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To what extend or what is the limit of a mentor to an entrepreneur in terms of service that required other professionals.

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You question is not clear. I suggest you rephrase it or add detail to assist those who can answer in understanding better what you would like to know.

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Bankole hi. Are you asking ... how much time, as a mentor, you should spend helping out mentees? If that is the case, it will depend on the specific characteristics of the business situation, your time available, your willingness to continue, and so on.

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The mentor provides skilled persons on that "other" profession to the entrepreneur.

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Thanks for your responses, Kenneth Larson, Miguel Navarrete, and Mohammed Abdirisack Jama, Question is: if an entrepreneur required the services of a professional while assistance him/her: what should the mentor do, For example the service of Charter Accountant or Charter Tax professional ?

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Most of us who have mentored in small business for years appreciate the fact that an entrepreneur will form their enterprise reflecting their own values, skills and outlook. We are there as guides, desiring to channel those attributes successfully.

Thus, small business mentoring is positive guidance, utilizing a mentor's life experience and professional knowledge by applying them to the entrepreneur’s business concept and challenges.

For mentoring to succeed there must also be openness by the mentor to the cultural and value-based background of the entrepreneur in order to convey the guidance effectively and achieve trust.

The top three things I feel that mentors (or potential mentors) on MicroMentor should understand about mentoring:

  1. The client is the pilot—the mentor is a navigator. Some entrepreneurs contact me once and I never hear from them again. I accept that as their choice. I have had others who have been with me for 5 years or more. Some contact me only when they have major decisions to make or wish to thank me for assistance.

  2. Seek a good match. When an entrepreneur requests a relationship on MicroMentor or when I consider making an offer there, I carefully read the individual "Micro Mentor Profile And Self-Assessment".

  3. Structure the process. I use a very structured approach, asking the client to work with me along the following lines:

Do you have a product or service niche in mind?

Do you believe you have a market for 1 above and the means to reach it?

Are you willing to develop a marketing plan using the tool kit I provide to validate 1 and 2 above before you launch?

If the answer to the above questions is "Yes" begin the journey.

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Thanks Kenneth, I don't have any product or services niche in mind but it is just to add to my mentorship experiences on this platform. so as, to assistance the entrepreneur while offering advice on how to go about business challenges.

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