How to attract a mentor: writing a good entrepreneur profile

Your profile should be  a specific description of the most pressing need for you currently in your business. This is also the place where the mentors consider if they can help you, and if there is a good fit for mentoring. Therefore, it’s important to create a compelling and interesting mentoring request.

What good entrepreneur profiles do right.

Think through your needs: When creating an entrepreneur profile, think about your business, your strengths, and weaknesses. Having a firm grasp of what your business is about, your values, your long-term goals, and your vision helps greatly to craft a good mentoring request.

We’ve written post on this topic to help you think about your business pitch: “Tips for Getting Mentor Ready”

Be specific: Mentors come from various backgrounds with a diversity of expertise. If you only say “Help me build my business,” your request will likely fall flat – stated this way your business issue seems too vague and large to know how to help, or where to start. First, choose the most pressing need. What kind of expertise are you looking for in a mentor? Are you looking for a mentor who has experience in a particular industry?

Write clearly: You don’t need to prove that you speak the same business language as mentors, but demonstrate that you’ve thought things through, in your own words. It seems like it would go without saying, but do please write in full sentences. It shows that you care enough to take the time.

Here are a few question that can help you to clarify your thoughts:

  • Why is your business important to you?
  • What is your vision for your business? What short- and long-term goals do you have for it?
  • Where are you stuck in developing or growing your business?
  • What have you done to address your business issue?
  • What kind of expertise do you need from a mentor?
  • What qualities and experience do you want in the ideal mentor?
  • What are your learning goals to get out of the mentoring relationship?