Accountability coaching is an exciting new opportunity to have opened up in the world of coaching. As mentioned in a previous article, an accountability coach can help a person with:
- Set realistic goals in alignment with their long-term vision
- Periodically review and measure the progress they have made
- Remind them to celebrate small wins
- Assess the setbacks that prevent them from reaching their target and help them overcome these obstacles
- Cheer the person on and help them get back on track if they ever fall off the wagon.
Is this a viable career option?
According to the International Coaching Federation, the estimated total revenue worldwide from coaching now exceeds 2 billion dollars. That is a solid 19% increase since 2011. Industry experts expect the review to continue to grow in the coming years.
This is a lucrative career path and only expected to grow as the years roll on. If you are wondering about average hourly rates, here’s what accountability coaches can earn, according to Payscale,
- entry-level accountability coaches with less than 1-year of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $24.92 US.
- An early career accountability coach with 1–4 years of experience can earn an average total salary of $26.50 US per hour.
- A mid-career accountability coach with 5–9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34.43 US per hour.
- An experienced Life Coach with 10–19 years of experience can earn an average total compensation of $51.39 US per hour.
- In their late-career (20 years and higher), accountability coaches can earn an average total compensation of $60 US per hour.
What qualities do I need to become an accountability coach?
If you are wondering what are some qualities required to become an accountability coach, here’s a list:
- Focus on the client: It’s important to always focus on your client and help them solve their problems without becoming emotionally invested in their journey. Study their case carefully, understand the roadblocks that hold them back, and give them constant feedback on how they can improve their focus and become a better person.
- Treat your mistakes as lessons: No matter how hard you train and how many clients you coach, it’s inevitable that you will slip up and make some mistakes along the way. Remind yourself that it’s okay, and you can use these mistakes as lessons so your future clients don’t suffer the same problems as you did.
- Structure a plan: No matter what target you have set for yourself and your client, it’s important to have a structured plan to make your path easier. Communicate this plan with your client so they have no confusion regarding what they are supposed to do.
- Listen actively: Every client is different, and hence, the issues they face and the hurdles they encounter are going to be different. Whenever they communicate their success or failure, listen actively and don’t project your preconceived notions on them. Be supportive without being too strict.
- Challenge and set expectations: When you work with a client, always challenge them to set higher goals and set expectations, so they are always on their toes and remain focused on the path that will help them achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.
Where and how can I get started?
Once you join the program, you will get a directory listing, business opportunities with thousands of potential clients, training from experts, networking opportunities, and much more.