3 Reasons to Become a Life Coach

what is a life coach and why become a life coach

This is a guest post by Brandon Baker.

People believe that fortune and fame are direct signs of being successful and prosperous, but sometimes we fail to see the important things hidden behind the screen of glitters.

Everyone has different and personal reasons to be what they want to be in life. Sometimes it is for fame, sometimes for a loved one, sometimes for success, and sometimes for oneself. Your actions should be defined by your intentions. This isn’t to say that fame and fortune are wrong things to go for, but no one can say that it is better than personal non-profit reasons.

Today, we are going to discuss three reasons why being a life coach may be the best-suited profession for you. First, we must know who a life coach is and what his duties are.

A life coach is not per say a counselor, or a psychologist, or anyone between these lines. First, a life coach does not give you his own opinions, a life coach makes a certain specific framework that is according to your personal life, qualities, past experiences, fears, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, faults, goals and objectives. He invests more time in understanding you through your own eyes and not his. This is a major difference between other counselors and a life coach.

Consider a life coach as a mirror, you see everything that is about you but through other medium; that medium being the life coach.

Now that we have established what a life coach is about, we will now discuss if you should really become one. We will list down 3 reasons to select life coach as a profession:

1. Low barrier to entry.

To become a life coach you do not need a degree; undergraduate, graduate or masters. It does not mean that you are not considered a professional.

To become a life coach you must enter the training programs that suit you perfectly. There is an accredited training and teaching association that makes sure its pupils with the associated schools are up to certain standard of excellence. Training from a school that is ICF (International Coach Federation) accredited gives you an added benefit from other life coaches.

2. To help other people.

People who want to help others without any drive for success or fortune are sometimes frowned upon. Like I said, no intention is better than the other, but no one has a right to make others feel as if what they are doing is better than what others are doing. So, if you want to become a life coach because you want to help others then go for it, do not wait or look for someone’s go-ahead.

3. Common skills.

If you think that you have the passion and skills that are needed to become a life coach, then this is a right profession choice for you. To become a good life coach, you should have the following skills:

  • Listening
  • Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Organizing
  • Empathy

If you think you’ve got what it takes to become a life coach, the best time to get started is right now. You won’t regret it!

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

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