This week, I’m going to look at how I and other coaches have made career transitions into life coaching. Looking at how others have done it can help you begin to think about how you want to make your change—whether it’s all at once or gradual.

Many people throw themselves into life coaching full time and that’s great. If you have the financial backup, the right marketing techniques, and the connections from your past, you can make the transition pretty quickly and easily.

Transitioning Gradually

Other people, including myself, made the transition more gradually. When I was exploring what it would be like to be a life coach, I loved my 9-5 job as the Graduate Director for the Hoffman Institute, so I cut it down to three days a week and began the process of marketing myself as a coach. To begin with, I took on five or six clients and coached two days a week.

As I began to really embody the skill set as a coach, I started to figure out how I wanted to schedule my work days: did I like coaching clients back to back, or did I like spacing them out? What were my strengths in marketing, and how could I market myself easily and effectively in a way that was fun?

My own transition took about a year. At first, I had no idea how I was going to make a full transition. I thought I would just coach part-time. I figured it out along the way in my coach training. I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Nevada County in the Sierra foothills. I then began coaching three days a week and working two days at the Hoffman Institute, so I was still connected to my old network as I built my practice. They were so excited for me and supported me, which was really great. By the end of the year, I was coaching five days a week from my home office among the pine trees in the beautiful Sierra foothills and really living the life I had dreamed of!

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