Monday, June 06, 2005

Choosing A Mentor

Entrepreneurs and small-business owners lack access to mentors, according to SCORE, "Counselors to America's Small Business."
While mentoring is common in large corporations, many entrepreneurs don't have a source of advice. Successful small-business owners are often ones who have learned from those who have experience in their industry or who have previously dealt with similar business issues.
Follow these steps for choosing a mentor who will best fit your business goals and give you helpful answers to your business questions.
Think About Why You Seek Advice
Establish the goals you expect to achieve by talking to a mentor. Pick the top 3-5 challenges or opportunities that your business faces. Prioritize them in order from the greatest to least impact on your business success.
Make Time to Meet with a Business Mentor
In order to get help you will need to commit some of your time and energy to meeting with your mentor. You'll be glad you did and feel energized after you meet with him or her.
Find the Right Mentor for You
Look for someone who has accomplished goals that might be similar to your own. Your mentor should be someone who can provide the time and energy to help you achieve your objectives.
Build Your Success Team
Be sure to seek guidance from multiple sources. Make sure you talk to the right person who can help you with your success strategies.

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