How to Become a Successful Online Coach

With the leap in online meeting skills that came from the Covid pandemic and the discovery of the freedom of working from home, some people have come to also wonder: how can I work for myself online, with clients all over the world? 

The obvious opportunity that this opens up is the emerging world of the expatriate digital nomad - the westerner who lives in luxury in the developing world, earning income with clients still based in the west. 

Coaching is a rapidly growing profession that also offers an extremely low entry barrier. All you need is a base coaching qualification (60 hours) and enough entrepreneurialism to set up a business. 

But success is NOT guaranteed by these two things. So here are some tips: 

1. Find your niche. 

The first step to becoming a successful online coach is finding your niche. What are you passionate about? What do you have experience in? What do you want to help people with? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start finding or creating coaching programs that fit your niche. 

2. Build a strong online presence. 

Your potential coaching clients are going to be searching for you online, so it's important to have a strong presence on the internet. Make sure you have a professional website and social media accounts that show off your coaching programs and services. 

3. Get certified. 

While you don't need to be certified to be a coach, getting certified can help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate your expertise to potential clients. Look for coaching certification programs that are accredited by an international coaching organization such as the International Coach Federation. 

4. Develop a coaching style that works for you. 

The great thing about coaching is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. You can develop your own coaching style that suits your personality and strengths. Whether you're a more direct or indirect coach, the important thing is that you're able to help your clients achieve their goals. 

5. Market your coaching services. 

Once you've got your coaching business up and running, it's time to start marketing your services. There are several ways to do this, including online advertising, social media, and word-of-mouth. 

6. Be patient and stay focused. 

Building a successful coaching business takes time, so be patient and stay focused on your goals. It takes hard work and dedication to become a successful online coach, but it's definitely possible if you put in the effort. 

If you're interested in becoming an online coach, follow these tips and you'll be well on your way to success. 

If you are not already certified, and you would like to learn coaching here in Perth, check out our Professional Coaching Certificate trainingThis will allow you to work professionally as a Coach and would provide a pathway to ACC Recognition by the International Coach Federation (ICF). This program will also include a Profiling Tool for your Coaching Toolkit: The iWAM Consultant Accreditation and so graduates of this program will receive an additional certificate as  'iWAM Consultant' that is also recognised globally.

About the Author

I am a qualified Coach (ICF PCC level) with over 17 years of professional experience as a Coach working in both organisational and personal development. I am also a Coach Trainer, the only person able to deliver the practical units of the Master of Arts Neuro Coaching in Australia.