“When do I start making money as a coach? What can I expect?” I hear this a lot from coaches just starting out. The truth is this… you’ll make money as quickly as you decide. There is no “average” time frame to make money as a coach.
I’ve seen the journey to 6-figures take on so many different forms for so many different coaches…
- I have seen coaches who take months and others who have taken years trying to decide on what niche they want to help.
- I’ve seen coaches who are so vague on their offer that nobody understands what it is – so of course people aren’t buying because they don’t know that it has the power to change the exact situation they’re stuck in.
- I’ve also seen coaches who are scared to put their compelling offer out there in the first place for fear that they did all that work and are afraid that people won’t like it enough to join – therefore creating that exact result (no clients).
- I’ve seen coaches who are stuck at a cap of $5k/mo for their entire coaching career… when $30k/month can be so easy (and even more if they want) with just a few tweaks.
- I’ve seen coaches who choose a niche, create an offer, get it out there, sign a client or two, get lots of “no’s” on their offer and then think the first two clients were a fluke so they must have it all wrong. Then they go back to the start and do it all over again – choose a new niche, create a new offer, get it out there, and the cycle repeats and they don’t gain any traction.
Then, on the other hand, I have seen coaches who get everything out there right away because they simply decide that they will. They refuse to run around in circles.
They decide on who they want to help.
They create their compelling offer.
And they get to work, getting that offer in front of the people who need it.
And they sign some clients and they make some money.
And they get some people telling them “no” and they refine their offer and make it better and they keep going.
And they sign even more clients and make even more money.
THAT is the way to build your income as a coach to multiple 6-figures because you’ve done the work to go deep on your messaging to attract more of your clients and make your offer so compelling that you get people saying yes to working with you without batting an eye.
Newer coaches ask this question, “when will I start making money?” – a lot, when they’re just starting their coaching business because they are trying to find some certainty since jumping into a new endeavor in building a business, feels so unknown. They want to know when it’s okay to go “all-in” and when they can plan on quitting their job, etc. They think that making money naturally follows a specific timeline, but here’s the truth, my friend – listen up! Whatever timeline somebody says it will take, it will end up taking *exactly* that long.
If someone says it will take 3 years, then it will take 3 years because that’s what you believe. If someone says it will take 2 years, it’ll take you 2 years. If they say a year, it’ll take you a year. If they say 6 months, it’ll take 6 months.
Making money as a coach does not follow a specific timeline, other than the one you decide. Because certainty is something we create because we decide to create it for ourselves. You simply need to decide how long it will take and choose to take exactly that long. And then go all-in creating what you want.
Right now, there are thousands of people who can easily become your clients. All you need to do is get in front of the right people with your compelling offer that they can’t imagine not having because of what it will GIVE THEM by how it will transform their life. When you get this right, then there’s no reason you can’t build your business as a coach to 6-figures over the course of a year, depending again, on how quickly you want to build. You’ll be able to sign coaching clients and earn $30k/mo when you have a super compelling offer and price yourself right.
These are all the exact things that I help women create inside of my program, 6-Figure Coach Academy which takes coaches to make $30k/months and up. I cover how to do everything step-by-step from how to hone in on your niche, to packaging up your offers, to how to build your audience of people who truly want to hear from you. I’ll show you the step-by-step of how to do everything you need to create multiple 6-figures as a coach and do so in only the number of hours you want to work each week (working 8-16 hours a week is typical for most the women I help). I’d love to have you join me!
I’d love to hear from you! Tell me your big ah-ha’s from today’s episode in the comments below or head on over to the Become a 6-Figure Coach Community on Facebook here. I’d love to cheer you on as you build your business to multiple 6-figures, create your 20 hour or less workweek, and make a lasting difference in the lives of your clients. Because THAT is why we do this work. See you there.
What if that thing you want so badly…
the money you want to make…
The people you want to impact…
The work you want to do…
Is all right here, right now for the taking?
What if simply because you have the desire…
it means you are a match for exactly what it is that you want? And it’s meant to be yours?
What if you don’t need to be better,
Have smoother skin?
Be more skilled?
Have more experience?
To make all your dreams come true.
What if you already have everything you need right now?
What if the wisdom of your next step to take…that unlocks the doorway to your dreams… is already inside of you?
You know you’ve come here to do extraordinary things in this one lifetime.
You’re meant to change lives.
You’re meant to do work you love.
You’re meant to be there for your babies.
You’re meant to have the freedom to live this life well… on your terms.
You’re meant to have the money to pay for every single thing that’s important to you.
You’re meant to have it all.
It’s what your heart aches for.
It’s what you were made for.
You know that next step you need to take
Don’t question yourself.
