I interned with Kelly McCausey of SoloSmarts this year. She’s a fabulous coach and a wonderful mentor. She’s passionate about serving her community and dedicated to helping solopreneurs build businesses that support their lifestyles.
I’m so grateful that I’ve gotten to know Kelly and had a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at her business. Choosing a mentor is really important and if it’s something you’re considering, here are a few tips to help you make a decision:
Pick someone you click with.
Sometimes, you’re going along in your business and you come across a potential mentor that you just connect with. You both have that quirky fashion sense or you’re both passionate about gourmet coffees.
You’ll be spending a serious amount of time with your mentor. You’ll be learning a lot, discovering how to work with them, anticipating needs, and helping build their business. If there’s a connection and you both feel it, your mentorship is going to be more fulfilling and more enjoyable.
Choose a mentor with a similar business model.
Before you pick a business mentor, get clear on what you want your ideal business to look like. I knew I wanted an online business, one that was based around content marketing. It would have been silly of me to look for a mentor that owns several fast food franchises.
That’s not where I wanted to go—I wouldn’t be passionate about that type of business. Maybe you would like to own franchises and if so, seek out a mentor that’s successfully built a business using that model.
Look for someone that serves her community.
Awesome business mentors spend most of their time thinking about their communities and how to serve them. They’re constantly learning more about their audience—they send out surveys, answer forum questions, and listen to customer feedback.
If your potential mentor isn’t passionate about caring for and protecting her community, you should think twice before getting involved with her. A ‘sales at any cost’ attitude is contagious and could kill your business before it has a chance to start growing.
Enlist a mentor with a good reputation.
This was something that was super important to me and why I was so happy to have Kelly as a mentor. She’s always looking for new ways to invest in her people. She’s guides them and helps them avoid work at home scams and other schemes.
Her community knows that if she recommends a product, it’s going to be awesome. She’s earned a good reputation and because of that, her opinions are trusted and respected.
Choosing a business mentor is a powerful way to grow your business. But it’s not a process you want to rush. Take your time and make sure you’re picking someone that’s a good fit for your personality and for your business.