I'm a business coach. I spend time each week on the telephone coaching and teaching others on their path to knowing more about internet marketing, the internet, blogging, podcasting, etc. I love knowing that I am a short cut to knowledge for my clients.

They could skip coaching and determine to ferret out the information and directions they need on their own, but it would take a heck of a lot more than 60 minutes to do so and they're smart like that so they are willing to pay for a shorter learning curve.

This week I got some coaching from someone else.

I wanted to learn something new and after taking a look at it I knew it would probably spend hours and hours digging through documentation and not figure it all out. I also knew someone well versed in the script so I asked for their help. After a 45 minutes phone call (that I paid for) I was up and running.

Sounds great doesn't it?

Why don't more people seek out qualified consultants?

For some it's a matter of budget.

One on one coaching is expensive. Some niche consultants charge hundreds of dollars an hour to answer your questions. Their highly specialized expertise is worth a lot so it's fair, but that doesn't change your meager business budget.

I totally understand tight finances. I've been there and done that! I got my start on an absolute shoestring. I was in debt up to my single mom eyeballs but there came a point where I had to start investing in myself and my business if I were going to start making more money. The same is true for everyone.

There's a lot to be said for being resourceful, digging deep and learning all that you can on your own. It tests your commitment and passion. That can only take you so far when it comes to complicated technology and not taking advantage of a more experienced entrepreneurs insights when it is within your reach is foolhardy.

My advice? As soon as you have business income, dedicate a percentage of it to learning resources and coaching. I know you need the money elsewhere but 15 or 20% won't make that much of a difference to your bills and will make a world of difference to your future business growth.

For others it's a matter of pride.

They don't want to admit that they don't know everything.

I have my own measure of pride. I don't want to look stupid anymore than the next person. There's just no value in pretending to know more than you do. It will surely slow down your business growth.

For a few, it's a lack of knowing what's available to them.

I took a new client in February who has been leaving each of our coaching sessions feeling giddy with excitement about everything she's learned. She's been online for years and never new that she could pay to have someone teach her how to do things step by step so she has been doing a lot of things in a very old fashioned way. I'm loving our time together as much as she does, it's exciting to see someone ‘get it' for the first time.

What would you like to learn? What would you like to know? What, if anything, is holding you back from seeking guidance?

Feel quite certain it's time to engage with a coach? I'd love to chat with you about that :)

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  1. I’ve always been a cheerleader for continuing education, but coaching was new to me until I met you last spring. For those of us that have a limited amount of time to dedicate to self-learning I think coaching is a great way to make sure you’re on the right track and not wasting your time with the wrong materials and initiatives. I’ve only been online for less than a year, but I don’t think I would have earned a dime without your one on one coaching and Mom Masterminds.

    This reminds me I’ve been talking about launching a podcast the 1st quarter of this year but have – not – done – it. And I know why – I let the notion mull around in my mind for too long – I need a coach!

    Talk to you soon!

  2. Oh, just by coincidence – I have a coaching session with Kelly tomorrow morning!

    To start my podcast.

    I love coaching and being coached.

    I’ve always loved continuing education, and in the past 5 years I’ve spent thousands of dollars on coaching and mentoring and teleclasses and online learning.

    But you have to get the “right” one. I had a coach who was not the right fit, during 2003, and then in 2005 I was so thrilled to find Mom Masterminds for group mentoring, and then also Kelly, for one-on-one coaching.

    I’d certainly highly recommend Kelly’s coaching – she really helped me focus more, and now I’m sure she will also be terrific in coaching me to finally start my podcast (which I’ve been talking about for about a year now)….!
    Thanks, Kelly!

    Diana Walker, Cravings Coach

    Diana Walker’s last blog post..Quinoa Recipe – Nutty Quinoa Salad

  3. Hi Kelly,

    Your post really caught my attention. I have been following you and some of your fellow masterminds for a couple years. You are all quite inspiring. Then I had another baby this past year and lost some of my momentum.

    I have recently launched my own talk radio show for moms, MamasTimeOut, along with a social network. I have been doing a lot of the self-educating online myself because I have always enjoyed computers and the Internet. It is a lot of work and time as you mentioned.

    While I enjoy these things, it can also take away from my focus and my goals. It would be great to learn from you. What holds me back is not enough time and finances and not knowing someone I can trust on a more personal level. I understand that things take time and nothing will happen overnight, but with some guidance and determination I might get there a little faster.

    I guess what I’d like to know most is how you grow your business? What one thing really picked up business for you? Through networking, advertising, articles, media, podcasting, word of mouth or something else?

    Wow, this post ended up long…hope to hear from you!
    Thanks for the topic!

  4. Hey Sharon! You just highlighted another really good reason to hire a coach and that is to gain accountability and urgency to complete a project. Just knowing that someone is going to check in with you each week creates a lot of momentum :)

    I am looking forward to coaching with you and seeing your podcast launch at last!

    Diana, I like what you said about finding the ‘right fit’. I’ve found that I am not the right fit for everyone. I am good for those who want to skip the fluff and get down to nuts and bolts and plain spoken feedback. I’m glad you enjoy working with me because I enjoy working with you! You’re an amazing business woman and your podcast will be great!

    Patty, kudos on starting your podcast! You should consider joining us at MomsTalkRadio.com :)

    The biggest thing that picked up business for me was aligning myself with others through partnerships and other smaller joint ventures. When your reach is small you have to link up with those who have more influence :)

    I know your time and money is tight, but grab the first chance you get to tap into a coaching relationship, whether it’s one on one or group, you will not regret it!

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