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High-end wedding and events co-ordinator Seyi Olusanya started her business after being asked for advice from friends and families to plan occasions. Now she’d like to use her knowledge and experience to help new businesses find their feet. Find out why she thinks that mentoring comes naturally to Mumpreneurs like herself.

Like many of the mentors who have enrolled on the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring course, Seyi Olusanya found that her success in business led to more and more people asking her for advice and guidance. In fact, the success of Seyi’s wedding and events business, Cedar Events, has encouraged her to make her informal mentoring more structured over the past 4 or 5 years with colleagues, associates and the interns she takes on every year. Seyi says,

“I find that I’m drawn to people, or that others are drawn to me in order to share experiences and ask for advice. My own business stemmed from helping friends and family organise events when they came to me for a bit of help, to the point where I thought, ‘I really enjoy this and I know I can make a business out of it.’ Now I’m 10 years down the line and I’m working all over the world from Dubai, to France, to South Africa. I went along to the Get Mentoring workshop as much to see if I was actually helping people in the right way as anything else, but the training opened my eyes to lots of things I didn’t know I could do with mentoring.”

Through the course Seyi discovered that she could gain membership to the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and utilise its online directories, learning resources and networking facilities. Not only that but Seyi came out of the half-day course in London as both a mentor and a mentee:

“One of the additional benefits of the course was having some time to network with the other mentors. I met another businesswoman there who deals in sourcing goods from China and the Far East. We’ve since struck up a mentoring relationship as she’s been supporting me in aspects of my own work.”

The mother of three says that honesty is key to mentoring and that one shouldn’t be afraid to share failures as well as successes with a mentee. She says it is important to acknowledge that nobody ever gets everything their own way, but that keeping the bigger picture in mind can help entrepreneurs to avoid letting setbacks dishearten them. Seyi likes to think that as a connector and motivator she can support a new business in building the confidence and also the networks necessary to succeed. Asked who she could see herself mentoring, she says,

“A new business in the events industry would be an obvious choice, but I think that anything in hospitality or perhaps travel would give me a real sense of enjoyment.”

As a Mumpreneur Seyi also believes that women with children in a similar position as her have a lot to offer:

“I think that Mumpreneurs are perfect candidates. Women are natural networkers anyway, it’s something that is built into our DNA. And I think there’s a real sense of community amongst parents in similar positions, which makes them want to help each other. That’s something I found very early on with Cedar Events – people are a lot more willing to share and give their time and knowledge than you think. People genuinely don’t mind being approached and mentees who are pressed for time, trying to juggle their work and family, certainly shouldn’t feel that asking for support is a sign that they are doing something wrong.”

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