Ok, listen up ladies and gentlemen. This is not a request to be taken lightly. I’m certain many of you have already heard of MicroMentor before but if you haven’t, please listen for a moment.
As adults, I think we often think of the mentors we had (hopefully you all did) when we were younger. I met my first when I was 18 and she’s like my big sister today.These relationships can last a lifetime but often we didn’t have specific mentors for certain needs when we started our businesses.
I remember the day I heard about MicroMentor. I was reading a magazine on the bus on the way home from an appointment years ago and I believe it was Inc. magazine. An article mentioned how mentors and mentees could be connected for no cost and a 3-month commitment. I tore it out and made a task reminder in Outlook once I got home. We’re talking about leaders in their industries. Not necessarily the industry of virtual assistance (in my case), but just scroll through any forum in LinkedIn and you’ll see how many people are looking for marketing, social media, lead generation, writing and business development help. These are the people who know what you’re asking about and will develop a RELATIONSHIP with you to take you from your questions to your goals.
It’s not a quick and easy process but it’s worth the investigation and commitment. MicroMentor quotes, “…in 2012 alone, entrepreneurs who connected with a mentor, averaged 106 percent revenue growth. Businesses mentored through MicroMentor have an 82 percent survival rate, and half create a new job within a year, according to MicroMentor’s latest business outcomes survey.” Who wouldn’t want to see that kind of success in their own business? When’s the last time you said, “I’ve just got too much money and too many clients!”
MicroMentor is trying to reach a goal right now. They’re rallying for 1,500 new mentor-mentee relationships before this year’s Small Business Week in May. What in the world do you have to lose? I’ve already signed up (finally after all these years) and I strongly suggest you do as well. I signed up as a mentor after seeing so many mentor requests for things I know like the back of my hand. So it doesn’t matter what side you’re on. Get what you need or give what you know.
Few things so good are free so I’m going to share this in another group I belong to and I hope you’ll spread the word as well.
Read more about MicroMentor’s rally and then check out some of their success stories, too. Get inspired!
And let’s make this a real discussion! What would you ask a mentor to help you with?
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