A short story about how CoachVantage was born

It all started with a phone call to a professional coach in response to a “Strange question?” email I sent her.

As it turned out, that question – What is the biggest challenge you face as a coach? – was not so strange after all.

Constance and I spoke on the phone for over an hour. She told me all about her pain points and challenges she faced as a coach.

As a coach, entrepreneur and small business owner, she had to multi-task effectively. Juggling between her love of coaching and helping others find clarity in their lives, she had to wear multiple hats too. She had to organize her calendar, schedule coaching appointments, handle billing and invoicing, jot down and file session notes, manage her CRM database and remember to log her coaching sessions to get ICF-certified.

On top of it all, she needed to be a marketing wizard, build her tribe and keep up with the social media buzz.

Sound familiar to you?

After more discussions and conversations with coaches, it became clear that these challenges were not unique to Constance. I spoke with over 60 coaches, asking them detailed questions about how they manage their coaching practice to clearly understand their challenges.

I attended ICF meetings, met coaches and made friends along the way. After 6 months of research, I clearly understood the challenges of being a coach and running a business at the same time.

Many coaches told me that they use a hodgepodge of software like Excel, Google Drive, Dropbox, TimeTrade and the like to help manage various bits and pieces of their practice. But it was not giving them a complete and holistic solution. They had to switch between different applications to get what they needed and it was not productive.

The more established coaches use software that’s touted as ‘all-inclusive’ for managing their coaching business. The problem, as most of them said, is that it took them a long time to learn how to use the software. “Clunky”, “cumbersome”, “not user friendly” and “ponderous”  were just some of the words they used to describe it.  But they still used it because there just wasn’t any other viable alternative that met their needs and was easy to use.

So, after months of speaking with coaches and asking questions about their challenges, the table was turned on me. It was my turn to answer their hopeful question:

“Can you build an app to help me solve my biggest problems, is easy for me to use and is affordable for me?”

Well, to cut a long story short (I promised you this would be a short story!), CoachVantage was born after months of design, development, testing with coaches, a lot of hard work and a big sprinkle of fun!

CoachVantage will help you solve your biggest challenges. It’s designed from the ground up for practice management bliss.

Is it easy to use?  You be the judge. Go ahead, try CoachVantage with no obligations in a 14 day free trial and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear from you!

Contact me at glen”at”coachvantage.com

I’m at 84 Riverina View, Singapore 518433 if you’re in the neighborhood and want to drop by to say Hi!