Engage with a Business Mentor
The benefits of business mentoring and why you should engage with a mentor
Business owners often find themselves juggling many tasks, staff and clients and sometimes can lose focus on the day-to-day running of their business. As a result they easily become overwhelmed and struggle to keep in tune with the bigger picture.
There are countless things to consider when running a business as you strive to grow it to a level that will bring you healthy financial return, a positive public profile and other rewards for your time and effort. With more and more people working for themselves, often without colleagues to bounce ideas off, business people and entrepreneurs are increasingly seeking external support and guidance.
As passionate business owners we are searching for advice, inspiration and knowledge that perhaps is lacking internally. Sometimes it’s as simple as seeking extra motivation to try something new and step out of our comfort zone.
That’s where a business mentor comes in. No matter what type of business you run - if you are a sole proprietor, the owner of a SME, or manager of a large corporation, engaging with a business mentor could give you the additional guidance you need at that very point in time.
As a business owner who assists other business owners through Transire Ltd, the UK leader in outsourced virtual business support, Helen Winder, our Director, knows just how challenging managing a business can be. clients often turn to Helen for advice, and learn from her own experiences, to run their own businesses more effectively. Helen has been told she is a good listener, and that she asks the right questions and provide honest and constructive feedback.
Helen Winder understand business owners are searching for feedback, motivation and the tools to make small changes to the way they operate in order to achieve big goals.
As a Transformation Business Mentor she offers business owners support and guidance by applying her wealth of business knowledge, learnings and experience to each unique circumstance.
What exactly is a business mentor and how will engaging with a business mentor benefit you?
A business mentor will:
- Look from the outside at you and your business and offer another perspective
- Listen, confidentially, to the areas which concern you about your business
- Give friendly, unbiased support
- Assist you by drawing on their own experiences of both failure and success
- Give you honest and constructive feedback
- Act as a sounding board for ideas you have
- Guide you in your decision making
- Suggest alternative ways of doing things
- Support you on an ongoing basis
- Encourage you
- Motivate and inspire you
- Help you gain new contacts and networks for your personal and business development
These are just a few of the many different elements a business mentor can bring to your business. Helen likes to mentor using the technologies available to most of us phone, email, video chats. If clients are located near to our Hertfordshire office, face-to-face meetings are another great way to connect during the mentoring process.
It’s important to keep in mind that a business mentor is someone you can call on at any time of your business life cycle. There is no rule on when you should engage a business mentor. You will only know when there is the requirement for assistance and guidance - this could be once a year, or once a week - depending on your individual or company needs.