Meyler Campbell graduate Gareth Marlow shares his tips on the best technology tools to help you run your coaching business in this three-part series.
Software companies have the notion of a “tech stack” – the software services and code that their business is built around.
Those of us who run our own micro-businesses don’t have the support and infrastructure of a larger organisation. Everything is on us! There’s a healthy ecosystem of software tools and services to help, but the choice can be bewildering, and knowing where to start is hard.
The best answers are the ones which will work best for you, your needs, your skill level and your finances – so I don’t suggest that these solutions are universal “best practice”. However, I hope that some of the decisions I’ve made will help to guide you through your journey – so you can start to build your own tech stack.
THE COACHING SESSION
Anything which adds friction to, or distraction from our conversations reduces their effectiveness. The phone out on the table, the open laptop. Consequently, I use pencil, paper, whiteboard, flip-charts and marker pens – no keyboards in sight. However, my admin self-discipline isn’t great, particularly when keeping track of these bits of paper, so I use the Remarkable tablet for note-taking. It’s slightly smaller than A4, has a black and white display and writing feels like using pen and paper. It doesn’t do anything other than note-taking – no email, apps, games or other distractions. At £549 it’s not cheap, but all those bits of paper get backed up, and I can then retrieve them online whenever I need them.
Alternatives: paper, pen and a scanner; photographing your notes with your phone.
To read the full article on Meyler Campbell Connected, click here: The Solopreneur's Technology Stack - tools to run your coaching business: part one
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