Let me ask you a question- If you’re about to go somewhere that you’ve never been before, would you look at a map to help you get there? What about baking a cake? Would you look at a recipe and follow the instructions? I’m going to guess that you said yes to both of these so the next question, if you were starting out on a journey to being self employed, possibly one of the biggest decisions that you have ever made in your life would you go it alone, or ask for some help and advice?
A business mentor is a seasoned professional who has already navigated the entrepreneurial landscape successfully. The years and experiences that they have under their belts gives them the knowledge and insight that you, as a budding entrepreneur may not yet have. By partnering with a mentor, you can tap into their vast understanding of various aspects of running a business, such as marketing, finance, operations, and strategy.
Let’s have a look at a few of the ways that engaging with a mentor can you help you on your journey:
- Insight and guidance
Listen, when it’s your business you are bound to have some ‘blind-spots’ and biases, it’s normal. What a mentor can do is look at things from an objective standpoint BUT with the added bonus of experience and expertise. They can see what you’re doing that may be holding you back and help you to make the little but effective tweaks to get you past any obstacles.
It’s not all about spotting the mistakes, they can also tell you the amazing things that you are already doing- mentoring isn’t all about finding the problems.
- Tailored Support:
Your mentor is there for you, not the other way around so it’s important that you are open and knowledgeable about your business to date. It’s on this info that they’ll base their guidance and support. If you have certain weaknesses or skills gaps they can identify them and help you to devise a plan to address these and then set realistic goals and strategies for any future issues that may arise.
Some of the more common issues that a mentor can help with, and especially in the early days are business plans, budgets, how to source funding and how to promote yourself to the wider world.
This is a relationship where you can only get back if you put in. To make the most of the valuable commodity that is a business mentor you need to be prepared to put in the work yourself.
- Access to New Networks:
This is the real bonus of a mentor- an invitation into a world of other professionals- some of whom could be potential investors, experts in your industry or even customers. Mentors are mentors because of their experience and with that experience comes connections.
Tapping into some of the connections in your mentor’s network really is the jewel in the crown to your mentorship relationship helping you to build and boost your business’s growth and visibility.
Starting your own business and turning your dreams into reality is exciting- but it’s also tough, and sometimes confusing. This is where a business mentor can step in- the Google Maps / cookbook for your business.
When it comes to helping you navigate the twists and turns of entrepreneurship- engaging with a business mentor gives you the equipment to navigate anything that this crazy journey may throw at you.
Reach out to us to connect with one of our amazing Tree Shepherd mentors, together, you can navigate the winding road of entrepreneurship, turning your dreams into a flourishing reality