DELIGHTED: Mother of one Sophie Laker, 34, has just launched Coaching Community, an e-platform for business coaching.
DELIGHTED: Mother of one Sophie Laker, 34, has just launched Coaching Community, an e-platform for business coaching. Patrick Woods

Sophie’s coaching world on the Coast

THE travel industry has Wotif, the insurance industry has www.comparethemarket.com and now the business coaching industry has www.coachcommunity.info.

Online coaching platform Coach Community is the brainchild of home-based business owner Sophie Laker, a 34-year-old mother of one from the UK who now lives with her husband and child in Tanawha.

Mrs Laker's new website was an online community where coaches meet coaches, she said. The website enabled people from all over the world to liaise with highly skilled coaches, meeting a gap in the market, Mrs Laker said.

"It also allows a wide range of people who have special goals they want to meet and life situations where they need more help and guidance to find their perfect coach in their geographical area," she said.

Mrs Laker had been inspired to create the business when she was looking to become a coach herself.

She discovered there were no outlets that gave professionals in the field and customers somewhere to share skills, tools and information.

She said in the US and Canada, up to 40% of all Fortune 500 executives had a coach.

"Research in Australia proves our business leaders are taking note and closely following this trend," she said.

Coaching started to take off in Australia in 2001 and the trend of senior business leaders and executives using professional coaches has grown since, she said.

Today, the coaching industry in Australia is thriving.

"The coaching industry is massive in Australia ... it's unbelievable to think that until now, there has never been a dedicated platform for this," Mrs Laker said.

All coaches registered on Coach Community are accredited and qualified. Site members can build a webpage on the site, set up their own personalised web address, accept online payments and a professional profile.

"Ultimately, Coach Community gives everyday coaching professionals the opportunity to start and run their business easily, quickly and cheaply," Ms Laker said.

She believes her site would revolutionise the way the coaching industry operated. Visit www.coachcommunity.info.

- Content from Sophie Wright of TwoCents