Selling coaching online can help you grow your coaching business beyond your wildest dreams. Offering coaching online means expanding your local business beyond your community and offering a wider range of digital products to complement and elevate your coaching services and their quality.
Suppose you have been considering building an online academy to hold your business coaching sessions and offer your clients additional resources. In that case, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a general consensus in favor of business coaching. A 2022 Randstad report shows that 99% of employers believe that coaching has a very positive impact on business, and these are real results we are talking about.
Here at LearnWorlds, we offer an impressive set of features to help you have a successful business coaching academy. In this post, we focus on business coaching as one of the most profitable types of coaching. Nonetheless, our platform can meet the needs of any professional coach.
We’ll see how you can set up your own branded business coaching website and mobile app, how you can add and sell digital products, how to market your website to help you enrich your action plan, and finally, how to measure the performance of your business.
We’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get started!
Table of contents
- What Types of Coaching Businesses Can You Set Up Through LearnWorlds?
- How to Brand Your Coaching Business
- How to Build Your Business Coaching Website
- How to Launch Your Branded Mobile App
- How to Create Digital Products on LearnWorlds
- 1Online courses
- How to Market Your Coaching Business
- 1Create Coupons
- 2Leverage Email Marketing
- 3Create an Affiliate Program
- 4Optimize Your Coaching Website for SEO
- What Types of Coaching Businesses Can You Set Up Through LearnWorlds?
This section discusses the most popular types of coaching businesses you can set up through LearnWorlds. Of course, this list is not exhaustive.
Life coaching, also known as personal development coaching, aims to help people move past current circumstances in their lives and inner struggles that are holding them back, become the best version of themselves, and reach their goals.
Spiritual coaching helps people connect with themselves on a deeper level and discover who they indeed are and what they desire. A spiritual coach helps their clients overcome insecurities and limiting beliefs to reach their goals.
Mental health coaching
This type of coaching helps people maintain a good level of mental health, like managing their stress. Although a mental health coach is not and cannot replace a therapist, they have all received proper training and are using popular methodologies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Relationship coaches work with individuals and couples, showing them tactics to better manage their relationships through regulating their emotions, developing empathy and active listening skills, and more.
Health and wellness coaching
Health and wellness coaching helps people live healthy lives, take proper care of themselves, and achieve wellness goals, like becoming fitter or following a healthy diet. Health and wellness coaches are also trained in motivational strategies and behavior change.
A wealth coach helps clients understand their relationship to wealth and develop strategies to manage their money more effectively.
Career coaching helps individuals through their career journey by assisting them in understanding what they truly desire from a job, exploring their options, and managing transitions. A career coach can be beneficial for someone considering a career change.
Executive coaching, also known as performance coaching, concerns the upper management and aims to help business leaders develop leadership skills and give them the tools they need to drive change and transformation in their business.
Business coaches help business owners manage their business effectively and achieve business growth.
Time management coaching
Time management coaches help individuals or businesses leverage time and simplify lengthy and complex procedures. Achieving greater results by doing less.
Skills coaching helps employees enhance their skills and reach their full potential by working simultaneously on their personal development.
Leadership coaching addresses business leaders and anyone who wants to develop relevant competencies that a successful leader should possess, like communication and persuasion skills, people skills, etc.
Branding is essential for any business. Building a brand greatly affects how your business will evolve. This holds true whether you’re running your own business working by yourself or you’re a group of coaches offering different services under one business entity.
And remember that branding is more than visual design and logos. Branding includes your tone of voice and messaging and the way you communicate with customers.
Before we discuss how you can brand your business with LearnWorlds, let’s see why branding your coaching business matters.
Why you Should Brand Your Coaching Business
Whether you’re a small business coach or an executive coach, with years of experience or just starting out, make sure to prioritize branding as it’s quintessential to business success.
