Could you imagine a football team without a coach? How about a student without a teacher? Maybe a business owner with no training? Of course not! The team, the student, and the business would all fail.

But so many people start their online business with no training, no support, and no encouragement. That is why the great majority of online businesses fail. When you start to look for someone to coach you in your online business, what should you look for in that business strategist?

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Someone Who Started Where You Are

The online business coach you choose should be able to relate to you. If he or she cannot relate to you and where you are in life, then you will have a hard time applying their advice because they don't know where you are coming from.

For example, if you don't have a lot of money to spend on your business, you need to find a coach that started their business with little money. Using an online business coach that started with 2-3 financial backers is not going to help you much.

Someone Who Wants To Help You

All right, let's not fool ourselves here. Any online business coach is going to charge money for their coaching. It is how they make their living. But you should find a coach that not only wants to make a living, but also wants to help you. It is easy to spot the difference.

Take for example the coach of a high-school team. You don't have to be around a coach very long to determine if he or she is interested in helping the. If the coach is yelling, berating, and downgrading the players and talking about how tough his job is, chances are good that the coach is in it for himself.

But if the coach has patience, helps the kids, and congratulates them on a good job, then the coach's true desire is to help.