Your inner knowing… the Divine guiding you with every beat of your heart…knows the way
Your future self is calling out to you
To stop beating yourself down
To stop playing small
To stop sabotaging your own success
To stop hiding from the world
You’ve got a mission
Important work to do
This is your permission
To stop hiding from your own greatness
To step out on that next step in faith that the next will be revealed, then the next, then the next.
This is your permission to start showing up and shining brightly in all that you are, right now.
All your flaws only add to your likeability.
All your fears are in the room in awe of what you are doing.
All your excuses for why you “can’t” – they no longer lead the show.
Whatever you want to do… you do.
Whatever you want to share… you share.
Whatever you want to create… you create.
Whatever you want to give… you give.
However many clients you want to help… you help.
And the “how” of how you’ll do these things – the “how” always comes.
You just know it because you have countless examples of this being true.
And the money comes flowing to you – all the time.
More money than you ever before thought would be possible for you is now yours…
Simply because you decided that you are good enough.
Because you are. Exactly as you are.
Raw… beautiful… messy… you.
You are the answer to your dreams.
The key to your happiness.
It’s all inside of you.
You have permission to have it all.
Now go out and live.
Your dreams are worth it.
This past weekend, Mikael and I had family photos done outdoors in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, with our daughter and our soon to be adopted daughter.
We just got the photo proofs back today and they are just so good. Seeing two girls in these photos makes my heart burst with so much love, I can barely contain myself.
This adoption journey has been a long one and having her here with us every weekend, and soon having her move in – (which by the way, we just got the move-in date!) – oh it makes me so happy.
This kiddo needs us and we can’t wait to officially welcome her into our family, although from day one, all of us considered her a part of our family.
After such a good weekend, and now sliding into the exciting stuff I’m working on this week, I just had a flood of pure gratitude wash over me while I was sitting at my desk this morning.
Mikael was putting fresh paint on the trim in practically all the rooms of the house as we get ready for our adoption home study visit we have later this week, Lily was working on her remote learning school in the kitchen, and the 4 dogs were all panting after going to the vet this morning, and I was sitting at my desk, after emailing my 1-to-1 clients with our weekly action step planning, and I just got caught up in how amazing it is that I get to do this work, and how this work that I do fits perfectly into how I also want to show up in my family. I have created exactly what I wanted when I first set out to “be my own boss” over a decade ago.
I have plenty of time for everything.
Time for my kids.
Time for my husband.
Time for myself.
And time to do the work I love.
I also have plenty of money.
Money to be able to care for two teenage girls and even adopt to begin with.
Money to have fun adventures with my husband.
Money to spend on things I want, just for me.
Money to grow my business and have pure fun doing so!
Money to give generously and be there for the people I love.
This was exactly what I wanted.
And it’s here.
It wasn’t always this way for me…
But what’s funny is now that I am here,
I know I could have been here so much earlier if I just opened up to all the possibilities that were available to me and stepped into being that woman from the start.
But I didn’t know, and I had to grow into the full realization of that. My mindset of what was possible had to expand, then my actions had to match that inner knowing.
Because now that I am here, I know that any way you want to build your business and make money – you can.
You can hustle 70 hours a week and make 5 figure months.
Or you can do it in 20 and make the same.
You get to decide how you design your business.
And you can make money however you design it.
So why wouldn’t you design it to support you in the creation of the life you want to live?
I used to think I had to work all hours of the day and night in order to make my dream happen.
And because that was my belief, that’s exactly what I did.
I sacrificed many many nights of sleep because I was up working. I sacrificed weekends.
But why would you work yourself into the ground if you don’t have to?
If you can create the same success financially, and be well-rested and have time for everything you wanted to do, and spend plenty of time with the people you love – why wouldn’t you?
Of course you would!
The problem isn’t that you wouldn’t take that.
The problem is that we don’t realize it can actually be ours for the taking.
We don’t believe it because we haven’t seen anyone actually do it.
When I was first stepping into the world of online marketing, I saw a lot of hustle.
“Work hard now so you won’t have to in the future” was the theme.
So I fell for the lie that in order to create the life I wanted, I had to “do the work” now… And to me, I made “that work” mean that I had to work all hours of the day and night to create the financial success I wanted so that I could experience time freedom on the other side of it.
Then one day, I started questioning this belief. And let me tell you right now, as a coach, when you can start bringing the beliefs you have into question, that are not actually serving you in your life, and look to see if a different belief could also be true and then starting to try it on until you can actually believe it – your whole world starts to shift.
Because however you design your business, you can make lots of money and have time freedom. And what’s interesting is that the more relaxed you are, yet passionate and fired up about what you do, the more money you can make and the more fun it is in the first place.
