When starting your own business you will soon realize a lot of familiar things change. For example, all this time when you were working for another organization you had the comfort level of having a boss to whom you can make your complaint or get advice from. The pressure would have seen as less when you were in trouble as there was always help around.
When starting your own business you will notice that support and advice you took for granted and sometimes hated is no more available – Now you’re on your own!
Although this maybe refreshing it could also be scary to think that there is no one to turn to in time of trouble for advice or motivation.
Business Mentoring is a concept that is available for those who want to get advice and learn from those who have ‘been there, done that’.
A mentor is someone who has more entrepreneurial business experience than you and who serves as a trusted confidante over a certain period of time, usually free of charge.
Why would they do this? Usually it is done as a service to the community, a way of giving back to the society at large and also as a way of developing their skills as a consultant, a teacher or a strategist.
A mentoring relationship works both ways. While you as a novice learn from an experienced businessman, they as a professional can see new ideas and new ways of thinking from you.
If you have just started a business and cannot afford to get a business consultant, business mentoring could be the ideal solution for you as mentors can be found usually for free on the Internet or other local organizations.
You’re mentor will not only be able to teach you some of the tricks of the trade but they have been in the industry for a considerable time, hence will have business contacts that you can get certain support from in the long and short run, hence makes this an ideal two way WIN-WIN relationship.