Grow Your Team in 5 Hours a Week

Grow Your Team in 5 Hours a Week

Editor's Note: WeddingIQ is proud to endorse Sage Wedding Pros' business planning workshop, The Simple Plan! Kelly Simants and Michelle Loretta will be offering this two-day event in Chicago on June 16-17, and in Washington, DC on July 6-7. Visit them online at www.thesimpleplan.biz for more info and registration, and check out Kelly's guest post below!

In my previous life prior to the wedding industry, I was in Human Resources Management. People always ask me how they should go from being a solo entrepreneur to growing their team. My response is usually “5 hours a week." Usually it’s not realistic to hire a full-time employee right off the bat, or even after several years of being in business. So, in my opinion the best way to start growing your team is by doing so with a part-time, 5 hour a week position. Yes, that’s possible! There are so many people itching to get their foot in the door, and this is a great way for them to learn, gain exposure, and help you and your business at the same time.

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Planning for Success: Sage Wedding Pros

 Planning for Success: Sage Wedding Pros

I've been a big fan of Sage Wedding Pros for a long time - I've followed their blog forever, and spent three years as a local host for their awesome Thursday Therapy networking concept. Michelle Loretta and Kelly Simants are two of the warmest, most genuine leaders in the wedding industry, and I'm proud to consider them friends as well as colleagues.

With that said, I was delighted to hear they're bringing The Simple Plan, their business planning workshop, to the Washington, DC market this summer. Having a business plan is so important, and even if you didn't have one in place when you started (raises hand) it's never too late to get your business on track.

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Business Etiquette, In Case You Missed It

Business Etiquette, In Case You Missed It

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a huge fan of Sage Wedding Pros: I read their blog religiously and even signed on as a local host of their Thursday Therapy networking concept, because I believe in it (and them) so much.  Their advice is spot-on, and is so readable and relatable.  I think any wedding business owner could benefit from their knowledge.

Last week, Kelly Simants published a fantastic three-part primer on business etiquette.  These are points that seem almost obvious at first — who among us would admit they don’t know how to conduct themselves? — but, upon further consideration, are something we could all use a refresher on from time to time.  How many times do we see one wedding vendor throw another right under the proverbial bus?  How many people show up to industry events, only to congregate in a corner with the people who are already their BFFs?  How many times do we hear fellow vendors complain that they just don’t know why that bride didn’t book?

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