W&M-In-Biz---DMEWhen my clients first come to me they fill out a ‘client questionnaire’ so I can gain insight into their business, their vision and also their future goals which helps me understand where they are at with their business, how we can portray their authentic qualities through design and also how they came to starting their own business. What I absolutely loved from Danielle’s questionnaire was not only that her love and passion for wedding and event planning came through on paper, but she shared that her wonderful hubby actually supported and pushed her to open Danielle Mitchell Events so she can still be home for their daughter while doing what she loves… I love that!! So I just wanted to send out a huge big heartfelt high five to all the partners out their supporting and encouraging their loved ones to live their passion! Below Danielle has shared some more insight into her business..

What is your passionate business and why do you love what you do? 

September 1st marked the launch of my wedding and event planning business, Danielle Mitchell Events. My passion for the wedding industry started about 6 years ago when I started working at a bridal boutique. Between the allure of all the gorgeous bridal gowns and seeing the pure joy and happiness of the brides who come in, I was hooked. Being a romantic myself, I love seeing people in love and preparing for one of the biggest days of their life. Of course I learned that weddings aren’t just pretty dresses and a party, but I found my passion is this crazy, hectic, stressful industry. Besides having a job where I can get my creative juices flowing, I absolutely love that I can help organize, alleviate stress, and serve these great couples with such an important day.

What is the biggest lesson you wish you had known at the start of starting your business?

I’m sure I’ll have a better answer for this in about a year, but even at this very early stage in my business, I’m learning just how many hats I need to wear to make this work. In addition to the never ending wedding details and ever-changing trends a Wedding Coordinator is expected to know, I find myself spending countless hours researching marketing, bookkeeping, graphic design, networking, accounting, etc. etc. etc.

Also, to have a mentor! It’s true that you can learn something from everyone so having someone in your corner who has been where you are is priceless.

What is a business tool you couldn’t live without?

My agenda book! Even with all this technology, I’m so old school and write everything down. I literally calendar everything. I start each day with a to-do list also. If it’s not written down, I’ll never remember it.

What are your top balancing tips and how do you make time for you? 

This is also one that I’m learning as I go. However, I do believe it’s about prioritizing and choices. I know most days I won’t be able to get done everything that I would like, but that’s ok. Since I have a toddler to chase around, my time to work currently revolves around her schedule (think mornings, nap times, and bed time). All those little chores and to-do’s get done in between (sometimes 🙂 ). Starting a new business never leaves much free time and neither does having a toddler on your hands full time. But you prioritize what needs to get done first, make better choices on how to spend what little free time I may have, and be easy on myself for maybe not getting all the laundry done today.

Your must have ‘sanity’ items? 

Coffee! I don’t think I’d be able to survive without a good strong coffee. I prefer to have my days packed with activity, so in order to get through the work and general day to day, caffeine is key!

Your favourite quote or piece of advice you love? 

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” –Nelson Mandela 

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” –Earl Nightingale

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