If you’re motivated to start a blog or establish a writing career, but feel perplexed about getting started, mentorship or coaching could be just what you need.
It can help you to seize the day and gain confidence in your next steps. It also introduces some accountability to make sure you follow through on your plans!
This will probably seem like a strange way to introduce a service – but I never originally set out to offer mentorship.
It came about as a result of me asking my own blog subscribers to tell me what would help them. I discovered there was huge demand for someone who’d already “been around the block a few times” to guide new writers and bloggers.
I decided – reluctantly at first(!) – to offer just a few pre-booked mentorship / coaching slots each month.
There’s no shortage of people offering such services online. However, having personally paid for help of my own in the past, I know that some individuals in this sector do things in a cynical and formulaic way. They essentially work through a set script with their clients, caring more about their fee than about genuinely helping people achieve their goals.
You can expect something very different from me, and something a lot more bespoke.
“The amount of attention Ben gave my site before we even talked impressed me – and confirmed that I made the right decision in booking a mentoring session with him. Thanks to Ben, I now have the direction and tools that I need to continue to grow.” Kristine Lutzo, EudaiLife.com. April 2019.
As you can discover here, I’m somewhat renowned for my honesty. That means that if I don’t think your blog idea has a chance of making any money, you can count on me to tell you. Similarly, if after reading your writing samples and seeing your CV it seems unlikely you’ll ever make any money as a writer, I will gently let you know.
This isn’t a bad thing! We can probably work together to find a blog idea that will work. Or, I can show you where you’re going wrong with your writing and help you to improve.
There’s absolutely no point in mentorship without honesty.
How can I Help?
With private one-to-one coaching, these are the kind of things I can help you with:
- Working out whether your blog ideas could make you money and helping you take your first steps.
- Reviewing your resumé and freelance profiles to help you improve them.
- Looking at your existing website and suggesting tried and tested improvements.
- Helping you develop a step-by-step plan to kick off a writing career.
“I really appreciate the thought and research you put in before the call, and the summary afterwards. You promised honesty and delivered, preventing ventures down unproductive avenues.” R. Young, April 2019.
How Does it Work?
If you’ve looked into services like this before, you may notice my site isn’t littered with the usual “sign up now” buttons and requests for your credit card details. I don’t work like that.
There’s a lot of information on this page because I’m not selling “off the rack.”
If you’d like to book a session, the first thing to do is get in touch via my contact form or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell me a bit about yourself and what you’d like to cover. Most importantly, tell me what your objectives are and what you’d like the session to achieve.
We will probably exchange a few email messages to sort out the details. This is because I only offer very limited slots (a few each month) and only work with people I genuinely feel I can help.
“I highly recommend hiring Ben as a mentor. The session of amazing advice alone would be enough, but the fact he researches your freelance profiles and writing samples, asks what you’d like to get out of your session and then sends extensive follow-up notes after, make it practically a bargain! Invest a little in yourself and the money you spend on Ben will come back to you tenfold. Thanks for the awesome job!” AH, July 2019.
If you don’t already know of me from my existing content, I’d also suggest reading a few of my articles, either on the blog section here or over at HomeWorkingClub. This will give you an idea of how I think and communicate, and whether we would be a good fit for each other. My blogging tips and writing jobs for beginners articles are a decent place to start.
If we agree that we can work together, I’ll send you a link to my online booking system and a PayPal invoice for payment. Organising appointments online allows me to offer you a choice of time slots, accounting for time zone differences. It also means we don’t have to send a dozen emails back and forth to arrange a mutually convenient time!
I conduct sessions via video call using Skype or Zoom, both of which are reliable and allow me to share my screen to show you things.
- All the necessary communications in advance of your session so we are both clear on what’s being covered.
- A review of anything you wish to send me before we start – such as the link to your existing blog, your CV, or some examples of your writing so far.
- Your one-to-one mentorship / coaching session – lasting 40 minutes or one hour (see below).
- A follow-up action plan detailing your next steps.
“The one-on-one session exceeded my expectations. It is clear to me that Ben’s passion is to help people succeed – by providing a behind-the-scenes look at the skills and tools needed.” KL, April 2019.
What’s NOT Included?
People always tell you what you get, but never tell you what you don’t! But there are some things I cannot do:
- Become the “go-to” technical support person for your blog.
- Guarantee you a lucrative new career, merely as the result of one video call.
- Respond to an unlimited number of follow-up questions after the session. I will happily help within reason, but there obviously must be limits!
What does it Cost?
Ah, the big question.
One to one coaching isn’t a cheap service to deliver. I cannot do any other work to earn money while I’m working with you. However, I’ve tried to pitch my prices to make things as affordable as possible.
A one hour session, as described above, costs US$149.
A 40-minute session, as described above, costs US$129.
(Costs in other currencies provided on request).
Occasional discounts are available for long-term readers of my blogs.
If you can’t stretch to private coaching, there are other options. There’s plenty of free info on the WriteBlogEarn blog, and LOADS more on HomeWorkingClub. You could also consider joining a group blogging workshop or taking a course at your own pace.
Another option worth considering is asking for a session as a gift. If you struggle to think what to ask for for your birthday or Christmas present, why not ask a loved one to treat you?