The Top 10 Business Coaches and Mastermind Groups to Help You Grow Your Local Service Businesses – from Hair Salons to Tutors

Sean Lund-Brown

The service industry is unique in many ways and requires a special kind of coaching and support. There are several resources available to assist you today. The important part is actually embracing them and putting them to use. Such is the case with business coaches and mastermind groups. They exist, by the dozens and even hundreds, and yet very few businesses and owners are able to swallow their pride and enlist their assistance. 

Perhaps it’s because they don’t understand the value of a coach or coaching group. Maybe they just think that they don’t need the assistance. In most cases with local service businesses, though, it tends to be a matter of not realizing they can afford these options. When you’re starting out on a super-tight budget, it can seem impossible to ask for anything extra. However, business coaching is integral to your success. It's also a lot more affordable than you think. 

This is an investment in your business, not another expense. You’re putting money in to get money out—and in big ways if you do it right. Some coaches can help double or triple profits in no time at all and can help you become a better business owner all-around. 

In the list below, we will review 10 of the best business coaches and groups for service businesses of all kinds. There, you’ll find entrepreneurs, successful businesspeople, and all kinds of coaches and mentors to assist you in growing your small business. First, though, let’s answer some of your most pressing questions about coaches to help you feel confident in your decision. 


Common questions about hiring business coaches 

  • Are business coaches expensive?

No, business coaches don’t have to be expensive. They all have their own rates, but you can find all kinds of variation in pricing, including some that might be more affordable than you realize. Some charge hourly or monthly while others charge by the project or have a one-time fee, but it is always going to give you a good return on your investment, and you don’t have to spend more than you can afford. 

  • What does a business coach actually do?

Business coaches wear many hats. Primarily, their goal is to help improve your business in the way of profits and revenues, as well as customers. They offer advice and insight on business strategies and industry topics that new business owners might not be familiar with. They can assist companies with developing strategies and goals, building better customer relationships, and much more. Basically, they are there to consult in any capacity necessary or desired to help you achieve your goals. What do you want a coach to do?

  • Does my business need a coach if I’m already making money?

Are you the most successful business in the world? Have you maxed out your profits and reached the apex of business ownership? No? Yeah, no one ever really does. And even then, you could still use a coach to help you transition to the next success. So, yes, even if you are making money, you can still benefit from coaching in several different ways. Namely, you can make even more money.

  • How long should I use a coach?

There is no hard-and-fast rule about how long to keep business coaches around. Some people use them for a certain time frame, or until specific objectives or goals are met. Others keep them on call for consultations on an ongoing basis. It’s up to you as to how you want to build your relationship. 

  • Is online coaching better than in-person training? Or vice versa?

Honestly, the right training is the one that works best for you. Some people do really well with hands-on coaching and training support. Others prefer being able to watch videos or attend seminars and then go back and apply things themselves. Plus, if you’re looking for coaching for your employees, you’ll have to think about what’s best for them, too. 

  • How do I choose the right coach?

There are several factors that are involved in choosing a quality business coach. Primarily, you’ll want to look at their years of experience, what kind of expertise they offer, their audience and reviews, and the coaching solutions that are available. These elements will help you decide on which coach or group is right for your team. 

And now, let’s take a look at some of the best coaches so that you can start exercising your decision-making skills. 


The top 10 business coaches for service businesses

1. CEO Warrior

CEO Warrior was founded to provide the secrets to the service business from someone who started out on the wrong side of the industry with a broken truck and two people and turned it into a multi-million-dollar business with hundreds of employees. He's also used his experience to turn to coaching and training over the years and has helped hundreds of different businesses attain success in several different ways. He offers a variety of small business coaching solutions for HVAC, salons, tutors, and others focused on delivering service above all else. He knows the ins and outs of the industry and the secrets to success. 

2. Paul Lemberg

Paul Lemberg is the man that you want if you’re in the market for big profits. He knows how to accelerate profit margins and create a custom plan that addresses all of your hurdles so that you can grow faster and earn bigger profits in less time. He has helped hundreds of different companies find millions of dollars in profits and grow their service businesses and small companies in several ways. He has written books, has videos online, and even offers a blog, live engagements, and the chance to connect for one-on-one coaching and consulting support. He works with clients to achieve their personal and professional goals and offers constant availability during your time together. 

