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CoachAccountable turns 2 today!

Birthday cake

I’ll level with you here: I totally just Photoshopped last year’s cake to add second a candle.

Today CoachAccountable marks its second birthday.

With the release of the Client Manual, Groups, remixed Billing, Happenings Reports, appointment worksheets, Engagement Reports, Team Edition, Action Projects, client records exporting, embedded videos, and a whole host of other improvements it’s been a good year.

To celebrate, I have a big announcement:

Effective today, CoachAccountable Courses and CoachAccountable Groups add-ons are FREE.

My decision to do this comes at the confluence of two things:

  1. Business is good, good enough that I simply won’t miss the added revenue of charging for Courses and Groups as paid add-ons.
  2. Both Courses and Groups keep revealing themselves to enable a lot of nice functionality, functionality that is useful and wanted by coaches beyond the niche users for them which I’d originally envisioned.

I’m really excited about this change.  I’ve had numerous questions and feature requests wherein my answer is some variant of “Oh yeah, you can use [Courses/Groups] to set that up, though yes, since you’re not actually doing [courses/group coaching] that may be a bit steep just to be able to do…”

With Courses and Groups rolled into the core subscription package I can forget about those extra programming projects to fill in the gaps, and instead focus on further bettering Courses and Groups themselves to make an overall more powerful system for everybody.

Here’s what the add-ons section of the “My Account” page looks like now:

Oh right, I also added the ability to turn off Billing if you don't need it.

Oh, right: I also added the ability to turn off Billing in case you don’t need it. :)

As before you’ll need to visit the “My Account” page to turn on Groups and Courses, but now it won’t impact the price of your monthly package.  And if you’ve already been using Courses or Groups, your monthly price has already been reduced accordingly.

In my defense THIS was a new PhotoShop job.

In my defense THIS was a new Photoshop job.

Looking Forward

For CoachAccountable’s third year of public existence there’s plenty more in store that I’m excited about.

A big part of this year will be about teaching coaches to be great coaches.  Through the accumulated experiences of me and many who have shared with me there’s now a lot of systematic, demonstrably effective techniques and expertise to coaching that are made possible by CA.

To that end I’m working on a video series to illustrate and convey this expertise.  The first one, titled Being an Awesome Coach with CoachAccountable Appointments, is nearly complete and coming very soon.

Also in line with sharing expertise I’ll be creating a CoachAccountable user’s group.  Based on the several hangouts I’ve hosted with CA users I’m clear that you all talking together and sharing ideas is a very good thing, and the community is now big enough I think to support a vibrant dialog.  (I suppose it might still end up a ghost town boasting little more than the sound of crickets chirping, but we’ll see, right? :)

Also in my plan for this year is a much improved affiliate program, substantial evolution to the relatively young Team Edition, an API, a mobile app, and of course the usual stream of improvements large and small based on the feedback and experiences of the many.

If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see for the platform in the coming year, let it be known now in the comments.

Thanks as always for being on this journey with me–here’s to great coaching.

10 Comments »

  1. Julia Winston said,

    August 30, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    Happy Birthday CoachAccountable and thank you John for the wonderful gift of free groups and courses!

  2. David W. McQuarrie said,

    August 30, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    Happy Birthday CA…and to her proud father John :) Well done!

  3. David Frank Gomes said,

    August 30, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    A very Happy Birthday . Great stuff John, and massive improvements and growth on the platform.

  4. John Kenworthy said,

    August 30, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

    Happy Birthday!! 2 years already How time flies when you’re having fun.

    Thank you, John, for taking this project forward and making my coaching life, and it seems now, many others, so much easier and giving us the ease to look so professional with our clients.

    Here’s to many more good years.

  5. Twila said,

    August 30, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    John,

    You never cease to amaze me with your generosity and your true desire to create the very best solution for client – coach collaboration and MORE!

    I am so very grateful to have met you and to be a tiny part of your endeavor with this awesome product.

    Warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and productive third year!

  6. Cheri said,

    August 31, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    Wow, Thank you for this gift and I’m thrilled with your success. You have created a wonderful program. This is really exciting. I already have some ideas and am going to put this to good use.

  7. John said,

    September 1, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    Thanks everyone for all the kind words!

    I’m a little surprised that no one weighed in with any specific things they’d like to see for the platform in the coming year… should I really take that as a cue that I’m already on top of what is wanted? :)

  8. David W. McQuarrie said,

    September 1, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

    John, we all know those gears in your brain are always turning. :)

  9. Marney said,

    September 1, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    Happy Birthday CoachAccountable!

    What a great way to celebrate, with open invitation to these two modules. I use Groups and it’s invaluable. Can’t wait to give Courses and Team Edition a whirl.

    I think I’ve probably send you enough Wish List items to last you for at least another two years – lol — but all I can say is keep up the awesome work. I’m so glad to be here.

  10. Mira Johnson said,

    September 3, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    John,

    Thank you for keeping us updated and congratulations on 2 years of hard work getting CA off the ground! We all know those first 2 years are the steepest learning curve. The software has been such a huge part of my own business success =)

    I’m looking forward to incorporating Groups & Courses into my system.
    Thanks again!

    ~Mira Johnson

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