Escaping the 9-5: Your Simple Transition Plan to Working for Yourself

It’s a Monday morning and you’re rudely awoken by your alarm clock…

The thought of getting up and commuting to work feels like a prison sentence.

The 9 to 5 grind is wearing you down – you’re rushing, tired, and stressed all the time.

And you dream of doing something different – working for yourself, doing something that makes a real difference in people’s lives.

But on the other hand…

You have to pay the bills.

But what if you could pay the bills (and then some) as a successful professional coach?

Most successful coaches who made the transition from being an employee to working for themselves had a plan – and that’s exactly what we want to walk you through here.

The Three Types of Coaches-in-the-Making

There are three ways to approach the transition from the 9-5 to becoming a coach:

  1. Jumping in with both feet: These are the people who go all in and quit their jobs to give everything they’ve got to coaching, but without a plan and training.
  2. The Perpetual Dreamers: These people dream of working for themselves, but can never quite work up the courage to leave the safety and security of their 9-5.
  3. The Smart Transition: These are the ones who transition the smart way—first get training, then get clients, then leave work as they gradually replace their salary with freelance income.

The smart approach means that you’ll want to invest in training before you leave your job, and now is the best time to get started. Here are the steps that you should take right now, if you’re considering becoming a full-time coach.

  1. Define Your Goal

It’s a great idea to write down your goal. That could include what niche you want to serve, how many hours a week you’d like to work, and what your ideal income is.

Writing your goals down will make them feel more concrete, and keep you motivated and accountable.

Once you have your goal you can:

  1. Make a time plan

Set a date for the transition, breaking it down into steps that you can mark on a calendar and work towards, including:

A plan will help you stay determined and on Track for success.

  1. Network network network

Mot of your initial coaching clients will come to you by referrals from friends and family, so start telling everyone of your plans and ask for help.

Join local networking groups, and internet-based forums and groups. Many people coach using virtual conferencing apps like Zoom and Skype, so don’t limit yourself to just your local area.

  1. Take the plunge

Whether you’re planning to start your coaching career as a side-hustle, or leave your job and go full-in, the key is to DO SOMETHING to get the ball rolling.

The most important step you can take is enrolling in a dedicated coaching training program, like the Core 100.

55 million Americans have done it!

Fun fact – 55 million Americans work as freelancers. And that figure is growing by about half a million every year as more and more people reach for their dream of freedom and flexibility in their work.

And in terms of the coaching industry…

The demand for coaching is the highest it’s ever been—and it’s going to keep growing over the next few years.

What does all this mean?

It shows that coaching is a viable and profitable career choice.

Here are some success stories from our graduates to show you what that looks like:

Mariana Ferrari from Miami, who was inspired to become ‘the Spanish Tony Robbins’ after reading his book Limitless Power. But she could never have imagined just how quickly and widely her success would spread.

Mariana joined RMT, and within a short time started helping thousands of people worldwide through posting weekly coaching videos on her website. Then Telemundo offered to feature her content and as a result she got 12,000 new subscribers to her website.

However, Mariana says that the most important thing RMT gave her is self-healing. “I forgave myself. I forgave others. I became compassionate, loving and sensitive to other’s feelings. I could not ask for more. I always recommend my students who want to become coaches to do it through RMT.”

Chad Cooper, from Michigan did what many people only dream of doing—and retired aged 35 from a highly successful IT career because he was “not living by my deepest values.”

After training to become a coach with RMT, he now helps others turn their dreams into reality.

Chad also believes his RMT training facilitated his ability to step up in his marriage and create an extraordinary relationship. He says: “If you have never been to the top it can be difficult to help others visualize or understand that it is possible. I can now transfer that skillset into coaching using active listening along with specific relational tools to transform my clients relationships.”

And Lieve Jacobs, who left a successful corporate career after training with RMT and now helps leaders with high potential to get even better at what they are doing. “If I hadn’t taken this program, I would still be working in corporate America, having my life directed by others, versus taking charge of my own life and well being. I feel much more fulfilled.”

You’ve Got This!

Right now, if you’re like other promising coaching students we’ve met, you’ve got a big vision for what you want, and you’re excited (but maybe a bit nervous) to take that first step.

But if you’ve read this far, then chances are you do have the passion and drive needed to ditch the 9-5 drag and become a coach.

And you’ve probably already got most of the qualities of a great coach, for example:

If you recognize yourself in some of the statements above – chances are you’re already helping people by listening and empathizing. You’re used to people coming to you for advice or support.

So take that natural ability of yours one step further and solidify it with the right training to become a professional coach.

A proven training program will:

  1. Give you a head start on the road to success – According to industry surveys, certified coaches establish themselves more quickly, charge higher rates and stay in the industry longer.
  2. Give you a leading edge – Certification sets you apart from others. It shows that you take the profession seriously, which makes people take you more seriously.
  3. Give you credibility – Clients automatically assume you are better qualified to help them when you have undergone training and have certification.
  4. Build your confidence – Many coaches say that training and certification gave them a level of confidence they wouldn’t otherwise have reached so quickly.
  5. Equip you with different tools and strategies – Any training is better than no training and we can always learn new approaches to improve ourselves.
  6. Help you build a ‘tribe’ – You’ll meet teachers, other coaches and be exposed to resources you may not otherwise know of.

So what’s holding you back? If you have questions about how coach training – and succeeding as a professional coach – would fit in with your life, let’s have a chat on the phone.

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