Ep #197: 4 Things Your Coaching Business Needs to Grow

I’ve spoken before about the concepts I’ve developed and implemented in my coaching practice that have helped my business grow and scale over the years. However, today, I’m sharing all the lessons I’ve learned in the process of implementing these strategies so you can see what building a successful coaching business looks like in practice.

Everything I’m giving you in this episode has been applicable to my own journey. Whatever level you’re at right now in your business, whether you’re working towards your first six figures or you’re moving on and trying to hit seven figures and beyond, understanding each of these teachings will be a game-changer in pushing you to the next level.

If you want to become a highly successful entrepreneur, tune in this week to discover the concepts you need to implement in your business to make it happen. I’m sharing why temporary solutions never move your coaching practice forward, and instead, I’m showing you how to sustainably grow through each challenge your business throws your way.

If you’re ready to create the next-level million-dollar version of yourself and become an example of what is possible, I invite you to join my High-Level Mastermind where we will scale your business to multi six and seven figures and beyond. And if you’re working to grow your business to your first $100K and beyond, I encourage you to join my business accelerator, The Mastermind. So click here to fill out your application and schedule a call!

What You’ll Learn:

  • How some entrepreneurs lose sight of what’s important as they grow a business.
  • Why temporary solutions don’t help you grow a successful coaching practice.
  • The importance of having a clear long-term vision for your future.
  • How to bring real value to the people who need it most.
  • What you can do to manage your doubt when you face challenges and setbacks.
  • How to implement everything I’m sharing today so you can achieve real success as you grow your business.


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  • Ep #126: Concepts That Will Take Your Business to the Next Level

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You are listening to The Life Coach Business Podcast with Amanda Karlstad episode number 197.

Welcome to The Life Coach Business Podcast, a show for coaches who are ready to up-level their business and take their impact, leadership, and results to a whole new level. If you’re ready to start taking powerful action and become the leader your business needs in order to grow and thrive, this show is for you. I’m your host, Amanda Karlstad, certified life and business coach, and entrepreneurial leadership expert.  Now, let’s get down to business.

Hello, and welcome everyone. I hope you’re doing well. I have a really important episode for you today. This is an episode I released a while back that is a foundational teaching. It’s a foundational framework that I have used over and over in my own business and have taught to so many of my clients as well. 

I wanted to bring this to you all today because it’s been something that I personally have gone back to time and time again to help me navigate, whether it be times of uncertainty or navigating times of doubt or just general confusion, all of the things that come up as you’re scaling a business. It’s been a really important framework for me that I have used to really help me shift my thinking, to help me think differently about the challenge, to help me shift my focus, to help me move through and go through the challenges that I faced

So I decided to bring this to you today because I know that for all of you listening, regardless of where you are, there will be times where you will experience doubt. There will be times where you will experience fear. There will be times where you will be in a place of confusion. So my intention is that today’s episode becomes a powerful resource for you that you can go back to time and time again and really see where is this showing up? What can I do to really move forward? So with that, let’s get to today’s show.

We are going to talk about the four pillars that every successful coaching business needs in today’s market. I’ve been talking over the last several weeks about some pretty deep concepts in terms of mindset, in terms of belief systems. I’ve been challenging your thinking. Hopefully you’ve listened to those episodes, and you’ve taken them to heart and really asked yourself some of these tough questions. 

But today, what I want to talk about is going to be a little bit more tactical. I want to have more of a tactical conversation with you today and talk more about the actual how of building your business. The reason I want to have this conversation today is because I think for many new coaches who are entering this world of entrepreneurship especially, and also for coaches that have been trying to grow their business for a few years and are ready to take things to that next level, these are also the types of conversations you need. 

Because the reality is mindset is, at the end of the day, going to ultimately be responsible for your results. But there is also about 10% that is your tactics. 10% of your success is based on your tactics. So there is real power in having an intelligent strategy in order to grow your business

So for me, this is something that I do focus on with all of my clients. How I do that is I focus on what I call a cohesive growth plan or a cohesive growth strategy. What this essentially means is that my goal with all of my clients is to help them create and implement a business strategy that builds the proper foundation for their business. A foundation that allows them to fill their practices, a foundation that allows them to position themselves as the experts that they are, a foundation that builds the sustainability of their businesses over the long term. 

