At first, health coaching can seem like an easy business to start. You’ve got your health coach training, and you want to help people, so you just need to find some clients! But many coaches find that as their businesses grow, they end up in a tangle of technology with multiple different tools to run different parts of their business. A scheduling tool. A social media automation tool. Your website dashboard. It’s easy to find yourself overloaded with tools to run your online health coaching businesses – tools that may not make your jobs any easier! That’s why we interviewed practicing health coaches about their favorite tools and resources that they use everyday to run their health coaching businesses – to save you time and find the essential tools that really work for health coaches in 2016.
Best Coaching Tools for Health Coaches
As a health coach, you can work with one-on-one clients in person or online.
For online/remote clients, many coaches rely on that old standby, the telephone.
If you’d like to go online with your coaching clients and have the ability to record your coaching calls (which is a nice bonus for clients, so they can re-listen to their sessions rather than taking lots of notes), then you’ll want to look at an online tool.
Aside from the techie details of recording sessions, there are also coaching programs that can support new coaches.
“I was struggling with all of the technology. I started using The Coaches Console to consolidate all of my technology from having a private client website, my emails, newsletters, lead pages, contact lists are all in one place. Made it so much easier for me.” – Karen Grosz, Inner Savvy Wellness
Other coaches swear by Satori App to automate their coaching practice.
Best Organizational Tools for Health Coaches
Like in every other business – being organized is one of the most important things for a health coach. Being able to keep track of your ideas, progress on different projects and communicate it all with collaborators called a need for project management apps and organizational tools.
Ania Nowicki of Vitality & Food loves Evernote. “I keep all of my client notes, blog ideas, articles, etc. in Evernote which syncs between my iPad, iPhone and desktop and means that I always have everything at my finger tips and can work anywhere.” – said Ania
“Google drive has been a life saver for me in terms of planning and collaborative work. I have developed a virtual team working across time-zones and geographies, and Google drive makes this approach possible.” – Lawrence Mitchell, Raw Energy
Elizabeth Plant of Springtime Holistics says she uses her paper planner for to do lists, but turns to technology when it comes to teaching – in the form of webinars.
Best Social Media Tools for Health Coaches
Since the use of Social Media has become imperative, health coaches are now turning to services that help them maintain their business profiles and nurture their audience by posting trough multiple social media channels at the time and by scheduling posts in advance.
Fab Giovanetti adds that Buffer “is the best way to schedule your social media in an effective and organised way.” Fab calculates that this app only saves her over 8 hours every week, which gives her more time to reply to more emails, pitch more clients, and have more time off for herself.
Did we miss one?
And what about you? What tools and resources do you use for running your business? Are you happy with your ‘perfect formula’ and current set of tools, or are you always trying to find a better way to automate your business? Share your favorite tools that we missed below!