Kelly and Michelle have been amazing supporters from the very beginning of my involvement in the wedding industry. From becoming friends with Michelle over twitter, to attending the Simple Plan (which really helped me begin clarifying strategy and direction for my business) to hiring them for a bit of business consulting, their help and expertise has been an incredible resource. The more wedding pros can put their insight to work for them, the stronger their individual businesses will be, as well as the wedding industry as whole.
After the first day of activities, Kelly and Michelle asked me for their thoughts. I told them, “It’s a sneaky way of getting us to write a business plan. It didn’t even feel like we were writing one!” Truly, Kelly, Michelle, and their guest speakers know what they are talking about and share their passion for helping others create sustainable business. Take it from me. Kelly and Michelle make writing a business plan in two days not only possible, they make it fun and painless. Seriously. And it’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet other like-minded professionals, investing in their business, to get their business on track. I don’t just believe in what Michelle and Kelly are doing, I whole-heartedly believe in them. One city at a time, they are helping raise the bar of our industry, by helping build sustainable businesses in the wedding industry.
I started following the Blog and saw that Michelle really knew how to speak the foreign language of “business” in a way that I could understand. I decided that having a person (not a product) help me write my business plan was the way to go. So I signed up for The Business Plan Exclusive. I knew I needed the one-on-one help that Michelle would give me. And I have to say that it was the best investment I’ve made in my business. I have a road map now that is leading me in the right direction instead of just hoping I make it there. I can’t say enough about Michelle and how much she has helped me and my business.
Weekly one-hour Skype calls with Kelly was enough to keep me committed and accountable. Each lesson was structured and full of information. The hardest part for me was developing the financial plan. SWP breaks down this into four sections with easy to use spreadsheets and language. The other sections we reviewed (operations, marketing, etc.) were just as educational and helpful as the financial section. I would highly recommend Sage Wedding Pros for any business-related service you may have.
Sage Wedding Pros has acted as an important partner in the success of Junebug Weddings. They’ve helped us plan for the future and stay on track to long term profitability, and their no-nonsense, easy-to-understand approach to common sense business has given us a new perspective on business planning. We give Michelle Loretta and Kelly Simants 5 stars for business savvy and we highly recommend them to any company who is looking to increase their profits and overall success in this highly competitive market.