Niche Careers: Life Coach
Have you ever stopped along the street to help a stranger or offered advice to a friend in need? Whoever you helped probably appreciated it, and you likely felt really good about your actions as well. What I’ve just described is what life coaches do each and every day—help other people help themselves.
If offering guidance and assistance is of interest to you, life coaching may be a good choice to look into for a future career. Life Coaches need to understand human psychology, have a desire to help others, maintain a positive attitude, and have working knowledge of a variety of professions to best help their clients.
No specific degrees are typically required to become a life coach, but having an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in general psychology, entrepreneurship, conflict resolution, communication, English literature, or other communication-centered focus majors is helpful in building credibility with a client. It is highly recommended that life coaches obtain some training or education before taking on clients, and a variety of life coaching certificate programs are available online for those interested in learning about the profession. Do be wary, because not all programs are of a high quality or standard. Research any program you are considering before enrolling.
Not all life coaches have physical offices. Some choose to run their businesses from home, offering online sessions or coaching via phone. Some life coaches meet their clients in a public location or private residence. If you are attracted to flexibility and like to make your own rules and work the hours of your choosing, becoming a life coach will allow you to do just that.
Clients usually seek advice related to improving their marriages or health and fitness. Others see life coaches for help with business goals, long-term and short-term goals, and other concerns. Confidentiality and sensitivity to the needs of the client are an absolute must. Being a coach is not for the faint of heart and involves a great deal of trust between parties. Because clients are paying you for their expertise, they will expect professionalism and results when using your service.
Being a life coach can be a very rewarding experience, but this career doesn’t suit everyone. It takes a very special skillset and type of person to be able to work with others, especially at a distance, and give them the extra push they need to accomplish their goals. Becoming a life coach is a huge responsibility that can result in lucrative pay. While annual salaries vary, on an hourly basis, life coaches can expect to make anywhere from $15-$60 an hour.