We make mistakes. Everyone does. While some mistakes are unavoidable, it’s important to learn from them so that you can avoid making them in the future. Check out some common mistakes below and how you can avoid them!
- Not asking for help (enough) – no matter what stage of life or business you’re in, asking for help can change everything, but it’s important to create a relationship with the person you need help from before you ask for help. Ask for help, but build a relationship first.
- Not paying attention to your financial situation – It’s easy to have a financial advisor take over your finances or never open your bank statements, but sticking your head in the sand only leads to more insecurity and worry. Make sure to keep track of EVERYTHING you spend money on. Use spreadsheets, software systems…whatever works for YOU, do that. And you shouldn’t just be keeping track of the money spent on planning an event, but also everything that is spent on running your business as a whole! Take accountability for your finances – no matter what.
- Not celebrating your accomplishments – it’s easy to let things pass because they’re “no big deal.” However, if you don’t celebrate even your smallest accomplishments then it’s hard to keep going when things get tough. Celebrate your successes. Always.
- Avoiding setting up systems – this takes time but start setting up systems as early as possible. Start by identifying what you love doing and are good at vs. those tasks you avoid because you don’t want to do them. Once you’ve got your list, find someone (whether you find an intern or hire an employee) who loves doing the tasks you don’t enjoy. Allow them to focus on the things you dislike so you can focus on the parts of planning events and running your event planning business that you love. Do what you love and delegate the rest.