Branding Your Coaching Business with LearnWorlds
LearnWorlds features a versatile website builder that allows for white labeling. This means that you can create an online academy that is 100% you – no LearnWorlds academy logo or reference anywhere; plus, you can create your own custom domain and add your colors and logo to match your existing professional website.
You can build your coaching website by choosing from a variety of templates. And we’re excited to share that we recently rolled out more than 50 industry-leading templates, including elegant templates ideal for a coaching business!
You can add anything you wish to your website (check out our step-by-step guide next): testimonials, quotes, widgets, social media buttons, calendars and countdown timers, popups, and buttons, to name a few!
As for fonts and the overall layout of your website? These are totally customizable too. Plus, with site flavors, you can create multiple versions of your website with one click and make tweaks here and there until you create the website you’ve imagined.
You can also raise engagement up a notch by effortlessly launching your branded, native mobile app. Our powerful mobile app builder requires no coding skills whatsoever and is incredibly easy to use. Like your website, your mobile app will also be branded and customized to fit your business.
The first step to branding your business is to build a branded business coaching website. Here’s how to do it, step by step.
1Create a New Page
Go to Site Builder → Edit School Site.
In our example, we will choose a Landing page template.
💁 You can go back and customize your page any time you want.
Just go to Edit School Site → Home (on the left top) → open the drop-down menu → select Manage all pages (the Page Manager will appear).
2 Manage your Page
Now let’s take a quick look at all the options you have for customizing your page.
Go to Site Builder → Edit School Site.
Starting from the left, you’ll see the menu Page. Once you unfold the drop-down menu, you’ll see several options:
Page properties: Here, you can:
Page SEO: Make adjustments to help search engines discover your page. Add an SEO title, description, image, keywords, and live preview, and add your website to the SEO sitemap.
Copy all sections/Paste sections: This option allows you to clone a page and save time.
Clone page: With this option, you can duplicate a page.
Clear page: Wanna start over? This option will clear all contents and offer you a fresh start.
Delete page: If you have decided that you don’t want to keep your page anymore, press Delete Page and start over. Just keep in mind that this option is not available for:
3Design a Page
We’re still in the Dashboard (you know the drill: Site Builder → Edit School Site.) The design menu gives you a wide variety of options to customize the look and feel of your site.
Theme explorer: From this menu, you can customize the colors, the fonts, and the layout of your page.
Colors: Choose your primary, text, and background colors for 100% personalization and branding!
Typography: You can choose up to 5 font families to add to your page, as well as the text size for your headings and main text. For more options, click on advanced typography at the bottom of the menu.
Buttons & Inputs: Customize the size, spacing, borders, and more of your buttons and the text inside.
Layout: The layout menu allows you to customize the size of each section on your website.
4Manage the Site Page
As you’re still on the Edit School Site page, you have a few more options to tweak your site from the Site submenu.
Site navigation: In this section, you can choose:
Site language: From this menu, you can customize standard texts that appear on the user interface of your website and inside the courses and rename them as you wish.
5Create a Blog
Next in the Site Builder is the option to create and manage a blog. A blog is one more way to enrich your online community and showcase your expertise. The members of your online community can interact through the comments, and you can even give them food for thought and opportunities to start new discussions. Also, by optimizing your content with keywords, you can bring traffic and new clients to your coaching business!
Create a blog post: Super-easy! Just click on this option, choose among one of the templates or an empty one to start from scratch, then paste the text and add a few details (the title, an image, and a category), and choose when you want the post to be published!
Blog home page: From the Blog home page menu, you can customize the main front page of your blog, add sections, and edit the layout.
Manage posts: From this menu, you can:
6Add a Popup
Popups are essential additions to your coaching website as they allow you to communicate offers, updates, upcoming events, invitations to join your mail list, and much more.
New popup: We have several types of popups available that you can add to your website. Emails, Promotional, Offers & Coupons, Exit-Intent, Notification & Announcement, Video Popup, Welcome User, or you can even create your own from scratch!
