Have you ever found yourself working till the late hours of the night, only to be left feeling depleted and exhausted as soon as you hit publish on that blog post? Have you ever said yes to seeing coaching clients on your ‘supposed’ day off? Or what about writing just ‘one more email’ after spending hours already sitting at your computer?
Creating a successful coaching business takes hard work and persistence, but it doesn’t need to be at the expense of your health – or your sanity.
Learning to set boundaries as a coach can be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself and your business. Whilst it’s important to remain flexible and adapt to the changes that may arise each day, week or month, we believe that setting boundaries is the key to experiencing maximum joy in life and business too.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started on setting those loving, yet firm boundaries for yourself as a coach. We hope that by implementing these practices you’ll be able to feel energised by the important work that you do.
Who Do You Really Want To Work With?
Setting boundaries around the type of people that you coach or collaborate with will ensure that you’re able to work passionately using your strengths.
From time to time a potential client who is looking for support outside of your usual coaching expertise or interest may approach you. Whilst it’s ultimately up to you, know that you don’t have to say yes to every person or request that comes your way.
Who are your dreamiest clients? Get clear on who you really want to work with and don’t be afraid to say no to people if they are not the right fit for you. By referring them on to someone who can best support their needs, you’ll subsequently create space for the clients that do in fact light you up.
Choosing Your Business Hours
Having an online coaching business certainly has its perks. Not only do you get to work with people from all over the globe but unlike a physical shop front, your website is open and available for people to see 24/7. Being readily available is great, but that’s even more reason to set solid boundaries around your business hours.
Depending on your other responsibilities and demands, what times and days suit you best to conduct your client sessions? What times or days will you be responding to emails or posting on social media?
Choosing the right business hours for you is going to support the longevity of your business. Don’t extend yourself more than you want or need to. Actively think about how you’d like to divide your time in your business and communicate that with your clients or peers. A simple email or line on your website could be just the trick to notify people of your business boundaries.
How Do You Want To Show Up?
When you love what you do as a coach, it can hardly ever feel like you’re ‘working’. That doesn’t mean you should skip out on well-deserved breaks and honour your own need for self-care. Think about how you want to show up in your life and business.
Your personal time is just as valuable as your professional time. Read that book, hit the beach, catch up with your friends and family or go to that pottery class. Setting boundaries around how you take care of you (the person that fronts your business) is more than worth it.
By carving out some precious down time to do the things that you love, you’ll be surprised just how much it will fuel your business too.
Let boundaries be your best friend. Not only will you show up as the best person that you can be, but setting healthy boundaries in your business will set you up for even more success as a coach.