Harness the Power of Mentoring: How to Find and Work With the Right Mentor--A Guide for the Solopreneur. Imagine being a successful solopreneur! Although most people have the drive and passion, few have the full set of personal attributes, skills, and experience that running a business requires. That’s the main reason more than half of all small business start-ups fail in their first five years of operation. This tells us that what small business owners need is help from someone who has ‘been there, done that.’ Someone who can help them plan their entrepreneurial journey, gain confidence, mature in their thinking and decision making, learn from mistakes: a mentor. No-one needs that help more than the solopreneur, who is someone in business on their own, a special type of business person. They differ from other entrepreneurs in many key areas: business practices, mindset, and objectives, to name a few. They prefer to work alone and often don’t intend to add anyone else to the business. They tend to focus on perfecting their skill as specialists. If they don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. Harness the Power of Mentoring speaks directly to the solopreneur.
It makes sense that most solopreneurs are in dire need of a mentor, but not just any mentor. They need mentors who understand the special case of the solopreneur. This concise and practical book is the first to provide guidance to the solopreneur so that they too can benefit from the right mentor, one who understands their special needs and can help them achieve their goals. You will discover what makes a solopreneur different from conventional entrepreneurs in their mindset, attitude, goals, and business practices; how to find the right mentor for you; how to plan your mentorship and business concept; how to have difficult--crucial--conversations with your mentor; how to evaluate your progress; and how to know when it is time to move on.
This book is the first of four books in The Business Mentoring Solution Series that focus on mentoring the solopreneur and is complemented by an accompanying Planner/Journal and ‘Tips’ booklet.
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1. Solopreneurs and Business Mentors: Why you should consider a mentor
2. Values, Purpose, Vision, and Goals: What do you want to achieve?
3. Doing an Inventory: Discover what you need NOW
4. The Right Mentor for You: Finding the best fit for a solopreneur
5. Working with Your Mentor: How to develop and nurture a healthy mentoring relationship
6: Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Create a strategy for solopreneur success
7: Taking and Giving Feedback: Even when it’s hard to hear or say
8. Evaluate Your Progress: Learn from mistakes, celebrate successes
9. How to Say Thanks and Goodbye: When your mentorship has run its course
10. Next Steps: Am I ready to be a mentor to a solopreneur?
Appendix: Resources to Support Your Mentorship
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