Thinking of not only offering wedding planning services but also other products and services that help brides? Many wedding planners add value to their businesses by teaching classes to engaged couples, renting linens and tableware, and selling invitations, wedding favors and accessories. These are all great ways to expand your business but you have to manage your ideas so you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed.
Here are 5 tips to help you manage your ideas:
1) Capture all of your ideas
Trying to keep them in your head will distract you and add to your feeling of overwhelm. Get a notebook and write them down, keep a list in a document on your computer or record them in a digital recorder for review later.
2) Take time to think about them
Don’t take action on everything all at once or you may end up with a lot of unfinished projects. Take the time to evaluate your ideas and do some research first to see if they would really bring you the business you want.
3) Select the ones that you are most passionate about
Don’t select ideas that you think will work but don’t excite you. If you don’t feel passionate about your ideas, you won’t be successful. For example if you have the idea to give training and presentations about wedding planning but actually hate public speaking, it probably won’t work for you.
4) Set time limits
Don’t work on an idea indefinitely. If a project isn’t coming together and you are finding yourself spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to make it work, it might be time to shelve the project and return to it at another time. For example, if you want to create a line of wedding accessories but are spending hours each day trying to figure out how to best package and market them, you might want to set it aside for now and return when you have a fresher perspective.
5) Keep focused on your core business
Remember you are in the business of planning weddings and, if you are new, may still need to spend time perfecting your wedding planning skills. There is nothing wrong with adding other types of services and products but don’t let them take a lot of time and energy away from what you really do.