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5 reasons why you should become an entrepreneur coach (and how to do it like a pro)

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Summary: Feeling the pull to empower business leaders? Discover if entrepreneur coaching is your path to purpose and freedom.

Entrepreneurship is the driving force behind economic progress. It has the power to shape industries and contribute to people’s lives. It’s an exhilarating ride filled with innovation, risks, and constant learning.

However, without a clear roadmap, business owners might lose direction and burn out. That’s where an entrepreneur coach comes in: transforming ideas into a solid game plan for a thriving business.

Let’s uncover the stats and trends about entrepreneurial coaching and how it’s making an impact on the business world.

What is entrepreneurial coaching?

Entrepreneurial coaching, in a nutshell, is where experienced coaches guide and support entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and managing their businesses more effectively. 

It mainly focuses on helping them:

  • Identify their goals,
  • Develop strategies to achieve them, and 
  • Overcome obstacles that may arise along the way.

So as a business coach in this niche, you’d provide advice, accountability, and encouragement—all tailored to the unique needs and challenges of each entrepreneur. 

The entrepreneurial landscape: a data snapshot

There are over 150 million startups in the world, with around 50 million new ventures joining the party every year.

However, only around 10% survive in the long run because, amidst the worldwide excitement, entrepreneurs face some tenacious challenges. 

First of all, funding is a hurdle. A study by Babson College showed that over 65% of entrepreneurs use their savings to keep their dreams alive. That’s passion, but it’s also a risky business.

About 42% of startups have to pack up their dreams for good because there’s no market for their product. Imagine dedicating sleepless nights to something the world doesn’t want. It’s like throwing a party where no one shows up. Ouch.

Let’s not forget the fierce competition. Every day, a fresh wave of bright-eyed entrepreneurs is ready to go toe-to-toe with the veterans. It’s like a battlefield where 20% of new businesses get outplayed and outmaneuvered.

Moreover, burnout is a real concern for 30% of entrepreneurs, according to Gallup, as the constant hustle takes its toll.

With challenges like these, coaching becomes a trusted compass for entrepreneurs to navigate these rough waters with confidence.

Is it worth becoming an entrepreneur coach?

Whether becoming an entrepreneur coach is “worth it” depends heavily on your individual goals, skills, and motivations. But if you need a little help to decide, here are some important statistics that underpin the value of coaching for entrepreneurs.

1. Decision-making

In an ICF and HCI study, 60% of respondents reported that coaching improved their decision-making abilities.

It’s like a secret weapon that enables entrepreneurs to assess opportunities and risks more accurately and make informed strategic choices. It helps them sift through the information, weigh the pros and cons, and even tune into their intuition. 

2. Productivity 

A study by the Personnel Management Association reveals a striking finding: training alone increased productivity by 22%, but coupling it with coaching amplified productivity by an impressive 88%. 

What’s the magic here? 

Coaching unravels potential, streamlines focus, and breeds efficiency. It’s like adding rocket fuel to the entrepreneurial engine.

3. Emotional intelligence and leadership skills

A Korn Ferry study found that companies with higher rates of EQ (emotional intelligence) have 2.5 times the revenue of companies with lower EQ rates. Moreover, 71% of hiring managers value EQ over IQ. 

Leadership coaching, by honing emotional intelligence, equips entrepreneurs with the tools to lead teams effectively and grow successful ventures.

4. The return on investment (ROI) of coaching

It’s a staggering figure. According to a study by the ICF, businesses that invested in coaching saw an average ROI of 7 times their initial investment, with some reporting an ROI of up to 49 times. This proves that investing in coaching isn’t a cost; it’s a high-yield investment.

A report by MetrixGlobal LLC stated that companies that invested in coaching saw a 529% ROI. 

A study by Manchester Inc. showed that companies that invest in coaching see an average ROI of 5.7 times in a typical executive coaching assignment—or a return of more than $100,000.

It’s not just about the dollars; it’s about the lasting change in skills, organizational strength, and employee retention.

5. Impact

ICF also found that 80% of people who received coaching reported increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefited from improved work performance, relationships, and better communication skills.

Additionally, businesses using coaching reported a 46% increase in customer service and a 27% increase in profits.

