How to Start an Online Health and Wellness Business
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When starting any business, let alone an online health and wellness business, it can be difficult to know where to start. You may feel super self-conscious or feel like an imposter comparing yourself to everyone else out there.
You are not allow in feeling this way.
When I first started my health coaching business, I had no idea how to market myself or where to start. Though I made 6 figures within 3 years of starting my business, I could have easily shaved off at least a year had I known what I know now.
With these 5 tips, you will be on the fast track to success as an online health and wellness coach. If these tips still aren’t enough to get you where you want to be, remember that I would be happy to mentor you along the way 🙂
When it comes to starting an online health coaching business or any online wellness business, there are 5 keys things you should do.
If you are trying to talk to EVERYONE, you’re likely talking to NO ONE.
You absolutely, 100% need to determine who your ideal client is and target them. Determine what social media platforms they are on. What kind of content would they be most interested in. And what is the best way to mark to them so they will not only buy into your great personality, but your great skills and offerings as a health coach.
Finding a niche market is the first tip and with that under your belt, the rest will come much easier. But you’ll need to watch the video to find out what the remaining 4 tips are 🙂
Starting a health coaching business requires way more than simply getting your health coach certification and then posting your stuff on Facebook. It actually requires having a plan and knowing what works in terms of marketing, not last year, not in 2018, but right now in 2019. So, how do you actually start a health coaching business in 2019? If you guys want to get functional help training plus online business strategies for health coaches, make sure to subscribe to my channel, hit the bell so you get notified when I post a video every Thursday.
Creating an online health coaching business is really no easy [inaudible 00:00:36]. It is no way easy. And it's really easy to get overwhelmed by all the information that's out there because there is so much or it's easy to get imposter syndrome when you look at your colleagues who are showing up on every single platform on a regular basis.
By the end of this video, you will understand the five most important places to start, the five things that you need to [inaudible 00:00:59] into, start your health coaching business, and start being successful this year. So guys, when I started my health coaching business, I was beyond confused. There was so much going on. I tried a million different things and even though I actually hit six figures in my health coaching business pretty quickly in about three years, I actually think I could have shaved off a full year to year and a half if I knew then what I know now. And guys, when you're starting out, there's so much happening in online business, there's so much changing. You actually 1000% need a mentor to help you cut through that online noise and help you fast track your health business. And I hope, I really hope that you will choose me as that mentor.
Okay, so step number one, the first thing you need to do, stop doing everything that you are doing right now and do this first. You need to determine who your niche is or who your ideal customer or ideal client is. This is super, super important. Once you figure this out, all the other steps, everything else you're trying to do is going to be so much easier. When it comes to online marketing, you cannot be general. You need to be absolutely super, super specific with who you help, that type of person and what problem you actually solve for them.
I've talked about this before in some of my videos and we're probably going to have to go a little bit deeper on this in a future video, but this is really important. If you can't grab the attention of a potential customer within about five seconds of them landing on your website or your social media channels, you're going to lose them. You have to be super specific. And I cannot stress this enough. So don't be out there saying, I help everyone or let me help you take your health to the next level, come to me if you want to experience wellness coaching. Those things don't mean anything. When people see that, they're just like, I don't know what that is. You have to be ultra specific with who you help.
Maybe you help women in their thirties who are struggling with debilitating menstrual cramps every time they get their period. So if I'm a woman with debilitating menstrual cramps and I see that on your social media tagline or on your website, I'm going to be like, wow, this is someone I need to listen to. This is someone I need to pay attention to, I'm going to follow them, I'm going to like their page, or going to check out their website and actually see what kind of content is on there.
It's really, really important to be specific and you want to be ultra specific. So what gender are they? What age are they? What type of job do they have? How many kids do they have? Are they married, are they unmarried? What do they make for an income? What's their job? What kind of car do they drive? What's their main problem? What do they want to achieve? What problem are they hoping to solve? All these things are super, super important. So you need to get ultra specific. You cannot be general online because if you try to talk to everyone, you're talking to no one. And I know this is scary, I get it. I know it's scary. You feel like you're going to turn people away, but you are not. This is actually helping you connect. In the end, you may actually work with all different types of people. But when it comes to marketing, when it comes to building an online business, you need to do this. You need to niche down and get ultra, ultra specific with who you help and what the problem is that you actually solve.
Step number two is to set up a website, but just set up a super, super simple, inexpensive website. Do not, I repeat, do not go out there and spend like $4,000 to $5,000 on some custom website. What matters is that your website is simple, it's to the point and it's responsive. What do I mean when I say responsive? I mean that it needs to look good on mobile and tablets. Most people these days are accessing the Internet through their smartphones. So you really need to make sure that your website looks just as good as it does on desktop as it does on the phone.
