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Is Business Coaching Right for You? 3 Simple Questions

Often times we actually know the steps we need to take with our business, but systemizing those steps into “do-able” chunks can be a lot more difficult. There are also many “small” questions that come up as we build our business, and having someone to turn to can be a great help. Even just having a person to run your idea by for vetting can be a lifesaver. In these situations, one-to-one coaching can really help.

How do you decide if coaching can benefit you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

#1 – Could I use an impartial person to run my ideas by?

Your friends and family may be great to turn to for help, but remember they are slightly biased. It doesn’t help if they don’t specifically understand the inner dealings or your business or market.

Having an impartial person dissect your ideas and plans can be very beneficial, particularly if that person is in your field and has already achieved the success you hope to achieve.

#2 – Could I use help with the smaller picture and details of my business?

For many entrepreneurs, the “big” picture is easy to see but it’s the smaller details that can tie them up in knots. What shopping cart to use? What pages to include on your website? How to start a PPC campaign?

In this instance, an online coach can offer help and guidance – from helping you choose the right software to actually helping you plan your first pay-per-click marketing campaign.

#3 – Could I use motivation and guidance?

For many of us, this is the part of the business that’s the most difficult. It’s easy to write down a to-do list and business plan, but much harder to actually do it. A good online business coach can help you overcome these hurdles. If you have someone that you’re accountable to, then you’re more likely to follow through and get things done.

This isn’t a situation that should make you feel bad or shameful; many, many people struggle with accountability and find that having a person they are accountable to or a deadline is the best way to achieve their tasks.

These three questions should help you decide whether coaching is right for you. If you do decide it’s something you’d like to try, it’s important to find the right coach – as not all are created equal. My recent article offers 3 tips.

A good coach will push their client to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. A good coach accepts that at some point their client may outgrow them and need to move on. It’s important to look for this in a coach, as this way you can be sure that they will always advise you on what is ultimately best for you and your business.

Have more questions? Schedule a Simplicity Session I’d be happy to chat. And check out my facebook group The Small Biz Society – a unique support and service space where I help ambitious go-getters to become profitable and successful entrepreneurs so that they can plan, launch and grwo the small business they always dreamed of. 

Please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. You never know how your words will connect with others that visit my site. Remember, being a business owner doesn’t mean you have to do it alone:)

Dr. Yam

P.S. Don’t forget to download my freebie – Get To the Top Faster with A Coach ebook.


  1. Esme

    Dr. Yam,

    This all makes so much sense – it really is the “little things” that get away from me. I was wondering how much time you spend keeping up to date on the newest and latest software / services that could be helpful in managing various tasks? I feel like I just get used to one service when another “better” option pops up.

    Looking forward to working with you!

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