At International Coach Academy we recommend coaches choose a coaching niche so they can define the problem they want to help people with. Often your coaching niche will combine your past industry experience, life experience, interest and expertise to define a type of person or type of problem you want to coach around. For example if you had no corporate experience it would be hard to be an executive coach. But if you had an autistic child you could be a coach for parents with autistic children or if you were a school teacher or a mother you could coach kids or parents around specific issues you were familiar with.
We are not empty vessels when we come to coaching. We have life experiences and knowledge that we can use in our coaching practice. For example if you wanted to be a coach because you want a quit the rat race and lead a less stressful life, the fact that you had a stressful life will actually help you to understand your clients stresses.
So we choose a coaching niche because it helps you define out of all the people in the world, who is it that I can and want to help?