There's nothing worse than going to a website and you have to downsize everything because it's not mobile compatible and then you can't see anything, and it's just not easy to use. People have no patience online these days. So if that happens, they're going to bounce off your website like gangbusters. So when it comes to building a website, make it clean, make it simple, make it to the point. But also, coming back to your ideal client and your niche, make it very specific about who you help. On that front home page, on that first fold, you should tell people who you help. So, I'm so and so and I help women in their thirties suffering with debilitating menstrual cramps get relief without drugs. That would be perfect. If I fall into that category of person, I would be so excited to fall on your website.
Even though your website is your website, make it about them, you need to make it about them. People don't care about you. And I'm not saying this to try to be an asshole, but people don't care about you. They care about them. They care about themselves and they care about how you can help them, what's in it for them. So make your whole website directed at them and how you are actually solving the problem that they came to you for. You can go with Squarespace, you can go with Wix. There's a lot of really simple drag and drop websites out there, and just keep it simple. Once you start generating money and once you start getting a bunch of clients and you start really understanding who your target ideal audience is, then you can eventually upgrade to a custom website in the beginning. Don't spend more than $300 on a website.
Okay, step number three is content creation. Now you know who your target client is, you know the problem that you solve for them, you've got your super simple basic website up that tells them how you can help them. Now you need to start creating free content because online, the most important thing is that we build trust. We have to show people, we have to prove to them that we're worth following because people aren't going to work with us before they've gotten a piece of our methods and what we offer.
My advice is to create one piece of high quality content every single week. Whether that's a blog post, a podcast episode, a Facebook live, a YouTube video, whatever it is, create one really awesome banger piece of content every single week and then repurpose it. So take that video and transcribe it, turn it into a blog post, turn it into social media post. You can do a lot of different things with one piece of content. Don't try and reinvent the wheel. Don't try to create multiple pieces of content and get content overwhelm. Literally, I'm just telling you to create one valuable piece of content every single week.
Guys, and let me know in the comments. I would love to know, what is the one piece of content that you create every week or you're planning to create every week? Let me know in the comments.
Number four is to choose just one social media platform and learn it and study it. Do not try to be everywhere at once. It's really tempting to try to be on LinkedIn, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter and on all these places. Especially because you're probably seeing some of your main competitors or colleagues out there being in a bunch of different places. But let me tell you, if someone is on multiple social media platforms, it means that they have a team behind them because it's a lot of work.
So as a solopreneur, as someone who's new to this and just starting out, just focus on one social media platform, whatever that is. Try to think of where your ideal client would actually be hanging out and then master that social media platform. Figure out what type of content is going to be best for that platform, what types of strategies work well, just choose one. Don't get overwhelmed. Don't compare yourself to others who are in multiple platforms. And provide value. Use that social media channel, whatever it is, to provide value to the people, to teach them, to educate, to position yourself as an expert and to just really, really show them that you are the expert in this field, in this topic and you are here to help them.
Don't be afraid to show your personality and provide value. Give away all your best tips. This is really going to help people trust you and connect with you. Guys, if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed on how you should actually show up on social media, make sure to watch my video, how to be authentic on social media without oversharing. You can find that on my YouTube channel. That will just help you show how you should actually be showing up on social media in 2019.
Step number five is to start growing your email list as soon as possible. The one big regret I have with my business is it took me quite awhile to actually start an email list and actually start nurturing that email list. But guys, when people say the money is in the list, this is no joke. Email marketing is not dead. It is still alive and well and it's the primary way that most people are actually selling to their audience. People really don't like being sold to on social media. They're really sensitive to it. And on top of that, social media platforms don't like when you try to sell on social media. They just chokehold your post and don't actually allow that many people to see it. So it's really, really important to have a strategy of getting people off your website, off your social media channels and onto your email list.
The best way to do that, guys, is to create a lead magnet, to create something to give away like a checklist or a cheat sheet or a quick guide, something that's really high value that helps them solve a quick win and it's easy to consume. We'll definitely be making a video on this in the future because this is a whole another topic in itself, but definitely 100% as soon as you start a business, you should start working on building your email list. Really, really important, guys.
Okay, so now that you hopefully, I hope, feel a little bit more enlightened on how to start building your health coaching business, make sure to grab my free insider's guide, The 10 Must Know Tips That Every New Health Coach Should Know. You should absolutely grab this, it's got a lot of juicy tips in it and it's basically everything I wish I knew when I was new and starting out. Guys, and if you like this video, please make sure to like it, leave me a comment, subscribe to my channel and do share it with your fellow health nerds, or your fellow health coaches. Help me get the word out there. I would appreciate that so much, and I'll see you in the next video.