5 Ways to Make the Most of Mentorship

In the first two parts of this series, we shared how mom entrepreneurs could benefit from working with a mentor and gave some tips on selecting the right mentor for you. In this final post, we will go over the best ways to get the most out of your mentoring relationship.

So, you’ve made the decision to work with a business mentor. Congratulations! That is the biggest step. Then, you researched your options and signed up for a program or asked someone you know to become your trusted business advisor. Now what? The purpose of having a mentor is to help you become a better businessperson. No matter how much or little experience or knowledge you have, your mentor is there to make you even better. Follow these five strategies for making the mentorship relationship work for you. Continue reading

Mentors for Mom Entrepreneurs – 5 Tips on Selecting the Right One for You

A mentor is a trusted advisor that can you can talk to about your business, offer a different perspective, or help you work through a challenging situation. Consider it another resource in your toolbox. As moms you are already juggling so many things that you often have to call in the reinforcements for help: from babysitters and housecleaners to accountants and lawyers. A mentor is another resource that can help you take your business to the next level by supporting you in the areas where you may not be as strong.

In the first part of our series on mentors, we talked about why you should get a mentor (you can’t be an expert in everything) and offer suggestions on where to look to find a mentor. Here are five strategies on how to choose the right mentor for you. Continue reading

Business Mentor: Another Resource in your Entrepreneur’s Tool Kit

Starting your own company can often feel like the best decision you’ve ever made. But, there may be times when working on your own can feel lonely or isolating. One often-overlooked resource for entrepreneurs is a business mentor.

Colleges often set up mentor programs for their students. They’ll pair a student with an alumnus who is working in the field of study and the student has an opportunity to learn what it’s like in the real world. They can shadow their mentor to see “a day in the life,” or ask questions about the work, the field, or what they should be doing now to prepare themselves for a career in that field. A mom entrepreneur can benefit in much the same way from a mentorship relationship with a business mentor. Continue reading