I remember when I started my company I knew nothing about business, yes I was taught the skills required operate my wellness food business, such as culinary and nutrition training; but I had no idea how to run a business. I was amazed at how little I knew about budgets, balance sheets, taxes, employee deductions and all the tasks nobody talks about in school- not once was I told that running a business around my passion would involve so much more than just cooking and health coaching.
One day I met someone that would change my business forever, my business coach Dorothy. I was at a networking meeting and talking about the struggles I was facing, and she looked at me and said “baby, you need a coach”. Having played sports competitively during my formative years, the only coach I knew of was one related to athletic achievements, not business.
It did not take long for me to see the benefits of having a business coach in my life. Where once entrepreneurship felt like trial by fire, with Dorothy I had a lighthouse when I felt in the dark. And I believe that every woman who chooses the path of entrepreneurship requires a coach; here’s why.
As I said before, my coach has been my lighthouse; when I’ve needed guidance in regards to tough business decisions, I can always count on her to guide me with wisdom and experience.
Your chosen coach has likely been down this road before and being able to access someone who has 1st hand knowledge of how to weather the storms of being a young entrepreneur is invaluable. The stability of my business and the quality of the decisions I make are because I am able to leverage the knowledge of my business coach.
In order to be a leader we must all learn how to lead; and whether your business is a two (wo)man operation or you are at the helm of team of 20, learning how to lead is paramount to the success of your venture. Leadership skills are best learned by example and having a business coach to show you the ropes of leadership is reason enough to get one. Working side by side with my coach, and seeing first hand how she leads her team, has helped in my leadership development tremendously. To be a leader you need to lead, but first you must learn to do so.
What to Look For In A Mentor
Before you hire a business coach, you must first ask yourself these 3 questions:
Business coaching is about to finding the right person to teach you the skills required to build a thriving business- women helping women and holding each other up. And it is my belief that every advancing women entrepreneur needs a coach in order to step into the business and life of her dreams.