Coaching for a Living
Coaching for a Living is a podcast for coaches who want to build a financially viable coaching business and make a living doing what they love. Starting a profitable coaching business requires many skills in addition to coaching: content creation, marketing, pricing, and selling to name a few. The Coaching for a Living podcast aims to cover the business side of coaching as well as the mindset aspect of it so that you can confidently start and run a successful coaching business. Its host, Alisa Barcan, is a business mentor and financial coach who has been running her own business since 2017. She shares her knowledge and experience in solo episodes and interviews expert guests to bring you actionable tips and strategies. If you’re looking to make a living from coaching and want down-to-earth advice with no fluff, hit subscribe and let’s do this together!
Coaching as a Side Business - How to Build a Coaching Practice Alongside a Full Time Job
November 9, 2022 • 39 MIN
#014 - In this episode, my guest Lisa DeAngelis talks about how she was able to incorporate coaching into her days and work with private coaching clients alongside her full-time job at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We touched upon negotiating with her employer, managing conflicts of interest, what a typical working day looks like for her, and much more. Give it a listen.
Thinking like a Business Owner – the Mindset Shifts That Need to Happen When You Start a Coaching Business
October 26, 2022 • 45 MIN
#013 - In this episode, my guest David Lancefield talks about what it was like to quit his job as a Managing Partner at a big firm and start his own coaching business. We touched upon how having a business owner mindset helped him, why it’s important to have humility and the mindset shifts every coach needs to go through when starting a business. Give it a listen.
How to Onboard New Coaching Clients and Say Goodbye to Existing Ones
October 12, 2022 • 32 MIN
#012 - In this solo episode, I talk about the processes of welcoming new coaching clients and offboarding existing ones. I share why it’s important to do proper onboarding and offboarding and guide you through a step-by-step process for both. Give it a listen.
PR for Coaches - How to Increase Your Visibility as a Coach Using the Power of Public Relations
September 28, 2022 • 20 MIN
#011 - In this episode, my guest Janice Mandel talks about using PR to raise your profile as a coach and promote your coaching work and business. We touched upon what PR is and why it shouldn’t be confused with advertising, how coaches can set goals for a PR campaign, how to approach journalists for media coverage and more. Give it a listen.
Career Coaching - How to Approach Career Change and Find More Meaning in Your Work
September 14, 2022 • 32 MIN
#010 - In this episode, my guest Tammy Gooler Loeb talks about career changes and the obstacles that come with finding more meaning in our work. We touched upon the biggest obstacles to changing careers as well as some coaching questions and exercises to overcome them. Give it a listen.
Virtual Assistants and What Coaches Need to Know Before They Hire a VA
August 31, 2022 • 40 MIN
#009 - In this episode, my guest Melissa Smith talks about the process of hiring your first virtual assistant and takes us through important steps such as doing due diligence, preparing financially, delegating, and more. We also talked about what a VA can do for us and what we can expect to pay for different types of virtual assistants. Give it a listen.
Get Unstuck, Move Forward and Help Your Coaching Clients Do the Same
August 24, 2022 • 29 MIN
#008 - In this episode, my guest Shira Miller talks about the process of getting unstuck and she shares some exercises and techniques for staying in this state for as long as possible. Our discussion revolved around naming the stuck, taking a reflective pause, dealing with mindset issues and more. Give it a listen.
The Link Between Gestalt Coaching, Design Thinking and Creativity
August 10, 2022 • 27 MIN
#007 - In this episode, my guest Gill Stevens shares her story of becoming a coach, some of the challenges she encountered along the way, one of her favourite coaching approaches – Gestalt coaching, and how she blends coaching and design thinking to foster creativity. Give it a listen.
The Rise of Pseudo-Coaches and How to Avoid Coaching Scams
July 27, 2022 • 32 MIN
#006 - In this episode, my guest Victoria Barker shares a few stories that give a bad reputation to coaching as a practice and as an industry and together we discuss what we can do to avoid falling for coaching scams or being perceived as unscrupulous coaches ourselves. Give it a listen.
The Power of Clarity and How Coaches and Their Clients Can Get More of It
July 13, 2022 • 33 MIN
#005 - In this episode, my guest Ann Latham and I discuss the power of clarity and how coaches can use it in their own businesses as well as in their work with clients. We talk about the clarity spectrum, treadmill versus destination verbs, the importance of specificity, to-do lists and more. Give it a listen.
Every Coach Is a Public Speaker. How Can You Become Better at It?
June 29, 2022 • 36 MIN
#004 - In this episode, my guest Rosemary Ravinal and I discuss public speaking and how coaches can become better public speakers. We debunk the myth that public speaking is our biggest fear and talk about overcoming the fear of speaking in public, using stories to capture attention, the importance of body language and more. Give it a listen.
Launch a Successful Coaching Offer Even with a Small Email List
June 15, 2022 • 42 MIN
#003 - In this value-packed episode, my guest Robbie Samuels and I discuss how coaches can launch a successful coaching offer regardless of the size of their email list. We talk about the importance of niching down and getting to know your ideal client in great detail, the difference between the little p and big P problems our coaching clients are facing and some of the mistakes new coaches make when creating a coaching offer. Give it a listen.
Allow, allow! Onion rings! - My unusual podcast greeting and why I chose it.
March 9, 2022 • 3 MIN
#002 - If you had been wondering what's with the "Allow, allow! Onion rings!" greeting that you hear at the beginning of the show, you'll find out in this episode. This greeting serves as a reminder that neither I nor my podcast are perfect and that's OK. I'm not looking to have an overly polished show, but rather offer value while keeping things real. To find out the story behind the greeting and have a laugh, give this episode a listen.
Welcome and Introduction to Coaching for a Living – the What, How and Why
February 13, 2022 • 8 MIN
#001 - In this very first episode of Coaching for a Living, Alisa Barcan gives you the lowdown of the podcast, the story behind its name, who it's for, the format, and what to expect from future episodes. She also shares three business tips for coaches who are at the beginning of their coaching journeys.