So you want to start an online business. This is a great news and I am sure an advocate when it comes to starting your own online business. There are many benefits to you especially for the women reading this blog post. It is one thing to start your online business and another thing all together to achieve success.
Achieving success in your online business will require a lot and more expecially will require time but there is a fast way to attain success and that is by finding yourself a mentor that has done exactly what you want to achieve. This mentor can take you by the hand, lead and teach you steps to take and what to do to acquire the success you are seeking for. There are great benefits in having a personal mentor for your online business. However, for this post we would be looking at 4 steps for choosing a suitable online business mentor.
Choosing online business mentors is not an overnight task, it requires time and dedication for you to get the best at the end of it, simply because there are a number of common mistakes that are associated with choosing mentors which in most case, results from rushing and poor analysis.
When I first started my online business journey, I soon realised that getting a mentor is a must and this did not come easy. I spent years trying to do things myself and although things were moving forward. The process was very slow and I soon realised the cost to me. Before I finally choose my first mentor, I went through a lot of thinking and analysis. I refused to rush myself. I took control of my emotions and not allow myself to be carried away by every offer that presented themselves at my table. As a result, I have been able to choose my first mentor.
There are a number of things that you should consider for you to get the best and they are as follows;
In my case knowing me and what I like and how I learn and interact was very important. This made me to align and analyse my style of leaning against the mentor’s style. I seek to know if the mentor’s personality fits into my personality. I am a person with creative mind with ideas coming to me easily and so I like to work with mentors who have listening ears and ready to help me put my ideas into perspective while showing me steps to execute my dream. As such I am quick to avoid intimidating personalities. What I am saying is that you have to know you and how you learn, your personality and how you work.
Another thing that helped me was knowing what exactly it is that I wanted. I had my goals and the structure of my online business. I worked hard on having a clear vision of where I am and where I wanted to be.
Understanding your business structure and goals is the most important thing towards getting the right mentor; this will help you in figuring out what your mentor will do for you. All you have to do is to always stay focused on your business goals in the whole process of mentor hunting and at the end of it all, you will have a combination of both quantitative and qualitative attributes of each mentor. If you gauge this properly and with a clear vision, the best mentor will emerge.
Before deciding on one, you have to adequately research on the mentor that will give you the best. Research all their tactics and their success story, skills and values and by doing so, you will be able to weigh all the pros and cons of each and every mentor and you will be able to choose the best that is suitable for what you want to achieve.
In this case, you have to ensure that you get the right channels that will always ensure that you get the right and reliable mentors, for instance you can start by recommendations from friends and relatives, your industry or market or you can consider using complete strangers who have a strong mentoring background by searching online. The following sites are great for seeking out a mentor. http://www.mentorsme.co.uk/, http://www.micromentor.org/ http://www.getmentoring.org/ and http://www.uxpa-uk.org/.
One of my favorite ways is through attending business conferences and entrepreneur boot-camps. This brings you face to face with mentors whom you can approach during tea times and also learn of their work and you get to speak to other attendees to find out what they think about a particular mentor.
In conclusion, you have to find as much as possible information from your potential mentor, this could be by interviewing them personally or by phone.
Do not be afraid to ask questions and at the end of it all, you will find someone who perfectly match your personality and style.