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Wedding Planning From Home

The Wedding Planning Business

Have you been dreaming of working from home while doing something you love? That was me a few short years ago. Then I made a decision that changed my life. I started a wedding planning business.

At 18, I had an event planning internship and fell in love withe the business. From then on, I dreamed of having my own wedding planning business someday. It took ten years, but at 28 years old, I finally took the plunge and pursued my passion.

It took several months of research, but I did it! I opened for business in 2015. By June of 2016, I was able to leave my full-time job. Staying home and focusing on family was a dream-come-true for me.

The Course

I’m incredibly fortunate to live in a college town. It changed the trajectory of my life. Shortly after opening for business, I had college students approach me about wedding planning internships. I remembered being young and passionate about events and just wanting the opportunity to learn.

That first semester was a little amorphous… We mostly chatted about the bridal business over cups of coffee once a week, but there was no clearly defined structure to the internship. I loved talking about and teaching wedding planning to my intern, but I realized I needed a curriculum before the next semester.

The need for curriculum started a new journey for me. I began writing down everything I did to start my business, and my processes for planning weddings. That turned into an entire course-worth of material. I turned those notes into an online course for aspiring wedding planners. I can’t imagine anything better… I get to help other people pursue their dreams, all while doing exactly what I love.

The Blog

In addition to the wedding planning and the online course, I have this blog. Again, I get to do what I love from the comfort of my home. I get to write about small business, entrepreneurship, wedding planning, and pursuing your passion… and I get to make money from it!

If you’ve been on the fence about starting that side hustle or maybe your dream business, you can do it!

If you’re interested in wedding planning, check out the course. We’d love to have you as a part of the community!

Wedding Planning Course

Learn how to become a wedding planner

It’s finally here!

How to Start a Wedding Planning Business just launched.

For those of you who don’t know my story, from the time I was 18 years old, I wanted to start a wedding planning business. Events and the bridal industry were a part of my life on and off for the next ten years. Finally, a few months after I got married, I decided to start my own wedding business.

It took months of research for me to finally feel confident enough to set up my LLC, set up my website, and start marketing my services. About a year later, while I was still working my full-time job, I started taking on interns. It was the best decision I ever made.

My interns were/are all college students who hope to either start their own wedding planning businesses, or work in the bridal industry, after they graduate. So, I made it my mission to truly prepare them to start their own businesses when they moved home. I started writing down thoughts, tips and tricks I’d picked up over the years.

Quickly, I discovered I absolutely loved teaching my interns about wedding planning!

The Course

I’ve spent the last year putting together an online course. Now I can share the information I teach my interns with everyone!

Unit 1 focuses specifically on starting a small business. We cover topics like choosing a business name and payment processing options. Then we discuss how to market your new business.

Unit 2 covers the elements of wedding planning, and other important items like creating packages, setting pricing, and contracts.

There are over forty lessons! Each lesson includes a video and downloadable notes. Some lessons also include worksheets, forms, or other printables. I tried to pack in as much practical and easy-to-follow advice as I could. I’ll also be sharing even more tips and tricks in the Facebook community for the course

Promo Code

Who doesn’t like to save a little money? To celebrate the course launch, the first 15 students will get the course for just $299. That’s a $48 savings! To take advantage of this offer visit this page, select the “single payment” option, and use Promo Code: FALLINLOVE

Seven Essentials for Working from Home

Essentials for Your Home Office

More and more people are switching to working from home. I’m so glad I did! Between the blog and a bustling wedding business, there’s never a dull moment around our house. If you’re looking to make the switch to telecommuting or running a home-based business, you’ll need a few essentials.

Here are my must-haves for working from home.

Computer

A computer, laptop, tablet, whatever you have that connects with the internet and runs the programs or apps you need. Your clients will need to hear from you, your website will need updating, and you’ll need to post to social, so a computer of some sort is an absolute necessity!

Whole-Home Wi-Fi

If you’re anything like me, you’ll need the ability to reply to client messages at a moment’s notice. It’s not convenient to run to the home office every time you get an email.

TP Link Deco M5We live in the country. Getting internet was a feat in itself. Getting reliable Wi-Fi that worked throughout the entire house? Impossible. That is until we got the TP-Link Deco M5 Whole-Home Wi-Fi System. Now I can work from any room, any time of day. I can even work from my porch. It’s awesome! No more running to my desktop just to answer an email.

One of my favorite features has to be  the incredibly easy set up with the TP-Link Deco app. I’m not the most technically savvy, so easy-to-use is critical for me. We were up and running within minutes! My husband and I can both be working and streaming music at the same time now, and it’s wonderful.

Schedule

When switching from an 8 to 5 to working from home, you need a game plan for your day. You won’t have the built-in structure you had at the office, so building a framework for your day is vital to staying on track.

I recommend time blocking. It’s exactly like it sounds, setting aside blocks of your day to do particular tasks. If you’re most energetic in the mornings, you may set those aside for communicating with clients and creative projects and block out afternoons for clerical (less-energetic) tasks. For more productivity hacks, check out this post.

Notebook & Pens

Yes, in a mostly digital world, it’s still good to have a few analog tools handy. You never know when inspiration is going to strike. It’s important to write those things down. Actually write them. Don’t believe me? This study actually shows a correlation between writing things down longhand and remembering them.

Working Space

There are distractions aplenty when working from home. By designating a space- no matter how small- helps to stay focused. If you don’t have a spare room to devote to office space, choose a wall, a corner, or just someplace quiet where you can set up a workstation. Of course, you can work from anywhere in the house. The key is just to avoid interruptions while working on projects.

Calendar & Task Management System

You need to know what you have to do and when it’s due by. My Google Calendar and Asana app definitely get a workout! If paper calendars and to-do lists is your thing, go for it! Just make sure you’re consistent with whatever system you choose.

Storage

Both digital and physical storage is necessary. Whether you use a cloud-based storage system or an external hard drive, it’s important to back up your important files. While most of what we do as entrepreneurs these days is online, we still have items like cameras, cords, tablets, and notebooks that need a home. I have a handy little shelf that stores my tangible tools.

 

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