This week I am in San Francisco with my hub for a business trip!
He’s a computer programmer/entrepreneur, and I am a registered nurse/entrepreneur with my own health coaching business!
We are totally mobile. Josh really likes it here so far and said last night, “Ya know, it would be really cool to stay here for at least a month.”
I smiled because ya know what? We could. We both work where our computers are–and that can even be in New Zealand if we wanted to (we are seriously considering it).
I will be quitting my super part time pediatric job in December because I finally confirmed that nursing is not my passion. I don’t ever want to work at a place where I can’t WAIT until it’s 5 o’clock, or I can’t WAIT for the weekend. I think that’s so incredibly wrong.
I worked as a full time nurse last year and all the women had that mentality. I realized that no one liked their job. No one was feeling fulfilled. No one wanted to be there. We celebrated on Wednesdays because it meant we were half way done, and we rejoiced on Fridays because it meant we could LEAVE! What kind of a life is that?!!!
DO YOU LIKE YOUR JOB?
I started thinking, “What’s the point of life?? Be miserable at work for most of your life, then be happy at home?” Were we supposed to feel unfulfilled and trapped at work? Is it just part of surviving–be miserable in order to pay the bills??
It all just didn’t sit well for me. I swore we were here on earth to be happy and fulfilled.
- You LOVE your job. So much so that you would do it in your spare time.
- You feel extremely fulfilled with your work and eagerly find ways to improve at it.
- You have freedom to work when you want and where you want.
- You can make it to all your family gathering events, as you desire.
- You make the same amount of money as the job you hate—or even better–a lot more, for a lot less time.
THAT’S WHAT HEALTH COACHING DOES FOR ME! I found it, and decided that’s all I need. So?
I am going to cut the ropes. Never again will I work a 9-5 job. I feel too trapped. I miss out on family stuff. Never again will I work a job that I can’t wait to leave from. Never again will I work a job where my REAL LIFE starts when I am done with my work.
YOU CAN FIND A JOB YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT–AND YOU SHOULD!
We all have talents–why don’t we find that talent and use it to the best of our abilities and finally feel happy and fulfilled doing it!
I STRONGLY feel like we can ALL find jobs we love–and make enough money doing them to support our family as needed. I feel like we all need to work hard to discover what we love and how to use it to bless others. I feel strongly that we ALL can and should be happy about what we do each day!!
I also have an enormous amount of compassion for the women I have worked with–the women who don’t like their jobs and can’t wait to leave at 5 o’clock. The women who wish they could be at home with their kids. The women who work soooo hard and don’t make as much money as they should be or need to be.
I want those women to be happy–I want that sooo bad! I want them to find a job they love–whether it’s at home, or at an office, and one in which they make enough money to support their family as needed.
So now I am going to share what health coaching is like because because that has been my own answer–and maybe, just maybe I will reach someone out there whose life this will bless as much as it has mine.
What got me interested in health coaching?
I had just finished nursing school from BYU and was studying for the NCLEX, or the registration exam. I wanted to make money and start doing something fulfilling during those 3 months, instead of just studying. I also knew that I wanted to work with people who wanted to lose weight. Growing up I’d had friends who were very negatively affected by weight, both emotionally and physically. Those were the people I wanted to help.
I looked online for weight loss businesses and I ended up calling someone who said they were a health coach with their own business. We ended up meeting and he explained how he coached, and how he got certified. He told me that the program he got certified with helps you start up your own business as well–which is perfect for people like me who don’t know anything about business, websites, how to charge, how to track clients, and the safest and most effective ways for people to lose weight.
After meeting I did a little more research and found that this program was by far the best option out there for me. I held my breath and jumped!! I was certified and had 5 clients within a month.
What do I like about coaching?
I love creating real friendships with my people who were once strangers. I truly come to love my clients. I love celebrating with my clients and seeing their progress. I love it when my clients make me cry. I got an email the other day about how grateful one of my clients was for my help in achieving a goal she thought was impossible. The way she explained her transformation brought tears to my eyes. I have had incredible clients.
My job is fulfilling. Knowing I have helped people lose one half ton of weight since I started feels good.
I get to pick my hours. I get to be creative with how to run my business and challenge myself. I grow and learn and put myself out of my comfort zone. I feel like I change lives. I have resources and help when I need ideas and training. I can progress as much as I would like and am ready too.
How much do you have to know about health in order to coach?
You don’t need to know anything. You just need a desire to learn and a love for people! The program I signed up with helps you every step of the way. It provides you with materials to learn and teach and even emails to send to your clients. It also is centered around an incredible health textbook and helps you give meaningful reading assignments to your clients.
Do I have to be a perfect role model of health?
