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Wellness Coaches Make a Difference Locally and Around the World

 
 
What kind of a business could you create as a Wellness Coach? What type of work could you do?
 
We’ve seen our graduates do many things, but let’s just say you’re only limited by your own imagination! In this article, we talk about making a difference as a Wellness Coach in your local community as well as making a global impact. You see, as a Wellness Coach, your work is really important. You have a significant message to share; what you do changes lives.
 
At the local level, Wellness Coaches deliver their message to their local community, usually in person. Communication occurs through personal contact face-to-face.
 
A Wellness Coach who has a local focus likes to inspire her own community. She may do this through networking, connecting with people face-to-face, and sharing ideas.
 
She may lead workshops, live events, do personal or small group coaching or even get involved in a school lunch program. She wants to make a difference at the local level.
 
Wellness Coaches may also work at a global level. Their focus is on a wider audience through the use of technology. Communication occurs virtually, for example, by phone calls, Skype, teleseminars or webinars.
 
A Wellness Coach who wants to make an impact on a specific population or problem will likely be more of a global leader. She will take advantage of technology such as the internet, Skype, and the phone to bring people together from across the globe. She may make an impact by creating online programs, leading wellness retreats, or designing a group training program.
 

“We’ve seen our graduates do many things, but let’s just say you’re only limited by your own imagination.”

 
Neither the local or global track is any better than the other. You will likely be drawn to one track over another based on your personal goals and personality. Keep in mind that your focus as a Wellness Coach may change over time. You may gravitate toward working in your local community or making an impact through global initiatives, but neither is set in stone.
 
In addition, you may choose to blend tracks over time, offering some of your work in your local community while simultaneously building an online presence.
 
For example, you might work with face-to-face clients and also with clients located in other places via phone or Skype. Or, you might give a workshop in your local community and also teach a webinar online.
 
Whether you want to help people locally or globally, you can do it as an IAWP Wellness Coach. We teach our students how to build a Wellness Coaching career that they love to wake up to everyday. Through our comprehensive training and lifetime support, we support you every step of the way.
 
Ready to follow your passion and inspire others to be healthy? Click here to learn more about becoming a Wellness Coach.

 

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

Create a Career Transition Plan That Works For You

 
We recently surveyed thousands of wellness professionals and discovered a common theme: transition. Many wellness professionals are struggling with the transition from working for someone else to working for themselves.
 
They’re struggling with the transition from working for a company to working at home, from being a stay-at-home parent to a work-at-home parent, from a “stable” w2 income to generating their own paycheck. And most recently we were asked, “How can I transition from a full-time job with irregular hours to a sustainable career in Wellness Coaching?”
 

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“How can I transition from a full-time job with irregular hours to a sustainable career in Wellness Coaching?”

The common concerns, fears, struggles, and questions from those transitioning include finding the time, energy, and money to focus on their business while maintaining balance during the transition. These are very real considerations, especially when someone is trying to move from reliance on a full-time job working for someone else to generating one’s own income. Sometimes, we need a little help to see the possibilities of moving from one place to the other.
 
So, when we were asked for help in how to work around a full-time job with irregular hours, we offered the same transition suggestions that have helped other wellness professionals move to a full-time career. First, set some basic time and income goals. Then, schedule your time and structure your programs to support these goals. Let’s take a closer look.
 

“First, set some basic time and income goals. Then, schedule your time and structure your programs to support these goals.”

 
One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make with a career change is deciding when you’ll be able to make the full transition to your new career and leave the old one behind. The deciding factor for most people is knowing when they can transition financially, so knowing your bare minimum financial goal is a top priority. What income do you need to generate to meet your basic needs?
 
Financial goals not only serve as mile markers keeping you moving forward with momentum but they also serve as benchmarks to let you know whether you’re on track or need to make adjustments. Achieving your bare minimum financial goal is the first step. Your bare minimum is what you need to be able to make the leap. It’s important to start measuring your success. Get to your baseline and then, get some momentum.
 
Knowing and achieving your ideal income goal is another benchmark. Your bare minimum and ideal income goals may not be the same. Your ideal income will let you know when it’s time to fully let go. It will give you confidence in spreading your wings and knowing you’ll be able to sustain your lifestyle living your passion.
 