The core of the work I do with my clients in both my one-to-one private coaching practice and in my group program is all around designing a business on their terms. However much you want to work, you can. However many or little clients you want at one time – you can have them. However much money you want to make, you can. However much time you have to work, you can use just that amount of time to build your business and reach the exact goals you want to reach financially with it.
All it takes is the belief that it’s possible and then live into that belief with your actions.
You can go in baby steps, or however quickly you’d like to build up your belief.
For me, I did baby steps.
I wanted to see if it was possible to still make 5 figures a month and actually go to bed at a good time every day. It was.
Then I wanted to see if it was possible to actually stop work every night at 5:00 and take my evenings off and still make 5-figures a month. It was.
Then I thought, well, if I could do that, I wonder if I can take every Sunday completely off and do the same. I could.
Then I thought, okay, what about the whole weekend? It was possible and my income started to grow even more.
Then I thought, alright – well can I take off whole mornings throughout the week? Some Friday’s too? What about entire weeks every other week?
Turns out – it’s all possible.
You can build your business any way you want. I’ve coached enough women (and myself) to know this is true.
It just starts with the intention of knowing what you want.
Believing that you can do it.
Then choosing to do it.
Even if you’re starting from scratch and are just starting to build your business – the same is true.
And for you, you can choose to believe it right from the start.
You can decide today how much you want to work.
Then show up for just that amount of time, and get the guidance you need so you can maximize the time you are working, and watch your business grow.
If I would have known back then what I know now, I absolutely would have taken the freedom route from the start. There was no need to hustle myself into the ground – EVER.
But I didn’t know what I didn’t know and that’s okay – because I know now.
And now, I can share what I know with you so you can get there quicker than me if you want…
You can create however much income you want with however much time you want to work each week.
Your job is simply to decide what it is that you want.
Then get a solid plan in place so you know exactly what you’re going to do to make it happen.
Lastly, work your plan!
That’s it my friend.
If you want to start doing business on your terms – but want some guidance on the “how”, sign up for a 6-Figure Coach Strategy Session with me and we will visualize the business you want, uncover all of the things that are standing in your way, and create an action plan for moving smoothly forward towards your goals. These sessions are complimentary, so sign up for yours today at yourbusinessdesigner.com/session.
I hope this message has served you today. Keep doing what you’re doing. This world needs what you have to offer, and you can create the life of your dreams all while doing work you love – you really can. I know it because I am living it.
Mikael, my husband, loves to garden. He plants the most amazing things, and plans out the landscaping for how everything will look.
I am taking off two afternoons this week where I’ll be helping him in our garden.
We have a whole mountain of bulbs right now sitting on our dining room table, all waiting to be planted.
I was thinking today about how Mikael first started our garden… and just how similar a garden is to a well-designed business.
He first formulated a plan for what he wanted it to look like.
In this plan, he decided how each garden feature, garden stone pathway, and flower would all fit together and work harmoniously with one another.
Some flowers do best in full sun, others in shade.
Some flowers come back every year, without you having to do anything but water them once they are in the ground…
and others you have to replant each year, but you have the knowledge of how to grow them and help them to thrive.
Business is so much like a garden…
You first need to do the initial “landscaping” when you decide on your business plan, and the structure for how you’re going to reach the end result you want.
For a garden, that can look like:
How do I want my backyard to look?
What elements do I want it to have?
What would create the end result I want?
In business, it would look like:
Your business plan and strategy for what unique marketing pieces you will bring together to create the income you want to have.
You can’t throw a ton of things together at once and have it work. You need to be thoughtful, decisive, and intentional so that it serves you and your dream clients well.
Then, in a garden…. you need to plant the seeds where they should go. You need to do the work of digging the holes, putting them into the ground, and laying down the mulch, maybe even get your hands dirty in the process.
For your business… you need to build the pieces out. You need to create the website, the marketing pages, begin building the email list, start creating posts on the social platform of your choosing, get things up and running to lay the groundwork so you can grow.
Then… comes the consistency…
Then you need to do the consistent tasks that actually GROW the garden that is your business.
For a garden… You need to care for your garden consistently, give each plant the right amount of soil, sun, and water and remove the weeds that don’t belong.
At first, there isn’t much movement…
The quick growers may sprout up immediately, sure. But other plants take more time.
You may not see that anything happening with these plants at all, but there’s so much going on below the surface.
With a little more nurturing, they will grow into the most beautiful flowers and your garden will be in full bloom. Then, you can sit and enjoy the beauty all around you.
For your business… the same thing is true. You have to keep working your plan long enough to start seeing long-lasting results.
What happens to so many of us is that when you only see small results at first, often we think our plan is not working.
However, it’s the long-term consistency that makes the big results. A garden, just like a business, doesn’t create overnight success.
It’s the long-term efforts of consistency and care we put into it that do.
