With the industry becoming more and more competitive, it’s important to ensure you are always on top of your game.
Self-development when being self-employed and running your own wedding business is key. I’m talking business development, personal development, social development, physical and emotional… the lot!
Whether you work on your health and your weight at the gym, regularly reading a self-motivation book before bedtime or perhaps working with an expert 1-2-1 in an area you don’t feel so confident with. All of these are techniques that will help build your empire, feel good about yourself and keep you sane in this fast-paced wedding industry.
No matter the level you feel you are at with your business, how big or small you see yourself or how long you’ve been running for, there is always room for self-development.
Do you feel there is anything you could personally work on? Something you’ve found yourself worrying about in the last few weeks? Is your social media slacking? Are you finding yourself grouchy and tired? Do you need to strategise your marketing and content better?
Here are some of my favourite tips on self-development:
1. Review your workload, goals and ambitions regularly.
To stop you from feeling so overwhelmed or anxious, sit down now and again and review what you’ve achieved so far and reflect on just how great you are! Give yourself a break. Focus on the positives!
Have a think of the future, what you should be aiming for and what you need to learn in the long run to achieve them. Write your goals down and have them pinned up where you can view them daily and keep them fresh in your mind.
2. Make time for yourself
Whether that is a simple stop in the coffee shop, a trip to the gym or a little retail therapy. Working for yourself is HARD WORK and it can be hard to switch off. Treat yourself now and again to ensure you get a well-deserved break and feel a sense of normality.
This could be in general with friends and family OR at networking events. Don’t get sucked into the world of work and not get out and about every so often. A friendly chat, a few giggles and a drink when letting your hair down will make a world of difference.
4. Leave your comfort zone
Create a mini list of things you instantly feel anxious or worried about. Perhaps going Live on Facebook, attending a networking event, exhibiting at a wedding show makes your legs go jelly…. Push yourself to do one at a time, face your fears! You will feel empowered and on top of the world!
5. Invest in a course or coaching help with an expert.
From personal experience, putting money back into the business by purchasing a course or working with an expert to develop your skill sets and confidence will do you a heap of favours.
Not only are you expanding your skills for yourself, but it will only benefit your business and help it grow. Sometimes people worry about spending money but if it results in your business flourishing, getting more bookings and helping spread the word then it’s a no brainer!
6. Use the power of accountability, find your perfect match!
Pairing up with a partner will help keep you sane, grow a beloved friendship and keep you on track in business. Having a friendly face to speak with when times are though or sharing a huge win or big booking can make all the difference to your day. Work together on your targets and figure out a way of helping one another to ensure you stay on track.
7. Filter out the rubbish and take a break
We all do it. We have those select few people either personally or in business who seem to have the perfect life, perfect house and kids, regular holidays, stylish wardrobe… Perhaps you follow a fellow wedding business owner and they always seem to be at weddings and getting these big bookings… How does it make you feel? Pretty cruddy right?
STOP. RIGHT. NOW.
Taking a break by unfollowing, unfriending or deleting these people, doesn’t mean you are being catty, sly or jealous, you just do it for your health and sanity. If you really need to, then skip social media altogether for a few days if needed and clear your head. Schedule a few posts in to keep the biz pages ticking over and set notifications for messages, but other than that, take a breather and snap back to reality.
Another top tip for when you are feeling overwhelmed and swamped with work, de-clutter and re-organise. Spend some time clearing out un-needed items and plan some time to get your schedules up together.
Change takes time, but trust me when I say, working on just one of these will help a huge amount for both yourself and for your wedding business. Focus on what makes you happy, what makes your business tick and anything that fuels your passion.
If you take any of the tips on board, be sure to share them with us in the group and results you achieved! >>> www.facebook.com/groups/weddingbuisnesscircle
Lots of love, Meghan x