Do you ever have a day that goes by perfectly as planned? Everything flows smoothly and you don't have to rearrange your day or schedule for something unexpected? No? You're not alone. I don't think many people do have days like this, no matter how successful or productive they are.
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Small Business Ownership
As a small business owner, and one person team for everything - social media, networking, marketing, administration, finance, and all correspondence with clients, it can be hard to stay on the professional side of the line at all times. It can be a slippery slope and it can be hard to navigate the gray area! Here are my 5 steps to setting boundaries which will save you time and stress!
Starting a business is easy. Keeping it going is what tests you. Making it successful is what shows your character and resolve. Sometimes I think it'd be easier if I could just do one job or the other, or not blog and post on social media, or be able to read a book a week and sleep in until 10 every day. But that's not the solution.
One of the least popular topics to talk about with weddings are who to tip and how much. It's usually something I'm asked the week of the wedding or by a parent on the day of the wedding when they realize it's something they need to think about! It's really not a big secret, but here's what I tell my clients for tipping!
As an entrepreneur requiring new clients, new projects, and new agreements on a consistent basis, being on top of my game is critical. Every meeting, every email, every phone call is a job interview. And the wedding itself is what will either gain you a great new fan base or result in "bad press."
The last 2 days have been a total whirlwind... I've barely had a chance to catch my breath! I've been networking, learning, and thinking constantly about this business and my goals for it. Saturday evening I left for DC to attend a 2 day crash course all about weddings - The Bridal Society's Certification Course. What is this?
If you read my post about why weddings cost so much, this post will probably make a little bit more sense! This is a fairly new mindset as I'm a new business owner, but I wanted to share with you why asking for a discount might not be the simple question you think it is. Here are the 5 things that might cross a vendors mind when you ask for a discount!
As a recent bride and a relatively “new” to the industry wedding professional, I’m often still surprised that the average cost of an American wedding is $30,000. I’m equally surprised at how easy it is to surpass that mark when planning a relatively simple and modest wedding. It’s got me paying close attention to why things cost as much as they do, and what you’re actually paying for when you hire someone for your wedding.
Back in November, I started instagramming hints about an upcoming Chickadee announcement. Then I started posting regularly on Facebook, started encouraging my readers and audience to sign up for my newsletter, and then even launched my blog. All during that time, my goal was to launch my brand new website at the conclusion of my 20-week launch countdown! I figured that if I set a realistic goal with that much time to prepare, there was no way I could miss it. This was a strategic, smart, plan that would be hard to fail at.
I've never been one to rush things. When my friends were dating and serious with their significant others, I never felt the pressure to hurry up and settle down. When my friends had their jobs and careers and knew what they wanted to do I was only frustrated because I wanted to be doing something that I enjoyed, not because I felt like I was falling behind. So I suppose that it makes sense that my mentality with Chickadee is to grow slowly and purposefully.
I wrote this over a year ago, shortly after I had decided to start my own event planning business and we had decided that 2015 was the year we were going to run a half-marathon. I never planned to publish this post, but reading back over it, it's such a great reminder of how to perservere and to keep moving forward when God tells you to do something. Today, I hope this inspires you!
My best friend recently told me "Weddings bring out weird in people." And it's so true. Take every family reunion, every holiday meal, every tension-filled family debate and multiply it. That's how much passion people have when it comes to weddings! Sometimes this can be a GREAT thing. Channeling that passion in the right way - into joy, excitement, and happiness can turn an event into a once in a lifetime experience that everyone will cherish. And many, many weddings ARE like that.
When I was a little girl, I would play make-believe with my best friend. We made up stories about living in the outdoors, being orphans and having to take care of ourselves, being animals, being princess, being - well, really anything we wanted to be at that moment. I remember when we picked what age we were going to "be" that I almost always picked 26. Why? I don't know. But it seemed like a good responsible age. Leave it to my independent self to know that when I was 8 years old, being able to take care of myself would be a huge source of pride.
"What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." This romantic quote springs to my mind anytime someone asks me why I named my business Chickadee Events. And while that might be true for flowers, for business names, I think picking the right name is incredibly important.
I often catch myself saying, "I'll get there. I'll be ready when it's time for me to be ready." And my goodness, this is what gets me into trouble with procrastination! How easy is it for us to put things off because we're not ready for them? If we lived our lives like this, we would never accomplish anything.
It started when I was about 5 years old. I was dressed in an adorable little dress, standing in the front row of a small choir of children in my childhood church. My hands were shaking, my face was bright red, and before I could do anything to calm down, it was my time to sing. I sang my solo - my first solo - on that day. It was the beginning of me recognizing that I had a talent, something that made me unique.
Every New Year sparks the conversation of goals and resolutions. Usually we hear how resolutions have failed for the past year, and often the conversations I hear are discouraging. I think it's because it's easy to say you want to do something, but it's so much harder to plan to meet your goal. It feels good to say you're going to accomplish something, but it takes dedication and perserverance to actually reach your goal.
Working with other people can be such a rewarding experience. I love getting to know new people, figuring out what gives them joy, and learning how they work! Perhaps that's the leadership nerd in me coming out :) While I love getting to work with new people, it can be really frustrating to work with people who don't communicate clearly.
I wrote this a year ago, shortly after I told my husband that one of my New Year's resolutions was to start my own event planning business. Since I haven't formally started a blog until now, it's been sitting in draft form until now!