It took me quite a bit of transition time (years, in fact) from having “day jobs” that helped me fund my event planning business, to being a full-time wedding and event planner. I slowly transitioned from working a full-time corporate job and working on my business in the evening, to a part-time contract job where I could work on my business 2-3 days during the work week, to finally making the leap into doing my business full-time. I remember sitting in my home office in the evenings dreaming of the day when I could finally quit my contract gig and just plan events. At the time, it seemed like I would never get to that point but I kept plugging away doing one small task each day that helped me learn, grow and build my business.
Here are some tips to help with the transition:
- Commit to loving your current job while you are there. Being resentful and miserable is going to deplete your energy by the end of an eight-hour work day. If you are miserable all day at your job, it will be really tough to suddenly get passionate and excited about working on your event planning business when you get home from work.
- Build a financial cushion with your current job(s). Most of us need savings to fall back on before taking the leap into our own full-time business. Think of your job as the best way to build up your savings and to finance your start-up business expenses (a.k.a. your business loan). When you start your business, there will be expenses such as your website, domain, marketing materials, advertising, education and office supplies. By having a steady income and savings before launching your business full-time, you will be much better prepared for success.
- Take advantage of your current job experience. Every single job we have helps prepare us for the next career phase. I worked in the tech industry but still gained a huge amount of business knowledge by having consulting clients, working with other businesses, working on advertising, helping with marketing and learning how clients were billed. It was a completely different field but I don’t regret a minute of the time I spent in those jobs. My previous jobs have all helped with my business success.
- Use any opportunities in your current job to gain event planning and business experience. Can you help plan the next holiday party or company picnic? If there are upcoming conferences, can you help with the planning or logistics? Maybe you can learn more about marketing by being on a new committee at your job? Not all jobs have opportunities like this but keep your mind open for opportunities.
Are you in the midst of your transition into a full-time wedding business? What’s challenging about it?