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Business Coaching and Home Based Businesses

When it comes to business coaching, many coaches specialize in small to medium sized companies. Those with experience in executive settings, assist large corporations. Regardless of the specialty, there is money to be made. But, many business coaches are failing to change with the times. Many do not realize the potential of home based businesses, but you can and should.

As you know, home based businesses come in a number of formats. For example, a mom may run a daycare out of her home, a dad may make handmade toys to sell from home, or a cosmetologist may run an in-home salon out of the garage or basement. In terms of home based businesses, the options are endless. They also vary in size. Most are self-employed; working for themselves and by themselves. Some hire outside help.

Anyone can start a home based business. Someone who has a dream or a passion or wants to leave the dog-eat-dog corporate world behind can start a business and right from their own home. There is a growing trend though. That trend is parents who want to work from home. Some want a work-at-home job, meaning they are employed by a company, but perform their tasks at home. Others, want to capitalize on a talent or hobby and start their own business. For parents, starting a home based business provides them with unlimited flexibility and control.

Do you need proof that people want to start their own business? If so, perform a standard internet search with the phrases work-from-home, and home based businesses. You will get thousands of results. There is a lot of information available online to assist these people, but they need more. Just because a parent has a good product or service and a website, it does not mean that they will make money. That is why they can benefit from using your services as a business coach.

The first step in working as a home based business coach is to find clients. If you have a website, include home based business coaching as one of your services. Then, seek out these individuals. As previously stated, a lot of information can be found online. Most websites are informational sites, but some are online communities, like message boards. Join; insert yourself into the community. Add a link to your business website in your profile and signature. Join in on the discussions. If someone asks for tips, provide them with a few. Never give out too much information. Members will wonder how you know so much and who you are, so they should click on your links. If they want or need your service, they will use it.

Once you acquire a client, it is time to get to work. Home based business coaches tend to have more responsibility and tasks. This is because many home based business owners setup shop on a whim. They realized they could make money doing something they love and ran with it. Some did not even have a plan in place. If your client does not have a business plan, coach them through creating one. This plan should include what they sell, who their targeted market is, how they intend to generate income, and how to market their product to the public.

Business coaching involves encouragement. You need to encourage home based business owners to take a step in the right direction. Show them their potential. If they truly have a great product, show them exactly how a solid marketing can increase sales. Even if their marketing plan results in five new customers a week, calculate for them the additional yearly profit. Also, given them ideas to run with. Do more than just say you need to market your business. Give them specific examples, watch implement, and offer feedback.


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Business Coaching and Health and Wellness

As a business coach, it is your responsibility to teach your clients the key components of running a successful and profitable business. For most small to medium sized business owners, this is increased sales, lowered operating costs, leadership development, marketing, and proper communication. These are very important aspects of running a business, but your step-by-step coaching guide should include more. What? Health and wellness in the workplace.

In terms of health and wellness in the workplace, some business owners and operating mangers have it all wrong. Some literally believe that unless their employees are dying or in the hospital, they should be at work. Yes, those in good health should show at work and arrive on time. There are however, many consequences to not promoting a happy and healthy workplace. As a business coach, it is your job to outline these consequences for your clients.

As previously stated, some employers want their employees at work, no matter how they look or feel. This is very dangerous. Not just for the sick worker, but for everyone else in the workplace. A good example is to highlight common illnesses, such as the flu, the stomach bug, and the common cold. Print information from the internet showing the many and easy ways that these viruses spread. Then highlight the consequences, which could include everyone in the office coming down with a cold. Unfortunately, not everyone will get sick all at once. They will continue passing the virus around. One cold can negatively influence an entire office for weeks.

Using the internet and printed guides to show how easily germs and colds spread from coworker to coworker is a great approach, but it isnt enough for all. A great approach is to test surfaces. Do not opt for someones office or workplace, as the results may be embarrassing. Instead, test a common area, such as a commonplace phone, filing cabinet, or bathroom. Some test kits are available for sale, but they usually give limited results. Bite the cost and get true lab testing. In fact, include the cost in with your fee. There is no denying the results. Even cleaned offices have germs, many of which are the cause of viruses and colds.