Manage popups: From the popup manager, you can:
Additional options in the Site Builder include setting the orientation and size of the screen depending on the device you expect your clients to use the most. Plus, you can Preview the website before making it public, so you know exactly how it appears to site visitors.
Here’s why it’s a good idea to build a mobile app. Business and leadership coaching is addressed to everyone from startup and small business owners to high-level executives. All these people have one thing in common – a packed and often unpredictable schedule. Offering them the option to learn or train on the go can increase the value of your business coaching services and make your clients’ lives a tad easier.
To begin, you should know the following about the LearnWorlds app:
1Create your Mobile App
Creating your own mobile app with LearnWorlds is easy as pie. All the content can be transferred with one tap, and you can even test the app before officially launching it!
Just log in to your online academy and go to the Mobile App tab, and choose Launch App.
As you’ll see, there’s an estimated delivery period and the option to select your plan and choose to launch apps for iOS, Android, or both.
2Customize Your Mobile App
To customize your Mobile App, navigate to the Mobile App tab → Prepare your App → Customize your App.
There are several options there for customizing:
Color scheme: Choose the app’s theme (dark or light), primary and secondary colors, and button text color.
Name/icon: Change your app name and upload your app icon image.
Splash screen: Upload a different logo or banner and change its background color. This will be the first screen your users view upon starting your app.
Onboarding: Explain to your coaching clients how to use your app or what it includes by adding slides. Enable the skip button, so users can omit to view the slides.
Sign in/Sign up: Select a logo for your login/sign-up page.
While in this menu, you can also enable the Guest User Flow option. This is a huge plus for your coaching business, as app users (aka your prospect clients) will be able to navigate the app and discover courses before they even create an account!
If you want to customize or translate UI texts, go to Manage your app → App Translations tab.
And…done! Your mobile app is ready. Do you want to test it too? Then you’ll find the steps here.
💡 Features you’ll love!
We believe our mobile app is a delight from A to Z. But if we had to choose the top features, these are our top picks:
#1 Push notifications
#2 Learning Reminders
Clients can enable and set learning reminders at their preferred time and frequency. Help them stay on track to get the full benefits of business coaching!
#3 One Click & One-Off Payments
A hassle-free checkout process is a major component of user experience, especially on mobile. Remove friction and minimize cart abandonment with one-click payment via Apple and Google. No payment gateways & complex integrations are needed.
Digital products are educational products that are sold online. They’re often available for download or offline viewing so the customer can get the most value out of them. The most popular types of digital products include online courses, memberships and subscriptions, and eBooks.
Let’s explore the options you have and how you can create digital products for your coaching business.
An online course is the most comprehensive digital product you can offer your coaching clients. You can even duplicate the course to provide more or fewer resources and adjust the pricing accordingly. For example, if you have plenty of audio and visual material, you can offer an entirely self-paced course that doesn’t include any live sessions at a lower price.
From your Dashboard, navigate to Courses → Create a Course. The first option that appears as soon as you click on it is to name your course.
Then, the course wizard will guide you step by step and ask you to:
💡 Take note! You can offer a free business course as a lead magnet to attract specific audiences for your coaching business.
Next, you’ll create a Course card that includes an image and a course description.
In the last step, you’ll choose whether you want the course content to be available all at once or at specific intervals, or on specific dates, i.e., drip-feed.
To populate your course with exciting content, go to Dashboard → Courses → Course Manager, and select the course you want to add content to or edit.
💡 Features you’ll love!
#1 1:1 Session Learning Activities
No matter the coaching model you’ve decided to work with, you’ll definitely need to catch up with your clients regularly to discuss their progress and evaluate their skill sets, offer additional support, and ensure they’re on track with their goals.
For this reason, we’re excited to present to you a fresh, out-of-the-bag feature we’ve just introduced, 1:1 sessions learning activities
💁 Keep in mind that to activate this feature, you need to integrate your school with Calendly. And it’s a very straightforward process with LearnWorlds!