When you do this for long enough, before you know it, all your client spots are full and you’re making the income you want to make continuously.
Then you may decide you want to expand your garden. You want to add more flowers.
Every year, Miakel and I have built our garden out more and more. Right now, our backyard is one big flower garden. This year, we are building out the front garden more and just finished completely changing the look of the front landscaping.
Expansion happens once you have successfully built the first area of your business and now you just want to keep going.
Before you can expand, you’ve gotta first get to your first $10k/month and keep it going consistently.
How you do this is to start your garden the right way.
With #1: A plan.
And #2: Consistency.
If you’re ready to create a clear plan for how you’re going to reach $10k/month in your business and keep that going month after month, Your Business Design Academy is where you need to be! Inside this coaching program, you will learn how to get your plan in place, then stick to that plan month after month. I will help you remove all the weeds that come up so that your business will yield the most amazing end result.
I was thinking this morning while combing my hair and pacing my bedroom floor while letting a tangent of thoughts flow through me. What came to me today was the even clearer realization of how everything good in my own life has come about because I first recognized that I had the thought and desire to have it, believed it was meant for me, then I moved into alignment with it taking the actions I needed to take, and that is when it came forth and solidified itself in my life.
It’s hard to think of instances where this hasn’t been true in my life.
I have a shining example right now with this adoption process my husband and I are going through. We’re seeing all that we’ve put in, actually start to take shape. It’s been years in this process to get to where we are now, just starting to have visits with our hopefully soon to be adopted daughter.
But we wouldn’t be where we are today IF we hadn’t followed the nudges that were inside of us that this is what we are meant to do.
The thought I wanted to bring to you today is that IF something is within you… and if it’s within you and it’s burning or it repeatedly keeps coming back… and you know it has the potential to do so much good in your life or somebody else’s life.. Then that thing within you is meant to be created. It’s a dream deep inside of you that is meant to be created BECAUSE you are a magnet for it.
Whatever it is.
If you want to have a five or six-figure-a-month business..
Or you want to buy your dream home
Or take that vacation you’ve always wanted to experience
Or do that incredible philanthropic mission to help people in that country you have always been drawn towards.
The key is.. Yes, if it’s within you, it’s meant to be created.
BUT, if you’re going to have it… you must do your part in the co-creation of it.
You must take the steps that SHOW you know it’s yours.
This comes up EVERY single day when you’re a businesswoman building your online empire. I know it does for me. You can’t just go into business and keep going in your business without having a dream of some kind. Knowing your reason “why” you’re doing this in the first place.
You’re in this for a reason! Whether it’s making the money because it’s just pure fun and you have grand plans for what you want to do with it and how it will help others and improve your own life or it’s solely on being able to help more people. Impacting and transforming lives for the better. We do all of these as women in business.
But to even make your dream your reality in the first place…
#1 – You must know first that it is a dream inside of you and give it the nurturing and attention it deserves despite how scary and uncomfortable it may be to actually take the first steps to go after.
#2 – Then you must know that because it’s inside of you, it’s meant to be yours. It’s meant for you. It’s meant to be created through you.
#3 – Then you must act on that belief. Allow that belief to guide you on the journey towards creating it.
And act upon it and believe in it over and over again until you have it. And you will have it. One way or another, it will come to you.
Some people call this manifestation. I call it co-creation with the Divine.
If you have something burning within you… you are meant to do your part in the creation of it.
And guess what?
To create this thing… you don’t have to know the entire pathway before you dive in. All you have to do is follow the nudge within you to take that first step.
Make that first phone call.
Find the information you need online and send that first email.
Buy that domain.
Write that first chapter.
Hit record on your phone and shoot that first video.
Own your dream as being meant for you. Because it is.
When you do that, listen to that next nudge you know you’re meant to do and don’t second guess it, but do it.
And when the obstacles and twists and turns come up (and they will), keep acting in the “knowing” that your dream is yours and it is meant for you to create… and keep on going.
That is how you create a life of your wildest dreams.
You are strong enough for the journey my friend. Know your dream is already yours. You simply have to believe it and act in alignment with it one step at a time.
There is a rule I have for myself: Create more than you consume.
Having this rule has helped me increase my impact in the world.
I didn’t always have this rule though…
When I first started my business back in 2008, my dad was my only business mentor. He was an entrepreneur himself, and so all of my questions naturally went through him.
Then a few years into my business, my dad passed away.
I then stumbled upon the world of online marketing on my quest for a mentor I could trust to guide me. I consumed all kinds of training and teaching and videos and books from all kinds of people. I soaked it all in. I did this for years…
But it wasn’t until I actually put what I learned into action when things started to change.
Listen to today’s podcast where I share what happens when you start creating more than you consume AND what you can definitely consume to help you on your journey to grow into your best self!