4. Reach out to mentors

Once you’ve created a strong MicroMentor profile that describes your business and business needs, then it’s time to connect with a mentor.

To do this, go to the Mentors search page and use the search box and filters to narrow down your results. Think about what is the most important filtering criteria to you - that they match your industry, have a particular expertise, or can meet you locally. Once you’ve found a mentor who seems like a good fit, use the Start a Conversation button to send that person a brief, personalized message.

When writing mentors, respect their time and help them to understand how their experience relates to your issue. Just like a good cover letter, this is your space to describe your relevancy and significance.

While you’re searching for mentors who can help you, they’re also searching for entrepreneurs to help. If a mentor connects with you first, you’ll receive an email notification. You should then review that mentor’s conversation message and profile to determine whether he or she is a good fit for your mentoring needs.

Next: Make the most of your time with your mentor