How to Create a Company Manual for Your Wedding Business

How to Create a Company Manual for Your Wedding Business

Earlier this week, we outlined how to create systems and workflows for your wedding business, and how to write job descriptions for yourself and everyone else on your team (including people you'll hire in the future). In today's post, we'll put together those things with some other important information to create your own company manual.

I know: "company manual" sounds pretty impersonal, doesn't it? Whether you call it that, or a handbook, or a field guide, or a bible, it's an important part of running a successful business of any kind. You probably received one in many of the 9-5 jobs you had before diving into the wedding industry, and it can benefit your business in many of the same ways it benefits the corporate giants.

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Flashback Friday: Are You Honoring Your Own Contract, Revisited

Flashback Friday: Are You Honoring Your Own Contract, Revisited

(Editor's note: Today, we're rolling out a new semi-regular Friday post series, in which we revisit some classic WeddingIQ posts to see how our perspective may have changed over time, and/or to provide some updated insight and resources on topics that remain relevant today!)

This month on the blog, we've been sharing content on topics related to the legal, financial and operational aspects of your wedding business. Of course, these are perennial responsibilities that we as business owners have to maintain consistently (which, admittedly, is sometimes easier said than done). We were fortunate to have attorney Autumn Witt Boyd share her knowledge of the importance of effective client contracts earlier this week, and another of our attorney friends, Annette Stepanian, has created a great set of customizable contract templates (with an exclusive afflilate link for WeddingIQ readers here!)

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Contracts 101: An Attorney's Perspective on on the Importance of Client Agreements

Contracts 101: An Attorney's Perspective on on the Importance of Client Agreements

(Editor's note: Today's guest post was submitted by attorney Autumn Witt Boyd, who serves creative business owners in a variety of capacities. We're thrilled to have her valuable contribution to our monthly content theme of legal and financial issues.Read more about Autumn at the end of the post!)

You already know you need a written contract with your clients, right? 
 
Contracts help both sides work together more smoothly, because there are no questions about what everyone has agreed to. It’s all there in black and white. No one has that feeling in the pit of their stomach about what could happen if things go wrong – you’ve already talked about it, and you both know exactly where you stand.

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Independent Contractors vs. Employees: What Wedding Pros Need to Know

Independent Contractors vs. Employees: What Wedding Pros Need to Know

(Editor's note: We're thrilled to kick off our March content theme of all the operational "stuff" you need to manage in order to maintain a successful business - contracts, bookkeeping, client and team member management, and more. Today we welcome guest contributor Annette Stepanian, an attorney who's generously provided some fantastic advice for wedding business owners and other creative professionals. Take it away, Annette!)

You’ve decided to hire some extra help for your wedding business. Perhaps you’re now sending all of your graphic design needs to a local graphic designer or maybe you’ve hired an assistant to help with the day of work for an upcoming event.
 
Before hiring your next worker, it’s important to understand the distinction between what makes a worker an independent contractor versus an employee and what that means for you, the business owner. Improperly classifying a worker as an independent contractor can be quite costly for your business.

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Problem Vendors Part 5: Illegal Businesses Practicing Business Illegally

Problem Vendors Part 5: Illegal Businesses Practicing Business Illegally

Of all the problem vendor behaviors we've written about this month - expanding unethically, wedding show shadiness, marketing while working, and poaching people - is there anything more shady than running a business in a straight-up illegal fashion? In spite of the fact that wedding vendors may be divided on just about everything when it comes to running a business, we'd think one thing everyone would agree on is that operating a legitimate company, and adhering to the law in one's business practices, is a pretty basic standard of functioning. Apparently that's not everyone's standard, though.

We've personally observed a number of business owners completely flouting the law when it comes to their marketing and operations, and have heard horror stories of others' experiences with these kinds of companies. And frankly, it sucks. It sucks for a lot of reasons, and here are just a few:

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