Do you know the difference between a business mentor and a business coach?
It is easy to get them confused or to think they are the same thing as the differences can seem too subtle to distinguish by many.
A mentor is someone who has been successful in their own
business and can give you a blueprint of how they did it. They teach you what you need to know if you are just starting a business. A step one, step two approach. When starting a new business, a mentor is a great person to have in your corner. These people can help you build a business or get the one you have on solid ground.
Again, they give you a blueprint of what they have done to build their own successful business.
You pay for their advice, they give it and you can take it or leave it. The concept is that is you follow their blueprint you too will be successful in your business. It does work.
When you are ready to move your business to something that
is truly your own with your brand on it, a coach may be just what you need.
A coach can help you take your established business to a
different level, help you make the business your own; help you personalize your business so it is truly you. Coaches help
you in so many ways: emotionally, spiritually, and even with your processes. Coaches are focused on your performance in
business and understand the holistic approach brings more personalized results, which is generally what you are looking for when hiring a coach.
Many people start with a business mentor and move to a coach
when they feel their business is solid and want to move to the next level.
The important part is that partnering with someone is more
helpful than going it alone. Everyone can use guidance at one time or another in their business.
Most successful people will tell you that the years spent in
corporate America have not prepared them for their internet business.
There is no need for all of us to be pioneers when it comes
to having our own business. Learn from others.
We all know we can’t go it alone in business. We need the ability of others to help us through the ups and downs of our business. We need help with a variety of things. We need someone to tell us, “it will be okay” when things are not going well. We all have drama moments. We also need them to tell us if something sucks so we don’t go down that road, or at least help us see that it sucks and show us another path.
Here are five things a mentor can do for you and your business
1.) A mentor can help you through your “drama moments” when your business day seems too heavy to carry alone. This doesn’t happen often but when it does, you may need to hear a real voice instead of the one in your head.
2.) If you have been lucky enough to have found a mentor that lives in your area, the mentor is invaluable when you are doing something new. They remind you of all your successes and give you the perspective that you need.
3.) If something you are doing sucks for your business, they tell you. They are your accountability partner in your business. If you are doing something that goes against your core values, they have the tough conversation with you instead of allowing you to self-sabotage your business or yourself.
4.) A mentor can save you time. Time is one thing we could all use more of in small business. Mentors are business people to and their experience is invaluable when it comes to saving yourself some time.
5.) A mentor can also be your cheerleader and help when it comes to marketing your company; helping you grow into the leader you want you are.
Mentors want you to succeed; they help you be better than you think you are. They can help you balance your life better. We all need help with that now and then. One of the biggest joys of having a mentor is that they can help you find the best medicine; laughter. We all need more of that in our lives and it is the glue that holds relationships together.