The great news is that female entrepreneurs are becoming more and more common. The only downside is that we are still the minority. As a result, up-and-coming women in business have trouble finding mentors. My intention in this article is to point you in the right direction.
Why There Seems to be Women Business Mentor Shortage
As I mentioned, the number of women in business is growing. According to this blog by Lisa Zhou, 42% of all U.S. businesses are owned by women.
THAT MEANS WE ARE FAST APPROACHING THE HALFWAY MARK!
That being said, it still appears that inspiring women are hard to find — or are simply not in the spotlight.
The truth is there are more of them than you think. You just have to know what you’re looking for and where to look…
Where Women Business Mentors Are Hiding… In Plain Sight
Before we jump into where in the world all the women business mentors are, I want to say one thing.
YOU WILL ONLY BENEFIT FROM MENTORING TO THE EXTENT OF THE WORK YOU PUT INTO IT.
Therefore, I encourage you to develop a routine and schedule to make the most of it once you find them. After all, you don’t want to be the pupil forever…
The goal is to become their colleague.
Among Loved Ones and Acquaintances
The first place you should begin your search for women business mentors is your inner circle…
Based on the statistic I shared above, someone you know has a connection to a successful businesswoman.
Tap into the network you have for direction. They are a goldmine…
Success Stories and Business Lessons Published EVERYWHERE
The best piece of advice I can give you on this topic is you don’t have to be mentored in person. Because of this, you can get advice and learn from the mistakes of others from a distance.
There are tons of resources online where female entrepreneurs talk about their journey.
- The Business Journals has an entire page dedicated to women in business.
- There are many books and autobiographies from trailblazing ladies.
- A plethora of interviews are accessible on the internet and television.
This allows you to choose any number of successful women as free business mentors. But the World Wide Web has even more places to find guidance…
On EVERY Social Media Platform
We are living in an age where people share their entire lives on social media — including women business mentors.
These platforms can be a lot more than a place to post pretty pictures. Use them as a way to know what moves successful women are making as well as motivation.
Following the right people helps your confidence because you see what you dream of can be done.
Events that are Geared Towards Female Entrepreneurs
There will come a time when you are ready to step out of cyberspace to connect with your mentors. To that end, you can attend seminars and workshops meant for women to network.
These can be business-focused or just for motivational purposes. Alternatively, you can go to conferences that feature successful female speakers.
Ideally, you want to look for events that combine all of these elements.
Nothing is a substitute for real-life experiences. So, make the most of these opportunities when you can.
The Difference Mentorship Can Make
At this point, I hope that you have a firm grasp on where to find women business mentors. However, I am not sure I have given you enough clarity on why this is worth the investment…
FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY MADE IT ACCELERATES YOUR SUCCESS.
You can study their pitfalls and things they’ve done right. And in the case of women, the ways we can break through the glass ceiling.
It’s kind of like having a cheat sheet in life
I wouldn’t be where I am today without mentors — both male and female — to guide me. Therefore, I feel a responsibility to help you find yours.
Find the right mentors and build an empire.
— Elena Cardone
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