Why I Hired a Coach
I started my first business in 2002, shortly after my son was born.
In the first couple of years I leaned heavily on the advice from mom and work at home mom forums which were very popular places for moms at the time (before Facebook took over 😉 ).
I quickly learned that it was HARD to find good advice for free.
You never knew who you could really trust.
You never knew who was really making money.
You never knew if their advice was anywhere near useful or accurate.
I found a really great forum and it just seemed different. It was started by Alice Seba and Kelly McCausey. Then, they opened up a private membership for moms in business sometime around 2004/2005 and I JUMPED right in.
Alice and Kelly were my first coaches, mentors, business women I turned to for advice. I am STILL in contact with them all these years and I so value that relationship, probably more than they know because I don’t tell them often enough 😉
Through their guidance and advice I went from a frustrated mom who say and opportunity to a profitable business owner who found a business she LOVED.
I learned to build websites.
I learned how to write copy that attracts people.
I learned how to FOCUS, instead of flail.
I learned how to connect.
I learned to build my list.
I learned the value of hiring a coach.
I’ve hired a number of coaches over the years. Alice and Kelly were my first through that group, and then I went on to hire them each through the different coaching offers and programs they offered. I had seen first-hand and knew the value of hiring someone who’d been there and could show you the way.
While coaching with Alice and Kelly I discovered the business that launched me into my first true profitable business (meaning I made MORE than I spent), Virtual Assistance.
In 2006 I had decided to start a Virtual Assistance business.
I knew I wanted/needed a VA Coach.
Off on a search I went and found Erin Blaskie who at the time had an appropriately named website, The VA Coach.
I hired her to show me the ropes of being a VA.
I hired her to have a quick connection to the VA world.
I hired her to learn new skills like learning to build a WordPress website.
She did all those things and so much more!
Matter of fact I hired Erin as my VA Coach and then also to build my first WordPress website for my then new business, StarVA.com.
I skipped over so much hassle of learning from scratch and building from the ground up by getting my first site done for me! Erin created a beautiful site and then I took it over.
While coaching with Erin I went from working an afternoon shift at a factory job to quitting my job in nine months!
In 2011 I was in the middle of completely transitioning out of the services business.
You see my goal as a VA was to get out of my job. I did that but I knew the Virtual Assistant lifestyle wasn’t something I wanted long term. I was looking for much more flexibility in my day to day activities and working for clients felt very restrictive to me, and just not for me.
So… I started offering my very first group coaching program around 2008. I started building momentum and sales. In 2010 I started doing Website Design Mojo which became my flagship program, earning me over six figures in sales over a number of years.
Then I felt I was just stuck, stalled. I mentioned in this post I had lived with my parents for far too long. Back in 2011 I was with my parents, in their basement apartment. I was making good money but I was completely paralyzed by the fear of getting out there and letting my business support us.
So in 2011 I hired Nicole Dean as my coach.
I had met Nicole in that initial forum run by Alice and Kelly and she was the first person to reach out to me and ask if she could help me all those years back. Nicole had built herself an awesome business.
As I said when I started working with Nicole I was feeling very frustrated about my living situation, and also very embarassed. I did not feel like I could call myself a “success” if I was living in my parents basement, even though others would at times use that term to describe me.
All the things I learned from Nicole are too much to mention but I’ll give you the highlights:
Work on a money task every single day.
Work on more money tasks.
Do things fast.
Use what you’ve got.
Make use of great tools.
Reuse things that are still good (like previous emails, past content, more).
Do something TODAY – Don’t Delay.
I really learned some of the KEY habits I still use every day from Nicole.
The two main being to release stuff FAST and do money tasks as often as possible.
Nicole would have none of this “I’m launching my product for two months… I’m off to work on it and I’ll talk to you later.” No, none of that at all.
She knew that most people will turn that two months into three and then that three months leads to doubt, fear, worry. She knew that even if it was done after three months then the work of promoting it begins. She wanted me to skip past that and get something of high VALUE out fast. We’re not talking skimping on offering good stuff, just changing your mindset on how you get it out there.
While coaching with Nicole I had my best month of sales to that date AND I bought my first house with my then-boyfriend (now fiance) Matt!
I need to mention a few more incredible coaches/mentors I’ve worked with over the years, too!
Lynn Terry – I am inspired almost every single day by Lynn! She calls herself a “walking tax deduction” and she lives a true Laptop Lifestyle. Lynn is the Low Carb Traveler and makes great money just sharing her LIFE with people. I LOVE this so much and it is something I’ve been tackling over at my Fit Mom Blogger site. Lynn has coached me so much through her weekly webinars and her forum through her Elite Club. If you’re interested in building a business around affiliate marketing then you definitely want to follow Lynn and join her group 😉
Jackie Ulmer – At one point along the way of building my business I joined a network marketing business and found Jackie. I learned so much about business from her, and building relationships, working hard and being determined. She’s just awesome.
There were more people… so many people who were coaching and teaching and training along the way. I couldn’t name them all and if you’re one I’ve missed please know I love you, too! I know that coaching is an incredible way to experience growth and that’s why I do it.
Wow… I have NEVER written it out like that.
I have never looked to see if the big changes in my life and my business coincided with having a coach.
Yet they do.
I most certainly think not.
I hire coaches because they work, when you choose one that really matches you and your needs.
I coach people in my programs because of the amazing people who’ve influence and affected my life in the same manner.
I want to help people the way they helped me.
I want to inspire people the way they inspired me.
I want to motivate people the way they motivated me.
And I do. I get people telling me pretty regular that I’ve made a difference in their life. That to me is the biggest joy in this business, in running my own membership site and in offering my own form of one on one mentoring. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
Now since I’ve literally just reminded myself who coaching is so damn important… off to get myself a coach.
It’s time another breakthrough event in my life 😉
p.s. A spot has recently opened up in my mentoring program and I’m looking to fill it with one new person. If this message has really hit home for you and you think you’re ready then I would invite you to connect with me at email@example.com to see if my mentoring is a good fit for you. Take care!
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