For many new coaches, the focus is on getting coaching experience…period. An option emerging coach’s take is to agree to coach clients without charging for their services. This is what we call pro bono coaching. However, having only or too many pro bono clients will not help us with our own financial bottom line and without being able to earn a living we will not be able to keep doing what we love…coaching. By considering ahead of time how serving pro bono clients can help you both, you can create a win win situation. Let me tell you how.
Create a policy for working with pro bono clients that you can follow.
Decide on how many pro bono clients you want to work with at any one time. Knowing that your business will continue to thrive with one or two pro bono clients serves everyone. Keep a list of future pro bono clients if you have an opening.
Create an application for your pro bono client that helps you select who you want to work with. If a client cannot invest in your coaching services monetarily, you will want to be able to detetermine if they are willing to invest in it emotionally.
Discover what the client is able to give for your coaching. Again, this may not be monetary, but perhaps their testimonial can be a great marketing advantage for other clients. Or perhaps they can help at an event you are speaking at or have word processing skills that can help you in creating marketing materials. Explore the possibilities.
Treat pro bono clients the same as any other client. This includes signing agreements that outline policies for “no shows”, confidentiality, length of time you will work together, etc.
In summary, we can do it all. Give back, serve and maintain a thriving coaching business for years to come.
My fiancé Has been recently diagnosed with adult adhd. his whole life has been a self sabotaging cycle of chaos, disorganization, social anxiety, emotional disregulation, poor finances, etc. he would really like to see someone who specializes in adhd but we are having a hard time finding someone who is very experienced/familiar and does virtual sessions and is willing to do it probing. He’s been chasing his tale and treading water for years and is sick of just existing. He wants to start living. Please help or direct us where we can find help.
Hi Kacey! Thanks for your comment. I am sorry to hear about your fiance’s struggles with his ADHD. It’s absolutely time for him to start living!
Please visit our training website at http://www.iACTcenter.com and check out the “hire a coach” page for Certified ADHD life coaches I have personally trained and mentored…https://www.iactcenter.com/hire-a-coach/ If it works better, at the bottom of the page there is also a place where you can click a link to provide information about your needs and our iACTcenter coaches will reach out to you. Some are in their internship phase of their coaching and are happy to work on a sliding scale basis. ~Laurie