06 Feb Why you need a business mentor
When I launched PA Today in 2012, with an idea, and a laptop, perhaps the best decision I made was to find an experienced business mentor who was my guide on the journey ahead. As we enter our 8th year of trading, PA Today now supports a range of businesses across the UK through our network of 93 associates.
I’m a great believer in the principle of ‘paying it forward’ and that is why we have launched the PA Today Business Mentoring Service.
We have a talented and experienced pool of business mentors who are ready to help you to take your business to the next level.
What is business mentoring
Business mentoring is a relationship between you, an entrepreneur, and one of our professional and experienced associates who have practical hands on business experience. They will be your guide on your business journey.
They offer advice, guidance, and support to help you to run and improve your business.
How it helps your business
Your business mentor is a professional and experienced critical friend, advisor, and a valuable source of information.
They will listen, encourage, draw out, reflect, and challenge assumptions, and, if required, provide critical feedback on ideas, or plans under discussion.
For example, you may have a great idea for a business but need a bit of guidance to turn it into a successful venture.
Your mentor can provide you with a range of benefits, such as:
Guidance on developing and improving your business
Help with identifying barriers and how to overcome them
Ideas for new products or services, or ways of working
Tips for your business that are gained from practical experience
Access to a network of other business people and potential customers
How does it work
Your business mentor will stay in regular contact with you through meetings, telephone calls, skype and emails. The nature of the relationship may vary from being casual – e.g. a fortnightly or monthly check in, to formal and structured – e.g. setting meeting agendas and business objectives.
This involves face-to-face meetings or online discussions – or a combination of both – depending on which arrangement is best for both parties.
Some mentoring relationships are exclusively online, while others can involve a mixture of face-to-face and online contact.
To unlock the potential in your business call me Pam Allen on 07938 549 876