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    Saskia
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    I am new to this business – I am setting up a private practice as a midwife and am in need of some guidance, coaching, support and suggestions. But I don’t know (a) what I’m looking for, (b) how to find one and (c) what they do. So, any advice on who to ask and how to find it? I am in regional SA which makes it a smidge more challenging too.

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    MyGreatIdea
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    Very interesting idea…will you be involved in home births, hospital births, or both? I would imagine your insurance bill to be staggering !!

    There’s a couple of facebook pages that I think would help you – Natural Parenting Tips is a pretty big one. Could be worth following and adding your own comments. There’s a lot of argument/debate over birthing choices on the page.

    Look forward to hearing how you go !

    Wendy :)

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    Keeta Nova
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    Saskia,

    A great place to start is your local business enterprise centre, or a similar organisation that provides free or low-cost information within your community.

    The first things to think about are, what you want to achieve, how much money and time you want to invest, and the legal requirements of your chosen business.

    A business coach can help you with these answers or you can start thinking about them on your own. There are many listed here in the Flying Solo directory. Talk to them about what you need help with, and if they seem helpful, go with it. You’ll also find benefit from simply chatting to and networking with other small business owners.

    Keeta

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    If youre looking for a mentor, often its best if you approach someone whose success you want to emulate.

    So therefore, they must have elements to their business which you want to learn from/about. It doesnt necessarily have to be midwifery. Is there a successful business person within your area? Someone who seems to have great customer interaction. Or is a well known prominent business and you want to learn how they got like that. Someone who runs a successful business along similar ethical/professional beliefs/practice that you want to do (eg. specialising in naturopathy etc). Could you learn about marketing and brand awareness in a regional area from them? This way they can teach you, help you succeed without potentially feeling as if you are competition.

    How about a complementary business? So a successful baby photographer in the area? You can see how they find their clients, what contacts are good, and its a similar enough field that you can be on the same page.

    Are there any health professionals in your area in private practice? Personal trainers, chiropractors, physiotherapists? This could also help leverage the marketing of your business, but those contacts could be really helpful in a mentorship scenerio too.

    Just some thoughts.

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    erinna provided an excellent description of a mentor. A business coach will be your personal and very focused partner to help you clarify your goals, your obstacles, your motivations and find the best ways for you to become the successful and productive business owner you want to be.

    A mentor will show how and why to set up a business based upon their successes, using their experiences and wisdom. They guide you to operate their way.

    A business coach will help you set up and run your business towards your goals to allow you to fulfill your passions and priorities, follow your beliefs, and maximize your talents.

    Using a mentor or a business coach can be very beneficial to you. The key is to understand what you get from each one, and their purposes, so you will pick the best process for you.

    Bill

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    Saskia
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    Thankyou for that advice! I am pretty new to this area as well, which is making it a bit more challenging. I have found a small business networking group to get involved in, and will see what I find there.

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    Saskia
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    Keeta, post: 116925 wrote:
    Saskia,

    A great place to start is your local business enterprise centre, or a similar organisation that provides free or low-cost information within your community.

    Ahh I wish it was that easy! The closest BEC… isn’t so I am wondering if there’s a virtual one to tap in to? There seems to be a virtual everything else these days!

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    Hi Saskia,

    I would like to add a bit to both Erinna’s and Bill’s posts.

    I have always regarded a ‘Mentor’ as someone who has done it all before – that is some who is already successful in the same or similar business to yours. As Erinna said, a mentor will show you how they achieved their success and help you do the same by doing what they did. The challenge when looking for a mentor is finding some who is willing to mentor you – something that I associate more as a conversation with a kindly grandparent, rather than someone who is more interested in telling you how wonderful they are.

    A business coach can also be a mentor and also help you focus on what you want your business to become and help you develop plans and strategies to get you there – plus all the bits Bill said.

    With technologies like Skype and such, you can get mentored and coached by people on the other side of the world if you like, you don’t have to restrict your search to the local area (there are challenges there, but it can be done).

    Fairy Godmother? – you are on your own there :D

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