blog by bethel


taking business to the next level


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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May

15

2016
Business Systems

Relevant – one of the most important parts of your SMART goals

I’ve been thinking a whole bunch lately about goal setting and why the work sometimes and don’t other times.  Did you see my previous post about goal setting and making them SMART goals? Well, I’ve been thinking more about the “R’ one, and here is what I’ve changed it to: S – Specific – focused and well-defined, answers the 5 Ws (who/what/where/when/why) M – Measurable...

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Apr

14

2016
Change Your Plans not Your Goals

As we start the second quarter…

In the wedding industry, our first quarter almost always starts out more slowly as far as actual weddings are concerned, which makes it a great time to look at our bookings, evaluate how the year is shaping up, and make adjustments to our marketing as necessary. With good periodic tracking of our year-over-year numbers and of our progress toward current year goals (you do have...

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Mar

22

2016
Nothing is Forever! Action Changes Things

Nothing is Forever!

One of the things that I find myself talking to coaching clients and friends about regularly is making decisions.  And while so many of us have perfectionist tendencies, if not full-on practices (guilty!), we cannot let that hold us back from moving forward in our businesses. Therefore, I’d like you to remind yourself that “Nothing is Forever!”  Truly, no decision you make for your business...

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Feb

17

2016
Life is what I make happen!

What is success?

I think that every single person would answer this differently, and I absolutely believe that we each should.  Yet how we personally define success should determine much of what we want to accomplish and do, in business and in life – and therefore plays a key role in setting each of our priorities and goals. That is why it is always something I talk about up-front...

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