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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.

Congratulations! You’re a Wellness Professional. Now What?

If you’re a new wellness professional, you may be struggling with what it really takes to build a sustainable wellness business while staying in alignment with your true purpose. You may still be working your “day job” while trying to make your heart-centered business take off or you may have ditched the day job and now your anxiety is growing as you wonder how you’ll pay the bills.

Having Second Thoughts?

It’s not that you’re not trying, but you’re tired of trying to convince people to work with you. You’re tired of trying to figure out where to get your next client. You’re tired of feeling salesy. You feel overwhelmed, alone, and wondering if you made the right decision. You’re not alone.

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In fact, the four most common concerns we hear from new wellness professionals struggling to build their business are Information Overwhelm, No One “Gets” You, Internet Envy, and Lack of Real Expert Support. Let’s look at these areas a little closer.

Information Overwhelm

You love to read, research, learn and take every course you can find. You have a lot of great ideas but never seem to get started. When you feel stuck, you go back to do more research. Instead of taking action, you hide in adding more information and ultimately more overwhelm and information overload.

No One “Gets” You

You feel like no one really understands the path you’re on. The people in your life are probably working at jobs that are not fulfilling and don’t understand why you want to follow your passion. You feel alone in going after your dreams. You don’t feel supported but know that deep down you’ve got what it takes to have a successful wellness business. You just don’t know how to make it happen…yet.

Internet Envy

Internet envy occurs when you find yourself watching what other entrepreneurs are doing online. You spend countless hours looking at their blog posts, websites, and social media. You’re looking for the magic combination of answers, but there aren’t any. Like information overload, you continue to research and research until you start feeling like you’re not good enough, like you’ll never get it all figured out.

Lack of Real Expert Support

You know what you want to do and where you want to be but have no idea of how to get there. You know you need help, you’re passionate about your vision but passion isn’t enough. You know you need to learn from real world experts who have successfully paved the path to your field of dreams.

So, how can you turn all of this around? How can you overcome the fear, that feeling of being stuck, unsupported, and not good enough? How can you ignite the flame of passion within and run a successful wellness business?

Change Your Course Forever

We believe there are two things that will change your course forever. These two things make the difference between staying stuck and building momentum to take you to the next level. The first is surrounding yourself with like-minded people and the second is real life mentorship.

Community

Surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you when you’re feeling down and help you not feel alone. When you belong to a community of like-minded people, you have others who can support you. You have others who can offer suggestions, feedback, and ideas. You can learn from collective research and life experience rather than just what you’ve come across yourself.

Expert Advice

Finding support, advice, and mentorship from someone who’s been there and can show you the way is invaluable. Having someone in your court helps you learn quickly about what it really takes to build a sustainable wellness business. When you learn from experts in your field, you’ll be inspired to go further and to make a deeper contribution to the world.

Combining community and expert advice is a winning combination. That’s why we created the Wellness Professionals Thrive Mastermind.  This is an exclusive mastermind group where you’ll receive ongoing training, tips, and tools. You’ll get real support and guidance. You’ll get real world expert advice and mentorship.

As a member of this mastermind, you’ll be able to connect with others to help you stay on track, receive feedback, encouragement and support. Isn’t it time to stop feeling stuck? Isn’t it time to join a community of like-minded professionals that “get” you and want you to succeed?

Thrive Mastermind is another exclusive benefit of joining our Wellness Coach Certification program. Just click here to learn more!

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.

The Value of Partnering

 

No matter how good you are at sharing or promoting your work, you can only do so much on your own. There are audiences and groups that will go beyond your reach unless you develop partnerships to help you reach them.

Having partnerships is an extremely valuable business asset. In fact, developing and fostering partnerships is essential no matter what type of holistic practice or business you own.

If you’re waiting for people to find you or even if you’ve gone a step further and are sharing your message, your message needs wings. It needs to be able to fly and reach the right people. That’s where partnerships come in.

Your message needs wings!

Your work is really important. You have a very significant message to share; what you do changes lives.

So often though, wellness professionals who start out loving what they do become negative, cynical, angry or downright depressed because they don’t think that anyone understands how important their work is. Keep in mind that it’s not that people don’t get it; it’s usually that you don’t understand how to reach people.

You’re likely sharing your message with someone. It might just be the “wrong someone”. So, it feels like “people don’t get it”.

What would happen if you starting sharing your work not only with people who need your help but with people who already help people who need your work? If you really want to explode your business and touch as many lives as possible, the best way to do that is by going straight to the source–those who are already one step ahead of you. They are the ones that have spent years building their client base and community and who will help your business the most through partnership opportunities.

For new wellness professionals, this can feel scary. You might find yourself thinking, “Who am I to ask other people to share my stuff?” Or, “Why will this person want to give me access to their community after they have worked so hard to build it?”

It’s “fear of rejection” that’s really coming into play here. Yes, there’s a possibility that the person won’t share your work or won’t respond to your email or won’t be interested. But nine times out of ten, the person will be excited to collaborate.

Sometimes, this fear can also be about a fear of really being out there in the world with our work. We wonder how people will view us.  We wonder who we are speaking to in certain groups.  This fear is really about taking our purpose and putting it out there.  Our purpose is truly intimate to us.  It’s a part of our heart.  It’s our passion.

Here’s what you have to keep telling yourself. By playing small and not taking action, no one will ever be supported with your work. No one will ever know what you do.

But if you take the steps forward and begin seeing yourself as the expert that you are and start moving forward to share your work on this level, more lives will be changed, including yours. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but move into that discomfort and get comfortable in the uncomfortable.

Begin to see it as a sign of growth, as a good thing.  Don’t wait until things are perfect because it’s about imperfect action. Don’t wait! Get out there and start taking imperfect action!

Hungry for more business training and actionable advice? Let the IAWP become your lifelong mentor. Click here to learn more about our Wellness Coach Training and Certifications programs.

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.