Life is too short to do a job that doesn’t leave you feeling fulfilled. Of course, we all wake up some mornings and want to stay under the duvet, no matter how much we love our job, but having a persistent feeling of lacking purpose or inspiration is what really wears us down. The life-changing difference, of course, is what you do about it. Today we’re chatting to lifestyle event planner Rav Khokhar of Signature Soirees and Mini Maniacs. Having found herself in a job that no longer served her, she took up the challenge and started her children’s and adults’ party planning businesses. Here she shares some of her motivations for making the leap, as well as what has been most helpful along the way.
How did you get started in the industry?
I have worked in the events industry for over six years now. I was working in the corporate events sector previously providing experiential events for British retail giants. But bogged down with protocol and red tape, I felt unfulfilled and needed a challenge. We started off as a children’s party planning company and eventually now provide sophisticated lifestyle events for adults.
Events have always been my passion.
What advice would you give someone about to make the leap to being a full-time wedding pro?
I think start as part-time, keep your full-time role and then eventually, when you are ready, you can give up your full-time job.
What support and advice have you discovered, and how has it changed your business?
Having a mentor and a support group to guide you through is the best advice I would give to anyone.
Do you think women can ‘have it all’ when it comes to running a successful business and having a fulfilling personal life?
Yes, of course!
How do you find a work/life balance?
Schedule your day just as you would when working for someone else. This way you will be more productive at work and also enjoy the much needed family time.
What’s your definition of success?
Happiness and fulfilment.
What’s your number one tip for new wedding pros?
Focus on your niche.
What’s next for you and your business?
Establishing Signature Soirees as a go-to events agency for lifestyle events.
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