Before you run out and hire a coach, it is important to clarify the difference between a teacher, a coach, and a mentor.

  • teacher is someone who has studied a topic enough to be able to teach what she has learned to others.
  • mentor is someone who has experience in your industry creating success for herself and can show you the way.
  • coach is someone who can help you with the internal aspects of entrepreneurship, personal growth, setting goals, and facing fears and resistance.

Get a combination of guidance in growing your business and developing personal skills. Hire experienced business teachers in the short term to learn skills you need to execute your business (such as taking short courses or seminars). For long-term consistency, consider a highly-trained coach, preferably with proven success and business experience, who can help you with your mindset as you face the internal challenges of executing the plans and growing your business.