How to Become a Great Small Business Coach: 5 Essential Steps

Becoming a great small business coach is a journey that requires dedication, continuous learning, and a genuine passion for supporting others. Whether you’re already on this path or considering it, these five steps will guide you towards becoming a coach who can make a real difference in the lives of small business owners. Let’s dive


Systems Thinking: The Key to Effective Small Business Coaching

If you’re an ICF-trained coach contemplating a transition into small business coaching, it’s important to embrace the concept of systems thinking. This isn’t just another technique; it’s a transformative mindset that can profoundly enrich your coaching practice. Let’s delve into how intertwining systems thinking with fundamental ICF core competencies can dramatically change the way you


Coaching Small Business Owners: The Nuances of the Updated ICF Competency Model

Small businesses are the backbone of the global economy, generating a staggering 70% of all jobs worldwide. Yet, the market for coaching small business owners, the vital enterprises, remains notably underserved. For coaches, understanding the intricacies of the updated International Coach Federation (ICF) Competency Model can be a game-changer in serving this sector effectively. These


How Do You Coach Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups?

As a coach, what’s your approach working with startups and entrepreneurs? Interestingly, many coaches shy away from this niche, often because they struggle to answer this very question. In fact, a mere 3% of coaches affiliated with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) categorize themselves as small business coaches. Most coaches prefer to work with CEOs


8 Business Coaching Tools That Will Make a HUGE Difference

When I first started helping small business owners officially, 15 years ago, I didn’t really want to call myself a coach. I didn’t know what to call me. Was I a: I settled on “Business consultant” and off I went to my first meetings with my well planned out agenda and timelines for getting things


5 Reasons to Coach Small Business Owners in 2021

What would happen if every small business in the world shut down? Morris, my chiropractor. Raf, my husband’s barber. And maybe you. You are all small business owners affected by Covid19. It took a pandemic for us to feel and notice just how important our local small businesses and their owners are to our lives.  According


What does it mean to be a Certified Systems Business Coach®?

Being a Certified Systems Business Coach® means that you care. You care about the people in our communities who put everything on the line to create the  businesses that serve us and our families.  These small businesses are the backbone of our economy.  They represent 90% of all businesses and are responsible for 70% of


Impact of a Successful Coaching Relationship

Every entrepreneur, or aspiring entrepreneur, has their own reasons for trying to start up their own business. For some it’s money, no doubt, or a sense of purpose and independence, or an all-consuming idea, a way to do it better, or differently. Others may be to help, or to serve a greater purpose or be

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How to Coach Cheat Sheet

Use this to review or discover coaching techniques for small business owners.