However It wasn't until after my wedding that I realized that it was something that I wanted to extend to individuals outside of the family. I attempted to utilized many vendors for my 2012 nuptials however between price gouging and unsatisfactory customer service, I found myself creating my own save the dates, wedding invitations, wedding programs and more. Thats when it hit me! Providing the option to purchase affordable event items which includes a 20 yr customer service background was the perfect segway into what is now, Patrice Nicole!
What 2 professional tips would you share with readers who desire to be successful in your industry?
First, I would probably say, do not get offended when potential clients attempt to negotiate. It may seem like an insult to your profession and creativity, but it is more of an opportunity for you to exude confidence in your brand, product and pricing. Reply tactful and professionally and remember every inquiry is not your true client. You will know if this is your true client when they pay the price you set after your reply to their negotiation effort.
Second, don't get caught up with what everyone else in the same industry is doing. We all have learning curves and we all specialize in something. Focus more on how to make your brand unique so that when the choice is between you and another company that offers the same item at the same price, your services are chosen.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice 10 years ago, what would that be?
Patrice, use your handy dandy planner that you pay $34 for every year and actually schedule some time for mental and physical health breaks. No one is "always on".
What is next for you in 2019 and how can readers connect with you online?
I am working on introducing a few new and innovative products to the Patrice Nicole brand both party and non party related. As well as working on my first Co-Author venture to be released around Mother's Day.
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