Kick Start Coaching

10 Ways to Kickstart Your Coaching Business

BY Dave Schell

Whether you’re a new to the coaching game or a seasoned professional, your business can benefit from taking steps to optimize workflows, build your brand, and increase revenue.

Whether you ’re new to the coaching game or a seasoned professional, your business can benefit from taking steps to optimize workflows, build your brand, and increase revenue. Here are 10 ideas to “kickstart” your endurance coaching business.

1. Set up varying levels of service.

Some clients want very detailed plans while others are simply looking for a guide. To attract more athletes you should have at least two levels of service. Many coaches start with a base of $100 to $150 dollars a month, then have a second tier at $200 a month or more. This covers a solid range of most athletes’ budgets. On your website, describe the differences in the levels of service to make it clear to a prospective athlete.

2. Establish and communicate your billing methods.

Will athletes be able to pay electronically? Do you invoice them monthly? What about writing checks? How many days do they have past due before services will no longer be rendered? Give your athletes clear instructions on how payments are made. If billing is something that you feel is slowing down your ability to take on more athletes, consider becoming a TrainingPeaks Level 2 Accredited Coach, and take advantage of our Match Program where we take care of billing for you. 

3. Create a website.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, but create a site that highlights what you can do for your clients. Include your certifications and licenses, pricing levels and testimonials if you have them. You should also have a way for people to contact you directly from the site. If you’re not tech-savvy consider doing a trade: offer your services in exchange for setting up a website.

A site can also be a tool for engaging and retaining current clients. If you use TrainingPeaks to deliver your plans to your clients, you can set it up so that when a client logs out of their TrainingPeaks account, they are redirected to your site. You can also embed a TrainingPeaks login on your website – so your clients visit your site daily to update and receive their workouts. Learn more about integrating your branding into TrainingPeaks.

4 Make sure clients know your story.

In your website and marketing material put your story out there. Are you a former elite racer? Do you have a spouse and kids so you can relate to most age groupers? Did you overcome some major obstacle in your own racing? Set yourself apart and let prospective clients know why you are the best coach for them.

5. Sell training plans.

Writing training plans is a great way to reach athletes who are ready for structured training, but not yet ready to take the leap and get a coach. When they finish their plan and think, “What next?” your name will be on their mind. Consider short-term plans like an off-season base plan or event-specific plans. On TrainingPeaks, you can write web-based training plans and sell them in our Training Plan Store. Many coaches have found successful passive income by putting together a detailed, SEO-driven training plan and then promoting online and through social media. 

Learn more about how to write and sell training plans here

6. Get your name in various directories.

There are several sites that offer coach directories for athletes looking for a coach. In addition to USA Triathlon’s coach directory, TrainingPeaks has a Public Coach Directory that athletes can search to find the right coach. For coaches who qualify, TrainingPeaks can also accredit you to participate in our free Coach Matching Service.

7. Get in the public eye.

Can you run a clinic through a local run, bike or triathlon store? What about writing articles for various publications? Put up a flyer at local shops or even the local recreation center. Marketing doesn’t have to mean placing expensive ads.

That being said, in today’s world having a business presence online, particularly through social media, can be a great way to attract new clients. A thoughtful social media presence takes a clear strategy in order to get results, so check out some of our many marketing tips on the TrainingPeaks Coach Blog. 

Another great way to get your name out there is to write, either by developing your own training blog, or pitching training tips and articles to industry magazines and websites. Our TrainingPeaks Athlete Blog is a great way to show off your expertise and promote your specializations in the field. 

8. Organize group workouts.

Is there enough interest in your area to set up a group that trains at the same time every week? You can charge for this or make it free, but the key is to get in front of athletes and position yourself as the local expert. Group workouts can take time to set up, but they can create many leads down the road.

Use technology to make organizing groups easier. Within TrainingPeaks, the Dynamic Plans feature allows you to set a single schedule for multiple athletes at once.

9. Turn your athletes into your ambassadors.

Have a team kit that features your logo and either sell it at a discount to athletes or provide it with the cost of coaching. Get your logo and the logos of your partners out in the public. The goal is that when your athletes interact with others they will talk about your great services. You should also ask current athletes to refer you to their friends. You may even offer a “finder’s fee” (or a month off) to any athlete who brings on another paying client.

10. Hire assistant coaches

If you’re at the point where you’re at your maximum client load, consider generating passive income by hiring assistant coaches and then taking a percentage of the monthly fee. This allows you to create a larger base for your business and have more ambassadors to promote your coaching.

Ready to kick-start your coaching business? Integrate technology and science into your offering by signing up for a TrainingPeaks Coach Account today!

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About Dave Schell

Dave Schell focuses on coaching mountain biking, gravel cycling, and running. A husband, father of two, and busy professional, Dave knows what it takes to maximize performance on limited time. Dave has a thorough knowledge of the TrainingPeaks platform, and a proven track record of success with first-timers, world cup qualifiers, elite and age group podiums, and weekend warriors.

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