Mentors are important in business, but they’re difficult to find. This guide will help point you in the direction of some helpful resources.
Your existing network
Friends and Family are one possible resource, but if there is anyone in your social circle that can help be aware that there are potential personal hazards; most people are different when your in ‘work mode’, and that difference can be quite jarring.
Former colleagues, particularity former employers, are a more likely resource for finding mentors within your own network. Finally, networking events on sites like Meetup can be great ways to conect and form relationships with other business owners.
Mentor matching agencies are like dating agencies for Entrepreneurs. They generally charge a flat fee to find you a mentor and then act to support that relationship. One plus to this is that they can find new mentors as you grow – you’ll need different advice when you’re a 50 person company than you will when it’s just you and the dog.
Local councils and development agencies
Many regions have a specific local business development fund set up, and part of the use of this fund is to provide advice and mentorship to new businesses in the region. Contact your local council office and see what programmes they have available to support new local businesses.