Saturday, January 03, 2009

Columbus Bride Show Day #1

I'm keeping it real here. I studied engineering because, and how do I put this nicely, my boyfriends had not been the sharpest pencils in the box. They weren't dumb, but I knew I was going to have to be the bread winner. And then I married Dave and he was smarter than me and I knew everything was going to be okay. We were smart about decisions we made and everything seemed A-OK. Until I quit my job. And not that we're not paying our bills, but we've certainly buckling down on everything. Having a business and a job where you're not getting a regular pay check and some months are huge and others pull in nothing has been tough to plan and tough to manage. So, going into the bridal show this weekend I had already decided that if things didn't go well I would begin looking for a full-time job again. I must as I HATED it, it was reality.

After day 1 of could easily be called Bride-a-Palooza, we've done pretty good. We heard great things about our photo booth like we were the best priced, we looked the best, we were different from the others, or my favorite: ours was the most comfortable. In the end, I booked 4 at the show today, bringing my grand total for 2009 to 6 events. I know that doesn't seem like much, but I had set my goals for the year to be 20, so I'm a 1/4 of the way there. Maybe my goal was low. We had tons of great response today and we're really thinking we'll book a few more tomorrow. Plus there were lots of brides there planning their weddings for 2010. TWO THOUSAND TEN!!

I'm hoping this means we're in for the long-haul and I also hope it means we can grow the business, expand and be able to offer more dates and more possibilities for our clients.

I know most of you reading this blog only want to hear about running, but when you've spent 10 hours on your feet promoting your business, you feel like you've run an ultra.


Stef said...

I did initially start reading your blog for the running but the business stuff is just as compelling to me if not more.

I'm starting a new business myself and have been pulling for your business since I started reading your blog (which was a few months ago I can't remember exactly).

Congratulations on the bookings today and hope you kick some more butt tomorrow with more of them.

Happy New Year!


The fact that you went out on a limb to start this business means that it will, no doubt, succeed!

I agree with Stef...there are tons of running and training blogs to read out there. It's the small stuff in between that makes it most interesting.