Everything you need to know about how to find a business mentor (and take your business to the next level in the process).
As a business owner, you’re the one in charge. You decide the direction you want your business to go, the people you want to bring on board and how you want to get there.
That freedom and autonomy to run your business your way is one of the biggest perks of being a business owner. But when you hit a point where you’re not sure how to move forward—for example, when you’re ready to scale your business and take things to the next level—it can be challenging to navigate next steps on your own.
That’s where business mentors come in. Having a business mentor (or business mentors!) who’s a few steps ahead of you in business can be an invaluable resource when you’re growing and scaling your company. Because they’ve been where you are (and have successfully made it where you’d like to go), they can give you insights on everything from what to do, what not to do and the most effective path to hitting your business goals.
But the question is: How, exactly, do you find those mentors?
Let’s take a dive into the step-by-step process for finding a business mentor.
Before you go looking for a business mentor, it’s important to take the time to define what it is you’re looking for. Knowing what your ideal business mentor and mentorship relationship looks like before you try to identify a mentor will help you narrow down your search—and make sure the people you engage are going to be the right fit for you and your business.
Some key mentorship elements you’ll want to get define before you start looking for a mentor include:
What is the most important characteristic I’m looking for in a business mentor? How much experience do I want my business mentor to have? What kind of experience do I want my business mentor to have? (For example, do you want a mentor who owns a business in your specific industry? Or would you rather work with a mentor who is an expert in e-commerce, since the majority of your business takes place online?) How often do you want to work with your mentor? In what ways do you want to work with your mentor? (For example, are you just looking for occasional email conversations? Or do you want to schedule regular Zoom or in-person meetings to get advice?) What benchmarks are important to you when choosing a mentor? (For example, do you need their business to have a certain annual revenue?)
Getting clear on what you’re looking for in a business mentor will make your search easier—and ultimately, make it easier to find the right person to mentor you in your business.
Identify Potential Mentors
Once you know what you’re looking for in a mentor, it’s time to start identifying potential mentors.
When vetting potential mentors, you want them to bring qualities to the table that can add real value to your business. Some things to look for when identifying potential business mentors include:
Relevant experience in your industry, niche or business model: While business owners have definite overlap in experience regardlessContinue reading