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Michael Kitces' #FASuccess Podcast: Financial Coaching With Christine Teh

Christine Teh describes her systematic approach to financial coaching and marketing.



Welcome back to the 185th episode of Financial Advisor Success Podcast!

My guest on today’s podcast is Christine Teh. Christine is the founder of Teh Financial Coaching, which provides tax consulting and financial coaching services to high-income individuals and couples still struggling with money in the San Francisco Bay Area. What’s unique about Christine, though, is the way that she is building a successful financial coaching practice by not only systematizing her coaching packages for clients but also systematizing her marketing process via LinkedIn to scale her reach to be able to get a high enough volume of clients to make the coaching business work.

In this episode, we talk in depth about how Christine structures her financial coaching services for clients, why the focus of her work is on short-term cash-flow tracking for clients and not necessarily their long-term retirement plans, the reason she insists that clients track their spending manually in a spreadsheet and not use online tools like, the four- and eight-week financial coaching packages that Christine created for clients to be more scalable than hourly coaching and that also helps her find better-fit clients, why Christine’s philosophy is to teach her clients to fish, and how she tries to graduate them to become self-sustaining and not to remain her long-term clients.

We also talk about how Christine markets her services given the reality that she may need to find 1,000 to 2,000 clients to work with in the coming decades to achieve her own business goals, why she chose LinkedIn as her social media platform of choice to build her personal brand and market herself, the daily LinkedIn routine that Christine goes through to maintain her marketing presence, and the tools that Christine is now using to add live streaming to her weekly LinkedIn marketing routine.

And be certain to listen to the end, where Christine shares how she made the transition and took the leap from quitting her stable corporate job for the entrepreneurial path of becoming a financial coach, why she chose financial coaching and not the traditional RIA business model as her approach to working with clients, and the mindset shift that she had to go through in order to start building a successful financial coaching business.

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