Where to start after you’ve had that great idea.
Over a year ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a free, twelve week self-reliance workshop titled, “Starting and Growing My Business.” I was there as a volunteer to facilitate the program. The previous year I was able to facilitate a program called, “Personal Finance for Self-Reliance.” (Also free!) As a result, I gained some valuable information I’d like to share with you.
During one of our sessions a participant made a marvelous suggestion! Get in touch with SCORE.org. Little did I know what wealth of (FREE) information would be at my finger tips! What is SCORE, you ask.
As I was beginning my journey to become a life coach, I decided to check out this amazing resource to see what it had to offer. They did not disappoint. SCORE has a free online library of information. You can watch all kinds of webinars for free by experts in various fields. Most importantly, you can be put in touch with a mentor. Yep, also free. (Before Covid, those mentor/mentee visits were done in person at the local chapter. Now you can get in touch by phone call or Zoom call.)
I scheduled a call from a mentor. My mentor (Tom) called me after doing some research on life coaching. As a result, he had a general idea of what a life coach was and we had a great discussion about how I could use my skills/expertise. After that, Tom had a handful of practical ideas to make the business official. (Registering my business with the Secretary of State. Getting an EIN number with the federal government. Creating a business bank account. Getting liability insurance.) Additionally, Tom asked me a number of questions to get me started thinking about a niche, the local competition, and what I had to offer. Lastly, he highlighted a couple of SCORE webinars to help me with a some of areas of concern.
I was over the moon happy with my free mentor chat. Tom answered the questions I asked and he answered some I hadn’t asked. After that I started doing those official things that I’d been putting off because I wasn’t sure about exactly what to do. Woot, woot! Now we’re cooking with butter. (Or whatever low fat, organic, better for you thing you cook with.)
Done & Done