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3 techniques successful entrepreneur coaches use

So, you’re on board with entrepreneurial coaching. But how exactly can it catapult solopreneurs, side hustlers, and startup founders to stratospheric success? 

Let’s decode the secret sauce—its techniques.

1. Goal setting and accountability

First up, we’ve got goal setting—not just any goals, but SMART goals, i.e., objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. 

The SMART framework guides entrepreneurs to hone a razor-sharp focus. It’s not just about setting targets; it’s about setting achievable targets. The coach plays a pivotal role by holding the entrepreneur accountable. 

That ticking clock and laser-focused goal set the stage for action.

2. Problem-solving and decision-making

Enter the GROW Model. Goals, Reality, Options, and Way Forward. 

This acronym is a great guide for decision-making and problem-solving. A coach employing the GROW model collaborates with the entrepreneur to crystalize goals, analyze current reality, explore options, and carve the way forward.

Learn more about the GROW Model in this 8-minute video:

How To Coach With GROW Model Step By Step

3. Leadership development

Effective leadership isn’t a one-man show; it’s about guiding a team and enhancing its potential.   

Coaches cultivate the entrepreneur’s ability to inspire, intellectually stimulate, and consider the team’s individual needs. This way, they can create a culture where creativity thrives and everyone is gearing toward a shared vision.

How to Overcome Entrepreneurial Challenges Through Coaching

Now, how can entrepreneurial coaching help overcome the most common challenges any entrepreneur, new or seasoned, can face? Here are a few ways:

1. Managing stress and preventing burnout

First up is that dreaded beast, stress. It lurks around every corner of the entrepreneurial journey. 

As a coach, your role is to arm your entrepreneurs with an arsenal of stress-busting strategies. 

From mindfulness to time management, you help them strike that elusive balance. Encourage them to set realistic goals and take breaks. 

The magic lies in teaching them to distinguish between the controllable and the uncontrollable. Empower them to let go of what they can’t change and focus on what they can.

2. Navigating business growth and expansion

Some of the most impressive studies in the industry were conducted about the role of coaching in scaling businesses.

According to ICF, 86% of companies that hire coaches make back their investment in them.

An even more impressive study found that a Fortune 500 company achieved a 788% return on its investment in executive coaching. Other companies reported a 600% ROI.

As an entrepreneur coach, you help organizations establish solid ground through strategic planning, team building, and market analysis.

3. Addressing financial and resource constraints

How can coaching help here? By fostering a mindset of abundance and resourcefulness. 

As a coach, your task is to help entrepreneurs see possibilities where they see roadblocks. 

Analyze their financial health and explore alternative funding sources. Help them optimize resources, be they human, financial, or technological. Equip them with the skills to negotiate and leverage partnerships. 

When the going gets tough, entrepreneurs can not only face challenges but conquer them with your guidance. 

Great change starts here

As a coach, you’ll be the custodian of entrepreneurial innovation and responsible growth. That only means that your journey of growth doesn’t end here. It’s a continuous process of learning and adaptation. 

That’s how the Become a Mindvalley Certified Business Coach masterclass can help. You’ll discover which of the four types of business coaches you are and how you can design your entrepreneur coaching business accordingly.

And best of all? It’s FREE.

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Annamaria Nagy

Annamaria is a freelance writer for Health + Wellness and Transformational Education brands. Formerly, she was the writers lead and the head of SEO at Mindvalley. She works with coaches and mission-driven brands to amplify their impact with strategic, value-driven copywriting.
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Annamaria Nagy

Annamaria is a freelance writer for Health + Wellness and Transformational Education brands. Formerly, she was the writers lead and the head of SEO at Mindvalley. She works with coaches and mission-driven brands to amplify their impact with strategic, value-driven copywriting.
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Ajit Nawalkha is the co-founder of Mindvalley Coach (formerly known as Evercoach by Mindvalley) and a world-leading business coach. Ajit’s passion is to make the world a better place and empower entrepreneurs to be the change the world needs. With decades of experience distilled into bestselling books, Ajit now trains new coaches in both skills and entrepreneurship, unlocking the path from passion to profit.

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