Working with a coach or mentor is something every businessperson, especially those who own and manage start-ups, should give serious thought. It is beneficial not only to the individual undergoing the training, but also has its long-term rewards for business.

Coaching needs vary according to client. For those transitioning from regular employment to entrepreneurship, a business coach may provide guidance on how to manage expectations about the new role and accompanying complexities. For start-ups set to adopt a larger business framework, a mentor may provide tips on how take care of various legal aspects and hiring new talent.

Business coaching works, but is sometimes undermined by failures coming from both sides. The following is a short discussion on some of the most common reasons why coaching can fail and how you can avoid it from happening.

Working with a Coach that takes a General Approach

Some business coaches will say that they can help you with a lot of things. While some are effective, working with a jack of all trades can also be confusing. Find a coach who specialises in a certain discipline and see if you can get help. Don’t choose a consultant at random