There was a time in my business when I also thought I could take on everything myself – grow my business, manage people, win clients, do my marketing, etc. However, a business is never a one-man show. You cannot move everything, complete anything as the director of the show when you don’t have people to help you out. You need your cast members, and most importantly, you need men in the shadows to silently help you weave the entire show together. In this article, we will be discussing seven signs that it’s time to hire a business coach with Angela Henderson.
In business, this supporting role is often assumed by a business coach. And today, you are going to find out whether it’s time you look for one for your business with the help of a business consultant, Angela Henderson.
I thought it would be best if we all knew how mentors, business coaches, and business consultants differ from each other. Perfect timing, I had Angela there to help me enlighten you all as to how these three roles are set apart.
- Mentor – In Angela’s words, mentorship is often an “unpaid role.” It is when you ask a senior in your field, a more experienced colleague at work, or someone you simply look up to for advice. You solicit their opinion about things, maybe have them help out with your problems every once in a while, but there is no fixed schedule as to when you’ll meet. In other words, it’s a pretty casual relationship.
- Business Coach – A business coach, on the other hand, is someone you hire to hop on the business with you and help you understand your business from an onlooker’s perspective. When you are the business owner, you tend to zoom in too much on the little things about your company that you forget to look at everything at a macro level. You fail to see the bigger picture. By hiring a business coach, you can give all this information about your business that you can’t seem to make sense of and they, in turn, “unpack and reframe” it for you so that you may understand your situation better. Coaching, however, can involve some fluff – from motivational talks to brainstorming for the business, and all those other things that require some time and effort to unravel.
- Business Consultant – Lastly, a business consultant is someone who also helps you uncover ways to scale your business, but this time, in a more straightforward way. No fluff; consultants would honestly point out flaws in the business and suggest concrete solutions to remedy the situation.
As you can see, the difference between these three is the degree to which they involve themselves in your business. How deep they dive into the problems, and the levels of support they are able to provide. Of course, that is not to say that one person cannot be a coach and a consultant at the same time. In many cases, business coaches are a blend of both. Coaching, after all, as Angela puts it, is still an integral part of giving support.
Before delving into the 7 signs, I was told to let go of my own belief systems. And I implore that you do the same. Keep an open mind, and you might feel like the following points below are evident in your life.
7 Signs That Tell You It’s Time To Hire A Business Coach
1. You are not seeing the results you are expecting.
When you are putting forth your 110%, and you are simply not seeing the results that you want to achieve, then hiring a business coach may help you discover what it is you are missing in the equation. As mentioned above, they can help you see the bigger picture, and the broader your view of the business is, the easier it will be for you to spot what needs to be done.
2. You are feeling overwhelmed.
When you are running a business, stress is all but normal. However, when it becomes too overwhelming, it may already be a problem. If it stops you from functioning as you would normally, then that’s the time you should admit that you need help.
3. You know what you want, but you don’t know how to do it.
“Transformation occurs when the transaction takes place.” A very remarkable line from Angela. It is often that we are disillusioned by our ego. We try to take on everything ourselves. After all, there are a lot of online resources to help you out, right? However, no matter how much time and effort you invest in learning things by yourself, there are things that you need proper guidance to learn. If you have an idea of what you want to do, but you just can’t seem to decipher a way to do it, it is best to ask someone who knows how to do it.
4. You need a business companion to talk to.
Angela points out that running a business can get lonely. While you certainly can’t coerce friends and family to talk business with you (else they’d stop hanging around you during their peaceful hours), a business coach will always lend you a listening ear. Having someone to talk honestly to without feeling judged or risking your credibility is a great thing to have. Almost therapeutic, even.
5. You’re losing your motivation.
It’s not uncommon for business owners to wake up one day, realizing that they’ve lost their vigour and hunger for success due to a series of failures. A business coach can help you through these rough patches and get you back on your own two feet.
6. You’re at a point where you need to save time and money.
Isn’t the opposite? A business coach – a really good one – may cost you at the beginning, but they will eventually earn you your money back. They are an investment rather than an expense. If a £2000 business coach manages to help you devise a business process that lets you profit £200,000 in a month, he or she just as well paid you back your money a hundred-fold.
7. You’re only taking your own advice.
Among all the other signs, Angela and I talked about, and I think that for many of us, this is the hardest pill to swallow. Admitting to yourself that you have become too stubborn to the point that you only listen to your own advice is a hard thing to do. But even if you’re reluctant to accept it 100%, consider the idea of it happening to you and why it is happening to you. There is much to learn from other people, and a business won’t grow by doing the same things it always has. Growth requires change, and change comes from others. A business coach can bring many new things to the table if you only invite them in.