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How to Interview Your Future Business Coach in 2023

Updated: Mar 1

Finding, hiring, and developing a relationship with a good business advisor can be tricky work. You absolutely want to make sure we're entrusting both ourselves and our business to the right person.

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We've put together a list of important questions to ask your potential business advisor before getting in too deep. These questions are a great starting place to finding out if the potential coach will be a good fit for your business.

For each item, we will include how we operate here at Out of the Box Advisors to help you give some perspective.


1. Are you collaborative?

In asking this question, we discover if the business coach will explain choices they make and include us in any potential decision-making.

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As a business owner, we may want the option of being more, and sometimes less, involved in certain decisions. We may feel comfortable allowing the coach to do what they do best and sitting back OR we may want to have them to provide reasoning behind the actions before we undertake any projects.

This one really comes down to your business' needs or your personal preference. Most coaches can handle adapting to whichever mode works best for you, but you'll want to establish the expectations up front.

Out of the Box Approach:

Unlike most "consultants" (check out this article to learn the difference between coach and consultant!), our coaches at Out of the Box Advisors focus on training the business owner how to do the specific tasks needed to succeed. We want to cultivate independence for our clients!