Nope! You know which clients stay the healthiest? The ones who become coaches themselves, even when they have not met their healthy weight goals. When you teach other people to be healthy, even if you can’t quite do it, you start finding it easier to be healthy yourself. That’s what I saw in myself! Teaching creates good habits in yourself!
What’s a typical day or week look like?
My to do list is simple.
- I get a hold of my clients weekly to check up on them. We go over the healthy habit they are learning that week and any other discoveries they have learned about health. We make new goals as needed.
- I send my clients an email on Monday about an important healthy habit, which includes a healthy recipe and a reading assignment. I can write my own, or use a suggested email.
- I answer any questions or concerns throughout the week as clients bring them up.
- I attend or listen to training over the phone that will help me be a better health coach. These are optional. These are offered once a week for 20 minutes. I can listen to the re-run if I miss it.
- I spread the word as I find opportunities to do so.
How many hours do I work a week? Is it flexible?
I choose my hours based on how busy I am or just my mood. It’s extremely flexible. Typically I work 1-2 hours a day. That will increase as I take it more seriously and want to earn more money. I don’t work weekends and many weekdays I don’t work more than 10 minutes. When I am advertising for big events and getting the word out I could spend 4 hours doing that. I usually work Tuesday evenings doing client calls.
Some days I want to spend time with improving my coaching and business skills so I study for anywhere from 1-3 hours.
The main idea is that anyone can start at anytime. It’s not a sit down job, but a job where you use 15 minutes here and there as you start figuring out if you like it.
What I didn’t like about it
At first I felt like I was always glued to my phone, gmail or facebook account. I felt like I was never taking a break from coaching because I was always checking things (which was not necessary). I didn’t like that–I don’t like social media and technology and would rather be ‘free’ from it.
I also found myself texting clients when I should have been listening or talking to my husband. Sometimes I made him feel like my clients were a higher priority than he was. What I needed to do was find the right balance of using technology. I needed to make rules as to when to put the phone aside and just have family time. When I did, things were a lot better!!
How did I get certified and how much did it cost?
I went on the site and registered to be a health coach. Once I registered I got my own sites within 2 hours (one for client accounts and one for tracking clients), and then I had 30 days to take an exam. They provided the study material and I easily passed the test. No big deal. I got my coaching materials–textbook, handouts, and folders in a week after I registered and I had 5 clients going in 3 weeks. That was so cool!
Certification was only $199. You’ll never find a cheaper start up than that–and you’ll never find such a no-risk start up either. I made 300 dollars my first month–so I made my sign-up money back right away! All other coaching certifications I have seen are more than $700, only they didn’t offer business coaching so you can actually know how to find your clientele afterwards. I love that I had business mentors teaching me what to do and what to say from day one. That was a big help for me.
How much do I make?
How much you make is very dependent on how much time you put into it. You get paid for your results, which is the best, most liberating method I can imagine.
Let’s put it this way: My next goal is to make $18,000 a month.
15-20 hours per week is about $40,000 a year. That’s more than the average U.S. income. How cool is that? I never imaged health coaching was a legitimate way to earn an income. Little did I know.
Typically people who spend 15-20 hours a week make about $2,000 to $5,000 per month. If you want to take it easy and work just 1-2 hours a week, you can make anywhere from $87 to $ 300 a month–enough for groceries, family outings, cute shoes or “unnecessary” cute clothes 😉
For those excited to grow and get out of the box, my friend who has coached for 6 years makes $15,000 each month. Oh and her husband does it too–so they are making about $30,000 a month…having fun, being involved with their family, getting enough sleep, and playing volleyball all the time. That’s $300,000 per year! Crazy. They quit their full time jobs (he owned a financial firm) as soon as they realized they were making more money coaching, and would be able to stay at home with their kids. Best decision ever.
When I began, I was working full time as a nurse and only spent about 7 hours a week, usually less. I typically made about $300-500 month each on easy going months, sometimes $1,000. It was really fun for me.
When I started working smarter, not necessarily longer, I made more. That’s exciting! No matter how hard I worked at my nursing job, I could only make the the same amount of money per hour…how demotivating is that?!
What I love is that I make more money than a full time nurse does–and instead of working 40 hours a week, missing family events, being exhausted, having to ask for time off for vacations, I work 7-20 hours a week as I choose. Amazing.
Freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, with whomever you want…is a very, very liberating position to be in. I wish everyone believed they could do that too.
How do I find out more about health coaching, and if it’s a good fit for me?
Just send me an email! I’ll give you some information about it and we can explore if coaching is a good fit for your life!
Tell me about your job–what do you do? Do you like it?
If you could have the perfect home based job, look like?