You’ve made it! All those years of forging a new path in business are paying off (and, lady, it shows!).
The journey’s been incredible, right? But it’s not over yet. Not even close.
Because – besides all the game-changing business goals you’re getting ready to crush this year – there’s work to be done for other female entrepreneurs.
Newbie business owners are yearning to follow in your footsteps.
Remember when you first started your business? The days when it felt like no one understood what you were going through. Walking into networking events and counting the number of women there on one hand. Putting in more work just to be taken as seriously as your male counterparts. Learning lessons the hard way – through trial and error. Not your fondest memories, right?
You see, no one understands the challenges of being a female entrepreneur quite like a female entrepreneur. You know it. We know it. And new female business owners know it.
That’s why becoming a mentor is so important. It bolsters the worldwide community of female entrepreneurs. It creates opportunity. And it offers some pretty sweet perks for your business too (like opportunities for networking, leadership, and growth).
You’ve got skills, knowledge, or words of wisdom that are worth sharing with other women who are getting started in their entrepreneurial journey.
Ready to send the elevator down to bring more women up to the top? Let’s do it!
Mentors open the floodgates for success
When you started, did you have a mentor? A better question might be: How many mentors did you have? Because nobody gets to the top alone.
You probably already feel in your heart that mentors play an essential role in giving newly minted entrepreneurs the confidence they need to go forth and conquer their space.
And the research backs that feeling up!
There are a ton of studies that support the need for mentors, including one explicitly conducted on small business owners. Kabbage, a global financial services, technology, and data platform, surveyed about 200 entrepreneurs and found the following:
- “92 percent of small businesses agree mentors have a direct impact on growth and the survival of their business.”
- “89% of small business owners that don’t have a mentor wish they did.”
And, if our experience tells us anything, the need for female mentors is even greater.
Women entrepreneurs can significantly benefit from a trusted voice empowering them to take risks, especially when they lack courage, or an unhealthy dose of self-doubt creeps in. (And we all know that happens, right?)
Remember when it was difficult to find large groups of women entrepreneurs gathering together to network and bounce ideas around?
Hillary Gadsby, and Wendi Boyden remember those days too. Before becoming the co-founders of Boss Talks, they struggled to find leadership in the female, self-employed space. Events were rare. And communities were hard to come across. So, naturally, they changed that.
Now, networking and mentorship events and virtual entrepreneurial communities are much easier to find. In fact, you can search upcoming Boss Talks events online.
Although you certainly can (and probably should!) reach out to your existing network to find opportunities to become a mentor, dedicated communities offer the recognition (and eager-to-learn mentees!) that a DIY approach just can’t provide.
With communities like Boss Talks flourishing, there’s never been a better time to be a female entrepreneur or mentor. Ladies in business are constantly looking for successful women to help guide the next generation of up and coming boss babes.
As a community we don’t have to break glass ceilings anymore… We get to create higher ones in our own buildings. Gone are the days of hustling on your own. The way of the future is co-creation and authentic connections.
How do you know when it’s time to mentor?
There are no hard-and-fast rules to becoming the perfect mentor. Instead, it’s all about your willingness to share your experience with others – individuals and groups alike.
But that said, mentorship communities are looking for female leaders who:
- Have an established career as an entrepreneur or CEO
- Are comfortable giving feedback and constructive criticism
- Want to improve their active listening and coaching skills
- Empathize with new entrepreneurs
- Love being a leader and want to see others thrive
- Are passionate about advocating for women in business
- Want to connect with entrepreneurs in all stages of growth
Sound like you? You’re in the right place.
What’s in it for you? (Hint: a LOT!)
We said there were perks to being a mentor, right? Well, we weren’t making it up!
Being a mentor bolsters the title you already wear with pride: Thought Leader.
As a community mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to speak and connect with women across the globe, which will give you a leg up as you continue to establish yourself as the go-to authority in your space.
And what do people do when they feel like someone is adding value to their lives? They talk. They tell their network. And their network looks you up . . . They learn about the products and services you offer. They read your “About” page and follow you on social media. Your influence will only continue to grow!
After just a few months of being a mentor, you’ll probably notice your listening skills and emotional intelligence are more tuned in than ever before. And that directly translates to being a more empathetic, solution-oriented leader.
You know the old English proverb “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” right? If you’re surrounding yourself with individuals who share the supportive, sisterhood mentality, you can be sure that same energy will flow back into the work you’re doing.
And let’s not forget: giving back just feels good.
Become a mentor with Boss Talks
At Boss Talks, we’ve built a community of entrepreneurial women who are looking to forge new paths the same way you have! They want your expertise and look for someone exactly like you for guidance and advice.
If you’re ready to elevate the next generation of female entrepreneurs, we encourage you to join the upper Echelon as a mentor. Boss Talks provides the perfect platform for mentors and mentees to connect and learn from each other. We hope you will consider joining us as a mentor to continue empowering women leaders worldwide.