How Long Does it Take to Become a Life Coach?
If you want to know how long it takes to become a life coach, this is part one of a 4-part podcast series, Become A Life Coach: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Grow a Successful Coaching Business + Clear Action Steps to Begin Today.
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If we haven’t met, I’m Jeannine Yoder, creator and founder of the most personal, high-touch and soulful life coach training and certification program for women, Mentor Masterclass. My free Mentor Masterclass Self-Discovery Week, seven days of soulful practices to help you become a successful life coach, is one of the most popular free online coach training programs available to new and established coaches.
There are four main questions every human who wants to know how to become a life coach must answer in order to know how to get started as a coach:
What does a life coach do?
Do you need training to become a life coach?
How long does it take to become a life coach? (The question we’ll be diving into today!)
How much do life coaches make?
Choosing The Right Life Coach Training Is What Will Determine How Long It Takes To Become A Life Coach
How long it takes to become a life coach is dependent on the type of training you receive and how much time you have to invest in your training and building your business. I run a one-year coach training program because I believe it takes about a year to get your coaching session skills and your business skills ready to be grounded in a solid business that is profitable.
However, you will be ready after the first month to start coaching and building your business. It doesn’t take a full year to get started and you can even make money your first month in training, if you choose the right life coach training program. The reason I enroll my clients who aspire to become a coach in a year long program is because I don’t want to leave my clients on their own to discover how to start making money as a life coach. Additionally, there is a lot to figure out, business wise and experience wise once you get into the nitty gritty of coaching clients and building your business. So I make sure I train them well on coaching and business skills and that I’m there by there side for the entire first year of building their business to walk them through each challenge and accomplishment.
I’m not about putting you in a crowded space like some other coach training programs where you’re doing it all on your own. This is why soo many aspiring coaches take years to get paying clients, they are stuck in programs that don’t teach them how to launch and offer no personal support and mentorship. My students in Mentor Masterclass feel supported and can confidently make money in the first few months of becoming a coach as a result of this intimacy and the way the training is set up.
Your Unique Set of Life Circumstance Play a Big Role In How Long it Take To Become A Life Coach
As far as your personal timetable goes and how long it will take you to become a life coach, a lot will depend on your availability. Let’s say you’re a new mom, or you’re working a nine-to-five job and have limited hours. Or maybe you’re unemployed and fully available all day long to dig into your coach training and launching yourself into a career as a life coach. Obviously, if you have the space to study and create for 4-6 hours a day you are going to build your confidence and skills much quicker.
Maybe you have more of a confident personality and are already excited about putting yourself out there and calling yourself a coach. Or maybe you’re a perfectionist and you won’t put yourself out there until you feel like you have all the pieces together. Women who are willing to take a risk and coach, while they are learning, are going to start their business much faster.
These huge differences in my students are why I start Mentor Masterclass with a deep self-discovery process — and why I offer my Mentor Masterclass Self-Discovery week for free, for women who want to discover whether coaching is right for them and how long it will take YOU to become a life coach.
(I talk more about this at the 37:00 point in the episode.)
How Long Did it Take Me To Become A Life Coach With Paying Clients
As for my own timetable and how long it took me to become a life coach:
I enrolled in a 30 day free training which helped me find the right coaching program for me.
I had paying clients my first week into my coach training program (a 6-month coach certification program). I was unemployed at the time and ready to go ALL-IN.
I was making six figures within the first 14 months of becoming a coach
I hit my first $100,000/year of revenue and created my signature program in year one of becoming a coach
I went to four conferences within the first six months of starting training to diversify my skills as a coach.
I joined a mastermind and went on three retreats in the first year of learning how to become a life coach.
I had no online business skills, no email list, no marketing experience (other than in the acting industry), no writing training and learned all of these things by trial and error within my first year.
After years of running my life coach training program, I’ve found it takes about six months of solid training to really get the skills, techniques and learn the art of coaching. On average it takes another six months to really learn what it takes to run a successful coaching business.
The most important thing you can focus on to become a life coach quickly, is taking care of yourself by investing in yourself. There is very little start up cost to starting a coaching business since you do not need an office, many supplies, or employees. You do however need solid training and experience having a coach. If you want to be able to sell coaching, you need to believe in investing in a coach for yourself first. This will really allow you to become a coach in way less time.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re waiting to make money until the end of your first year in training. You could make money very early on while building your business and growing your business, if you choose the right life coach training program that is setting you up to get started making money as a coach your first week in training. Most of my students have paying clients by three months into the program. Most of my students are making $25,000 to $100,000 by the end of the year long training.
Now that we’ve answered the question, “How long does it take to become a life coach,” do you want to keep going and discover the answers to the other questions I’m asked most about becoming a life coach?
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And now that we’re connected, you don’t have to figure everything out on your own and you don’t have to power through the next steps to becoming a life coach. You’re about to learn what all the women inside Mentor Masterclass have already discovered, if you are willing to take the next step.
To fully understand the power of my signature coach training process you have to experience it for yourself. So go ahead and sign up for my free training. I’ll send you your first video for my 7-day free Self Discovery Week training and teach you the four distinct steps you need to take in order to start your coaching business today.
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