon your skills and develop them to become a better and more effective life coach. Another thing worth remembering is that over 80% of clients would prefer a life coach who was qualified, and over 70% of coaches agree that being certified is an expectation of clients. It is completely up to you if you seek accreditation, though not doing so could theoretically impact your business negatively.

Setting Your Business Up

By this stage in becoming a life coach, you should hopefully have qualifications (or not), have found your niche, and know what skills you have that set you apart from other life coaches. Your next step is to start your business. Most life coaches set up sole proprietorships, though you can start an LLC (limited liability company). If you intend on working alone, the former is the best idea, while if you intend on employing people, opt for the latter.


Business Planning

With your business set up, the logical next step is to begin planning your marketing and pricing strategies. How do you intend on reaching your audience, and then, what differentiates you pricewise from other life coaches? The best way to reach your audience as a life coach is to build your presence online and develop a name for yourself. One strategy many life coaches employ quite successfully is SEO marketing – SEO means search engine optimisation and is a way that you can manipulate Google’s algorithm to appear higher on the search listings than your competitors. You must also price competitively. As a new life coach, you might want to price lower than your competitors to draw the attention of prospective clientele.


Constantly Evolve and Work On Your Skills

As a life coach, you should work on yourself to improve the service that you provide. Becoming a life coach is an introspective journey that will tell you as much about yourself as it does about others. Constantly hone your skills and do not become complacent. There is always somebody waiting to steal your position, you should know that by now.


Coaching others can be incredibly rewarding, and by approaching in the right way (the steps we’ve mentioned here), you will have a much higher chance of becoming a successful coach, and one who makes an impact on the lives of others.