3. Robb Fahrion

Robb founded and is a partner in the Flying V Group, a dedicated coaching and training group that’s all about creating profit results and improving sales for all kinds of businesses. Their focus is on creating agile, adaptable companies that can keep up with the ever-changing business world and continue to outshine the competition. He has helped many companies survive the 2020 turmoil and continues to help companies thrive, despite the economy and the state of the world. He has one-on-one coaching available, and the website offers a blog and other online resources. The Flying V Group is going to put themselves in your shoes to find the right solutions. 

4. Jay Abraham

Jay Abraham is the CEO and founder of the Abraham Group. He has helped over 10,000 clients in his years as a business coach and he is one of the most well-known coaches available today. His website offers access to online courses and blogs, videos, events, and other resources. He has written several books and encourages clients to read his materials first, and then sign up for one-on-one coaching so that he can apply the principles of his writing in practical experience while helping you build your service business. He is among the highest paid coaches on the market, but once you see what he can do, you’ll quickly understand why. 

5. Melinda Emerson

Melinda Emerson has worked a lot in the business of sales, but she also knows how to help companies deliver stellar service. With names like Sam’s Club and Amex on her resume, she’s dubbed herself the SmallBizLady these days. She offers one-on-one coaching, books and a blog, and tons of online resources to help other people find the same success she did. She focuses on things like marketing strategies and engagement, as well as capitalizing on what the customer wants to outdo the competition. She has more than 15 years of her own business experience along with years of coaching expertise, and she will provide valuable global insights that the average small service company might overlook. 

6. Coachfirm

Coachfirm is a coaching and consulting organization that has been around for several years. They provide a variety of coaching solutions for all types of companies, including service businesses. They understand that the world of business is rapidly and constantly changing, and there is a need for companies that can manage to stay ahead of these changes. They also understand that the small business doesn’t have the same perks, and they offer solutions tailored to those businesses to give you the best chance of staying ahead and growing your bottom line. There are online resources, and you can set up one-on-one coaching and consulting sessions to suit your needs. 

7. Tommi Wolfe

Tommi Wolfe is one of the best-known small business coaches today. Dubbed the Startup Expert, Tommi specializes in helping grow businesses from the ground up. She's started (and even failed) many companies in her years of business and today she focuses on coaching others to find their success. Her areas of focus include marketing and proper business structure, and she also focuses on helping companies create sustainable models that will continue to grow when properly cultivated. She offers online resources and has published books, and also has one-on-one coaching and training solutions. 

8. Ravi Raman

Ravi Raman offers executive business coaching solutions based in the fact that he sought coaching himself to become a business success. He spent years chasing various corporate promotions and climbing the ladder to several different positions. Eventually, though, he decided to go out as an entrepreneur and create his own career and future. Now, he uses that experience to coach others on how to build careers that they love and that are successful while still keeping a good work/life balance. He attributes his own success to coaching and has already helped hundreds of people and companies with his methods. 

9. Vanguard Business Coaching

Vanguard Business Coaching is the brainchild of Andy Turner, one of the originals in the world of business coaching. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the table in business, sales, and other areas of expertise. Along with that, he has also been working as a consultant and coach for several years. He helps organizations find their weak spots and come up with solutions to overcome those issues, thereby creating all kinds of additional profits and growth. When you sign up with this organization, you’ll be paired with a coach that suits the needs of your service business to ensure that you get the best results. 

10. Matt Ward

Matt Ward is a business expert, and while he focuses more on online business, he’s a great resource for service businesses that are still working on building their online presence. He can help with identifying the pain points, harnessing the power of digital growth, and finding the ways to incorporate AI and automation to help you grow faster and earn more profits in less time. He offers online courses and other resources, including a blog and videos, and you can contact him directly for one-on-one coaching and training support. 


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Sean Lund-Brown

Sean Lund-Brown is a current Marketing Assistant for Smith.ai. A graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Sean graduated with a BA in Music and an individualized degree in Teaching Vocal Pedagogy.

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