You should aim for a work from home office setup that is pleasant and efficient and will do wonders, not only for your life coaching, but your well-being generally.
I’m not going to attempt to give you a dollar amount you will need to
spend on home office setup because there are so many variables and choices. My aim is to discuss what you need to get your life coaching off to a good start. So lets look at.......
You’ll need a desk or table and a chair with good support. You may also decide to invest in filing cabinet for client folders and coaching information and a bookcase.
Having said that, when I am traveling, it is all on the computer, (but with good backup) so it’s basically what feels right for you.
My latest investment in my work from home office setup is an adjustable Varidesk. It's standup desk that can sit on top or a desk or even that dining room table.
The Varidesk has done wonders for my back problems and research has shown that, sitting problems aside, standing up to work some of the time rather than sitting at a desk is a healthier option.
Of course, if your budget is really tight you could start off on the dining room
table with a cardboard box to keep records in, but get something more
professional and supportive as soon as you can.
Dedicated coaching space
Apart from the inevitable disruption working in the living room maycause to your household, having a dedicated work from home office setup that you 'own' and can leave to 'go home' will make all the difference to your well being and efficiency.
I know a spare room may not always be possible but if you have some face-to-face clients you see at home, do try to have somewhere that can serve as a professional looking space, even if it is a corner of the living room or well tidied dining room table. This will help them feel confident in your professionalism..
Your Computer Choice
You can choose between a Mac or a PC and a laptop, desk model or Notebook such as an I pad depending on your preferences and your lifestyle.
However an inexpensive Notebook may turn out to be a false economy because these little computers are often slow and have limited ability to process several applications at once.
Whatever computer you choose make sure it has a camera so you and your clients can see each other and have virtual face-to-face contact if you coach by Skype.
And even if all your clients are local and coach face to face , having a relatively fast and trouble-free computer or mobile phone you can email from is a must to keep in touch with clients by email.
It goes without saying that you will need a phone when you start a coaching business. However the type you have, land-line or mobile, will depend on your work and life style preferences. Life Coaching can be very phone intensive work so whatever you do, ensure you have a high quality phone connection.
Fax/Copier/Scanner A fax machine on it's own these days a bit of a waste of money. A combination fax/copier/scanner however, is worthwhile as it is very useful to be able to scan your signature or a page of notes to upload to your computer. You can also scan relevant information and send it to your clients by email.
Hurray for Headsets
Talking for hours on a normal or mobile phone in your hand or jammed in your shoulder will not only give you a crick in the neck but can be very tiring.
So a headset is a great investment in your work from home office setup as well as a good idea if privacy is an issue when working from home. Only you will be able to hear what the
client is saying.
The headset will also keep your hands free to look at records and make notes.
This is just one of the many styles of headset available on Amazon.
So now you know what you need to set up your home office, learn more at Starting a Life Coaching Business . You can also find on this site the fun things of setting up your coaching practice, such as Business Card Ideas that will really "work" for you and exploring face to face and online networking opportunities and the many other possibilities for affordable marketing strategies that will get you out there and attracting clients.