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Transitioning from your Day Job to your Wedding Business

  1. Louise - Bow Occasions

    February 20th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    This post has come at the right time. I’m working full time whilst slowly setting up my wedding planning business in the UK. The thing I am struggling with is whether or not I let clients know that I am not a full time wedding planner but a part time one with a day job?

  2. Debbie

    February 20th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Hi Louise and thank you for the comment. I think it is fine to let potential clients know that you are just getting established in your business. You can talk about how you are still working another job but you work extra hard on your business and for your clients. Also, since most clients will work during the day and evening, it could work out fine since your schedule is similar to theirs.

  3. Louise - Bow Occasions

    February 20th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Hi Debbie,

    Thank you so much for your reply. My worry is that some clients willo hire a wedding planner as they are so busy with their day job. Surely this might put them off if I have a day job also?

  4. Debbie

    February 20th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I don’t think you need to tell potential clients unless they ask. Of course we never want to lie but most potential clients won’t bring it up in the consultation.

  5. Lorna

    October 17th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    @Louise I noticed that when I became a full time planner & moved to a office, my business changed for the better. One lady told me that if I am full time, I can do what she can’t do at work.

  6. Minh

    February 21st, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for this post! It has put me in the right mind-set to get going with my career!

  7. Debbie

    February 22nd, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Great Minh! I’m so glad it helped. Thank you for the comment.

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    May 2nd, 2013 at 7:23 am

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  10. Judith

    October 9th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    How do you handle the questions when you do have another full time job and is unable to meet with a client. I don’t want anyone to feel like they wont get the same quality service but I don’t want to lie either. (very frustrating for me).

  11. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 10th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Judith, this is a common problem to have when starting out. You can let the client know that you are available to meet in the evenings and on the weekends. It is okay to say you are transitioning from another career then talk about all the experience you do have with planning events.

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  13. Erica Greenwold Reisen

    April 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I am trying my best to be patient with my day job and just keep plugging away at growing my business on nights and weekends. Posts like this help remind me that it is a process and it takes time! Thank you!

  14. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 17th, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Stick with it Erica. It does take time but it’s SO worth it!

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