I hope Watergal doesn`t mind that I`m jumping in on her discussion, but she asked a question similar to mine (and why have multiple discussions about the same topic, I say!).
I, too, am looking to have a website created. I kind of am in need of a full graphics package, though - website, logo, and brochures. I`d love it if someone/ various individuals could email me with help! :) To facilitate this process, I will answer all the questions that dear watergirl answered below:
Web Hosting Provider?
No, I have some recommendations, but I`d like a little more professional input on this. The recommendations I`ve received so far are: www.ipowerweb.com, www.webhost4life.com, www.godaddy.com, www.powweb.com
Yes - I have registered www.winsomeevents.com through ipowerweb for $2.95 with privacy protection! Woo hoo, eh?
Method of Payment I would accept?
For the moment, checks and possibly credit cards...maybe through paypal? I don`t really need e-commerce for a wedding and event consulting business...unless I decide to offer invitations or favors to the general public over the web, but I`m not sure I am interested in that headache.
I`m in the San Francisco Bay Area for now...I may be moving in late 2007 to Colorado.
What type of business do I have now?
I currently am employed, but hope to move full-time to wedding and event consulting by July 2006. I will offer full-service, partial, and cutomized wedding planning and coordination packages and hourly consultations for weddings and events (such as birthday parties, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.).
What type of financial resources do I have to start my business?
I have been saving like mad and probably have around $5K (total) for everything I need to get up and running. I have a nice little nest egg for us to live on as well (also due to the saving like mad thing) and can possibly tap into additional student loans for living expenses (my husband is in doctoral school), but I`d like to continue down the road of minimizing student loan debt.
Are you considering designing this site yourself?
No. I want something that is done right and looks professional. I have enough HTML knowledge to be dangerous, but I don`t believe that I can design the site that I`m dreaming of. I do think I should be able to handle most site maintenance once it is up and running.
How long have I considered this venture?
I have dreamt about it for a couple of years, but I didn`t seriously decide it was for me until Oct. 2006. I have been taking courses to ensure that I can provide my clients with superior service. I am a domestic diva of sorts as well as a CPA/MBA so I have all the skills and know-how to make things fly.
Do I have a mentor?
I recently became a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and they have an apprenticeship program which I am planning to look into. I also have contacts currently in the wedding planning business. And, then, there`s always Martha Stewart - whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit she knows how to plan an event and make a business work!
Do I have a team?
My husband and a friend are excited for my venture and are already doing what they can to help me succeed. I plan to meet with various vendors and create a "team" of preferred vendors who will refer clients to me....
As for my vision of what my website will do for me, I am looking for something charming, romantic, sophisticated and fun to attract potential clients and then get them to contact me so that I can convert them into paying clients. In general, my site will be more along the informative side of things, giving detail regarding my service offerings, the vendors I work with, who I am, etc. I`d also like to have an outlet to have a little newsletter or something. I`ve set up a blogger blog where I`m sort of feeling this idea out...
If you have any more questions for me, please feel free to email me. I look forward to hearing from you.
And, watergirl, thanks so much for letting me intrude on your post! :)
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