Are you an early stage women entrepreneur? Yes! You know well how steep the learning curve is in the first few years of business. Knowledge gaps, lack of confidence, emotional roller coaster, work/life balance and the lack of a regular paycheck can prove to be very challenging. It is easy for a new entrepreneur to lose the sense of direction and feel overwhelmed. Without proper direction, it is easy to fail.
Research shows that the best way for women to overcome their entrepreneurial barriers is to participate in a mentoring program.
A mentor is that valuable connection between success and failure.
A mentor is a
- sounding board
- role model
- resource person
New entrepreneurs can feel empowered when matched with a mentor. Below are 3 advantages of working with a Mentor:
Bridge the knowledge gap:
Launching your business is just the beginning of the story. You need proper business skills to succeed. A mentor can be that person who has ‘been there and done that’. She brings years of successfully operating a business and is a great resource for you to learn from.
There will be days when nothing seems to work in your business. Running a business is exciting and heart stopping. A mentor is your ally during those times and will help you keep on track.
Enhance confidence level:
Being an entrepreneur means getting out of your comfort zone. Uncertainty, self-doubt and low self-esteem are natural. A mentor knows the nuts and bolts of running a business and positively influences a mentee with her willingness to share her skills and knowledge.
Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) has carried out extensive research into mentoring programs and the needs of women who are new to self-employment. WEC offers one of the few programs available for early stage entrepreneurs.
Interested in growing your business by committing to a mentoring relationship? We are re-launching our One-To-One Mentoring Program in January 2017. The first intake will be January 16 thru January 20, 2017. Be sure to sign up for our eBlasts for the latest updates on our Mentoring Program.
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