So you are a business owner or you want to become one. Well, hang on for the scariest most exhilarating ride of your life. Let me tell you nothing is going to give a life lesson like starting or running your own business. There are not enough books and webinars out there to prepare you for what is to come.

Now listen, I don’t want to scare you but I need to give you a dose of reality. It may be hard, you may find yourself crying at times (ok maybe crying a lot) and eating chips and sitting at your computer still in your pajamas while all your friends are out having fun. But you chose this life. And it does not have to be that hard. Chasing your dream does not have to feel like a nightmare.

Can you relate? I know I can because I have been where you are. I have sat at my computer for days on end. I have not showered or changed for days because I was glued to my computer, too scared to interrupt the flow, or too scared to take a break because I felt like I needed to be “busy” all the time.

Being successful in business requires some planning, some skill, a vision and let’s face it a little bit of luck.

One of the best things you can do for your business and your health is to hire a Business Coach. And that’s where I come. I went from a corporate job to owning my own business. I have hired and fired staff. I have made money and lost money. I have come up with great ideas and I have bombed at other things. I have felt the pain and the joy of entrepreneurship. What I would love is to share a few reasons why you should hire a business coach and mentor.

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No matter what stage your business is at a business coach can give you both the tools and perspective you need to go from point A to point B.

Based on their own experiences, 10 successful founders from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) discuss some the benefits to hiring a business coach.

1. You’ll go outside your comfort zone.

Especially for introverted entrepreneurs who run online businesses, like me, it’s easy to become enmeshed in my own business world. My business coach has helped give me the push to step outside my comfort zone, meet new people and try new things in my business. Even extroverted entrepreneurs can get caught in ruts — a business coach will push you out of them.–Dave Nevogt,

2. You’ll get personal attention from someone who knows your business inside and out.

I’ve had a business coach for more than five years. The one aspect that a coach brings, that group sessions or mentors do not, is a keen awareness of your entire business and way of being. There are few times when someone is going to focus just on you for an entire hour, probing you about something that happened last quarter, an employee issue you had three weeks ago or your style of leadership.–Beck Bamberger, BAM Communications

3. You’ll finally have someone who isn’t afraid of correcting you.

Every great team has a coach. Think of the best NFL and NBA teams, which all have coaches. A coach is someone who’s not afraid to confront you and tell you when you’re doing something incorrectly. They have a proven method to success and can help you take your business to the next level.–Marc Devisse, Tri-Town Construction

4. You’ll learn how to make your ideas a reality.

Business coaches have one goal: to make your ideas into a reality. Although you may have many brilliant ideas for your company, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and what to tackle first. Business coaches will evaluate your plans, assess if they are realistic or will be successful and set out a way that you can implement them correctly.–Miles Jennings,

5. You’ll gain a needed confidante.

When you run your own company, it’s often hard to talk to people about your true concerns. Life partners, employees, peers, and friends don’t get it for different reasons. At the same time, there’s a lot of noise in your head and around you. A business coach can provide that confidential, quiet space to focus, be a soundboard and problem-solve the priorities and challenges you face.–Charlie Gilkey, Productive Flourishing

A business coach is like your best friend but without the judgment.

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6. Your networking opportunities will skyrocket.

The more you are involved with successful people, the more you will succeed. Aside from the other great points in this article, networking opportunities skyrocket when your business coach is out being an advocate for you. They know you and how you react to many situations. You will be top of mind in many cases when your coach is out meeting new people.–Drew Gurley, Redbird Advisors

7. You’ll make more money.

Simply, a good business coach will help you make more money. Every good coach, whether it is sports or business, has a process. Phil Jackson ran the Triangle Offense and won six NBA championships with Michael Jordan. Vince Lombardi won five Super Bowls creating what he called an Execution Strategy, combining spiritual and military discipline. Find your coach. Find your strategy. Then cash in.–Derek Hunter, William Roam

8. You’ll develop self-confidence.

The biggest “pro” is confidence. I attribute this to experience. My coach is 67 years old. He’s lived quite a life, from owning and selling businesses to failed partnerships, lawsuits, and billion-dollar acquisitions. You name it, he’s done it. I leverage his failures and successes. He’s helping me achieve my goals, but also making sure I’m prepared for any situation that comes my way.–Jon Tsourakis, Revital Agency, LLC

9. You’ll be held accountable for what really matters.

A business coach can do wonders for busy entrepreneurs. As you run a growing organization, everything gets complex; you get busy and sometimes push off things you know are important. This is where a business coach comes in. You can discuss the vital things you need to accomplish in order to achieve your goals, and your coach will hold you accountable. That alone will make you more effective.–Jeff Cayley, Worldwide Cyclery

10. You’ll hear unbiased opinions.

One great thing about having a business coach is that he or she knows more about you than your business and will likely have no biases without your industry or company. This provides a great forum for unbiased advice based on your concerns as a leader. Good business coaches can lead founders to “aha!” moments and uncover solutions that people close to the business may overlook.–Brittany Hodak, ZinePak

I am pretty sure that hiring a Business Coach will be your priority after reading these 10 tips.  Can you feel your heart pumping?  Can you see the dollar signs?  Can you see your goals coming to fruition?  Then don’t waste another minute.    Let me save you your money and time.  Learn from my mistakes.  It’s ok, I’m happy to share all that I have learned!!!

Just one thing.  I think it’s vitally important that you know:

I have no special skills. I was not born wealthy. I have no magic tricks up my sleeve. I don’t know Tony Robbins or Marianne Williamson personally. What I am is an entrepreneur. I am smart and I work hard. My parents gave me an amazing work ethic. But mostly I love what I do.

So if you are revved up with ramping up your business there should be nothing stopping you!!!  Now is the time to create your business and lifestyle that totally illuminates you. That brings out your inner shine, your glow, your sparkle! I did it and so can you!!!

To your success!!!!

With Much Love,