Starting a Coaching Career in 2021

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This is a question that is pondered by most coaches before starting their career in the field, and even after pursuing it for a while. I remember when I decided to become a coach, the first question that was thrown at me was “what’s the scope of that as a career choice?”. My father had asked me that question and to be honest, I would be concerned if he didn’t. Because living in India for 24 years, I had never stumbled upon the term Life Coaching.

I did not have an answer for him as it was a novel concept for me too. I somehow skirted away from the conversation by saying “It’s a growing market and can be very popular in the future”. I did not have enough data to back that statement, but my father did not ask me further questions either. My passion to become a coach was enough validation for him I guess. What a supportive father!

But now what? I have completed three internationally verified coaching certifications in adherence to the International Coach Federation (ICF), I have coached clients from nine different countries, I am continuously engaging in almost every opportunity related to coaching such as writing this article, and yet I can’t say I have a stable career in the field. But I also know that this isn’t the end.

So let’s change the question from “What is the future of coaching” to “Who is the future of coaching”, and the answer is… WE ARE!

How do I create the future?

science You are creating the future as you breathe, there is no future if there is no present. Just like our present is an accumulation of our past experiences, the future is also an outcome of every thought, feeling, and action of ours. As skillful coaches, everything we go through today is like a drop into a pool of ‘the future of coaching’, so the real area of exploration becomes how well are we recognizing the power of NOW? To paint a clearer picture, let’s create a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis to comprehend the advantages and disadvantages of starting a coaching career in 2021. This may assist us in concocting a plan to make some informed and conscious choices today, for a brighter future. The analysis is based on my understanding and experience of coaching and may be different for you. Therefore, feel free to modify the analysis to make it more personal to you. analysis I am sure you got the gist of each category by going over the points above, but let’s explore them a little more.


Coaching is not something we do, it is something we become. As coaches, we are aware of the founding principles that allow us to navigate through different walks of life, ups or downs. Self-coaching can really be useful to create the future we wish to see. Personally, if I were to choose between eating better or sleeping better, I would choose sleeping better. And coaching allows me to do that because I am aware of the difference I am making in the world.

Coaches get to interact with and get to know so many people, it’s a great advantage for us to make some very strong connections. Once a client has opened up to you, the probability of them coming back and referring you increases immensely.


We know that the term ‘Life Coaching’ is also abused a lot. Anybody with significant experience in a field is calling themselves coaches, resulting in creating some very inaccurate misconceptions around it. No wonder the majority is still unaware of what is the true essence of life coaching.

Some countries (like India), are still not very open to seeking professional support. I am not sure if it is a fear or embarrassment around hiring life coaches that is keeping our clients away. But these traditional norms are certainly limiting the growth of coaches, as businesses are only scalable if there is enough demand for them.


If the traditional norms continue to be followed, the risk of clients resisting to seek professional support can result in severe repercussions. Thus, resulting in an increased gap between the demand and supply of life coaches, followed by a gradual decline of the industry. There are some industries whose nature is to remain small e.g. key making business. Similarly, if the cost of running a business continues to increase in a place where coaching is not valued, it could become challenging to earn one’s bread and butter from this profession.


It is not all that bad, the industry seems to be getting recognized in the past few years. According to ICF, there has been a 33% increase in the number of life coaches from the year 2015 – 2019. Everything happens for a reason, we know the coronavirus has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire world. However, people are more aware of mental health than ever and have started understanding how imperative it is to take care of it.

We have seen significant growth and recognition of credible organisations like the ICF that allow clients to feel safe to hire a coach. Furthermore, we all can leverage the current trends of the economy to innovate coaching and attract better prospects. Coaching does not have to be limited to just sessions, it can also be extrapolated to fun apps, interesting websites, and even coaching products. I have talked more about coaching products in another article called “Tangible Products From Intangible Coaching”, feel free to use it for your inspiration.

Tushaar Chaudhary

Tushaar Chaudhary

I am a well-being and productivity coach with a vision to make the world more content, one person at a time. I consider myself to be in the miracle business as I witness my clients find their ‘AHA!’ moments, and create the magic they need to progress towards their personal and professional goals.

Tushaar Chaudhary

Tushaar Chaudhary

Tushaar is an ICF Accredited Life Coach specializing in well-being and productivity with the mission to make the world more content, one step at a time.

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