Thinking of offering one on one services on your blog, Mama? If you’re considering offering coaching on your blog than let’s begin with why coaching + blogging equals a sweet blog to biz fit.
It’s a natural progression of the relationship courtship dance
It’s an extension of the connection of the value you offer through the written word. It’s a beautiful way to begin to take the relationship to the next level by offering to hop on the phone or Skype. A lot of magic can happen when you’re able to connect with somebody one on one voice by voice or face to face.
It’s the quickest way to start earning an income from your blog
This eliminates the need to spend hours creating a product, info or otherwise, so makes it way less risky. You could simply state on a blog post or an email even that you’re going to be ready to start offering mentoring in your area of expertise and see what the interest level is like there.
And then once you start coaching or mentoring you’re not only feeling fulfilled with the fact you’re helping out your mamas out there directly but you’re having pretty meaningful conversations.
These conversations can offer insight to the deeper and common struggles your readers are experiencing
Maybe you’ll have that “ah ha” moment when you see the patterns coming up as I did when I started getting approached about how I was able to be so prolific with my blogging, homesteading, home schooling etc. It brought to my awareness that I had principals I was very excited to share and that’s how Mama Bliss Coaching became to be.
You’ll see that there is a sequence to the way you offer your help. With these gems in hand, then you should create an ecourse with the process that works. Again, that’s what happened when I became aware that what had helped me with my readers’ common struggle was to pay attention to my self-care and creative play and living a simplicity-based life as much as possible.
From there you can turn that framework you developed into your own workshop, class, ecourse or training program.
When I was first considering becoming a coach it kinda felt like playing dress up.
And that makes sense because the first step to any great dream is the day bit: daydream. It’s all about visualizing, fantasizing, and trying out different scenarios just for kicks.
1. Have a chit chat with your inner gremlins
How to do this? Start by journaling a conversation about what’s holding you back from offering one on one services to your dream customers or readers. What will the g-boys and g-girls say? What will you say back to them?
Might I suggest you say: And so what? Write out that one-side-ish conversation after a juicy meditation.
2. Tend to your four pillars of Mama Bliss
In case you don’t know what those are, they’re self-care, creativity, values and simplicity. The peach pit of Bliss Beyond Naptime if Bliss Beyond Naptime was an old school episode of Beverly Hills 90201.
Put into practice the rituals and routines that shine the light on each of the four pillars and you’ll always have access to the calm and centering needed to not only coach from your higher self but guide you to the right coaching path for you in the first place.
3. Embrace your imperfections
For this is what you’re going to be reminding your clients no matter what sort of coaching you’re going to deliver. If we all wait until we’re perfectly perfect nothing’s ever going to get happen. Your people and future clients need your help now. Warts and all.
4. Get a Coach
Experience the coaching style of a few different coaches to pay attention to what works for you. Do you like a swift, yet loving, kick in the butt? Or do you prefer more of a peace, love and Kraft Dinner sort of approach? And there are many kinds of coaching out there that may inspire you to create a similar offering. Besides good ‘ol, good ol’ life and business coaching, I’ve personally hired a wardrobe coach, book writing, time management, moving from the country to the city and a sacred space making coach. All awesome and all inspired how I love to coach my ladies in a little or big way.
And there are many kinds of coaching out there that may inspire you to create a similar offering. Besides good ‘ol, good ol’ life and business coaching, I’ve personally hired a wardrobe coach, book writing, time management, moving from the country to the city and a sacred space making coach. All awesome and all inspired how I love to coach my ladies in a little or big way.
5. Start Honing Your Conversation Skills
Especially your listening ones. Practice on your kids. Your partner. Coaching is at least 75% listening. And I love using the British midwife analogy.
Our first midwife told us that was the first lesson in midwifery school – sit on your hands while you witness the birth unfold. At least midwifery schools in the UK.
Embrace your area of expertise and if you do feel that you need to bump up your confidence a bit then by all means one of my favorite ways is to explore how other coaches do it.
6. Note the tools and strategies that have worked for you in your own life that might work for others
It’s quite normal to find that you’re actually coaching yourself just a few steps behind in your journey. Pay attention to what has helped you move through a challenge. Again, with the birthing, I loved how Birthing from Within really busted a lot of the fear around birthing I had with creative play. That was a huge reason I decided to pursue Creativity Coaching myself.
7. Take ten minutes to write out what your ideal day of coaching might look like
Visualizing is powerful. Get specific and use all of your senses. Make a couple of different versions too while you’re at it. Imagine what your days will look like while the kids are at school. And again another version during summer holidays.
8. Research the niche you’re interested in and become an expert
I knew I wanted to work with mamas after my simplicity and creativity coaching trainings so I purchased books on contending with mother’s guilt, taking mom retreats, mothering and mindfulness.
And then when I discovered I do want to extend the Mama Bliss to working from home as a blogging for biz mama, I took ecourses on online biz galore and essentially created my own curriculum that hones my expertise in this area.
9. Declare your plans
Blog about it! Dedicate a whole post to it or just tack it on as a PS in one of your blog posts that you’re mulling this idea over. Could be something as simple as – hey guys, thinking about offering coaching to help you get from x to y. Whaddya think?
I don’t know if it’s a blogging thing or what but do you too find that if you blog about it it’ll happen?
10. Carve out a time every day to start working on this
Even if you’re just at the daydream phase, set some time aside to create a vision board, read books on coaching, research what other coaches in your area of interest are offering, up to, look at the different training opportunities out there, invite coaches on the Facebook groups you are a part of for a Skype date to ask them what it’s really like.
I LOVE the researching phase. That’s why I’m offering you a sneak into what you can be experiencing everyday as a coach to be a part of yours. Add you name and email to the box below if you haven’t checked it out yet and enjoy!