How to Start a Career as a Life Coach

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017

How to Start a Career as a Life Coach. A life coach is a professional who helps a client reach their goals, increase their happiness and focus on achieving excellence. A life coach's approach differs from that of a psychologist as they focus on the present and do not dwell on the past. Here are some steps to help you start on a rewarding career as a life coach.

Choose a training course to become a life coach. You can find a variety of courses on the International Coach Federation website.

Decide what specialty you wish to focus on as a life coach. You can work with executives, with individuals or provide spiritual guidance.

Complete a course. Most courses use a variety of teleconferencing and Internet instruction, and they can vary by months or hours required for certification. Most life coach courses are completed in less than a year.

Start a business as a life coach. Business-networking groups and other organizations are the best way to meet clients. Your personality and the bond you create with others will be a very important part of your success.


  • Stay informed on changes in the industry by joining life coach professional organizations.

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