The Simple Privacy Policy and Terms Guide for Life Coaches

In this post, I’ll explain whether or not a life coach needs a privacy policy, terms of use, or disclaimer on their website (spoiler: if you’re a coach, you probably do!). You’ll also learn how to go about generating these terms pages quickly. Just FYI, collectively, I’m going to refer to a privacy policy, disclaimer, and terms of use as “terms” in this article.

You might be wondering, “Why do I need a privacy policy? Are terms of use and disclaimers really that important on my coach website?”

The honest truth about website terms

There are a lot of moving parts to starting a business, and it’s easy to push these terms pages to the back of your mind (or the bottom of your to do list!). But as a life coach, neglecting to include these items on your website can really be asking for trouble. You often need these terms to fulfill certain legal or professional requirements. At the very least, they help to limit your liability in the case anything were to go wrong.

Get a privacy policy

If you’re a life coach, a privacy policy is a key page to have on your site. Google Analytics (which I include on all my clients’ sites) actually requires a privacy policy in its terms of use. Google Analytics is important because it tells you where your traffic is coming from and how that traffic is behaving on your website.

The US government also requires a privacy policy ala the CAN-SPAM act if you’re going to be collecting email addresses on your website. That means if you’re building an email list with your website, you need a privacy policy.

Get a terms of use

If you’re a life coach certified by the Life Coach School, as many of my clients are, having a terms of use in place is actually part of the on-going coach website requirement. Here’s an email from the lovely Felicia who works for the school, verifying the requirements for an active coach:

If the ivy league of coach certifications requires their coaches to have a terms of use, don’t you think it’s a good idea to have one on your website?

Get a disclaimer

As for a disclaimer, having one is important because it limits your liability if someone uses the information on your site and has a negative outcome. Especially if you’re a weight loss coach, a disclaimer is very important!

How to generate a privacy policy, disclaimer, or terms of use

If you’re a Life Coach School certified coach, I have good news for you! You actually already have access to templates for these documents on the Certified Coach website.

I can’t tell you exactly where those are located on the site, as I’m still in the midst of certification myself. But I know they’re available, and that would be the easiest way for you to create these pages on your website.

All you have to do is download the provided templates, input your business information, and then add the content of those terms onto the appropriate pages of your website. If you need help with that last step, let me know here.

If you aren’t a certified coach, not to worry. Google is your best friend here! Or, if you simply want a recommendation, I’m comfortable recommending TermsFeed for generating your privacy policy, disclaimer, and terms of use.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not affiliated with TermsFeed. From my research, it simply seems to be the most straightforward, user-friendly option for generating terms out there. It’s free to generate basic documents, and any additional clauses you want to better protect your business are just a one-time fee.

Most other services I know of have subscription options only, so this is a great feature of TermsFeed.

Have a lawyer look over these!

I’m not a lawyer by any means. This post is just meant to provide information about law designed to help you understand the legal issues around internet marketing and owning a website. But legal information isn’t the same as legal advice, which is applying law to an individual’s specific circumstances.

I’ve done a lot of research to make sure this information is correct and useful to you, but I must include here that I ALWAYS recommend consulting a lawyer if you want professional assurance that this information is correct (or your intepretation of it is accurate).

So…don’t rely on this information as legal advice. I’m not endorsing myself as of any particular legal understanding. This article is just intended to be for entertainment purposes only.

Hope this was helpful!

Jennie

P.S. You need a privacy policy, terms of use, and disclaimer on your coach website. If you’re a Life Coach School certified coach, you have access to quick and easy templates.

If not, then go check out TermsFeed to generate those terms! Then have a lawyer look them over.

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