The wedding and event industry is naturally a creative one, whether you are a photographer, stationer, stylist, florist or entertainer, you are probably in business for the love of your craft and what you do. Having planned weddings and events for 10 years and running my own wedding business Soniamarie Loves, I completely understand this and can definitely relate.
However, having also come from a corporate background and running my own business, I know that a love of what you do is not enough, you have get to grips with the business side as well. There has been a noticeable shift towards the running of the business side recently with training, coaching and support being offered to business owners on how to manage their branding, marketing, finance, strategy, operations etc. Unfortunately, there is little in the way of training on how to manage the people element. I do question why this is as people are the core of any business even if it is just you. Without you, there is no business right?
Perhaps you think that you do not need to worry about HR as you do not have any employees yet. Well, if you answer yes to any of the below questions, then you definitely need to have an understanding of HR management sooner rather than later:
- You have people doing work for you such as 2nd shooters and assistants who you pay as and when you need them?
- Have you ever put out a request for “interns” to help you at an upcoming event on social media?
- Do you run a business that requires you to lift, carry, put up lights, handle glass or electrics at and for an event?
- Do you have a lot of bookings for 2019 and beyond and have no idea how you will manage them or staff them?
- Do you currently have people who regularly help you in your business with or without pay, including freelancers?
Even if you haven’t said yes to any of the above (which I am pretty confident that you have said yes to at least one of them 🙂 ), I am sure that you are wanting to grow your business in the future and you will more than likely need to increase your team in order to do this.
Legislation, specifically Employment Law which governs the majority of HR is applicable to you. It isn’t just for the larger companies and they are not the only ones who can get themselves into hot water if they fall foul of the law. You, as a small business can also find yourself in an Employment Tribunal defending your people management decisions.
Did you know that someone who has not even been employed by you can make a discrimination claim against you if they believe that they were unfairly treated during your recruitment process? Yes, this happens. Did you also know that you have a responsibility for the Health and Safety of anyone who works with you even if they are on work experience? Did you know that if you have someone “interning” for you with regular set hours, they are highly likely to be deemed as a “worker” in employment status and so must receive the National Minimum Wage?
HR management is for all stages of business and as an owner, you need to be aware of your responsibilities and the law. It can be a minefield and a pretty overwhelming subject area and this is why I provide HR support services to help you understand, grow in your knowledge and really get to grips with HR management. Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to the law.
Realise that you may need to find out a bit more?
As a qualified HR practitioner of 18 years and a wedding planner, I understand both sides of the coin and so have the know-how and experience required to advice you in your business. There are a number of ways that you can work with me and I am here, willing ready and waiting to help you so feel free to get in touch!
How about joining my FREE Facebook Group which I have created for wedding and event business owners as a safe place to discuss, ask questions and get support from others in the industry who may have similar challenges. It is time to start planning and doing things differently in 2019.
Why not give me a call for a quick chat to find out how you can become HR savvy?!