What is Life Coaching and Where Should You Start 126

What is Life Coaching and Where Should You Start

Life coaching is the process of helping people find out solutions to their existing problems, realize what they truly want and thus accomplish their goals.

A life coach provides guidance and lets his clients figure out where they are in life and compare it to where they want to be. That’s a professional who strives for success through empowering anyone that needs help.

Basically, you’ll be helping people who struggle with something in their life, who feel lost and confused, who haven’t found their passion and ultimate purpose, who are depressed. It may be someone who’s after a career change but who has doubts and fears about it. Or a person who constantly sets objectives just to end up disappointed for not following through.

In need of life coaching are also people who have low self-esteem and suffer from social anxiety which prevents them from meeting new people and having meaningful relationships. It’s also a service that can help those having health or money issues, who need an expert to tell them what to do exactly and to give them the motivation to start.

Life coaching is a life-changing business. If you become part of it, you’ll be living your destiny by inspiring others to take action and transform their lives. There’s nothing as exciting as seeing someone turn their life around and the gratitude they send your way in the end. By becoming a life coach and doing your best job you’re contributing to the world in more ways than you can imagine.

What Does a Life Coaching Session Look Like?

You just talk to your client. In the beginning, you get to know him and see what’s on his mind. You can do that in person, on the phone, via Skype, or even using email or social media every now and then.

It’s your job to make the other person feel comfortable and open up in front of you. That usually happens by asking the right questions, being authentic, reminding him that he matters and the ideal lifestyle is just around the corner, and – of course – saying all that with the right tone.

As a life coach, you won’t be pushing the person in front of you towards certain answers or making him take decisions about his life fast. No. You’ll be his friend and his mentor and as such will be encouraging him to find what he truly wants himself.

Then, you’ll brainstorm ideas on how to improve his life and get him closer to that vision together. You may be suggesting things, but never aggressively. Although when he feels hopeless, you’ll bring out the best in him by letting him see the potential and powers within.

Before anything else, you need to work on your client’s stress issues, anxiety, self-limiting beliefs and other barriers that are preventing him from making a mindset shift.

How to Know if A Career in Life Coaching is Right for You?

Some people are just born to give guidance, to inspire others, to bring back the hope and to unleash other people’s potential.

If that’s you, you will have felt the urge to do it, to help those around you, so many times throughout your life.

If your passion is coaching, then you’re a people person, outgoing, communicative, always looking to meet new individuals. What’s more, you love connecting on a deeper level, asking questions about people’s dreams and goals, and even giving them advice.

It gives you true pleasure and you want nothing in return. Whenever you actually make someone smile with your pep talk, or encourage someone to take action, or help somebody take a difficult decision, you feel energized and satisfied.

If you’ve experienced these, then your role in life is that of a coach.

Where Should You Start?

Start by finding the area of life you want to help people with. Is it health, career, confidence, parenting, happiness, relationships, social life, finding a purpose, or else?

What is it that you yourself are most passionate about? What do you consider most important and know enough about so that you can teach others how to do it?

Once you know your niche, get certified. Find a legitimate training program and dedicate it all your energy and focus for some time.

During that period, practice with family, friends and eventually acquaintances. The point is to feel comfortable giving professional advice, to see what works, to get better at making them feel comfortable, and – most importantly – to get feedback. Your loved ones will tell you how you made them feel and what they didn’t like about your approach. And that information will help you make changes.

From then on, you’re free to start practicing.

You can do it for free first while building your portfolio. There’s a lot of competition out there so you’ll need to stand out.

Build a website, start blogging on it and give self-help advice. Let those you coached for free give you testimonials and refer you to friends of theirs. Share their stories on your site too.

It takes time to build a name for yourself. But if you give it all your time and efforts, if you do it with passion and genuinely want to help others, you will become a successful life coach.

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How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice 6

clear voice review How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice

There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.

I’m mainly earning through Upwork which is a great website for newbies and a place where I managed to become a Top Rated freelancer.

However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.

That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.

My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.

Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.

Freelancing is the best way to get started online. That’s what I did and began without experience. Now, I’m earning over $4,000/month blogging and freelancing as you can see from my lastest income report. I wrote down all the steps I took to get there starting from $0 and created a blueprint: the free course How to Make Money Online Freelancing:

Check out How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing. A free course I created using Teachable that will help you get your online business start and earn your first dollars from home by offering your services as a freelancer.

What is Clear Voice?

ClearVoice.com isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.

While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.

Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.

If you haven’t set up a site yet, I suggest doing it now.  Here’s how to start a blog that will make money forever (not just by helping you land freelance clients).

The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.

Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.

How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers

Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.

Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.

If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.

Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.

For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.

From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.

clear voice email notifications

The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).

My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years

Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.

clear voice payment

I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.

It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.

I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).

After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.

There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.

Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.

Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.

But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.

It’s a common fact that freelancers underprice themselves. It took me years to find the courage to stop doing that and say ‘no’ to clients.

That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.

Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.

This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.

PS, Clear Voice did a survey on what people pay or charge per project. You can check it out here.

What It Takes to Get High-Quality Freelance Clients on Clear Voice

Sign up now.

Fill in your profile and portfolio. Here’s how mine looks like.

clear voice portfolio lidiya k

Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)

Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.

Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice

Keep updating your portfolio.

Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.

Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.

Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).

Pin this post to inspire others to create profiles on more sites for freelancers like Clear Voice.

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