As a health, wellness, or fitness coach, you have an incredible opportunity.
With your knowledge and passion for what you do, you have the power to completely transform the lives of others.
You’re like a real-life superwoman, sis!
This opportunity comes with so much reward.
✅ Clients are willing to pay a hefty price to invest in their well-being so you make some serious coin.
✅ Every person you work with walks away feeling like a healthier, stronger individual.
✅ You get to witness the amazing growth that your clients experience through your work.
But it also comes with a certain level of risk.
If you are team anti-risk like we are, you are defs in the right place.
We’ve come up with some actionable steps to protect you and your biz from scary legal problems.
If you’re ready to lay a legal foundation so that you can continue serving your community to the highest degree, keep reading.👇🏽
Tip # 1: Create a Separate Entity For Your Biz
If you’ve been unsure about whether or not to register your business as a separate entity THIS IS YOUR SIGN.
Whether you choose to form an LLC or corporation, you are shielding yourself from personal liability in the event that a problem arises in your business.
A client enrolls in your program.
They are super excited to grow and transform under your guidance.
But unfortunately, they go and interpret your coaching as medical advice. 😳
They walk away from your program thinking they’ve received a diagnosis or a therapeutic treatment.
And then to make matters worse, they incur damages because of this.
When they come seeking some cash for the damages they’ve suffered, you might be in trouble.
If you haven’t registered as an LLC or corporation, both your business AND personal assets are on the line.
Your dream job, your dream house, your dream car, your dream EVERYTHING. 😩
Registering as a separate entity helps maintain that separation between your personal assets and your business assets, your personal bank account, and your business bank account.
And that separation is the first step toward creating a rock-solid legal foundation.
And friends, registering as a separate entity is not nearly as difficult as you think it is.
For the most part, it requires that you sign a document and pay a filing fee. That’s it.
So don’t shy away from protecting your biz because you are too intimidated at the thought of going through this process.
And as always, if you are sure about how to select the best option for your particular business, we would recommend consulting a lawyer to get that extra legal support. ✔️
Tip # 2: Get Your Contracts Under Control
When it comes to working in the health, wellness, or fitness space there are a few contract must-haves.
Whether you are working one-on-one or in a group setting, you need to have a clear written agreement between you and your clients.
This agreement needs to cover the scope of the relationship and what services are going to be provided. It also needs to include how long the contract is and exactly when and how your clients can be in touch with you.
But most importantly, you need to clarify what the limits of your services are.
This is your chance to let your clients know that you are not providing any medical support such as therapy, counseling, medical advice, a diagnosis, medical treatment, etc.
This will shield you from liability in the event a client misinterprets your coaching as medical advice and suffers damages as a result.
As a coach, you would NEVER say something you thought might harm a client. You love your clients and they love you. 💛
But misunderstandings happen. And when they do, you need a contract to back you up in the legal department.
Reminder: The requirements for one-on-one contracts vs. group coaching contracts are a bit different. Be sure to use a contract specific to the service you are providing, and check out this post on creating a safe space in your group program to understand the specific, legal nuances of group coaching!
And this one, my friends, is required by law, so don’t play games by not having one.
Most business owners will have this on their website.
But let’s be real, most of us just scroll past it.
It is the contract that defines how you collect, use, and store personal information of anyone that visits your website, and specifically those that submit personal information to you.
This includes their names, payment information, and any other details they decide to share with you.
When working in the health coaching space, you might be collecting sensitive or private information from clients or potential clients in order to offer them the transformation they are looking for.
As you already know, the health and wellness sector can be incredibly profitable.
But you’ve GOT to make sure you keep yourself protected when working in the industry.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating.
With us, legal stuff never is.
We make it easier than ever before to get legally legit without hiring a lawyer one-on-one.
If you’re looking for a little extra help with either of the *essential* contracts mentioned above for your health and wellness biz, look no further.
In our Contract Shop, we’ve got everything you need to run a profitable, protected business. ✅
To start off, we’ve got coaching contracts for both one-on-one and group coaching relationships. That way, you won’t have to worry about figuring out the difference between the two on your own.
Get everything you need to get your health and wellness business protected from legal dilemmas completely stress-free.
Check out our ready-to-use, lawyer-approved, plug-and-play legal templates! So you can stay profitable AND protected ✨
Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you. Jump into our FREE 20-Minute Contract Crash Course to get the legal lowdown on everything contracts! (Heads up: It’ll forever transform the way you view your client relationships!)
*The information presented in this blog post is for educational & informational purposes only. This should not be a substitute for customized legal advice from a licensed professional in a private setting. If you need legal advice, please consult with an attorney. This is not a law firm.