Hello There! I'm Coach Erin, well that's who I've been since 2006 when I became a business coach.
And here I am, still helping women, introverts, and solopreneurs start their own businesses.
Truth is I love what I do and can't see myself doing anything else.
Being a business coach allows me to tap into my natural strengths of curiosity, creativity, compassion, and discernment.
I find it a privilege to dive into the depths of my client's dreams, visions, and fears.
This intimate relationship allows me a unique perspective and gives me an opportunity that I don't believe exists outside of one-on-one coaching.
While I could likely write a list of 100 reasons I love being a business coach, I'll leave you with my top 10.
I Love Being A Business Coach:
1. Seeing a client have an “aha” moment.
You know the kind of moment I’m talking about. You see it when their face lights up because they just understood something in a way they hadn't before, and now they know how to move forward.
2. The creativity that coaching offers me.
I love generating new coaching activities that provide my clients with insights ideas and solutions. It must be the old Early Childhood educator in me. I love creating an activity that provides an opportunity for new skills, and awareness to develop.
3. Having the inside view.
It's awesome to watch a coaching client move forward. I cannot count the number of times a new client has said something like “Wow, (insert client name) really has her stuff together. I can't wait until I'm as confident and prepared as she is.” The second client doesn’t know that the one who is inspiring her has been in her place, and not that long ago.
4. When a client's income surpasses my own.
This might sound crazy, but it's true. It's one of the things I love. Being able to watch my clients’ income grow beyond my own brings me so much joy. Part of it is the joy and excitement that the client feels. Another part of it is knowing that my skills, knowledge, and experience helped them get there.
5. Knowing that my role helps to grow a business or business owner, but also that it truly develops an empowered woman.
While my clients create amazing mission statements, vision statements, and service programs, the personal growth and progress are often the most powerful of creations. Sometimes, that’s also the most unnoticed transformation. The increase in confidence that comes from coaching makes a positive impact, not only on their business, but also on their lives, families, marriages, and even in their communities. It's truly an honor to watch a woman step more into their authentic and powerful self.
6. Hearing my clients’ stories about their clients’ success.
It's amazing to listen to a client talk about the success they have co-created with their own client. It's fun to know that I was a part of my client being there for their client. It's what I call the waterfall effect. I help my client, they help their clients, their clients help others. It always confirms that my mission is to improve the circumstances of others by guiding women to utilize their skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise to positively impact others.
7. Working from home!
Being able to work from home was one of my goals when starting my business. No more Rush Hour commutes no more soggy sandwiches for lunch and no more committee meetings about ideas and decisions. My commute is about 10 steps. I make my lunch fresh, and when I have an idea, it gets implemented, not just discussed.
8. The personal growth that being my own boss has provided me.
When I started my business coaching practice I didn't realize how much I would learn about myself. Some of this self-knowledge comes from learning how to run a business, how to market, and how to take care of customers. However, a lot of my personal growth and awareness has come from walking alongside other women on their entrepreneurial journey. Often, my clients teach me just as much about me as I teach them.
9. The power of one question.
I know I've asked a great coaching question when my client says “Wow, that's a really great question.” What comes next is usually an amazing insight or idea that they would not have come up with. If I hadn’t experienced it, I don’t think I would have believed there could be power in being questioned. And, I think most of my clients are the same, especially the ones who have never worked with a coach before we connected. I guess you could say that seeing a client experience the power of just one question is what I love.
10. Using the experiences of one client to help another.
Solopreneurs often run into similar challenges and roadblocks as they progress. Because my client's businesses are in such diverse service areas, I am often able to utilize one client’s results to help another client achieve those same or similar results, without the second client experiencing the same challenges the first client went through. It's great to be able to move one client forward faster because of my work with another client.