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Can You Make It in the “Gettin’ Hitched” World?

If you love all things wedding-related, you are motivated and would enjoy the challenges that come from working for yourself, starting a wedding business makes sense. It’s a lucrative industry, one in which people are happy to pay significant money to those in the business who can help them create the perfect day.

The Niche

wedding plannerThere are many directions your wedding business can take. If you love photography, you can start a business taking professional photos for the bride. If you are particularly organized and savvy in the latest wedding trends, starting a wedding consultant business could prove lucrative. Or you may elect to open a bridal boutique. Evaluate your skills and interests and compare those with the skills needed to operate various business types to help you determine where you would fit best.

Market Research

Compare your business model with other successful entrepreneurs in your field to ensure that you can compete. Obtain a list of all of the wedding planners or boutique owners in your area and then visit the store or website to learn about the types of services you should be offering, competitive pricing, affiliates, staff requirements, industry resources and suppliers. Visit the Library of Congress Business Reference Services Guide on Wedding Industry Research (see Resources) for links and industry statistics to help you hone your business.

Latest Trends

Wedding consultants wear many hats. They are adept in hospitality, event planning, music, decorating, food, photography and fashion. Boutique owners must also be aware of the latest trends in wedding locations and fashion. Subscribe to industry magazines such as “Vows,” “Modern Bride,” “The Knot” and “Martha Stewart Weddings.”

You can also visit forums at websites such as The Knot and Brides to gain valuable insight about what trends brides-to-be in your region or city are considering. You can also find vendors and get your business listed, once it takes off. Consider obtaining certification in your field, such as with the Association of Bridal Consultants or the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants.

Business Plan

Develop a business plan that details your vision for your business, your target market (older brides, frugal brides), how you intend to reach them and how you intend to compete. Perhaps you’ll offer premium coffee and snacks at your bridal boutique. Then identify your business expenses for supplies, advertising, insurance, business permits, location and staff (if applicable) and inventory.

License, Insurance

Before you can start your business, you’ll need to select a business entity, such as a sole proprietorship or limited liability company. If operating as a consultant, a sole proprietor may be the way to go. However, LLCs offer liability protection for your personal assets. An accountant, attorney or successful business professional whom you respect can help guide you. You’ll then need to obtain a “doing business” permit or register your LLC with the secretary of state. And apply for a sales tax permit and federal tax ID.

You’ll also need an insurance policy. If working out of your home, you may need only general liability coverage. If operating a studio or boutique, you’ll want a more comprehensive package that covers you in the event of fire or theft and provides commercial auto coverage and workers' compensation coverage.

Location, Connections

As a consultant or photographer, you can work from home. However, leasing a studio gives your business a degree of professionalism that you may not be able to achieve with a home studio or office. If you do opt to have clients visit you at home, you must clear it with your zoning authority and homeowners association. You’ll then want to ensure that your home is always clean and orderly and projects a professional image that reassures your clients that you are aware of wedding trends.

If renting commercial space, be sure that your rent doesn’t exceed 10 percent of your expected gross revenue. This can certainly be accomplished with Greenville SC wedding venues; consult with a broker who thoroughly understands your needs. Then establish connections with those in the industry who can help you: florists, caterers, photographers, makeup artists, jewelers, travel agents and DJs.

Flowers and Profits – Start a Business

Flowers and Profits – Start a Business

May I help? This guidance is essential if you are contemplating starting a florist business or purchasing an existing one.  Many, including myself, lost thousands of dollars in the learning process; please do not repeat these mistakes. I started this website with the intention to help future and present flower entrepreneurs. I will share various flower stories for the purpose of learning from others and to inspire you  to achieve your goal of being a successful floral entrepreneur wherever you are in the world.

Individuals who started successful florist businesses are welcome to e-mail their flower stories. For all entrepreneurs considering to open a florist, party and events company or an artificial flowers and plants shop, I hope it helps reading on. If you want to purchase one, you may consider buying a franchise or local florist. If you are looking to buy an existing one in South Florida I have a few friends who are considering selling their flower shops.

Flowers and Profits – Start a Business

How to become a florist

Many people purchase expensive study courses on line on how to become a florist. Before you invest a lot of money with online courses, I found “The Fab Job Guide to Become a Florist” contains some of the best business and career advice you could get to start a florist business. Priced below $40.00 is a great investement and less than most courses for the amount of knowledge you receive.

