Have you ever had a great idea for a business, a side-line hustle or passion project, an idea that you got sooo excited about, you couldn’t wait to share it with your friends and family…
But then the moment you shared it, your dream got shattered...
Yup I’ve heard them all!
In today's video I’m going to talk about the two important lessons we’ve learned from building a thriving crafting business.
When we started our kids crafting club, we had sooo many people telling us reasons why we should NOT do it.
In fact one of my dearest friend’s exact words to me were:
“Stefanie, you know 5 out of 7 new businesses fail and you’ve got such a great steady job, don’t be silly.”
Before we started our club I worked as an engineer and on my last day, at my going away party, an ex-colleague said:
”Is an arts and crafts club even a real business?”
Ouch, I know!
Fast forward a few years. Now I can tell you, two of the most important things I’ve learnt in my journey of building a thriving creative business are:
Christelle and I are firm believers in studying and learning from mentors. Over the years we’ve had a number of mentors and they have been fundamental to the success of our business.
When we were still running Canvas Club as a franchise we consulted a business coach and mentor called Kathy on a monthly basis.
She really opened our eyes to how unique our business is and the impact it can have on helping kids develop confidence to create and experiment. We also learnt the power of community and creating a collaboration culture in your business.
When we took our business online and started our membership we started learning from Amy Porterfield, online marketing expert and Stu McLaren, who is the go to for learning running a membership. They have made a huge impact on our business and lives and we will forever be thankful to them.
Whether you are just starting out or you are growing your business, having a mentor is so important.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is someone who has gone before you. This is someone who has learnt the lessons and has succeeded.
It’s someone who has created a life and business similar to the one you dream of creating.
Now, you want to make sure that you’re learning from someone who aligns with your vision and the goals that you have set for your life and your business.
Someone who has accomplished similar things in their life and business. Someone who has succeeded in the areas where YOU want to succeed.
All right. Let’s get to the good stuff.
I’m going to share my top 4 tips on finding a mentor that will help you grow your business:
Starting and growing a business can be overwhelming and if you have too many mentors and too many opinions you will get even more overwhelmed and stunt your growth.
Now you may have dozens of people that you follow online and who’s books you’ve read and who you admire and may want to consider them all your mentors, but coming from experience it really is best to have 1 or maximum 2 mentors.
This allows you to build trust and invest energy into learning from their content, resources and courses or trainings.
The amazing thing about finding a great mentor is that they can give you tools and content that you can directly apply to your business and even your life.
A mentor doesn’t have to be someone who you have one on one sessions with, it can be as part of an online course or membership. Just make sure that they are willing to share their exact learnings and resources with you. You need to see the specifics, I'm talking about all the details!
For example in our membership, Creative Crafting Club, we share with our members our exact marketing strategies and materials, processes, tools, step by step lesson plans. We share all the things that we’ve had to learn the hard way so that our members don’t have to make the same mistakes we did.
Do you see what I mean? Your mentor needs to be sharing enough so that you can learn exactly how to run your business.
You can google until you’re blue in the face, watch free YouTube videos, and try to piece things together yourself, but the beautiful thing about investing in a mentor that comes in the form of let’s say a membership program, is that you can stop wasting your time guessing and really get the answers you need from somebody that you know has gone before you with a proven roadmap.
It is scary to invest in yourself? Yes.
Is it necessary? Absolutely!
We invested in courses and memberships to get where we are today, and believe me we had fears and doubted whether it would be worth it, but oh boy am I glad we did! It accelerated our growth and we have made so many like-minded friends. You don’t have to go at it alone.
The investment may be scary but you save so much time and avoid so many mistakes if you follow someone who has gone before you.
What I mean here is to find a mentor that comes with a community that ‘get you’. It’s easy to get stuck at different points in your journey of starting, running and growing a business.
Having a community to lean into makes all the difference. Online communities are great because you can share with the community where you are getting stuck and in a matter of minutes or hours the community, all with their own unique perspectives and experiences, can help you get unstuck.
We see this in our CCC community every day and it’s beautiful to see. Members are sharing their experiences, fears, obstacles and learnings. They are sharing advice and giving guidance and are all learning and growing together in the process.
So when you decide on your mentor, make sure you gain a community too. This is invaluable as well.
If you’re looking to start or grow a kids crafting club, Christelle and I would love to be your mentors. If you don't know us that well yet a good place to start would be to join our free Facebook group. There are conversations happening there every day on how to start and grow a kids crafting club - online, in person or with craft kits.
You can also join the waiting list for our membership, Creative Crafting Club and we will send you our free information pack. We open for enrolment a few times a year.
I hope you feel more clear about finding a mentor who will help you move forward in your journey of starting and growing your kids crafting club.
So, let's recap what we talked about in this episode.
Find and surround yourself with people who inspire and support you. Find mentors who have gone before you who can share their secrets to success with you.
Remember the 4 tips on finding a mentor that will help you grow your business:
Now, I’d love to hear from you.
Who are your mentors and what impact have they had on your life and business?
Let us know in the comments.
Until next time, cheers!