A Small Business Mentor Is a Perfect Guide to Success

Running a business can be much more difficult than many imagine, especially in our challenging economy. An article in Forbes reported that less than half of all start-up company’s make it to their fourth birthday. With such difficult odds, is it even worth it? The great news is that a professional business mentor can be your success guide.

But how do you find a business mentor who knows what they are talking about and are willing to help you? In the business world, business owners like to act like they have all the answers. Family members, friends, newspaper articles and a whole host of other sources may send you conflicting messages. This can become daunting and almost impossible to sift through.

This is where a mentor can help. Small business mentors are always available to help your business grow and become more productive. They are usually a free service offered by good men and women who want to give back. Here are a few reasons why you should consider meeting with a small business mentor.

They’ve Been Where You Are

In business everyone has to start somewhere. Very few entrepreneurs, if anyone, start their careers out on top. If you are in the beginning stages of a start-up, mentors feel your pain and anxiety. They know what skills it takes to work your way up and they will help you develop them quickly. They will lead you away from the same mistakes they made and focus your attention away from potential distractions. They may also be able to offer emotional encouragement and support in times of stress.

New Perspective

When working hard to solve a problem you may not always see the solution right in front of you, staring you in the face. A small business mentor can offer a fresh and unbiased outside perspective. Because of their experience, they may be able to look at the situation from a new angle. They might tell you that what you’ve been focusing on doesn’t matter at all! Two brains are better than one.

Gives You Confidence

Something all small business owners need is confidence. When you feel good about what you are doing its easy to work hard. On the other hand, if you’re not so sure about something, you will likely dance around it and nothing will end up getting done. Mentors can confirm your decisions and inspire confidence. Without confidence your changes of success in the business world are really very slim.

Help You Network

Most small business mentors have been around a while, so they know how to tap into human beings and guide them to the success ladder. If they don’t know the solution to a problem, they will likely be able to refer you to someone who does. Additionally, a strong network built around your mentor can provide unexpected opportunities. Every one knows that in business the more people you know, the better. If you get along with your particular mentor, you may be able to foster a long lasting relationship with him or her, and continue to collaborate throughout your careers.

A special friend told me that when running a company its fine to make mistakes, just not the fatal ones. Many small business owners can avoid fatal catastrophes if they just have enough confidence to talk to someone who knows what they are doing. Mentors are those people. Take the plunge and consider the services of a small business mentor. What would it be worth to have a personal guide to success?

About the Author

Robert Cordray is a freelance writer for a few websites. With over 20 years of experience as a business consultant and entrepreneur, Robert decided to dedicate his life to helping other business succeed. If you’re looking for the right business guidance, you can find more information at noomii.com.

Perfect Places to get a perfect Small Business Mentor:

SCORE mentors provide FREE, confidential, and essential guidelines that will help small business owners to achieve their goals. From start-ups to seasoned small businesses, we will ensure you achieve tremendous results with our mentors.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs): Aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses alike will find a huge pool of technical assistance at local SBDCs.  They foster local and regional economic development by supporting small businesses to achieve sustainable business growth and encourage the development of new start-ups.

Women’s Business Centers: Business training and counseling that cater for the unique needs of women entrepreneurs. With a network of about 100 educational outlets, nationally women can be sure that their small business will be triumphant.

Veteran’s Business Outreach Centers: The U.S. Small Business Administration provides Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, and Reserve and National Guard Members with specific programs to start, manage, and grow a small business. Their entrepreneurial support program is undeniably of outstanding quality.

Minority Business Development Agency: Minority business owners can be assured that the advisors at MBDA will help them gain access to capital, contracts, market research, as well as assist them with general business counseling.

Comments

  1. says

    If fewer people invested in shiny new objects and more in the tools that actually help their business, such as a mentor those statistics you mentioned would be vastly different. The unfortunate flip side to that especially when one is just starting out is that everyone appears vastly more knowledgable than oneself. Knowing who is the best person to assist is often as much about timing and luck as it is about taking the time to network and connect with people.

    Thanks Helena for another astute post.

    • says

      That is so true Scott! Choosing a mentor is in itself a very difficult decision to make. One must be able to “gel” with the mentor, there must be a strong connection and trust… Thanks also for your continued support and valued opinion…

      Blessings

      Helena

  2. says

    Hi Helena,
    I agree completely. There are too many facets to an online business. It takes experience to navigate through the murky waters of the IM world.
    It’s the natural progression. A beginner doesn’t have that experience, so the best thing is to find a mentor.
    They say…find someone who is successful at what you want to do, then just emulate them. Then rinse & repeat.
    However, as my friend Scott said above, it’s difficult to follow the right person, because in the beginning, everyone seems to be an expert.
    Do some diligent research & don’t hand out your credit card right away.
    But, do seek out that person who’s been there already & is successful.
    Thanks for the excellent post, Helena! Have a great 2013!
    George

    • says

      Hi George
      Thanks again for supporting me with your visit and your insights in the world of a start-up online entrepreneur! I couldn’t agree more with your statements! Thanks for your good wishes for 2013 and may 2013 also brings love, peace and prosperity to you!
      Blessings
      Helena

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