What Can a Coach do for Me?


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According to the Small Business Administration – The SBA – close to 66% of small businesses will survive their first 2 years. What that means is that only about one-third of total businesses will fail during the first 2 years. The SBA also tells you that about 50% of businesses fail during the first year in business. Want to know the deciding factor in which businesses flourished and which ones flopped? Coaching or some type of advisement. Lack of preparation and planning will negatively affect even the most successful business. In order to attack this issue head on, smart business people will hire someone to keep them accountable and foresee issues that could cause any type of loss. This can include funding issues, leadership failure, or even failure to innovate.

Unfortunately, entrepreneurs and small business owners have so much to worry about that they often don’t have the time to worry about where their business is going. Hiring someone to “watch your back” can really pay off if you find the right coach or consultant. Additionally, someone who is not as emotionally invested in your business can often see your business with greater objectivity.  These experts can identify new markets and even turn your attention to your most profitable product or customer base, amongst other things.

The International Coach Federation (ICF), a support network for professional coaches, states that 86 percent of companies who invested in business coaching earned back at least what they put in, if not more. Additionally, 96 percent of those companies would hire a coach again. Through its research, the ICF also found that working with a business coach increases productivity.

Certainly there are businesses that fair just fine without a coach on their team. Just keep in mind that working with a business coach can get you there more quickly – and with much less stress.


Are you ready to apply for funding?

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  • Are you registered as an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity? This is fundamental for foundations. Most insist on it as a starting point. The cost is either $400 or $850 depending on projected revenue. It’s amazing how many people just get an idea and then go off looking for funds. It doesn’t work that way.
  • Where is your nonprofit in the lifecycle of a nonprofit? Fully functioning nonprofits don’t just appear full grown. They go through typical stages, such as the idea state, startup stage, growth stage and mature stage. Foundations are looking for nonprofits that are already “on their feet,” for the most part. A newly organized nonprofit might not meet the criteria.
  • Do you have a compelling mission statement? Your mission should be different from other nonprofits…are you doing something unique?
  • Do you have capable leadership? You need a qualified staff and an effective board.
  • Do you have relevant programs with a good reputation for service delivery? How are your programs different than other nonprofits working in the same area? Can you demonstrate that your programs actually make a difference for those you serve?
  • Do you have an efficient operation and good support systems? The question here is really about your ability to deliver on your promises.
  • Does your nonprofit engage in organization planning and evaluation on a regular basis? Do you have a long-range plan? Do you evaluate your programs to see if they are really working?
  • Do you have adequate facilities? This includes basic physical facilities but also technical ones. You need to have the tools that you need to function well.
  • Are your finances solid and do you have diverse revenue streams? Foundations want to be reassured that you don’t have all your eggs in one basket…especially theirs.
  • Do you have a track record? If you are a new nonprofit, make sure that your leaders at least have a great history and plenty of experience. Demonstrating that your organization plans wellcan also compensate somewhat if you are a new organization.


Does your nonprofit measure up? If not, then you might need to wait to apply for foundation grants.

Key elements of Brand Development

A brand is essentially your REPUTATION. People are so reserved and protective about their reputation, but so easily forget that their brand needs that same mindset. How do you want people to feel when your name or business is mentioned? Does your personality match the message you are trying to portray through your brand? If not, you may need a little help. Some key elements to remember in order to develop your brand are:

Know your goals (Be clear about them also)

Be authentic (People can see through the BS)

Add some personalization (Pay homage to those who have influenced & supported you)

Know your competition (Do your research and never duplicate)

Know your target audience (Who do you want to attract?)


Remember that a great brand will do more than increase your revenue…it will increase your overall visibility.

img_0755Did you know that online gifts are the fastest growing form of giving for nonprofits right now? Here are 7 tips to help your organization get in the race!

1) Ask & Ask clearly – Closed mouths don’t get fed. So, unless potential funders are psychic, you’re going to have to step up and ask for help. Social media is a great way to show your organization’s need.

2) Make it easy – Nothing is more frustrating than having to search through several pages in order to give your own money. Just add a DONATE NOW button to every page of your website.

3) Make it yours – Simply embed your donation system directly on your website. Using a third party just doesn’t seem as authentic.

4) Make it Urgent! – Be sure to include a DIRECT & URGENT call to action with an explanation of how it will make a difference.

5) Offer options – Do they want to give a one-time gift or monthly gift?

6) Use social media – self-explanatory. Your organization can’t get funded if it is invisible. Create a buzz!

7) Follow-up! – Nothing screams unappreciated more than not receiving a thank you note. Make sure you send one promptly, then ask if they would like to renew their gift within 3-6 months.