So this is not just gaining a few clients here and there. This is about a cohesive strategy that covers all bases, all things you need if you want to build, grow, and scale a successful and a profitable business in the long term. So I don’t know about you, but that’s the playing field that I’m on, that I’m all about is how do we create a business so that not only you have success in the short term, but how do we have success in the long term?

So that’s super important to me. It’s super important to my clients. So that’s the field we play on. I’m really passionate about this side of things. Because I think as a new coach, or even if you’ve been in the industry for a while, it is very easy to get overwhelmed and to not be sure which strategy to implement or possibly even where to begin, especially if you haven’t experienced much success in your business yet

Usually, what I find is that if you haven’t had much success yet, it’s because you haven’t been focusing on the right levers in your business. In some cases, maybe you’ve been trying to focus on the right levers, but the actual delivery or the implementation of those levers is off. So this is what I want to talk about today. 

So whether you’re just starting out or whether or not you’ve been building your business for a while, but you’re just not yet at the level of results that you really want, I think our conversation is going to really serve you today and serve your business. So what I see so often when coaches that are in this building phase of their business, when they’re trying to build their business to their first six figures is that they tend to be in this place where they’re spending a lot of time and a lot of energy on things that are not moving them closer to their goals, on things that are not actually moving the needle in their business. 

I also like to call this the actual levers of their business. This is also one of the things I love helping my clients with. Things like getting super clear on what their priorities are. What are those things that we need to be focusing on every single week that are actually going to move the needle in their business? It’s so fun to see the shift that happens when we do this

To see, when they have this level of clarity what they’re able to produce, once we just start focusing on the right things, on those levers that are actually going to make a difference for them. But here’s what I want to say about the majority of coaches that I see that are in this place where their business is not at the level they want it to be. 

I want to just say with this that these are, in most cases, very talented coaches. They are driven. They want better results in their businesses. They have a desire to grow their business to their first six figures. They have a ton of value to offer. They’ve been certified. They’re great coaches. But the problem is that they don’t have a clear path on how to actually build their business

So this is why I want to have this conversation. Because for many of you, you’re likely shaking your head right now. You’re probably shaking your head because you relate to exactly what I’m saying. So if you’re doing that right now, I want you to know I hear you, and I understand how you feel. I was at that same point early on in my business. 

But once I got clear on these pillars that we’re going to talk about today, this is when things really started to shift for me. That is when I was able to create so much momentum in my business. I want the same for you. So let me start by saying that there are a lot of things that go into building your business to your first six figures. There is absolutely a reason why making your first six figures is typically the hardest

It’s because not only do you have to overcome all of the what I call starter belief systems, but you also have to actually build the foundation of your business. You actually have to put the pieces together. So it’s almost as if you have to physically, in a way, actually build the structure of your business

Sometimes when I think about this, I like to think of it as if you’re building a brick wall. I just think this is an easy visual to use that also represents exactly what I’m trying to say. Because in order to build a brick wall, you have to start by laying the proper foundation. Imagine for a minute as if you were building a new brick wall in your backyard. 

You would first have to be specific about where you wanted to build that wall. You’d also have to have a reason for wanting to build that wall. It would need to have a purpose in order for you to build it. But once you’ve identified those things, why you wanted to build it, what the purpose was, where it makes most sense to put it, then you actually have to start breaking ground in order to build the foundation. 

In fact, if you think about it, you’re going to have to dig down, dig into the earth, and actually prepare to lay the proper foundation. Once you’ve laid that foundation then you start stacking the wall brick by brick. When you think about this, it’s a matter of carefully placing one brick against the other so that you’re able to create that sturdy wall that’s going to withstand the elements, that’s going to provide whatever purpose you want it to provide

So I want you to also imagine that you can’t just skip rows of bricks, right? You can’t place bricks randomly on top of each other and expect to have a sturdy wall. It just doesn’t work. What I want you to see here is that it’s the same with your coaching business. You have to have a proper foundation in your business. You can’t skip the foundational work. 

So you have to lay a proper foundation in your business, and you have to be taking the steps so that you can build a sturdy foundation for your business so that it can withstand changes in the market. So that it can grow with you. So that it won’t crumble. So that it will stand the test of time. So there’s a real process that needs to happen if you expect to do this. 

