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Nicole Adams is a certified translator and editor who runs a boutique translation business specialising in German/English marketing, PR and business translations around the world. She first decided to join Get Mentoring for “the wonderful feeling of sharing experiences with colleagues, and seeing them utilise information to boost their business”.
As a self-employed professional who found the process of starting up to be incredibly time consuming, she believes that the guidance of a mentor can make a huge difference in helping entrepreneurs build a successful business.

She says,
“I didn’t have the benefit of a mentor when I was starting out and I had to dig through dozens of online forums, internet articles and hardcopy books to find the information I was after. Often the very specific information wasn’t available and I had to learn the hard way through trial and error. It would have been helpful to have someone to turn to for guidance, even if they weren’t from a translation background.”

Nicole began mentoring whilst still living in Reading, where she originally started her business, but she has since relocated to Australia. Determined not to let the move stop her from mentoring enterprises in the UK, Nicole utilised Proz.com, the world’s largest translation portal, to work with three UK-based mentees from her new home in Adelaide – as well as keeping up-to-date on all the latest mentoring developments thanks to Mentoring Monthly. And Nicole says that thanks to modern technology and social networking the distance hasn’t been an obstacle at all:

“We’ve found corresponding through emails or Skype to be really straightforward, while the translation portal offers great private forums to facilitate communication. One of my mentees is also very active on social media, so I’ve been able to follow her Twitter feed and view her Facebook contributions about the translation industry. My mentees usually report on their progress every few weeks, which gives them time to compile a list of concerns, questions and issues which we can discuss in a structured manner.”

And it isn’t just fellow translators that Nicole feels she is able to work with in this way. Nicole says,
“I would definitely consider mentoring someone in a different industry through the IOEE or a similar mentoring organisation. I believe all small business owners are faced with similar questions or issues when they first start out, regardless of the industry they are in.”

Having seen first-hand the way that other countries approach the world of business, Nicole also thinks that we are incredibly fortunate in the UK to have resources such as the Get Mentoring scheme available for new small enterprises, sole proprietors and freelancers:

“Working in Australia has made me realise what a wealth of workshops, conferences, mentoring programmes, etc. we have in Britain. People can be left to fend for themselves a little more when they start out over here and that means that Australian enterprises find it harder to lay the groundwork for their business. I think things are beginning to change, but I’ve certainly found that nobody bats an eyelid in the UK when you tell them you are self-employed whereas in Australia it is seen as a more exotic option.”

Nicole is currently planning a move to Brisbane at the end of the year but, as she’s already proved, relocating her business won’t hinder her ability to mentor.

Nicole’s business NYA Communications can be found at www.nyacommunications.com

Posted on by natalieparker | Posted in Case Studies, Get Mentoring Monthly