If you've ever found yourself stuck in your business, maybe it's time to hire a business coach. Get the answers to these 5 questions to help you make the right match. If you've never used a business coach, the idea of hiring one can seem so right—and so wrong. While you might concede that everyone could benefit from sound business advice, at the same time, you may be thinking, "What am I in? Little League? I'm a grown adult. I don't need a coach."
And that's where you'd be wrong. Business coaching is a $9 billion industry in the U.S., according to market research company IBISWorld, with business owners nationwide embracing the use of coaches on some level. People use business coaches for a variety of reasons, including to learn how to market themselves better, to improve their business skills or to simply have a neutral voice as a sounding board when making big decisions.
If you're intrigued by the idea of using a business coach to improve your leadership skills or take your business to the next level, what should you expect? Can you get your money back if they end up offering lousy advice? Following are some nuts-and-bolts answers to the five most important questions you need to ask before you sign up.