Select someone with experience as a successful small business owner in a similar type of business and who are also business coaches. The more business experience and different types of businesses coaching they have done the better
Select a coach that is experienced in the size of business you operate. Some coaches specialise in self-employed businesses while others are used to larger businesses. Their approach will be substantially different
Many business coaches are also business consultants, the difference being a coach is about getting business unstuck from difficult situations, taking action, managing your time and running your business to its full potential. A consultant is about getting advice, brainstorming and creating a firm and workable business model, then implementing a strong action plan
Has your business coach taken any recent business courses or are they relying on old knowledge and experience
Do they have similar clients to you? Can they provide references and testimonials that are signed and can be verified?
Does your business coach belong to a large agency or are they a small agency. Are you always going to be working with the same coach or will they change coaches.
Has your coach had any experience teaching on business topics and are they recognised as an expert in their field?
Are they experienced with traditional and internet marketing, customer services, financial planning, strategic planning and other areas of marketing and businesses
Will they give a free initial consultation so you have the chance to see if you’re compatible and find out just what they have to offer
Does your coach offer other services or products such as group classes, books or videos?
Do you feel motivated by your business coach? Do they ask a lot of questions and give you insights or new ideas?
You need a coach that challenges you to get the best from yourself, your workers and business
Will your business coach be available when you need them or just business hours
Are you very clear on what you will be getting for the fees your coach charges? Have they given you a firm undertaking on the things they will be able to help you with and the role they will play in your affairs?
Will they commit to a time frame or an agreed outcome
Choosing the right business coach is vital for your success, you need someone who knows their stuff, can think laterally and you feel comfortable with. Business people are great talkers, there are lots of people doing business coaching of small business on The Gold Coast, make sure they can backup their promises with solid testimonials and references from people you can contact.