In your attempt to start your own small business, you might find yourself meeting bumps along the way. Though I am sure that you can handle things in your own way and time, why donâ€™t you consider looking for a mentor? In a sense, the fact that you are reading this post (and you are probably reading other materials as well) means that you are seeking some guidance in your endeavor.
So what is mentoring? Smallbusiness.co.uk has this to say:
Mentoring provides a second opinion, offering constructive feedback from an individual experienced in either running a business or in your specific field of interest. The idea is that their support will advise and encourage you in your role as decision maker for the company. A mentor gives you access to a different perspective on events or issues that arise within your business, offering impartial advice.
You have to realize, however, that having a mentor does not mean that you have someone to do all the work for you.
Your mentor is not someone who will do all the work for you or try to take over. Remember that they are not an employee, but are there to help. Mentoring is not business consultancy in disguise and your mentor will most certainly not be running the business for you. Instead they can share their experience and, with you at the helm, help guide your business to success.
Think of a mentor as a teacher, a guide. Thatâ€™s it. You consult but you still do the work. So what do you think of getting a mentor?
Originally posted on July 18, 2011 @ 9:33 am