But unfortunately, what I see happening so often is that coaches are building their businesses, and they’re missing these critical pieces, these critical pieces of their foundation. That’s a big reason why they don’t have the results they want in their business. I will say that for my clients, they really do own the fact, when they come to me, that they’re missing some of the pieces. They know and they understand that they need help in order to lay the proper foundation. 

So because there’s so much we could talk about as we’re talking about building your business foundation, I decided I wanted to simplify this all for you today. I want to talk about what I believe are the four essential pillars you absolutely must have if you want to build and grow a successful coaching practice

Again, this is not just in the short term, but this is the long term. I believe that these are the things that really have the potential to elevate you from playing at a level that’s amateur to playing at a level of pro. So I want you all to really take notes on this and really assess where you’re at with these four pillars. 

So the first pillar that I believe is an absolute must is mindset. Now, I think that the word mindset is a term that is getting thrown around a lot, especially in the market today. I think probably for most of you, you understand and you know the level of importance that mindset plays. But I want to reiterate that although we understand this on an intellectual level and we know the importance and the role that mindset has in our success, I just want to emphasize how important it is to be continually developing and continually growing your mindset. 

Because the truth is, it’s not enough to work on your mindset every now and then. I believe that you must have daily practices, in terms of mindset, that help you be in a place of service for your clients, that help you be in a place of creativity in your business, that help you be in a place where you have and are living in full belief in your business and in your potential. You have to have it

As I think as your business grows, mindset becomes even more important. Because your outer results, the results that you have in your business, are in direct correlation to what’s going on with you internally. So in order to create those outer results, we must first create the inner result. So mindset is crucial

Unfortunately, one of the biggest gaps that I see with newer coaches is this, is that they don’t have for some a level of clarity, where they don’t have clarity in their vision. They don’t have a clear picture of what they’re building. They’re not fully clear on how they want to serve their clients. They haven’t really thought about the movement that they want to create with their work. So that’s why the starting point with all of my clients is first on mindset and first understanding where they’re operating from and what old programming has been at play and how it’s all surfacing for them in the present

From there, then it becomes getting to work on literally rewiring and reprogramming those beliefs both on a subconscious and unconscious level that are going to support them and creating the level of results that they want today and also in the future. So this is super, super important. I don’t want to underestimate the power of our minds and the role that they play in the growth of our business. 

So the second pillar that I believe is absolutely critical to your long term success as a coach is your marketing. I have to say that this is probably one of the most misunderstood areas that I see for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Part of this is because I think there is so much noise on all of the social media channels in our inboxes. It’s coupled with all of the information that’s essentially at our fingertips

What happens is I see coaches that gets so overwhelmed and so confused when it comes to their marketing. I also think that unless you have a background in marketing or you truly understand marketing from a level of experience, it’s literally like learning a whole new language for a lot of coaches. In the online marketing world, that’s really not an exaggeration. There really has been a language that’s been created in the online marketing world

So this is one of the things that I’ve been having a lot of conversations around lately. I’ve been having a lot of conversations with my clients and with coaches reaching out to me. Many of those conversations surrounding marketing. I think that’s a great thing because your marketing is everything. 

I want you to think about this for a minute, when you think about some of the biggest brands that you know, just take a minute and think about a brand or two. I want you to then think about their marketing, and ask yourself is it a priority. I would say 10 times out of 10 absolutely. 

So when I think about some of the biggest retail brands here in the US, whether that’s Amazon or Target, these companies are spending billions of dollars each year on advertising. When you even go below that, you think about the agencies and the employees that are behind these advertising campaigns. It’s enormous, but it’s also necessary. It’s why these two brands in particular are leading the retail space

This is the same for your coaching business. You could be the best coach. You could have the best and the most effective program. But if nobody knows about you, you do not have a business. You do not have clients. It’s really that simple. 

So this is one area that I teach all of my clients, and it’s absolutely one of the main pillars of my coaching program is building and implementing a proper marketing strategy. To go a little bit deeper on this, it’s about implementing a strategy that is aligned with who they are as a coach, with the types of clients that they serve, and what type of long term impact they want to make

So I want to say that, especially in the beginning, I feel that it’s extremely important that you as a business owner, that you learn this essential skill because marketing is truly the lifeblood of your business. It takes some time to learn. I always tell my clients to be prepared because it is a process. 

