blog by bethel


taking business to the next level


Jan

03

2017
Customer at the center of what you do

It is Not Personal, It is Just Business… Or is It?

Most of us in the wedding industry are soloprenuers or have only a few staff, which makes how we personally handle customer service for our business so very important.  And, when it comes to customer service, my opinion is it should be a combination of both personal and business… meaning that you need to have policies that are communicated and that apply most of the...

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Dec

27

2016
Life is What I Make Happen

Business Success – Different Definitions for Different People

The end of the current year – and therefore the starting of a new year – is a great time for not only personal reflection and planning, but also for business reflection and planning.  And, one of the important things that I reflect on, and plan for, is achieving business success.  Of course, when most people hear the phrase “business success,” they think of piles...

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Jun

29

2016
Back-up Systems and Process

Are you getting backed up properly?

I spoke in my last post about your filing system, and mentioned that I’d talk about back-up systems later.  Well, it’s now later!  Truly, I cannot even tell you how much I have come to appreciate having a solid and reliable back-up system set up. Do you have a back-up system set up?  And a standard process for doing so? First of all, why does...

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Jun

23

2016
File System and Folders

Happy with your file system?

One of my current coaching clients has been feeling overwhelmed by her workload, and yet financially knows that she needs to be able to take on more clients – but that’s tough to do when the current number of weddings she has is already overwhelming.  I completely understand!  So, before we even began to work on messaging or marketing or establishing new relationships to bring...

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Jun

16

2016
Working to make it happen

What does your day look like?

What does your work day look like?  Do you design it?  Or does it happen to you? This also relates to the concept of work-life integration that I started to talk about last week – and will be the topic of many many more posts. There are many pros to working for ourselves, including getting to decide how and where and when we work.  This...

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Jun

09

2016
Are you taking time off for life, or only focused on work?

Are you taking time off?

This will be something that I talk much more about in the future – work-life integration (not balance, as I don’t think there truly ever is “balance”).  But as we are hitting the core of the wedding season for many of us, are you actually taking time off?  Is it proactive and intentional?  Or is it last-minute as you’ve hit a wall (or got sick)...

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Jun

01

2016
How do you determine a filled calendar?

How do you decide when you’re full?

No, really – how do you decide when you’ve taken on the right number of weddings?  Do you have a year number?  A monthly number?  A max per week or weekend?  Or do you just keep saying yes until you regret it? This is something that all of us should be proactively dealing with, and yet I know from personal experience how often it really...

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May

25

2016
Be True To Who You Are

Doing it “My Way”

Yes, I did grow up with parents who were Frank Sinatra fans, so, yes, his song immediately comes to mind when I think of doing something my way. But the lyrics completely fit, when we talk about having our own businesses and needing to do it our own way.  The lyrics are below for you to enjoy, as it fits many of us more than...

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