This feature will enable you to schedule real-time online sessions with your clients so you never lose touch with them and establish ongoing communication, trust, and accountability.
And – get this! – you can add private notes after each session to keep track of their progress and refer to previous conversations you’ve had.
Learn all about this exciting new feature and how to activate it in our detailed support article.
#2 Integration With Calendly
Another newly arrived feature is integration with Calendly. This feature allows you to schedule one-to-one sessions with your busy business leaders. Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex, and Go to meeting are also supported for your live coaching sessions.
#3 Built-In Community
Building an online community will take your online academy to the next level. Let your clients get together virtually to exchange experiences and advice. It will be like they’ve built their own mastermind groups.
LearnWorlds’ built-in community features enable you to create groups and initiate thought-provoking discussions. They also allow user-generated content to engage your clients further and encourage them to express themselves creatively. Last but not least, you can even create a blog where you can share some wisdom.
#4 Learning Activities
LearnWorlds supports many interactive learning activities to enrich your courses and keep clients hooked. Apart from your live sessions and webinars, you can create videos and eBooks your clients can have for life, which you can also sell separately as standalone digital products or distribute part of them on social media to promote your coaching business and attract clients. Plus, you can create mini quizzes (non-graded) just for fun and self-reflection quizzes. Put all these together to create a transformation roadmap for your clients. 🚀
Put those two together and give us a good reason why not to reward your clients when they reach an important milestone in their transformation journey?
LearnWorlds has a built-in gamification engine, so you reward your clients with customized badges every time they reach a small goal that brings them closer to their dream!
#6 Data Security
Most of the data going in and out of your online academy are sensitive and should remain confidential and safe. With LearnWorlds, you can rest assured all data is perfectly protected since strict data security measures, such as isolated databases, regular backups, and encrypted data storage, are in place.
Do you have two or more courses covering similar, complementary topics? Then why not sell them together in a bundle? A course bundle translates into more profit for you and more rounded knowledge for your client.
Let’s see how you can create a course bundle:
Navigate to Marketing → Bundles → Create a Bundle.
Then, you’ll need to name your Bundle and add a description and an image.
Next, you’ll also have options to save the Bundle as Draft or Public and set the After Purchase Navigation.
Click Save and your Bundle is ready!
It’s no secret that subscriptions and memberships are the Holy Grail of revenue for a coaching business!
Selling a subscription is a good idea if you’re regularly releasing new content and you also prefer having a recurring monthly income.
Here’s how to create a subscription plan:
Navigate to Marketing → Subscriptions → Create a subscription plan.
On the form that appears, you can edit your subscription.
You will be asked to:
*Please note that you should be in the Pro Trainer plan or higher and integrate Stripe as your payment gateway. Paid, private, and enrollment closed courses can be added. However, subscription plans cannot include free courses.
There are unique benefits to creating a membership site, the most notable one being that you get to create and nurture your online community and build unprecedented engagement with your clients.
To set up a membership site with LearnWorlds, the only thing you have to do is create a Subscription in the way we described in the section right above.
eBooks are among the most popular digital products that can be sold as part of a course or as a standalone offering. Moreover, they work perfectly as lead magnets and a way to grow your mailing list!
To create an eBook, first, you need to create a course.
Then in the Course, navigate to the Contents → Add activity → Multimedia → eBook → give a title → Save or Save & Edit.
Next, you’ll have to set the title, add a description, and choose an icon. Don’t forget to add a digital download so that clients can download your eBook!
To create the content of your eBook → hover over the learning activity → click on Edit ebook. Then you will be directed to the eBook authoring panel.
Alternatively, you can import an MS file.
You can add several elements to your eBook to make it more engaging and easier to read, like headings, columns, images, and videos.
There are several exciting and straightforward ways to promote and market your coaching business with LearnWorlds. Coupons (individual, bulk, or for subscription plan), email marketing, and affiliate programs work best for you.
