I haven’t managed to write a blog for a little while, so I thought I’d come back with a little update on where things are at for me and my little business! It’s a very exciting yet very nerve-wracking time, but I can’t wait to see where the rest of this year takes me…
So as you all may know, I had been working away on my little website slowly but surely for a couple of years whilst holding down a full time job as an Event/Catering manager in hospitality. It wasn’t until I went onto furlough last year that I really got stuck in and made things happen. I gave the whole website an overhaul, got in touch with dozens of new suppliers that I wanted to support and work with, and started to increase my online presence and grow my following too. For around 9 months, I was awaiting news from my day job, and beavering away on my little wedding venture.
In December the time came for them to tell me my job was now redundant, and that I wouldn't be going back to full time work. It was a pretty scary situation - with bills and a mortgage to pay all on my own, I felt I needed the stability of a regular salary. But my heart just wasn’t in what I’d been doing. I had fallen in love with wedding venues, suppliers, small businesses, local people and I knew I wanted to finally pursue the thing I’d been dreaming up over the last five years or more.
I figured my redundancy package (for some weird reason my contract said they owed my three months salary on top of my redundancy pay) and my minimal life savings (guess who bought a new car 3 months ago!) would see me through at least for a while before I had to commit to something new. I didn’t have to make a decision right away. So I tried to come up with a plan - what would my actual wedding business be? What would I offer? What would I charge? Who would I work with? And I gave myself six months to make a go of it.
January came and went. February, March, April... done. A few enquiries came in, but definitely not enough to pay my bills. I genuinely didn’t know if I was doing it right or not! What more should I be doing to get bookings? What had I not tried? I toyed with the idea of finding a part time job, but even when I searched there were so few options. So I stuck it out a little more.
May was over in a flash. Now it’s June, and I’ve hit the 6 month mark. So where are we at?!
I have to be honest, I was thinking about giving up. I knew it wouldn’t happen overnight but there are so many times you just think to yourself “maybe I don’t have what it takes”, “maybe I’m not cut out for this” or “maybe there just isn't space for me”. I felt a bit like a fish out of water - everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing and they make it look so easy. Believe me, it's easy to think that everyone has their shit together all of the time... and trust me, they don't! But after six months out of work I thought maybe it was time to make a sensible decision and go back to what I know.
Not that the idea of starting a new job in the midst of a pandemic didn’t fill me with dread too...
But in these last few weeks:
And although sometimes I feel I’m losing my way or getting myself in over my head, I am still loving every moment of this wild ride.
Starting a business is never easy. Nobody expects it to be, especially in current circumstances! But, bit by bit, we are getting closer to weddings, celebrations, summer garden parties and all of the joy and excitement we have been missing for almost 18 months. And I can’t wait to be a part of it!
If you’ll be at any wedding fayres this summer, say hey if you see me! If you would like a hand on your big day or need some help with your planning, please give me a shout. My inbox is always open and I am available for hire! I’m rather lovely, I promise!
Watch this space, and let's see what I have to share with you 12 months in!