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I can tell you as a mentor that its no more organized on our end (web dashboard)
It's up the the other person to respond.
I would make a few recomendations though.
1. Just like Job hunting, Its a numbers game. Email ~4-6 mentors at once, wait a week, rinse and repeat.
2. This site is a good portal. But dont put all your eggs in one basket, search though volunteer reseouces if necisary.
3. If you are pressed for time, be more vigorous.
4. If you only need advice (consultation), and not in-depth hands on help, state that up front. Mentors may be busy, so If they know that can just start by having a 1 hour consulting conversation/phone call, they may be more willing to help. (Its hard to know how much time comitment a project will be going in)
5. lay out a short plan with steps and resuse it with each mentor (easier) and be specific but still short and sweet. *EXAMPLE: I am trying to make a website - A. I need help planning the process (business plan, website planning, budgeting, etc). B. I need help with a specific process (How do I get a DBA ?, etc)
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Hello and I again thank you for responding. I also reached out to you and followed your advice and thus far have not heard from you.
William I am relly beginning to feel as though this site is not for me. It has been my experience through a few sites that I encounter mentors, consultans, businsess coaches, clarity etc and I am starting to get the feeling that with their expertise and having either been and/or is currently a business owner yet it appears that once they learn of your ideas, great plans, etc you may send them your business plans, or other related materials that you have spent many sleepless nights to create and you shar and never hear from them again.
One example is with having my site looked at, the person took it upn themselves to copy my site (their excuse) was backing it up although I already have that it place, then took it upon themselves to make contact with the software engineers that I recently partned with and when it was brought to my attention they claim that they wanted to learn more about it.
At this point William I think it would be best if I just continue on my own and in moving forward use a non disclosure shuld I consider engaging further services either through mentoring, freelance/outsourcing etc. I am authentic by nature so I am sure that I will do just fine. Hey I did not come this far in the business because I am slow despite having 2 master degrees and an abundance of experience in my field. I hink the biggest issue for me is learning to trust myself more.
I again thank yu for your advice.
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It seems like you are smart and have a good handle on things.
Project lots of confidence and turn people down you do not respect to do a good job. If you have the money and the ideas then you are in complete control. You hold the cards. If the idea(product) is good, then they should be begging you to contribute, not the other way around.
If you actually already have a well laid out printed business plan and budgeting and an a timeframe planed, then you are already in the top 10% of entrepreneurs. Get a loan (get funding) and hire professionals if the idea can stand on its own.
Most entrepreneurs fall into one of two catagories: 1. Confident people who just have ideas that aren't good enough to work compete. or 2. People will good ideas and planning who don't give themslelves enough credit.
As for the NDA, without knowing more details, I would be hardpressed to say without knowing more, but if you feel concerned about it, better safe than sorry.
You know yourslelf better than anyone. Act on your own impressions and take your own advice above anyone elses, but do it with confidence and happiness.
Half of success is just doing that.