Coaching Business Tools I Depend On

Whether you’re a life coach, business coach, wellness coach, career coach or any other kind of change agent, you need smart affordable online tools and systems to run a successful business. It’s tempting to purchase systems you may use someday, but that can run your monthly costs up high and pull your profits down. So, how do you know which are best for where you are in your coaching business right now?

http://prosperouscoachblog.com/coaching-business-tools-depend/I like to run a lean business and fully leverage the systems I pay for while also utilizing free or shareware solutions wherever I can. I wanted you to know about the tried and true online tools that I use. Here they are in 3 categories:

  • Paid services all coaches need
  • Services to grow into
  • Free and useful

PAID SERVICE ALL COACHES NEED

Want to build a list of future clients?
Aweber is still the best. Constant Contact and Mail Chimp are good enough for hobbyists but not flexible enough for a growing business. Aweber is the still the most respected email management system. They have knowledgeable customer service, unlimited autoresponders, easy to use email templates, and a reasonable starting price of $19/mo.

Want your clients to easily schedule sessions with you?
Go for TimeTrade, an online scheduling system that plays well with online calendars like Google calendar and iCal. I’ve tested a half dozen different systems like this and most are pricey, clunky and confusing. TimeTrade is easy to set up and manage and easy for your clients to use. It makes you look and feel professional for only $49/year.

Want to record your coaching sessions and provide mp3s?
I’ve had an account with AudioAcrobat for 15 years. They have personalized customer service and a simple, smart process that allows you to record calls with clients, conference calls and teleclasses, then store and share mp3s. Recorded sessions are a great perk for clients. I also use AA to store teleclass recordings for my paid programs.

SERVICES TO GROW INTO

Want to produce your own teleseminars and webinars?
Instant Teleseminar (IT) makes it super easy to attract new clients, make money and serve your clients online. This is an affordable system for creating your own online promotions and group coaching programs. You can even play pre-recorded content to a live audience. And you won’t need technical support to set everything up.

A step up from IT is Evergreen Business Systems which allows you to pre-create webinars and then run events over and over on auto-pilot.

Want to gather your clients into a private social network?
Ning is an inexpensive way to create a high quality social network of your own. I’ve used this for Mastermind groups to provide participants with a way to get to know each other, stay in touch, share news, questions and feedback.

Want to sell your own membership programs?
I use Digital Access Pass to store and deliver my two step-by step blueprints Your Highly Profitable Niche and Client Winning Websites & Blogs to enrolled members. It also has an affiliate system. And you can set up discount coupons for promotions.

FREE AND USEFUL

Dropbox is the greatest invention in the last few years. If you have an assistant, web designer, colleague or others you want to share files with, store them here!

FreeConferencing Why pay for a bridgeline when you can get this smart one free?

WorkFlowy keeps you organized and on task.

Survey Monkey allows you to create simple online surveys.

Vistaprint provides free and low cost business cards you can design yourself online!

World Clock helps you figure out international time differences.

Image Resizer makes it easy to resize any graphic including headshots.

Kuler gives you great ideas for color palettes for your website or brochures.

Headline analyzer helps you craft headlines or subject lines that grab attention.

 

WHAT ELSE? Chime in below to share your favorite free and paid systems. Tell us why you like them and share the link. Also, if you’re looking for something you don’t see here, leave a question and I’ll get back to you.

  • doug

    oh my god, I love workflowy, it is what i’ve been looking for since google task is so incomplete.

    • Yeah, it’s the bomb! Are you using Dropbox, Doug? A great one for document access and sharing.

      • doug

        not sure I understand the benefits of dropbox, as a client the person I was working with had all sorts of problems. I’m considering using another option.

        • It’s great for storing docs in a secure place where you can invite others to get them. So my team has access to all sorts of things in process and my clients can post or grab things from there. It’s easily accessible online so you can get docs from anywhere. I’ve never had any trouble with it. And, unless you need a lot of space, it’s free!

    • Mira Johnson, CPC

      So glad to have stumbled upon workflowy today!

  • Great resources Rhonda.

    Aweber is my autoresponder system and I couldn’t live without it.

    My favorite low cost (to grow into) invoicing system is http://www.freshbooks.com. For free you can have up to three clients, create automated late notices, track hours and/or expenses and set up recurring invoices. The best part is that you can take payment through your merchant account. I use PayPal and they only charge me $0.50/transaction. Clients are required to pay using paypal funds or e-check, but it’s worth it to avoid the 30% fees.

    For $19.95/mo. you can have as many clients in it as you want, you can grant your team access it and automate late fees.

    Freshbooks is one of my most favorite tools and I use it with all my ongoing clients and payments are a breeze.

    Create a great day!
    Kristen Beireis

    • Fantastic addition to the list, Kristen! I’ll check it out.