Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in career development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Bob Britz, Founder of CareerCOACH Services, located in Walnut Creek, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a Licensed CareerCOACH Services practice serving clients globally. We have developed a coaching process that gets people into a new job in 5-9 weeks instead of 5-9 months.
Tell us about yourself
Getting started was transitioning from technology burnout into a role of helping others succeed in theirs. I am the founder of CareerCOACH™ Services and creator of the CareerCOACH System™, a proven process to help people find meaningful, fulfilling, and financially rewarding employment. I am an expert in human behavior and motivation and a results-focused entrepreneur. I have unique approaches for helping job-seekers in entry-level, middle, and advanced phases of their careers. In addition to being an entrepreneur and global career coach, I am a business consultant, author, speaker, and professional recruiter.
CareerCOACH System™ is designed to accelerate the job seeker's search for a career that aligns with their passions and workstyle preferences and meets their compensation goals. The CareerCOACH System is anchored in the TTI DISC Behavior and Motivation® Assessments, a series of tools designed to improve teamwork and understand workstyle preferences and communication styles. I selected TTI DISC behavior assessments as the cornerstone of my career coaching practice because it integrates methodologies from all previous leading theories in human behavior and assessments, resulting in the most robust, rigorous, and accurate assessments available.
In 2019, I launched a licensing and certification program to allow independent life and business coaches the opportunity to expand their business offerings while reaching more job-seekers with the CareerCOACH™ accelerated method for finding the right job. Under my guidance and mentorship, all CareerCOACH™ Licensees complete an intensive, 80-hour CareerCOACH™ Certification process, providing them with expert-level training in helping job-seekers achieve their career goals and significantly impact their lives. I focused on establishing a CareerCOACH™ Services presence in all 50 US states.
While expanding CareerCOACH Services and recruiting and mentoring exceptional licensed coaches who have joined the practice, I find immense satisfaction in working with my individual clients and teams. I teach my clients how to achieve personal and corporate success through honest assessment and inspired action plans. I have more than 25 years of business experience in various industries, including finance, retail, healthcare, information technology, and professional services.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and completed Business Economics coursework at the University of California at Berkeley. I was also a Student Advisor from 1985 until 2019. I am TTI Success Insights® DISC Certified, TTI Motivators® Certified, and CareerCOACH™ Certified. I am the author of a series of books titled, Hire Me! 28 Days to a New Job, targeted toward job-seekers in the early, mid, and advanced career stages.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Probably opening and growing 17 offices in the US and Canada with coaches specializing in many job roles, including the entertainment industry, government, military, and a host of others.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing is finding good marketing. There are so many out there taking people's money that it's hard to wade through the muck to find the gems - Mulberry Street Marketing is ours.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First, make sure you count your capital, then double it. Bring on people supporting your culture and values - go with your gut and brain. Systems properly set up make a huge difference in consistency and profitability - if it can't be measured, it doesn't exist.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Our team is so helpful to each other. All of us have unique talents, and we all grow when they're shared. Probably the best surprise for a prospective client is when we say, "you know, this costs $$$, and you're not making that much, and you're laid off. The excitement is priceless when we offer to work at a reduced rate or even pro-bono sometimes. Giving back to those that need you is a true gift of time.
Where can people find you and your business?
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