If you’re searching for small business coaching, I’d like to caution you of the many coaches out there that are just after your money. There are plenty of them on the web, not genuinely interested in your success.
But how do you find a home business coach who is serious about other people’s success? Someone who’s not obsessed with the money but rather enjoy helping others even if it means “coaching for free”?
Free Small Business Coaching
I’d like to be different from the rest. Instead of asking a consulting fee per session or per client, I love doing it for free.
And I’ve been doing this for almost a decade now!
Helping fellow entrepreneurs through chat in Facebook Messenger.
We discuss things on Messenger like ordinary friends, sometimes half day, sometimes whole day, about these topics:
- Business ideas
- Creating business plans
- Time management
- Setting up home workspace
- Finding suppliers
- Hiring employees
- Finding customers
- Obtaining financing
…and myriads of other things associated with operating a small or home-based business.
From Messenger To Website
I own and operate a small pharmacy in the ground floor of our home. Quite lucky, our home is situated in a busy town center. The business supported my daily needs.
Just recently, I decided to level-up my coaching beyond Facebook Messenger chat. I started this website for coaching and for blogging business ideas.
I remember, a friend of mine once offer his coaching service to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to have their own website. Using an online appointment tool, he asks around $500 per coaching session.
I can do the same by linking to an online appointment tool to ask the same amount of money but decided not to do so. The reason is, in my pharmacy business, $500 isn’t a small amount of money.
It’s already equivalent to operating capital of a small business!
If your client is wealthy or a big company, that’s easy. But if it’s from a struggling person who’s considering starting a home-based business, or a fledgling business looking for solutions, I’m not comfortable with that.
I’d rather coach the person by letting him post a question in a comment in one of my blog posts and reply to him, for free.
But Why Not Through A Funnel?
Like I said, I don’t ask for any service fee. If I avail one of those expensive funnels, then I will be obliged to charge a consulting fee so I can offset the cost of the funnel.
The best funnels out there cost around $100 per month for a basic package. If a funnel is that expensive, then I may pass the cost to my clients or customers jacking up my consulting price.
Maybe you now have an idea why those consulting services out there charge as high as $1,000 per consulting.
I remember, a friend on Facebook whose passion is consulting came to me…
He may be right…
There’s really huge money to be made in consulting. But that’s if the client has so much money he can throw away.
Most home business entrepreneurs play around $100 per month and the cost beyond that is quite hurting.
Why Not Through Facebook?
My experience is that, anyone with a cheap cellphone and internet connection can sign up for a free Facebook account. The result is, you have millions of not really serious users asking you about anything.
What do you notice in success stories posted on Facebook?
You’ll see dozens of “how” comments from people who seem like playing around and not really serious about learning business.
Not a good way to spend your time.
Sure, you can find some who seem like they’re serious when they reply to you in Messenger. But what about Facebook blocking the links to resources that you recommend?
Then, there’s a risk someone who’s out of his mind might suddenly report your message as spam? You can get kicked out of the Facebook platform unjustly.
Today, I still do one-on-one coaching via Messenger, but that’s limited to chatting with selected friends only.
Why Not Through WA Platform?
I used to direct interested prospects to Wealthy Affiliate, an online business of which I am a member of. If someone needs coaching, I told them to create an account with Wealthy Affiliate so they can chat with me inside the community.
It’s a good platform for coaching especially if the entrepreneur is interested in an online type of home business. You can easily link to helpful lessons and tools found inside WA.
But after awhile, I realized only a few people bothered to sign-up just to be able to ask me questions. And the messaging features are limited for starter members, they have to upgrade to premium ($49) to lift those limitations.
It’s a good platform for coaching, if the client is willing to become a premium member right away. But for people who are not yet willing to spend that amount, I noticed they’re not taking the bait.
Yeah, I used it as a bait before, via my home page.
Why Not Through Email?
I’ve done this before, exchanging emails answering questions. I can give you my email address, you can send me a message asking questions about your small business.
But how do I get compensated with that?
I can’t host ads on the sides of the messages I’m sending you because I don’t own Gmail! Google owns it, not me.
Now, will I resort to replying to you with a request to send me money via PayPal?
That’s awkward, too. It’s like replying with a message like this…
That’s not good, right?
My point is, I’d like to use a platform wherein I can help people for free while at the same time, there’s some revenue coming in without me directly squeezing money from you.
Let’s Just Do It Here in this Blog Post!
One would probably react?
“Are you serious?”
Yes, I am. Right here in this blog post.
While moderating comments in my other blog posts here in this website, I noticed that I am already coaching them, for free.
But the discussions were focused only on the main idea of the blog post. If the blog post is about securing loans for the business, it is awkward to ask questions about getting a domain name for the business.
So, I wondered…
You know, something that I could link my home page here which is also my landing page, to.
And with the discussion in a blog post commenting system, you get to discuss with people who has an email address, which means, there’s a good chance the person is serious about business.
And to make sure I’m only dealing with serious business people, I will only entertain (I will only approve) real comments or real concerns.
Sounds like a good plan, right?
So, here we are…
Free Coaching – Ask Me Your Questions!
Forget about paying thousands of dollars for small business coaching. Let’s just do our discussion here in this blog post.
Post your comments below, ask your questions about starting or growing a home-based business, and I will try my best to answer them for you.
The good thing about this is, I actively blog about home business topics. Some of the answers to your questions may already be found in blog posts in this site. So, expect me to sometimes link to those posts in my replies to you. Sometimes, I will link to outside resources, too.
Sometimes, I am away from my computer, so expect a small delay in my reply. I encourage you to bookmark this post so you can come back here to check for my reply. I reply to comments within 24 to 48 hours.
So, here we go! Post your question/comment below…
Gomer Magtibay a.k.a. Coach Gom blogs about home business ideas and answers questions (free coaching) about starting or growing a home-based business. If you would like to learn more about him or connect with him, click here.