Look for a business coach with an accredited degree. . .
A business coach is a Professional––just like a doctor, lawyer or engineer. Since the business coaching industry is not a strictly regulated industry, there are many self-proclaimed business coaches out there. You need to choose someone who has properly trained as a business coach––someone who has a degree, or at the very least a diploma from an accredited coaching school.
Look for a business coach with vast experience. . .
You will obviously want to choose someone with experience. That’s because experience is even more important for a business coach than a degree from a recognized coaching school. So, before you choose and hire a business coach, find out how long he or she has been a business coach. Find out how many clients he or she has worked with and in how many industries. Choose someone who has broad experience in addition to experience of working with business owners in your industry.
Look for a business coach who specializes in working with businesses your size. . .
Some business coaches specialize in coaching small, self-employed business owners and sole entrepreneurs, while others specialize in working with business owners with less than 100 employees, while still others specialize in working with businesses with more than 100 employees. Choose a business coach who specializes in working with business owners with businesses your size.
Look for a business coach who is a member of ICF Australasia. . .
You ought to look for someone who is a member of the International Coach Federation Australasia. This is important because it will tell you that the business coach abides by a standard of professional ethics. It will also tell you that the business coach spends time connecting with other business coaches––other members of the ICF Australasia, and attends meetings, workshops, seminars and other learning events. All this will show you that the business coach is continuously learning new coaching skills.
Look for a business coach who also possesses good business skills. . .
It is not necessary for a business coach to be a business owner, but there is nothing better than a business coach who is a business owner himself/herself and possesses good business skills in addition to good coaching skills.
Look for a business coach with excellent testimonials from prior or present clients. . .
Look for someone who has excellent testimonials from prior or present clients. It’s better if the testimonials are from clients who own and run businesses similar to yours. Unsigned testimonials are no testimonials, so be wary of such testimonials. It is also advisable to check the clients and their businesses. Doing so will let you have an idea whether their testimonials actually count in your case.
Look for a business coach who offers a free initial consultation. . .
Look for someone who offers a free initial consultation. A free initial consultation is important as it provides an opportunity to both parties to get to know one another. A free initial consultation will give you the opportunity to see if the business coach is the kind of coach you are looking for. You will get the opportunity to see if what you need and what the business coach is offering are the same.
Look for a business coach who is available when you want and as often as you want. . .
Look for a business coach who is available to work with you, when you want and as often as you want. This is important because your business coach should be available for you when you need help. Some business coaches are only available during the normal 9-5 work hours, while some other business only work in the evening or on weekends, while still others are available not only during the daytime work hours, but are also available in the evenings and on weekends. Check to make sure if the business coach is available via telephone or can be contacted via email between scheduled sessions.