Five things you can do this weekend to get your wedding business idea off the ground
If you’re at the very start of your journey and you’re trying to get your wedding business idea off the ground, it can be so easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of *stuff* that there is to do. So overwhelmed in fact, that you end up making no progress at all – am I correct?!
In order to get things moving along, it’s hugely important to start taking action straight away. I know how tempting it is to hide away under research and figuring things out(and putting things off!), but the idea of having a business is to get money in for your services. The sooner you can start getting your services out there, the sooner you can get your wedding business idea off the ground.
Remember, it’s easy to want everything to be perfect before you launch, but for the most part, it really is better for you and your business if you just go for it and start taking action today to get things moving – you’ll be so SO glad you did!
So here is a list of five things that you can do this weekend to get your wedding business idea off the ground
1. Register your web domain
So you might not be ready to build a website just yet, but if you know what your business name is going to be, then it’s a great idea to register your website name as soon as you can. You can hold off the actual website creation and development for a while, but if you’ve got your domain name registered, then nobody else can get their hands on it!
I personally use Names.co.uk which is a UK based provider of website services and domain names – they often run special discounts on their services, and they have excellent customer service for all of their products. If you’re UK based and so is your business, then check them out here to register your domain:
I know that GoDaddy.Com offer a great service too and it’s easy to register your domain. They are an international brand and have websites dedicated to most countries. I have never used them personally, but I know they also provide all the other services that you will probably need going forward for creating and hosting your website and email services etc as you are getting your wedding business idea off the ground.
2. Register your business name on ALL of the main social media channels
Again, you might not be ready to start your social media activity just yet – but once you have your company name decided and your website name, make sure that you register that name on all of the main social media channels. You don’t need to use everything that there is going (and I recommend that you should only stick to two or max three channels to really focus on) but this will mean that nobody else can take your name, and if you decide to use them in the future, they will be there waiting for you.
3. Work out where you would like to be this time next year
Oooh, I love a bit of visualisation! This is what separates the businesses who really cover ground and consistently grow, from those who don’t really know where they’re going and meander their activity without consistent action in the right areas.
So take an hour or two to sit down and plan out your goals and where you want to be this time next year. Below are some prompts to get you going:
– Think about how much you would like to be earning?
– How many days per week you would like to be working?
– What major start up items will you have ticked off your start up ‘to do’ list: attended your first wedding fairs? Provided your services for your first 20 clients? Built your own website?
– How far will you have grown your social media following – think about specific numbers that you want to have reached one year from now:
– Have you had your work featured on a Blog or in a Wedding Magazine?
The list is totally down to you and your own specific goals, but think very clearly about where you want to be one year from now and then break down your goals from there.
4. Work out your first offering
So you know what service you are going to provide, but how are you going to offer it out to potential Clients? Take some time this weekend to work out your very first offering and how you can price it ready to present to your Clients. Think about what will be included and how you will be able to provide great value to your Clients. By working out your very first offering, you won’t get overwhelmed by all of the different things that you could be doing, but instead you will have something to get you started and something that you could physically sell as soon as possible.
5. Make a list of people who you could offer your service to for free in exchange for feedback and testimonials.
This is a fantastic one for building your confidence and your credibility in the early days. By reaching out to people who you could offer your wedding business service or product to for free in exchange for their feedback and a testimonial that you can use in your marketing will be a great use of your time at this stage! You will notice where you can improve and how you can offer a better service for your future (paying!) Clients, and you can also add social proof via testimonials on your website and social media which will strengthen your reputation and make future Clients more likely to book you 🙂 Reach out to family and friends, or post on Facebook that you are able to offer your service in exchange for feedback. I have written some more on doing unpaid work in the early days of your business here.
So let me know how you get on this weekend! It’s amazing how much progress you can make in a small amount of time… And sometimes it really is a case of just getting the ball rolling 🙂
And if you need some more guidance, inspiration and printable worksheets to help you get your wedding business idea off the ground, make sure you check out the awesome Wedding Business Kick Start Pack to help you get your business up and running as quickly as possible!
Yours in wedding business success,