As previously stated, a simple cold can affect a workplace for weeks. This is because not all coworkers come into contact with each other at the same time. It could take weeks or months for an entire office to run through a cold. Once again, not all office managers and business owners understand this. You need to show them. Use volunteers. In fact, use the entire staff present for training.

Take one individual, he or she is sick, but called in sick to work. Set that volunteer aside. They stayed home; therefore, are not passing germs around the office. Then take another volunteer; they are sick, but still went to work. In just the first hour of the day, they came into touching contact with three different coworkers. Those then turned around and encountered six more, and so forth. Create a line showing all the people who will get sick. Compare the two. Yes, one employee does miss work, but it is much better than having the entire staff out of commission. It is a chain reaction.

As previously stated, it is your job to educate business owners and managers on the key components of running a business. However, to properly implement those components, happy, healthy, and well staff members must carry out those actions. Otherwise, time is wasted, productivity is low, and the results are poor.


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Business Coaching and Conflict Resolution

Do you have a business management degree or years of experience running a profitable small to medium sized business? If you are looking for a new career path or if you want to increase your moneymaking opportunities, business coaching is the way to go. Both a degree and on the job experience deems you qualified enough to teach others.

When offering your services as a business coach, there are many areas of business you need to consider. Marketing is the most common. Marketing enables the public to know about a company and the products or services they sell. Your step-by-step guide to running a successful and profitable business should include marketing, but dont forget the smaller aspects. For example, conflict resolution.

Conflict is common in the workplace and it comes in many different formats. Coworkers have conflict with each other. Supervisors have conflict with their employees. Business owners and employees have conflicts with clients. Honestly, the list goes on and on. Although conflict is common in the workplace, it is unhealthy. It is your job to teach small business owners and their employees how to avoid workplace conflict and how to resolve it quickly and peacefully.

One of the best ways to teach your clients about conflict resolution is with role-playing. If hosting a seminar retraining employees, pick a couple from the group. Start with two employees playing themselves. This is very important. A disruptive workplace starts a chain reaction. Create the scenario where the two coworkers are supposed to be working jointly on a project, but only one is carrying their weight. Allow the two to attempt to resolve the problem themselves. Then, step in. Highlight the good choices and the bad. Then, coach these coworkers through a positive resolution. This involves calm voices, friendly tones, and no finger pointing.

Next, work on the conflict between supervisors and employees. If the business owner or manager is present you can use them for the exercise, but you may find little volunteers. If that is the case, select one or, once again, use two employees. Create the scenario that the boss is unhappy with the employee constantly showing up for work. Start with the supervisor. They need to calmly approach their employee and state their dissatisfaction. Do not blame or accuse. Next, the late arriving employee needs to explain him or herself. In this situation, it is best just to apologize for the delay and state it will not happen again. Excuses may lead to conflict.

Finally, role-play with a client and an employee. All businesses strive to please their clients, but no one is ever 100% happy. If the company you are working with is a retail store, use the example that a customer was double charged for a product. They arrive in the store the next day. There is little proof that they were overcharged. In this situation, many employees and managers try to get out of refunds. No business wants to lose or handout money, but think of the consequences. A happy customer tells their friends, but an unhappy customer tells anyone who will listen. Think long-term and about the companys and employees reputation. Offer a refund or allow the customer to grab another of the product.

As previously stated, the best way to practice conflict resolution is with role-playing. Unfortunately, not all business coaches are able to meet with their clients face-to-face. In these instances, create literature for the business owner, supervisors, and employees to read. Make it clear, short, and easy to read.

Regardless of how you teach your clients about conflict resolution, always highlight the important points in the end. These include the consequences of conflict. They are an unhappy client or disruptions in the workplace that can start a chain reaction. Then restate the ways to avoid conflict, such as not placing blame, talking in a friendly tone, and addressing all issues as they arise and not later down the road.


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