But what I have found is that for so many of them, once they start to understand it and once they start to implement it, it’s almost like a whole new world opens up for them. I see that this is really when things start to change in their business. 

So I know for many of you, marketing may seem like a huge challenge for you right now. You probably feel like you’re lacking in some areas, but I want to offer that you can learn it. It can even be fun. I promise. But you do have to put the effort into it. You have to be open to learning it, but also understand that the health of your business really does depend on it. 

Okay, pillar number three is your business model. Now, depending on what stage of business you’re in, this model can look very different. For example, if you are a newer coach or you’re a coach who is working to build to your first six figures, my recommendation is that you always work to fill your one to one practice first. Here’s why. 

There is so much learning that you will gain through that experience. So depending on the price of your program, that number will obviously vary for every one of you. But without a doubt if you are in the building phase of your business. So if you’re building to that first six figures, I believe that your focus should be on working with clients on a one to one basis. The reason for this is because you will gain so much amazing experience. You will learn so much from that process. 

So not only will you learn what types of clients you really want to work with, you’re also going to learn very quickly which clients you’re best positioned to help. You’ll have such a great opportunity to develop your program and develop the foundation of your business. Your skills will not only grow as a coach, but as a business owner because of that experience. 

You will have an experience where you will get to know your clients inside and out. You will grow such a deep level of understanding as to what their challenges are, their biggest problems, but also what their goals are and what they want to achieve. So this will give you so much clarity on how you’re able to help them get from where they are to where they want to go. So this phase of your business is really, really important. 

Now, I will say that once you’ve built your practice to that first six figures working with one on one clients, you’ll then typically want to move to a more leveraged coaching model. Because usually at that point, that’s where you hit a ceiling, where you’re at a point where you’re ready to expand. So for some coaches, this might look like a group coaching program. For others, it might look like more of a membership. For others, it might be more of a high end premium VIP program. 

So this is where we just have to look at who is your ideal client? What transformation are you providing? How can we serve them in a more leveraged model? It’s really important to consider here your strengths as a coach and work to create a match between what is the structure of the program that’s going to support this transformation for your clients, but also supports you as the coach in working to your strengths and allowing you to really operate in a structure that makes sense for you. So I find this is usually pretty clear for my clients once they’re in this phase when they’re expanding when they’re moving into more of these leveraged models. 

Okay, let’s talk about pillar number four. Pillar number four is mastery. What I mean by mastery can be applied to two things. It can be applied to mastery in your own skills as a coach, and it can be applied to mastery in the content and in the transformation that you’re providing to your clients. 

So here’s why this must be a pillar for you in your coaching business. My belief is that as the industry continues to grow, it’s going to be even more important for you as a coach to be masterful in your approach. The reason why is because more and more people are starting to understand the importance of personal development

Coaching, the reality is, is that it’s becoming more mainstream. So that being said to really deliver real transformation, to deliver real excellence in your programs, it’s going to require a level of mastery. So I want you to think about this as your craft. The work that you do with your clients is your craft. So if you want to be great at it, you must first develop yourself. You must first develop the content and your programs in a way that matches that level of mastery

So one of my goals, as I’ve mentioned, is to really help my clients position themselves as experts in their field because they are. That doesn’t happen by accident. That happens with intentional development of your mastery along with the other pillars we’ve been talking about. There’s a great quote that says knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. So that’s what I’m talking about here. 

I really encourage you to focus on your mastery. On your mastery of self as the product of this work, and also mastery for others for your clients in how you help facilitate their transformation and in how you deliver your programs and products. 

Okay, so I hope this episode helped give you some clarity and helped to simplify some areas of focus for you as you’re growing your coaching business. I know having a focus on these pillars and working on them daily for me has been instrumental, and I know they can be instrumental for you too. Have an amazing week everyone. I’ll talk to you all again very soon. Take care. Bye, bye.

Hey if you’re ready for a real breakthrough in your business and want to grow and scale your business to at least six figures or more in annual revenue, I invite you to apply for my exclusive program The Mastermind at amandakarlstadcoaching.com/the-mastermind. I look forward to seeing you there. 

Thank you for listening to this episode of The Life Coach Business Podcast. If you want to learn more about how to build, grow, and scale your business and accelerate your results visit amandakarlstadcoaching.com.


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