Entrepreneurship can be challenging, especially if you are in the budding phase of entrepreneurship. Given, it can be a very exciting experience to venture into entrepreneurship alone and create something to call yours. However, while you are nursing this great idea, you may not understand exactly what you should be doing with your business at which times to develop it into a sustainable business.
Mentors. They’ve been there, done that, and have seen it all. They understand the rudiments of entrepreneurship and can help you avoid mistakes they have made in the past. While your own ideas are essential to your business, with an experienced mentor at your side, you will have one of the most powerful assets any new business person can ever have.
Here are four reasons having a mentor is important.
1. Gain experience not shared in books: When it comes to entrepreneurship, there is only so much you can read in books. It’s an unspoken truth that most authors do not feel comfortable revealing everything about themselves in books. With a mentor, you are guaranteed hands-on experience from someone who has been there and seen it all. Some authors may feel some experiences are too intimate to be shared in their book, so what better way than to can a mentor and learn. Mentorship is one guaranteed way to gain experience from others.
2. Network opportunities: Mentorship can benefit your business in ways you can’t imagine. Investors would more often than not trust startups recommended by a big name or a friend, a successful mentor would typically have an excellent network who can in one way or another benefit your career. Since they are already invested in your success, it only makes sense for them to let you tap into their network of people when the need arises.
3. A mentor will help you stay in business longer: As an entrepreneur, there are certain tricks that could help your business grow and succeed, also there are certain errors that could crush your business. When you have a mentor, he would serve as a guide, through these parts and point you in the right direction by providing you with real truths about the business world. When you imagine the number of businesses that fail, you’d wish a lot of business owners had mentors.
4. Encouragement: Failure can affect you in so many ways. The repercussion of failure can set you back and impact your productivity if you choose to endure it on your own. Having a mentor will help you get a clear head. In the world of entrepreneurship dealing with failure is hard. More often than not young entrepreneurs often deal with depression when they are unable to meet their goals. Depression and its impact on entrepreneurs is one thing that is not often spoken about. Entrepreneurs without mentors bear the brunt the most.
A mentor who has a wealth of experience that helps with advice when things are not going your way.