Would you like to be an impact mentor?
The African continent is going through a revolution driven by its startups. Your experience could help develop the next Facebook, Google or Netflix. You can be part of this story by volunteering your time to mentor an African startup.
Kindly see link below to volunteer and you will be invited to GetFundedAfrica’s next mentorship session, it’s an interesting experience as you get to share your expertise while learning firsthand about arguably the last business frontier.
Mentors. They’ve been there, done that and have seen it all. Yet, a woeful number of entrepreneurs start their careers without one. In an age where instant gratification is glorified, it’s unsurprising that many entrepreneurs and young founders do not seek out a mentor as hard as they try to find a co-founder.
Top 10 Benefits of Mentoring
1. Asking Questions and Getting Advice
The biggest benefit of having a business mentor is having someone you can ask questions and get advice. As a new business owner, you are likely to get more advice than you ask for from people like family members, friends and the people who own the store next door.
2. A Different Perspective
Business mentors can help you look at problems and situations from perspectives that you would not have thought of on your own. For example, as a new business owner, you may have trouble looking at your business through the eyes of a customer, potential investor or government official.
3. Improving Key Skills
Mentors are not like advisers and consultants, who care only about the business venture. Instead, business mentors help you develop your business skills. For example, if your employees are constantly complaining that they don’t understand project directions, your business mentor can work with you to help you improve how you communicate with your staff. This way, you will have a better understanding of how to communicate with your staff both now and in the future.
4. Venting With Someone You Trust
Owning a business can be stressful and frustrating. As a business owner you’ll often need to vent with someone you trust. Business owners cannot vent to their partners, employees or customers without causing instability in the structure of the business.
5. Expanding Your Network
Business mentors can put you in touch with contacts who can help you make your business more successful. The more networking you do, the more people you meet.
6. Methods and Strategies
In addition to simply giving advice and helping improve your personal business skills, business mentors can prepare you with a library of methods and strategies that you can pull from throughout your career as a business owner.
7. Long-Lasting Relationships
Although some mentor-mentee relationships are short-lived, if you hit it off with your mentor, you can foster a long-lasting relationship through which you and your mentor can continue to collaborate for the rest of your career. This will give you the consistency and resources you need to maintain a successful business.
8. Confidence to Make Better Decisions
Knowing that you have a credible mentor to turn to can give you confidence when facing difficult business situations.
9. A Gentle Nudge
Starting a business is difficult, and many business owners face challenges early in the process. However, many business owners go through the same types of struggles.
10. A Chance to Give Back
Mentees are not the only people who benefit from business mentoring. Business mentors also experience benefits thanks to collaborative learning. By helping others improve their business skills, business mentors may improve their own skills.
“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.”– Adebola Omololu Co-Founder Of GetFundedAfrica
What Does A Mentor Do In A Business?
The primary role of a mentor in business is that they give guidance to their less-experienced colleagues. Some of the most important contributions that a business mentor can provide are that they can offer valuable feedback and reassurance.
Moreover, a mentor can also provide priceless help to the mentee by providing the latter access to his or her extensive networks and resources. Business mentoring programs can surely give an employee the much-needed help and experience in order to succeed in the company and progress in their career.
GetFundedAfrica is a venture capital firm focused on empowering African entrepreneurs with capital & knowledge to transform societies.