Becoming a mentor

Passing on your business knowledge to help another person succeed can be a rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. By drawing upon your experience in business, you can help another person like you start, manage, grow or exit their business.

Mentors are genuine business people who give their time to support other people in business. As a mentor, your role is to support your mentee business owner to navigate inevitable challenges and motivate them to seek potential opportunities.

Mentors are not coaches or consultants. They are not trying to sell services or products. Being a mentor is a way of giving back, sharing business experience, and helping a mentee move forward in their business. It can also be a way to widen your network and get to know other people doing business in your community.

It’s up to you how much time you’re able to commit as a mentor, but usually, only a few hours a month is needed. You’ll also choose the mentee you work with. Mentees may be small business owners, start-up entrepreneurs or not-for-profit decision-making executives.

To find our more about being a mentor or mentee check out the Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) website.