Let’s examine each one in more detail.
Create coupons to sell a course at a discount, either at a percentage or at a specific amount.
Navigate to Marketing → Promotions (Coupons) → Create course/bundle promotion.
For individual coupons:
Create coupon. Click on Save twice.
For Bulk coupons:
Click on Generate bulk coupon → Save.
For Subscription Plan coupons:
Navigate to Marketing → Plans Promotions → Create subscription plan coupon.
From the settings menu:
Click Save, and you’re all set!
2Leverage Email Marketing
LearnWorlds integrates with the most popular email marketing tools, enabling you to create automated email marketing campaigns to convert leads into customers and stay in touch with your current coaching clients.
Currently, LearnWorlds integrates with MailChimp, Active Campaign, AWeber, and ConvertKit.
Below we explain how each one works.
→ Select the Mailchimp lists created for your users and leads captured on your pages → click on Sync your contacts with Mailchimp.
→ Select the ActiveCampaign lists created for your users and leads captured on your pages → click on Sync your contacts with ActiveCampaign.
→ Select the AWeber lists created for your users and leads captured on your pages → click on Sync your contacts with AWeber.
→ Select the ConvertKit lists created for your users and leads captured on your pages → click on Sync your contacts with ConvertKit.
3Create an Affiliate Program
Affiliate marketing is another option to bring new business your way by partnering with third parties who will promote your business with a small commission.
Here’s how to set up your affiliate program with LearnWorlds:
Navigate to Marketing → Affiliate Management → Setup.
You can use the built-in template to create your Affiliate Agreement, containing the terms and conditions. You will also need to fill in the Commission rate and Cookie expiration date and set how many days after a client has purchased from you, you will pay the commission.
4Optimize Your Coaching Website for SEO
SEO optimization is a great chapter in course promotion. Our comprehensive guide on SEO optimization for course creators will help you deep-dive into the secrets of an SEO-optimized website and courses.
To configure some basic SEO settings, navigate to Site Builder → Edit School Site → Select the page you wish from the dropdown menu (or locate it on your Page Manager) → Click on Page → Page SEO.
You have the option to do the following:
Evaluation and monitoring are just as important as having a business plan. LearnWorlds’ Reports Center is a powerful tool that allows you to monitor different aspects of your coaching courses to evaluate whether they have accurate results, such as:
💡 You can even schedule the platform to generate specified reports at specified time intervals automatically!
As a coach, being also an entrepreneur is practically a part of your DNA. As such, you need access to data that will enable you to monitor your business goals and achieve business success. Therefore, multiple reports are available for you to monitor sales and stay on top of your bottom line.
More specifically, you can track the following:
Last but not least, the events log allows you to monitor every activity in your academy in real-time and know what’s happening in your business coaching programs.
A few examples include:
…and many more
Think about how useful it is to know who has canceled their subscription or failed to purchase a product. You can contact these clients and win them back, safeguarding your income and clientele.
Tracking the engagement in your community is also a huge benefit, as you can spot your biggest promoters and ask them for a testimonial or turn them to your most passionate brand ambassadors.
On the other hand, if you spot a drop in engagement, you can take action (send reminders, offer benefits, such as exclusive access to sessions, free courses, or even a discount) to bring life back to your community on time!
There’s not much to think about when it comes to moving your coaching business online. The benefits, both in terms of revenue and business growth, are tremendous compared to the initial investment you’ll make. Plus, your busy clients will love the flexibility of online coaching.
You should now have a clearer understanding of how easy it is to get started with LearnWorlds and the top-notch tools you’ll have at your disposal to build your robust online coaching business.
⭐ On top of our platform’s built-in features, we’re also very proud of our online resources and our stellar customer support team that will guide you all the way.
Join LearnWorlds for free for 30 days to uncover all its capabilities and features and let the magic happen!
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