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The Top Questions About Being a Health Coach and Starting a Business, Answered!

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The Top Questions About Being a Health Coach and Starting a Business, Answered!

With over a decade of certifying the highest educated and most sought-after coaches, we know a thing or two about what you need in order to step into the transformative world of health coaching.

Let’s dive deep into some of the top questions we get asked about becoming a health coach and starting a business.

What qualifications do I need to become a health coach?

Here’s the truth: Health coaches are the guides in the journey of wellness, sharing knowledge, empowering choices, and supporting transformation. While they don’t diagnose or treat, they do educate and inspire.

But why get certified?

This is what a certification will do for you:

Deepen Your Knowledge: A certification isn’t just a piece of paper. It’s about gaining confidence in your abilities and delivering transformative results for your clients.

Credibility and Trust: Let’s face it, who would you trust more? Someone who’s guessed their way through or a certified professional?

Global Recognition: Choose the right program, and your certification becomes a globally recognized passport in health coaching.

Higher Earnings: Certified and confident coaches can charge what they’re truly worth. It’s about earning more and working less.

Pro Tip #1: There is a huge difference between a “certificate” and a “certification” – don’t get blindsided! Ask the school you’re thinking of attending which one they offer.

Health Coach vs. Nutritionist: What’s the Difference?

Nutritionists dive deep with extensive education, often requiring years of study and a degree. They focus on creating specific diet plans to address medical conditions, often in clinical settings.

Certified Health Coaches, come from any background and can complete their certification faster. They work on holistic well-being focusing on lifestyle and behavior, not just nutrition. They’re the new wellness warriors guiding clients towards overall health goals rather than specific medical dietary needs.

How Much Do Health Coaches Actually Make?

Ready for some exciting figures?

As a health coach, your earning potential is as limitless as the sky!

Health coaching is more than just 1:1 client sessions.

You could run group programs, create online courses, start a podcast, blog, or even launch a health product. The possibilities are endless!

But here is an example with specific numbers:

For 1:1 coaching on average, a Certified Health Coach starts at $150-$250 per hour.

So, let’s do some math: With monthly packages at $750-$1000 and just 10 clients, you’re looking at $7500 – $10,000 per month for about 10 hours of work per week.

How does that compare to your current job? And remember, that’s just the starting rate.

To give you a sneak peek into what is truly possible, coaches who go through our school make an average of $117,498*in their first year.

If you want to look at more examples of how to earn money as a coach, click here.

How Long Does It Take to Start Making Money as a Health Coach?

Real talk – it depends on your commitment and the program you choose.

At ITN, coaches start taking on clients as early as 3-4 months into their certification program.

Why? Because we provide you not just knowledge but a complete business and coaching system with done-for-you resources like our Profitable Health Coach Business In A Box.

So realistically, you could replace your income within 4-6 months by dedicating just 4-5 hours per week into your education.

What Do I Need to Succeed as a Coach?

Three things are key to success in health coaching:

Comprehensive Education in Science, Psychology, and Spirituality: Focusing on the combination of these three areas (which go beyond just “mind, body, and spirit”) will help you feel more confident and get your clients results.

Business Skills: As a coach, you’re also an entrepreneur. Learning from those who’ve been there can save you time and boost your income.

Coaching Skills: It’s all about getting results for your clients. The more success stories, the more your credibility (and income) grows. Having a done-for-you coaching system is the key here. Look for a school that offers this.

How Much Do Health Certification Programs Cost?

Before we talk numbers, imagine making $10,000 per month within 6 months. Replacing your income, and then some, being able to quit your job, and get back your time and freedom to spend your time doing the things you love with the people you love. What’s that worth to you?

High-quality certification programs vary, typically ranging from $6000-$12000. Remember, you get what you pay for. So, do your homework on the program’s track record and what’s included. Quality education is an investment in your future.

Here is a quick checklist to help you select the right program for you.

  • Look at the school and their track record. Do they have a long positive track record?
  • Look for the success (or lack thereof) of their students. What are the reviews and success stories?
  • Look into the founder and their experience, education, and background.
  • Do the values of the company align with you?
  • Do they offer accreditations?
  • Is the school a fully licensed state school?
  • Do they offer a modern curriculum and coaching system?
  • Do they offer a proven business training with done-for-you guides to remove guesswork?

I don’t want to be on social media. Can I still build a coaching business?

Absolutely! While social media is a powerful tool for building trust and an audience, there are plenty of other strategies to grow a successful coaching business. It’s about finding the right approach for you.

How to build a business without being tech savvy.

In today’s digital age, some tech know-how is needed, but it’s nothing you can’t handle or outsource. Remember, in today’s world help is just a click away for the tech-heavy tasks. Fiverr & Upwork are the best for outsourcing tech needs.

How will I find clients once I am certified?

Clients are practically everywhere, just waiting for someone like you! Don’t let the fear of finding clients hold you back.

Did you know that a whopping 60% of Americans want health coaching, yet 80% of them have never been offered coaching?

Health coaching is not just a career; it’s a booming $7 billion industry, with 90% of surveyed health coaches actively working with clients.

Whether it’s through social media buzz, engaging podcasts, networking in local gyms, or the good old word of mouth, clients are within reach.

Here’s a little secret: we equip our coaches with a fail-proof blueprint to attract clients effortlessly (yes, a bit of self-promo, but hey, it works!).

Do I need a niche?

Short Answer, yes, having a niche can make you more credible and potentially bump up your rates. But here’s our advice – don’t sweat it too much when you’re starting out.

Your interests might evolve as you dive deeper into health coaching. Your niche will naturally emerge as you grow and learn. Trust the process.

We have covered a few of the top questions we get asked, but if you have a question we haven’t answered, please feel free to send us an email with whatever is on your mind.

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Want to just get on the phone with someone and chat through what is possible for you? Book a no-obligation call with one of our advisors and they can help answer your questions or help you gain some clarity on how you can get started as a health coach, if that is the right path for you.

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