We understand and know that running a small business can be lonely job, but Chris Dowling is here to help and support you and your business and to get you over the hurdles.
What will Chris Dowling do for you?
As a mentor, Chris will be there for you, keeping you the right track all the way. Together we will look at and deal with the challenges facing you as you develop your business. We will make the big decisions easier, and find the best solutions to those really sticky problems. Chris will be your ‘sounding board’ and will keep you focused on your business to ensure that you achieve your goals.
Having ‘been there and done it’, Chris has the experience and knowledge to help you make the right decisions, first time.
The chief executive of Sage UK & Ireland, Brendan Flattery has spoken about the value of mentoring –
‘We all get pretty stuck in what I call the inside out mentality. We can be quite buried in the details of running our business – this is where mentors come in’.
‘A mentor is someone who can view your business from the perspective of the market or the customer, from the outside, and give you a more objective opinion and see the things you can’t’.
Benefits and facts about mentoring
- 70% of small businesses that use a mentor survive for five years or more – which is double the rate of non-mentored businesses. 70%
- 94% of small businesses that use external support have seen the benefits; they are more ambitious, have higher sales and increased profits. 94%
- 97% of small businesses believe a mentor is invaluable, but only 15% currently use a mentor. 97%
It’s really helpful to re-visit your business plan regularly (perhaps once a month), to see if you are keeping on track. If you have a small team, consider holding regular meetings to explain plans and strategies.
You may think that some of your ideas are not achievable and there may be other options. Talking them through with a mentor will establish whether they are realistic and deliverable. Having someone to talk to about your ideas and plans is invaluable. If we think an idea will work, we’ll tell you and if it won’t work, we’ll tell you. There is no point spending time discussing matters that will not work – it’s time to move on!
Being realistic about the future of your business will help keep you ahead of your competitors, enabling you to grow and succeed. Chris will draw on his own experiences and share his knowledge with you, ensuring you take advantage of every opportunity, but also avoid the potential pitfalls.