By: Dan Radak
The coaching business industry usually brings in around $4 billion annually (Russ Alan Prince, Forbes, 2015). This industry is on the rise, and there are more and more people starting this business and consumers using their business services. When such an industry branch is on the rise, it is to be expected that it will soon need specific IT solutions for its precise issues. Here are some of the great cloud-based solutions that coaching businesses need to have at their disposal.
If you are about to start a business, you will need a professional version of the Google package. To stay perfectly organized, you need a secure online place to store your professional contacts, profiles, spreadsheets, and documents. Also, it will help you keep in touch with your clients. The best thing about Google Apps is that you can reach any of your clients from all your devices at all times.
Mind Mapping Apps
These solutions can be cloud based, or they can be simply apps that you and your client can download and use together. They are interactive and make the mind mapping far easier than when you do it with paper or on a whiteboard. Apps like MindNode also have a desktop version that you can sync to your mobile device. This makes them easy to print out, save, and observe on a bigger screen.
It is easy to understand why you need to have a good reminder and calendar app, but your clients need this app as well. They will need to set some milestones in their calendars and some of them will need to keep brief daily or weekly diaries. The Cloud versions of calendars allow you and your clients to sync and share your daily entries which allow you to be completely prepared for your sessions.
Course Making Tools
As your business grows and more people recognize your coaching skills, you may want to migrate your business online to some extent. A lot of life coaches choose to develop an online course with their program. This is not that hard to do with the proper apps and IT solutions. Find MOOC and online learning platforms and tailor them to your course. Developing an entire online course means having a good website and a lot of IT support. It also requires constant social network management and even a marketing campaign.
Once you have a significant client base, you need to take care of the confidentiality of their data. You will have different profiles, client files, folders, and even payment details, so this data needs to be properly secured. If you are storing all that data on the cloud, that is a good call. However, you need to make sure you have taken all the steps to ensure cloud protection where your data is stored.
Personal qualities in a coach are very important. People skills are essential, as well as professional development, training, and education. However, it is required that coaches keep up with the latest IT achievements that can be used in their line of work. Avoiding security breaches and finding new ways to reach your clients and offer them your coaching services through different channels is vital for the existence and survival of any sort of coaching business.
Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.