Have you been freelancing for a while now with less success than you had hoped for when you started out? Maybe you’re just getting started on the freelance scene and feel like a fish out of water. Whatever concerns you have about freelancing, many of them can be resolved with a freelancing mentor.
What is a freelancing mentor?
The concept of finding a freelance mentor is not a new one. Plenty of freelancers do it. A freelancing mentor is simply someone who has found success as a freelancer and is willing to share their success stories, guidance, ideas, and suggestions with you.
Some mentors are paid, others ask for a slice of whatever money they help you make as a freelancer, and some just do it out of the kindness of their hearts.
Why do I need one?
You might be wondering why you need a mentor if you read blogs like this one on a regular basis. The truth of the matter is, even though we try to tailor our blog posts to your needs, there’s no way that we (or any other blog for that matter) can know the individual needs of each of our readers every single day.
We can guess – and, frankly, sometimes we come pretty close. But we can never know for sure.
A mentor can be your personal guide to the freelancing jungle. They can help you understand the ins-and-outs of freelance business: finding clients, deciding on rates, and building your brand. Because, let’s admit it, not all outstanding designers are outstanding businessmen or businesswomen.
If you’ve been struggling to get your design business off the ground, maybe what you need is a personal freelancing mentor.
Where do I find one?
I wish I had an easy answer for this question, but there are a million place you could potentially find a good mentor. You could leave a comment on this post (for starters) in hopes that you might connect with a potential mentor.
You might also consider looking in the following places:
- Freelance Forums
Forums that discuss freelancing can be one of the best places to find a mentor, ask questions, and get personalized answers.
- Among your colleagues
Perhaps there’s a mentor in your circle of trust already. If there’s a friend who always offers solid advice, perhaps you can approach them about establishing a more solidified mentor relationship.
- Within your social networks
If you’re anything like me, you interact with hundreds and thousands of people every month via social media. Use this awesome tool as a way to find your mentor.
- At your place of work
Many freelancers have yet to quit their day job. And many of your coworkers probably have a side-business just like you. Chances are, you can learn from each other.
- In the classroom
If you’re still a student, take advantage of students who are older, wiser, or more experienced than you. It’s likely many of your classmates are running side gig to get through school. If no students pull through, find a teacher who can become a mentor to you.
An attempt to connect you with a mentor
If you’re looking for a mentor, leave a comment on this post. If you’d like to give back (and maybe make a few bucks on the side) leave a comment on this post. I wish there were a better forum in which to do this, but if this post can be of any help in connecting freelance designers with a much-needed mentor, I’d love for that to happen.
Where else can you find mentors? Do you have a mentor? Are they really necessary? What do you think?