Updated: Dec 14, 2019
When you find yourself at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, you will be in a need of a lot of advice. The right advice. That's why choosing the right mentor is crucial. How to choose the mentor best suited for your personal and professional development goals? Here's a couple of tips!
Define who you are looking for clearly
Are you looking for a marketing expert, financial advisor or someone with experience in international sales? Take some time to think about what you or business needs at this point and how a mentor will help you to achieve your goals. Consider factors like his/her desired background, skills, expertise and network. The right mentor will be able to connect you with the right people and they'll use their already existing network to help your startup get to where you need to be.
Why your mentor's values & interests matter
When you choose a mentor, you have the opportunity to choose a long-term partner for you personal and your business. It is therefore crucial that you understand each other on a personal level and that you share the same values. The mentor needs to be genuinely interested in you and your product or idea. Just like when you’re choosing new talent for your team, a good mentor will become a fan and advocate of your vision.
Where to start?
Consider looking for networking events in your area to meet with potential mentors in person but don’t be shy to reach out to people directly through e.g. LinkedIn either. Another great way is to use your already existing network to bounce off ideas about who might be the right
mentor for you.
And last but definitely not least - one of the best ways to get matched with your perfect mentors is through structured mentoring programs. That’s where the female factor community's got you covered. Our very own mentoring program is guaranteed to take you to the next level. Apply today!