Just because you’re in the wedding industry, you may think you don’t need someone to consult with. You, after all, are the one that couples planning a wedding consult with! How could a business consultant or coach help you?
It seems like a funny thing to think about, but even the most amazing of wedding industry professionals could use some help streamlining their businesses or having an objective third party to talk to about personal or professional matters. Did you know that even psychiatrists are required to speak to other psychiatrists on a regular basis?
Business coaches and consultants can assist anyone who is trying to build a better business. They will often find things to fix or change simply because they have an objective, outside viewpoint. Everything from billing inefficiencies to brainstorming product ideas, a business consultant can be a non-judgmental sounding board who offers clarity and perspective.
Your Business Consultant is Your Accountability Partner
You may have a plan in place for creating your next package or offering a new service. A plan is the necessary first step. Utilizing a consultant as an accountability partner is a wise investment for the second step.
We all tend to work more efficiently when we know there’s a deadline looming but it’s also easy to ignore that deadline because we are the ones who set it. Rather than moving your deadline further and further away, leverage having an accountability partner to keep your productivity on track.
Accountability is necessary for many instances, though, not just in product creation. Whatever goals you have set for yourself, your consultant will hold you solely responsible for meeting those deadlines and goals.
Your Business Consultant as Your Guide
A good business consultant will have the ability to challenge your thinking and your goals in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way. Instead of staying inside our comfort zones, a consultant will encourage us to explore what we fear in an effort to fight that fear and try something new.
Consultants also have the skill to break down large tasks into smaller tasks that don’t seem so intimidating. They can also guide us with instructions for how to do or implement something in our business.
Your Business Consultant as Your Mentor
When it comes to hiring a business consultant, always hire someone you consider to be at a higher income level or level of success than you. After all, those who have already reached a level of success will have the best experience to share about how you can reach that same level. Your consultant is one who will teach you the skills you need to be successful based on real life experiences.
Get Your Plan Started Ahead of Time
Before you spend good money on a consultant, create a business plan. You need a real business plan with your goals and your action steps spelled out. You want to provide your consultant with a starting point. Chances are that would be your first assignment anyway with a new consultant.
If setting up a business plan sounds daunting or you don’t know where to start, I have a webinar coming up called “Why You Need a Million Dollar Plan for a Million Dollar Business.” We’ll discuss how planning will keep you focused on your next action steps, why taking action is so vitally important if you want to reach serious goals, and how to break down your overwhelming tasks into doable action steps will improve your productivity. Leave a message below if you’re interested!