Here is a list of questions and qualities that you need to do some soul searching to see if you possess to become a wedding consultant. Successful entrepreneurs, and especially wedding consultants, must possess these traits.
Are you a self-starter or do you have to be told what to do? As a wedding consultant, you must have the ability to create weddings from start to finish and coordinate each step to make it happen.
Do you have the ability to get along with different personalities? You have to be able to develop business relationships and working relationships with a variety of different people and different personalities. You will be dealing with brides, grooms, families, friends, and vendors of many different types. How well can you deal with a client that demands a lot. It is not a matter of "if" you will encounter a difficult client, it is more fair to say "when" and "how many" difficult clients you will have to deal with. Will you have the patience and stamina to deal with them?
What are your decision-making skills? As a wedding consultant, you will have to make decisions constantly and quickly. Are you the type of person that needs time to mull a decision over, or can you make decisions on the fly? Can you make decisions under pressure and independently?
Being a wedding consultant can be a very tiring and physically demanding business. Expect to have some sleepless nights. It is exciting to own your own wedding consulting business but it is also a lot of hard work. Can you work six or seven days a week to get the job done? Does your life allow you to work these extended hours?
Do you have good organization skills? Poor planning is one of the main reasons that wedding consultant businesses fail. If you are a good organizer, it can help you with the day-to-day duties of a wedding consultant, but it can also help you keep up with the financial part of your business.
Do you have the passion to be a wedding consultant? If you are in the field because you think it is an easy way to make money then you chance for success may be slim. If you are passionate about what you are doing and are motivated, you have what it takes to succeed. When times get tough, your motivation can help pull you through. If your heart is not truly in the business, you are more likely to give up and quit. You can also experience burn out and experience negative feelings and emotions. If you are truly passionate, you will look forward to working as a consultant each day and this passion will show through everything you do. Your passion will be contagious.
What does your family think about your decision to become a wedding consultant? You will have to give up your time to make the business work. Is your family supportive and behind your decision. If you cannot rely on their support, you will not survive very long. You will be torn and your family will win out most of the time. If they are willing to support you, that support can bolster you. They must understand that in addition to giving up your time you may also create a strain on the finances. Is everyone willing to cut back their spending to help you through the beginning stages of your dream? It can take months or years before you will see a substantial profit from your endeavors. This could mean you have to change your standard of living. Is your family willing to downsize?
Do you have business goals? What are your long- and short-term goals. Does being a wedding consultant fit in the other plans you had for yourself in other areas of your life (marriage, family, finances, spiritual, etc) Your goals will define the type of consulting business you will have. Will it be a destination wedding consulting business where you get to travel? Will it be a high-end clientele business where you will hob knob with famous and influential people? Will it be a down-home low-key wedding consulting business created for women on a budget? Will it be an Indian wedding consultant creating pashmina infused extravaganzas for Bollywood style weddings? You need to decide what your goals are for your business and make sure what you create is what you truly want.
One of the defining aspects of a successful consultant is their business sense. You will need to develop a business plan early on and figure out what your expenses will be and stick to your budget. If you want to be able to keep the lights on at home, you will need to learn how to market yourself and when you get a little extra money you will need to learn to save.
You can have the best fashion sense and be able to throw legendary parties, but without a good solid business plan, you will not survive very long. It is a living, breathing document that will need to adjust as your business grows. It should be consulted on a regular basis and adjusted to meet your needs.
You have to be diligent about your expenses and fees. If you pay vendors on time, they will be loyal and cut you breaks in the future. Stay on top of outstanding bills. Do not allow families to talk you into cutting your prices. This is a business, so if you want to give people a break, then you should consider doing wedding consulting as a hobby rather than a full-time job. If you cut your rates in order to get more jobs, then your clients will expect this rate in future jobs. Set a reasonable price and stick to it.
Characteristically a successful wedding consultant is a person that is organized. Look around you. If your life and home are a wreck, how do you expect to organize other people's events? You have to make sure you do not miss a detail. You have to be able to look into the future and anticipate every contingency.
Successful wedding consultants are calm and confident. They know there business and stay up on the current trends. They are professional at all times and always aim to please. If you are the type of person that is easily offended, then wedding consulting may not be your calling. Brides, grooms, and wedding families can act differently when under stress. Successful wedding consultants are not easily offended by insults and are open to criticism. This is just as much a part of the job as setting up rehearsal dinners and tea parties.