So, let’s say you know where you want to be financially but you feel stuck with your current schedule. Perhaps, your full-time position has irregular hours. What do you do? Stay goal oriented! Set some goals with how much time you can set aside each week and when you can carve out a few hours at a time. Then, carefully plan out what you will do during that time to make the most of the time you have available.
 

“For those with an irregular schedule, try shifting your paradigm. Instead of looking for regular blocks of time to set aside, look for irregular blocks of time.”

 
For those with an irregular schedule, try shifting your paradigm. Instead of looking for regular blocks of time to set aside, look for irregular blocks of time. Are there days or times during the day or evening that you definitely do not work? Those are ideal times to create your new irregular schedule to nurture your passion and grow your business. Can you get your work schedule a month in advance? The earlier you know your committed time, the earlier you can plan out your uncommitted time. Plan your work. Then, work your plan.
 
When it comes to working with clients, try scheduling client time blocks. Let’s say you know that you work from 12 noon to 9 p.m. every other Monday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday. With this schedule, you might consider scheduling client time blocks every other Monday morning and every Thursday evening. But even with a schedule that changes from week to week and day to day, there’s a solution, and that solution may be in the coaching structure you choose.
 
The coaching structure you choose and how much you charge can support both your time and income goals. Create a package or program and value it for what you need to have a sustained bare minimum per month (for example, $4000 per month). How many clients will you need to get to that goal? Start with a premium package and then, scale it down over time.
 

“Don’t sell yourself short…”

 
Don’t sell yourself short. Almost everyone ends up charging more over time; you can usually start at a higher level than you initially thought and give a higher value which will allow you to reach your baseline faster. Besides your signature program, consider group coaching, teleseminars, webinars, workshops, retreats, and seminars.
 
If you have an irregular schedule though you’ll need to leverage the time that you do have. This might mean less one-on-one client time and more work with groups, phone or virtual clients. Maybe instead of working face-to-face, you move to phone sessions or record a weekly audio lesson and ask your clients to email you for support with questions and whatever came up for them after listening to the lesson.
 
You can also use a private Facebook group to support your phone or virtual clients. How about offering a VIP session, a retreat style session or a six-month audio program with VIP or retreat sessions as part of the mix? You could even move from shorter coaching sessions to longer 90-minute sessions that allow you to have fewer sessions in your package but keep the value and pricing comparable.
 
Remember, there’s no right way to set up your programs, pricing, or schedule. The key is to stay flexible while you’re in transition. Create a transition plan that works for you. Set those basic time and income goals. Then, schedule your time and structure your programs to support those goals. If you’re in transition and want support to take the first step toward a career you love, schedule a call with one of our admission advisors. We’re here to support you!
 
Love, Health and Success,
 

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

Want To Be Your Own Boss?

 

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“I often wondered what it would be like to be the boss, my own boss.”

 

Is October 17th marked on your calendar this year to celebrate National Boss’s Day? When I worked in the corporate world, this was a little known, often forgotten or thrown together at the last minute celebration for the boss.

I often wondered what it would be like to be the boss, my own boss. But I was afraid to move forward on my own mostly because I didn’t know what to do or how to do it. I was also concerned with how I could find the time, money, and energy to focus on my passion while I was still in my corporate job. Can you relate?

In 2006, I found Health & Wellness Coaching and knew I was meant to start a new journey of helping others to be healthy and live their best lives. I was so excited I had finally figured out what to do with my life that I thought everything else would just fall into place. But I was wrong.

I had come to a crossroads where I had to decide whether I was going to give up on my passion or follow my dreams. I had to decide whether I was going to continue to feel stuck or make a difference in my life by following my heart and becoming my own boss. I feared walking away from my corporate job but knew that I could if I had a plan to do so smartly. I was able to make that transition, and so can you!

The Transition To Being Your Own Boss

We recently surveyed thousands of wellness professionals and learned that many of them share common concerns with transitioning from an existing career to a new career in wellness. Transitioning as it relates to business can show up in many ways:

 

  • Transitioning from working for someone to working for yourself
  • Transitioning from working in a company to working at home
  • Transitioning from being a stay-at-home parent to a work-at-home parent
  • Transitioning from a “stable” W2 income to generating your own income
  • Transitioning from one way of running your business to a new way

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.