5 benefits of having a business mentor

A business mentor is someone who can help you:

  1. Avoid mistakes
  2. Overcome obstacles
  3. Guide you in the right direction
  4. Connect you with other influencers/business owners/clients
  5. Continue to learn

I am blessed to have a business mentor!

She’s someone who I trust, she’s run a business for over 10 years, and she is always open to learning as well.

How did I find my mentor?

At first, my mentor was a client. In May 2016, I approached her to run her business’ social media accounts. Over time, our relationship grew and I found myself learning more about my craft, and expanding my skill set. She challenged me to continue learning, and I was determined to constantly improve.

What does my mentor teach me?

Instead of just running the social media accounts, I made her a website, ran the newsletter, organized files, and learned more about how to run a business. I learned how she handles the daily stresses of running a successful business, and I learned different strategies to manage priorities, events, and commitments. I saw first-hand some of the daily challenges she faces and realized I should be more empathetic towards small-business owners.

How can you find a mentor? 

There are a few ways to find a mentor. You could:

  1. Ask a previous/current boss
  2. Join a professional organization
  3. Attend networking events with a focus on mentorship
  4. Reach out via LinkedIn, e-mail or social media
  5. Offer value to someone you admire
  6. Ask around to see if anyone knows of someone who might be a good fit

Do you have a mentor or a mentorship story you want to share? Find me on social media to chat! Twitter @ambitiousadults and Facebook 

How to overcome fear and get rewarded

My yoga studio is hosting a challenge with a focus on Abundance, we are encouraged to be aware and grateful so today, I reflected on how full my life is! I have a loving family, an amazing and supportive partner, great friends, a house, a steady job, and a successful freelance gig. When I look back on how I got here, I can pinpoint a lot of my successes to a moment when I overcame fear.

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How I made an extra $2,000 a month!

I’ve always picked up odd jobs and had side hustles. Around the time I bought my house, I landed a freelance job doing social media/ communications for a local business. This quickly evolved. To- date, I have a handful of steady clients and I do social media, marketing, data management and analysis, content creation and one-off consultations.

Through freelancing and side gigs, I was able to add (roughly) an extra $2,000 into my monthly income. Most of this extra money goes straight into savings and travel.

Meanwhile, my regular salary pays my mortgage, bills, day-to-day expenses and my expensive habit of eating out every day.

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Re-branding… AGAIN #AmbitiousAdulting

When I first began blogging in the Summer of 2016, I wrote about fixing up my house and being a homeowner. My blog was called Hammer Home and I wanted an outlet to organize my photos and share what I was learning. My blog continued to grow but I found it hard to stick to just writing about home-ownership. 


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How I repaid my $12,000 Homebuyer’s Plan in less than a year

On May 25 2016, I bought my house. I used my savings in my TFSA and RRSP, and learned a plethora of new terms very quickly. One of these terms was a Homebuyer’s Plan.

Essentially, these are funds you can use from your RRSP to purchase your first home.

Here’s the catch… you have to pay the Homebuyer’s Plan back within 15 years. At first, I was scared… how was I going to do this? I had a pile of bills, maintenance, renovation costs and a down payment I was going to have to pay and really didn’t know what I was getting into. My financial advisor said he knew I’d be able to pay it back in time but I was not so sure. Continue reading “How I repaid my $12,000 Homebuyer’s Plan in less than a year”