How to Become a Life Coach

Become a Life Coach

In our review of different careers, we take a look at how to become a life coach, what a life coach does and what skills and attributes you will require as a life coach.

What Does a Life Coach Do?

A life coach is someone who supports and encourages their clients to achieve their goals. It is the life coach's goal to motivate and assist clients in taking control of their lives in whatever situation they might be having issues with.  This could be in relationships, fitness, career or any number of other things.

As a life coach your day to day activities would include meeting with clients, discussing their issues, values attitudes and beliefs, helping them set goals to help them change and breaking these goals down into achievable steps, and supporting them to stay motivated.

You would be self-employed as a life coach and can set your own hours of work, however, these will usually be tailored to meet the needs of your client.  You clients might be individuals or even entire businesses. 

Is Becoming a Life Coach Right For Me?

The skills and attributes required to become a life coach are:

  • Excellent listening skills
  • The ability to communicate clearly
  • A welcoming approach and the ability to make people feel at ease
  • An open mind, tact and a respect for private information
  • Confidence to challenge clients beliefs

How Much Can a Life Coach Earn?

As a life coach you can set your own rate and could typically charge between £30 and £60 an hour. However, in areas such as London or after forging an excellent reputation your earning power as a life coach will dramatically rise.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Life Coach?

Life coaching is completely unregulated in the UK and no formal recognised qualifications are required. However, many clients will prefer someone who has a qualification such as a Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching, a background and qualifications in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) or someone is a member of a professional body such as the Institute of Leadership & Management.