Find a Mentor to Help You Build Your Business

Sharon Boyd has nearly 25 years of experience between both the healthcare and marketing industries. In addition to being an RDH and content writing expert, she also holds a degree in business. Her responsibilities primarily include tackling the communication barriers between small business owners or healthcare providers and their prospective clientele.

Find a Mentor to Help You Build Your Business

Experience is absolutely essential to the success of your business. But what can you do if you’re a new entrepreneur with an embarrassingly brief track record? If you’re lacking in experience, borrow some. Tap into the stores of knowledge and experience that only a mentor can provide.

Finding a mentor, however, is a unique challenge in and of itself. You may not know where to begin.

These tips will get you on track to finding a mentor who can help you build your business.

Build your network before finding a mentor.

You’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself if you believe that finding a mentor is the only thing will take your business to the top. Instead, focus on gradually expanding your professional network laterally in all directions. As you develop new and sometimes surprising connections, you may stumble across the perfect mentor right when you least expect it.

Avoid people with a vested interest in you or your business.

There may be some people you highly respect among your relatives, friends, and even investors. These individuals, however, won’t necessarily make good business mentors for you. You need someone who will give you unbiased and honest advice that’s completely free of any emotional entanglement.

Volunteer.

Volunteering is an excellent way to network and meet potential mentors. It spreads a positive message about your company’s values and attracts you to business owners in your industry who have similar values.

Get outside the office.

Attend conferences, conventions, workshops, and any other events you can find that are even remotely related to your industry. Get out there and exchange business cards. Joining a professional association is another good way to meet new people and discover a potential mentor.

Take advantage of mentoring tools and resources.

Having a hard time finding a mentor in-person? Take advantage of the many resources out there that specifically aim to connect new entrepreneurs with available and willing mentors. These include LinkedIn, Twitter, SCORE Mentor, and Micromentor.

Let your mentoring relationship develop as naturally as possible.

Just as you can’t force a friendship or romantic relationship, you can’t make a mentor-mentee relationship thrive if your personalities aren’t compatible.

Give you and a potential mentor’s relationship time to grow naturally as a friendship. Start out by finding common ground with someone and asking a few questions that demonstrate a genuine interest in their business. If the discussion flows comfortably, inquire about the next time to meet up and talk.

Be a good mentee!

Be quick to follow up on your word and apply suggestions your mentor gives if you say you’re going to. You must stay humble and open to new ideas and be willing to implement them if you’re asking someone to share with you tips that helped them achieve success.

Keep in mind, however, that a mentor is there to teach you things, not make decisions for you or to run your business for you.

Securing a mentor can be difficult, but with effort, it is possible!