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Nancy @ Nancy Liu Chin Designs, San Francisco Vendor: Florist Website: Nancy Liu Chin Designs About Me: A San Francisco native, Nancy graduated from the University of California - Berkeley's Haas Business School where she studied finance and marketing. Beyond running her floral studio, Nancy is a huge fan of Top Chef, loves to travel to exotic locations, is an avid reader of contemporary fiction and considers herself on Team Edward (Twilight fan!), entertains friends in her loft style home in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood, and can be found at SF Giant's home games. Nancy and her husband, Kevin are a dynamic pair and can be frequently seen walking their white Bichon Frisee, Chin Chin around the city and lounging at cafes sipping Italian sodas.
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Believe it or not, being a business owner can be lonely at times especially since many wedding businesses consist of one individual whether it is an invitation designer, baker, coordinator, photographer, videographer, etc.  Most wedding professionals are sole proprietors.

Much of our work is done by ourselves, not with a team. For example, photographers and videographers spend the majority of their time working at their office editing photos, cropping images, putting albums or videos together by themselves. It’s a quiet and solo process. As for florists and floral designers, they are often making pieces by themselves in their studio space. Often, floral designers are writing detailed proposals at their desk in between taking care of a million little details. As one of these designers, I don’t have someone to turn to. I do many things just by myself.

I think to myself - it would be wonderful to bounce ideas off of other people. And yes, I am fairly lucky because I have a wonderful office assistant, Karin, so I’m not too lonely. However, most of the time, important decisions are made alone.

On rare occasions, I do miss those days when I worked on a floor with hundreds of people. I miss the sound of people chatting on their phones, Xerox machines making copies, and work getting done.

That’s why important meetings such like a WPPI are key for us lonely entrepreneurs. Last month, seeing Ron Dawson (of Dare Dreamer Media) and David Jay of David Jay Photography reminded me that we, wedding vendors, are not alone. There are thousands of us out there. We may run our own business but when we need to reach out, there’s a whole sea of people ready to meet you. I’m reminded that we aren’t without a community. I guess that’s why I find myself on Facebook. Yup, I finally did it. And already, I see the energy in being part of something greater.

Thanks, Ron and David for reminding us that we aren’t just an island. Both of you inspire me.

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2 Responses to “WPPI: Building a Community”

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Ron Dawson

Hey Nance. Great article. It was so nice seeing you at WPPI. Thanks for coming by and supporting us. Keep up the fabulous work!

 
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Erin M

Awesome post, and So true! I’m a fellow sole-proprietor floral designer and what you say rings a bell. It sure can get lonely, making bouquets and boutonnieres until 3am, then getting up at 6 or 7 to go back to the studio to pick everything up and deliver! It can be hard to let go and deligate, I’m the worst. I have two great people that I work with regularly-Josie is a coordinator who when she’s not busy helps me with day of set up and designing. Josie is awesome at copying, and I’m going to cross train her on the personal flowers soon! Then I have my friend Faith, who used to work with a coordinator and now does what Josie does on occasion. I must admit, it’s more fun when they’re there.

 

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