If you’re considering becoming a certified health and wellness coach, then you probably already have a passion for wellness. Your friends turn to you with their questions about health and wellness. Your colleagues know that you pride yourself in living a healthy lifestyle. You guide your family with holistic health and create healthy meals with nutritious whole foods. You’re always up on the latest trends and research with health and wellness.
Becoming a certified coach requires more than just passion and knowledge though. There are a few things you need to consider before you start this journey.
1. Should I Become a Wellness Coach
You’ll be helping clients discover & develop their own goals and healthy habits. As more and more people become interested in improving their health outside of the realm of traditional medicine, health and wellness have grown in popularity and importance. You’ll have the option to be self-employed or work for healthcare and fitness organizations. If you want to be self-employed then you have to know why you want to do this in order to develop this passion into an actual business though.
Are you just passionate about wellness? Do you want to learn more about nutrition and holistic health so you can help everyone around you? Do you love teaching and want to promote public health? Are you looking for a career change? Have you been hungry for work that really matters to you and helps people change their lives for the better?
When it comes to learning about this, what’s really important to you?
Having that north star of your why will guide you as you start and build your business as a health and wellness coach.
2. Set Goals for What You Want to Achieve as a Health & Wellness Coach
We all know the importance of goal setting, and that’s crucial for creating and sustaining a successful business. What do you hope to achieve as a health coach? Do you want to have a more flexible work schedule where you can see your clients whenever is convenient for you. Great. Set that as a goal.
Maybe you have a goal of focusing on a certain segment of the population, e.g., busy moms who want to improve the health of their families. Or you may have a number of clients that you want to see per work, per month, per quarter or per year.
And the number of clients you want would be connected to any financial goals you want to set. How much do you want to make per month? And what would you charge?
And then there’s the time component. When do you want to have your business up and running? When do you want to see your first client?
As you can see, there are plenty of goals for you to set. Doing this will get you closer to having your own coaching business that is custom-tailored to your personal, professional, and financial needs.
3. Have an Abundance Mindset
So if you hadn’t been thinking about your why or what goals you need to set, maybe you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the idea of this all. And that’s OK—health coaching is a big endeavor and adventure to go on. But that doesn’t mean you’re not capable, not in the least.
One thing that will help is not coming from a place of scarcity, with all the doubts that could be screaming at you: “I can’t do this, I’m not smart enough,” or “I don’t have enough time” or “This is going to cost so much money.” We have had all of those thoughts and then some.
As you start on a new career path, it’s important to be in the right headspace. And what will help you overcome those nagging doubts is to have an abundance mindset. You can see these challenges as opportunities.
Start thinking about your ideal clients, the ones who you are waiting just for you to improve their well-being — your coaching style, your story, your experiences. Think of all the opportunities to reach people with your unique health and wellness message. If you don’t have an abundance mindset, then you’ll stop before you even start.
4. Get Comprehensive Training
This path isn’t just about wellness or about what it takes to be a coach. It’s about learning how to be a small business owner or solopreneur. If you’re going to go through a credentialing program, you’re going to want a 360 degree view of your business. That’s something we provide at IAWP.
Within our program, we provide 3 pillars of learning:
- Wellness training
- Coach training
- Business training
Each training program has 12 modules and when you’re ready to start your coaching business, we provide a proven marketing system to help you get your health coach certification and launch within 90 days.
|Median Salary||$47,093 (for wellness coach)|
|Degree Level||At a bachelor’s degree is preferred.|
|Degree Field||Health sciences or a related field is preferred.|
|Experience||Some experience may be required if you’re not self-employed.|
|Certification||Current and valid licensing in wellness is often needed (view IAWP’s options)|
|Key Skills||Health and wellness, customer service, nutrition, health education, counseling|
5. Proven Systems
You may already know a lot about health and wellness, but you may be wondering how you could create a coaching program for your clients without having to go through a lot of trial and error. At IAWP, we have proven and solid systems to put all the pieces together—wellness, coaching, and business acumen–to create the health and wellness program you’ve been dreaming of.
We have 9 systems that cover all the areas you’d need to have a successful business:
- A wellness coaching system that has everything you need to get started
- Wellness workshops you can use for your own workshops
- Customizable wellness coaching programs
- Proven health protocols you can use to support your clients
- Your own professional website, logo, and blog
- A curriculum that’s client-ready
- A proven coaching system
- A client attraction system—get the right clients for your business
- A client enrollment system that creates meaningful conversations with prospective clients
By taking out the guesswork of creating a coaching business, IAWP’s certification program helps to ensure that you are not only well-equipped to become a successful wellness coach, we help you to hit the ground running more quickly.
6. Get Support for Your Health and Wellness Coaching Journey
As you begin any new career, it can be exciting and thrilling. You’re learning so many new things and meeting more like-minded people. But it can also be a little scary. You may have so many questions about how this will all come together. With all the moving parts of learning more deeply about wellness, coaching, and business, you may feel like you’re in over your head.
But as you journey on this new path, who will support you when you feel like giving up or throwing in the towel? It helps to have people who know where you’ve been and where you’re headed.
Our IAWP certification program provides all the support regarding how to become a certified health and wellness coach, including like your own IAWP Certified Wellness Coach with unlimited coaching. Before you get out into the real world as a certified coach, you’ll have so many chances to practice being a coach with your own peer coach and live coaching labs. You’ll have access to a mastermind forum and a student chat forum—so you remember that you’re not alone in your journey and can provide support to fellow students.
And that is just some of the support we provide in IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification Program.
At IAWP, we believe systems + support = success. We don’t just want to teach you how to become a certified health and wellness coach, we provide you with tons of support and proven systems that work.
So if you’re ready to change your life and the lives of others and you want to learn how to start a health and wellness coaching business, then get started today. We’re excited to help you every step of the way.
The information contained in or made available through our sites (including but not limited to information contained in blogs, articles, pages, videos, comments, on coaching calls, events, seminars or in emails) cannot replace or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, psychological, medical, health or legal matters. Information on our site or provided by our coaches is not intended to diagnose or treat disease/illness and we do not prescribe medication. Visitors to this site as well as clients of IAWP Wellness Coaches should not construe this information as personal health or medical advice and should always consult your doctor or medical professional regarding your specific health concerns. Read more on our Terms here.