We're Not Letting WeddingIQ Be Foiled by Fear Anymore - Here's Why, and Here's What's Next

We're Not Letting WeddingIQ Be Foiled by Fear Anymore - Here's Why, and Here's What's Next

How often do you feel afraid as you run your business?

Maybe it's that you feel you project a level of success or expertise that you haven't quite earned, and that makes you feel like a fraud. Or maybe you feel like you're hiding behind a professional image that's too traditionally businesslike, feminine/masculine, conservative or "high-end" and you don't truly identify with it. Or, maybe you're scared shitless of the enormity of running a business, knowing what's at stake for you, your dependents, the clients who hire you and the colleagues who refer you.

I'd venture to guess we've all had those fearful feelings at some point or another. I certainly have; in fact, I have them pretty much on the regular.

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Flashback Friday: Wedding Pros' Event Day Irritants & Vendor Pet Peeves, Revealed

Flashback Friday: Wedding Pros' Event Day Irritants & Vendor Pet Peeves, Revealed

As our loyal WeddingIQ readers know, we eagerly solicit anonymous rants from our colleagues in the wedding industry, with the purpose of bringing other professionals' real feelings into the spotlight. Let's face it: sharing our real thoughts can be hard, especially when we don't want to jeopardize our referral relationships or make our next networking event even more awkward.

Collecting anonymous submissions from our readers enables us to bring up problematic issues and actions for discussion here on the site, and to determine what's important to the people who follow our blog. (With that in mind, we invite you to submit your own anonymous rant, or, if anonymity isn't your thing, email us directly with what matters most to you!)

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Friday Five: 5 Anonymous Rants With Feeling

Friday Five: 5 Anonymous Rants With Feeling

So this week, I was speaking at a workshop in Florida while Kyle held down the fort here at WeddingIQ. I enjoyed both her posts this week, especially her post on maintaining a positive attitude even as your business becomes overwhelming.

While pondering a post topic for this week's Friday Five series, I decided to go back to the anonymous rants we've been receiving recently. (For anyone who doesn't already know, we accept completely anonymous submissions from readers on hot button issues in our industry: vendor behaviors that piss you off, business practices that irk you, whatever. You can send us yours by clicking the button on the sidebar.)

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Friday Feels: Flooding the Market With Faulty Business Practices

Friday Feels: Flooding the Market With Faulty Business Practices

As our readers surely know, we regularly collect submissions via our "Super Secret, Super Anonymous Rants" form. Wedding professionals are able to use that form to share their thoughts, concerns and pet peeves about their fellow vendors, clients, and the wedding industry as a whole. It's been an invaluable resource to Kyle and me in crafting content for this blog, and constantly keeps us informed of what really matters to our readers. We appreciate the time that each and every one of you have taken in reaching out to us with your input.

Usually, the "rants" we receive either are used to inspire articles or are presented in a group post format. Occasionally, however, we receive one that's so thought-provoking and well-written, it's worthy of a standalone post. One that we received this week totally fit that criteria.

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When Teamwork Turns to Mooching: On the Importance of Being Prepared

When Teamwork Turns to Mooching: On the Importance of Being Prepared

As the owner of my DJ business, but not someone who works "in the field," I get to avoid many of the on-site headaches experienced by many wedding professionals. (Hence why the submissions to our Super Secret, Super Anonymous Rants form are so mind-boggling.) It's always interesting to hear about others' experiences working at weddings, and the myriad of ways that vendors make each other's jobs harder.

In a conversation with a colleague last week, I was informed that it's not at all uncommon for vendors to show up completely unprepared to fulfill their own contracts. This particular person's service requires electricity, and he was explaining how often other vendors ask to use his cables and other supplies. In some cases, it's the wedding planner pressuring him to share his resources in the name of "working together." What an awkward position to be put in, right?

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