How to become a florist guide.

Many people take courses at a local community school or colleges as the first step in their education on becoming a florist. Professional floral organizations also offer classes in several towns and online. At some point consider to have hands on experience and take a job at a local Greenville florist before buying one. Find out what you are getting into. Many have become a florist because they “grew up in the business”, because someone in their family had a flower shop, others have a love for plants and flowers which translated in opening a florist business. Be careful of the false notions of the “Romance of owning a florist possess”.

Flowers and Internet

Because of the Internet, the world has changed the way anyone is doing business. With many florists closing; unable to compete with the big online flower ventures, or supermarkets, their businesses survival depends on how many orders they can draw from the internet, but few understand it or know how.

If you want to learn how to have a website able to generate income for you, please read my success story and tips of starting an internet flower business.

Selecting a Contractor for your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel

Selecting a Contractor for your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel

Most homeowners will reach that point in their lives when they yearn for a change, to the point where they decide to remodel certain rooms in their house. Most often this will be the kitchen or the bathroom, where a remodel involves replacing the flooring, countertops, appliances, and other major items which can be difficult to replace on one’s own (whereas remodeling one’s living room might involve nothing more expertly challenging than the purchase of a new line of furniture or the selection of a new coat of paint, and thus may be done both more often, unassisted, and with less of an expenditure in terms of hiring skilled professionals).Selecting a Contractor for your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel

Another step is to look at online reviews. Ignore the companies which have all glowing five-star reviews with absolutely no exceptions and no problems with their services. Ignore the one-star reviews written by people with nothing good to say about anything or anybody – ever; you won’t be well-served by following their advice. Instead, look for companies like Mountain Creek Kitchen and Bath, which have an abundance of good reviews from customers who were careful to cite all aspects of their experience. Mountain Creek Kitchen and Bath, which may be found online at http://www.kitchenbathroomremodelinggreenville.com, is a high-quality bathroom and kitchen remodeling company with a special focus on beautiful cabinet work. They partner with professionals providing work on cabinets, flooring, and countertops as well. Mountain Creek Kitchen and Bath has everything you need to turn your bathroom into one of the classiest rooms in your home… as well as one of the most comfortable.

How to Select a Reputable Transmission Repair Shop

How to Select a Reputable Transmission Repair Shop

Your car’s transmission is vital. This goes without saying. It is one of the most complicated and important pieces of equipment within your car. If your transmission goes kaput, you might as well start shopping for a new vehicle – it will generally take the rest of your engine with it, and you can forget replacing it completely.

Doing so is a time-consuming, difficult, and often extraordinarily expensive undertaking. On a used vehicle, there is typically a better value for the customer in buying an entirely new vehicle, instead of opting for the purchase of a new transmission. In short, you need to maintain your transmission through careful care of your vehicle, as well as having it routinely examined. The older your car gets, the more regularly you want to have your transmission looked at.How to Select a Reputable Transmission Repair Shop

The best way to be certain about whether or not you’ve got a reliable transmission repair shop in your area is to investigate a given location’s reputation online. Online reviews thoroughly cover many aspects of a variety of businesses today, across every industry from hospitality, to fine dining, to auto repair, to medical services.

Online reviews are a multi-billion-dollar industry, for the simple reason being that people tend to pay attention to them. It’s relatively easy to filter out the reviews that are complete nonsense; many five-star reviews, and (perhaps) most one-star reviews, are left spuriously in the heat of the moment. What you want to look for are the reviews which include both positive and negative feedback, offering a complex value that results from careful consideration of how exactly the reviewer felt about their experience.

If you were to look up transmission repair in Greenville SC, for instance, you would likely find listings for them which reflect the positive quality and reassurance that you want to see in a business which concerns itself with the repair and maintenance of automotive transmissions. You don’t want somebody from your neighborhood corner garage working on your car’s transmission; you want experts who specialize in transmission care working on it instead.

A transmission is a complicated piece of machinery, without which your car simply won’t operate. All-Trans inspects, fixes, repairs, and sells all manner and variety of transmissions. They are the widely acknowledged leaders in transmission repair within the greater Greenville area. When you need to have your transmission looked at, you could do worse than to go to All-Trans in Greenville, SC… but you certainly couldn’t do much better.