Are you looking for a business mentor for startups? Maybe I can help? With over 30 years business experience and 10 of those running my own businesses I have learnt a lot and can share a lot.

The biggest problem when it comes to finding a business mentor for startups is finding someone that a) is already doing what you want to be doing and b) is someone you can actually work with. I have had many mentors over the years, some of them good, and some of them not so good. Here’s 5 things you need to look for in a mentor.

Testimonials from people like you who have achieved results

A mentor is someone who helps you to achieve a specific result. This is very different from coaching where more general goals can be discussed and developed. A good mentor will also provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling.

The fastest way to check whether a particular mentor would suit your needs is to check out their testimonials. Are these testimonials from people like you? Are they at the same level in their business? Are they looking for similar outcomes to yours? Have they achieved results while working with this mentor?

Are they actually working in the field that you need mentoring in?

The problem I, and many other mentees face is that their mentor is now a mentor and no longer works in the field. They spend all their time working with clients and no longer keep up to date with what’s going on in the industry.

This was a problem for me, as one of my mentors was actually telling me to do something that was no longer legal. Ouch! That could have cost me dearly.

The world moves quickly these days, and especially online. If you are looking for a business mentor who can help you with online tasks you most definitely need someone who works online every single day and is bang up to date with the regulations, practices and trends of the online world.

Can they demonstrate how they will help you to achieve your results?

As I mentioned earlier, a mentor is someone who will help you to achieve a specific result. This means that they should be able to clearly demonstrate the steps that you need to take to achieve that result. A whole load of waffle with ifs and buts is not want you want or need from a mentor.

One of my best mentors showed me exactly what we were going to be doing to enable me to reach my objective. They laid out each of the steps for me before we even started. I knew from day 1 what was expected from me and how much work would be involved. I also knew from that first day that I would achieve my desired results – and I did.

Are they someone you can work with?

This might sound like an unusual consideration. After all, if the mentor is good then you will make yourself get on with them right? Wrong.

If you try to work with someone whose values do match your own, or who does things in a way that conflicts with your personal code of ethics you will probably not achieve your desired result as you will be in a constant battle with them, and your own subconscious.

Your mentor needs to be someone like you. They need to be able to teach you in a way that you can learn. They need to be able to guide you on a path you are willing to take. They also need to be able to advise you, and you need to be able to trust and act upon that advice. This will not happen if you are not a good fit with your mentor. Trust me I know.

Another mentor I worked with was far too salesy for my liking. I am very much of the opinion that you show someone what you have, point out the benefits, advise on the features and overcome objections as effectively as possible and then let them make up their own mind.

My mentor had different ideas and said that I needed to make up my customers mind for them. I needed to be far more forceful in my approach and in my overcoming their objections. Of course, this didn’t sit well with me and so I didn’t take his advice and we eventually parted company.

Can they support you on an ongoing basis?

Some mentors put time limits on their services. They might only offer a mentee a few months mentoring and then it comes to an abrupt end. The problem with this approach is that there are usually far more questions that crop up after the mentoring has ended.

Look out for someone who can offer ongoing support, or that there is at least an option for ongoing support once the official mentoring period has ended. You don’t want to find yourself in the position of having to find another mentor to finish off your training or development some way down the road.

Again, in my own experience, one of my best mentors is someone who I still contact now and again over 5 years later to ask a question or get their advice on something that I’m working on. They provide an online group for this support and I think that’s very valuable.

Maybe I can be your mentor?

Image of Lynne Thomas The Business Builder from Thomas Jones Consultants Ltd

After 10 years of helping hundreds of new businesses to get started, I have become a mentor myself. Specifically I help startups and small businesses to get noticed online and therefore attract leads and customers faster.

I work online every day myself as a blogger. You can check out my blog here. I keep up to date with what’s happening with algorithms and social media sites and I know what is and isn’t allowed on a day to day basis.

I can help you to get your social media profiles set up professionally so that they attract leads and customers. I can help you get your website set up and check that you are operating it legally as per new regulations that came into force in the last 2 years.

I can help you to create lead magnets and email campaigns so that you can keep in touch with, and build relationships with your leads. I can also help you to automate large parts of your business so that you can spend more time on the sexy bits.

I can provide lots of testimonials from small business owners who have already worked with me. I work online every single day and know what’s working. I can show you the exact steps you need to take to successfully promote your business online – in fact you can grab my totally free guide right here.

As to whether I’m someone you could work with, well I suppose you would have to speak to me to find that out. You can call me on 07736 396519 if you would like to chat to me about how I might be able to help you.

I can also offer you ongoing support. I have a 12 month mentoring programme where we work together for a minimum of 12 months, but you then have lifetime access to my business club, private members group and my personal email address. I don’t think I can say any fearer than that.

The mentoring programme offers 2 hours of one to one support each month of the programme, a full online course that talks you through the technical parts of promoting your business online as well as the personal development techniques that help you to develop your entrepreneur mindset and skills. To find out more about this amazing programme just click here.

If you are looking for a business mentor for startups I would love to hear from you. I would love the opportunity to talk to you about my mentoring programme and how I can help you to achieve specific results for your business.

Call me now on 07736 396519

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