Does Your Small Business Need a Financial Coach?

In the realm of financial advice, a financial coach is something relatively new. Financial advisors, planners, and accountants have been offering their insights for ages, but not everyone is aware of how the more modern role of a financial coach can help you reshape your approach to business, as well as your perspectives on money. Here’s why (and when) you should consider reaching out to a financial coach.

What is a financial coach?

A financial coach is someone who helps you with basic money management skills. Their assistance can be especially helpful if you have a hard time managing your finances, want to get out of debt-related overwhelm, or if you simply want to improve your financial literacy in general. The ultimate goal is to empower you to make better decisions when it comes to your money, whether in a personal or business setting. Your coach will help you develop healthier money habits through education, eventually creating a tailored financial plan based on your objectives. This typically happens in a limited time frame, over a few weeks to a year, allowing your coach to check your progress and support you as you begin implementing the strategies they’ve taught. 

What skills can you learn from a financial coach?

They can give you a wide range of useful skills. Notably, they’ll help you become more aware of your own money habits, especially when it comes to expenses, by coaching you to track your own financial movements. They can also help you set specific financial goals, whether it’s the personal goal of creating a budget or the desire to eliminate your business’s debt. 

Business leaders can also benefit from their advice on specific and complicated financial issues, such as complex taxes or the best practices in terms of finance for your industry. Best of all, a financial coach will support you and hold you accountable as you put these skills into practice, making it easier to create habits that truly stick.

Should you get a financial coach?

Whether you’re seeking financial help with a specific issue, or you’d simply like to learn better money management strategies, a coach can help empower you to create your own financial success in the long term. What’s more, financial skills are endlessly practical! You’ll be relying on the habits you create for the rest of your life—and they can truly help you learn to master your money. Fortunately, if you aren’t sure you need extra help, you can always consider a trial session or short-term coaching to see if the coach brings value to your company or personal finances.

As a business leader, you should always aim to be learning and improving your skills, and there are few skillsets more practical than financial literacy. If you’re on the fence about coaching, don’t hesitate to give it a shot to see if it’s right for you. You may be surprised to find that your financial coaching becomes a solid investment that truly pays for itself in the long term.

As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


WADE THOMAS

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