What’s the Difference between a Mentor and a Coach?

Nov 6, 2021


Let’s talk mentors – I think there’s a lot that goes unsaid about mentors when it comes to making our businesses thrive! I often see mentors and coaches being talked about and

people seeing them as the same thing. But that’s not the case at all – both are really important for professional development so it’s worth knowing the difference between the 2. And from there you can decide if you’re interested in working with one or both even.

Here are 3 differences between a mentor and a coach


Having a mentor shouldn’t cost you a thing. If you see any websites or programmes charging you to work with a mentor, run! The person mentoring you should be doing it to help someone out, not as a service. A coach is someone who’s services you need to pay for.

Giving direction

A mentor is there to point you in the right direction and to help connect some of the dots along the way. They may be really supportive but they aren’t expected to do the leg work. When working with a coach, you’re likely to realise they will be asking you to take the steps you need to take to progress but they will bee much more hands on in terms of providing resources and structure for and with you.


It’s up to you how long you work with a coach or mentor, but it’s important to keep in mind that a mentor may be able to support you across many different stages of your career. Enjoy the process and maybe think about how you can use the experience to mentor someone yourself in the future!


Would you add any more differences to the list? I find it so interesting as I think working with both at certain points is really important and helpful! Make sure to come on over to The Visibility Hub, our community of likeminded experts and entrepreneurs to share your thoughts too! And if you’re interested in working on a 1-to-1 basis, pop me an email at hello@jessicabendien.com

Here’s to working with coaches or mentors who are ready to uplift you. I can’t wait to support you.

Jessica x

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