As a small business owner you want to make progress and grow, you want to achieve, you want to be a success. However, that isn’t always easy and it can be difficult to get out of the rut when you’re feeling overwhelmed and the business is not developing. So what do you do when you’re feeling like your business isn’t going the way you had hoped or envisaged? Perhaps approaching the holiday season, now is a good time to reflect on and decide what steps you need and want to take to increase performance and achieve your goals for 2015?
It is usually those who struggle away on their own, doing the same thing but expecting different results, who will start to see their business slipping away. However, it doesn’t have to be like that and often the support of a business coach or mentor that can help you to get things back on track through helping to provide clarity and confidence around the best way forward for you and your business.
So What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Business Coach?
Many business coaches are able to provide support in a number of areas of a business including recruitment of talent, operations, sales and marketing, training and development, increasing performance and leadership skills.
Through listening and asking powerful questions they can also help to:
- clearly define your vision, objectives and priorities
- look at the business with a completely fresh pair of eyes
- challenge you to see things in a new way and find new markets
- improve customer retention
- increase efficiency
- increase your confidence and motivation
- take positive action
- improve results
So How Do You Find the Right Coach for You?
Often coaches are found through referral from a trusted source but that is not always the case. Whether you look for referrals, search online or pick up the phone to look for a coach it is important that both yourself and the coach are a good match. You should also check their credentials and, more importantly, their experience of coaching and consultancy which is essential. Membership of a coaching body and relevant insurance are also often requested of business coaches. However, what is key is that the initial conversations you have should be able to get a sense of whether or not you are going to be a good match and that they are going to be able to help you achieve your goals. If you find the right coach and are committed to taking action then it is possible to achieve a significant return on the investment made.
If you want to take your business to a new level in 2015 then please contact us to arrange a convenient time to talk. We would love to help you.