Should you become a health coach?

should you be a health coach

Since becoming a health coach this year, I’ve been asked this question  by  readers of this blog. So I wanted to talk about this today. 

There are many things to consider before becoming a health coach and the simple fact of the matter is, it may not be for everyone. I’m not gonna lie, tons of work has to go on in order to become a successful health coach.

So let’s dive into three reasons why you SHOULD become a health coach

1. You want to improve your own health and that of your family

This was my first reason for becoming a health coach. Did you know that many who enroll in health coaching programs just for that reason? It’s true. They only want to learn more about nutrition and holistic health to benefit their own wellness and help those around them. This is perfectly fine! 

I really, really wish that I had done this 10 years ago! There would have been so many things I would have done differently health wise and I think I would be in a better position health and lifestyle sooner than this.  An education in wellness can’t be underscored. It’s an investment in ourselves, which I feel is far more valuable than any investment.

2. You want to create a career out of it

Yes, I love creating a positive impact on people and helping them reach their goals. It’s like a bonus that I get paid for doing so! We inspire, motivate and provide a level of accountability that is currently absent in the healthcare continuum. But getting to the root of the question – can you make a career out of it? Yes. Absolutely. In the last couple of years  health coaching is an emerging occupational trend.  In short, the field of health coaching is gaining in popularity, with doctor’s offices even employing health coaches on staff.

3. You want to create a wellness-focused business, but not provide coaching services.

I do not see clients at this time. I strictly write about health and run two programs. Also, many people pursue health coaching to have a solid, well-rounded background in nutrition and holistic health – as the basis for other endeavors. Next time you go to the bookstore, see how many cookbook authors are certified health coaches. Many health coaches pursue other revenue generation streams like writing books, holding wellness retreats and creating physical or digital products.

A reason that you SHOULDN’T pursue health coaching

Yes, you can make good income as a health coach, but it won’t happen overnight and it will take quite a bit of effort. When you finish your health coaching certification, you will have to go out and find your clients. You’ll need to market to them and work to gain their business. The health coaching program I attended, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition does provide courses to address this that helps tremendously. So, don’t sign up to make loads of money off the bat.

If you’d like to learn more about IIN, the health coaching program I attended, click here to get a copy of the curriculum guide.

Other health coaching posts:

Become a health coach

-until next time, tess