If you are looking to start your own wedding planner business, or expand your already existing wedding planner business, you should carefully consider the contents of your employment contracts. As a wedding planner, you work in a very fluid environment, and have to deal with a multitude of moving parts. As such, it is important that your employment contracts ensure that each and every one of your employees knows exactly what is required of them at all times. This can be a difficult task, as you will be required to be specific enough to ensure that your employees complete all the tasks that are required of them, while also being ambiguous enough to allow your employees to adapt to the fluid environment that they will no doubt find themselves in. Therefore, although this may prove to be an arduous task, it is essential that your employment contracts are drafted to protect your business from any unwanted liability, by defining exactly what is expected of each of your employees.

Where do I begin with creating my employment contracts?

Where you begin is entirely up to you. However, a good place to start is by looking at your business model. The employment contracts of every business are unique, and this is because every business is unique. In addition, employment contracts form the basis upon which your business functions, as such, you should begin with creating a model for your business that outlines the roles and responsibilities of each position within your business. As a result of this model, you will have a basic outline of what you will need to include in your employment contracts for each position. It should be noted that the roles and responsibilities of your employees can be both negative and positive, in order to ensure that no employee is able to engage in an activity that is beyond their capability or qualification. This will protect you and your business from incurring any financial or legal liability, by ensuring your employees only perform the duties that you require of them. In addition, it will protect the reputation of your business, by ensuring that the work of your employees is only of the highest standard.

What should be in my employment contracts as a wedding planner?

An aspect of employment contracts that is somewhat unique to a wedding planning business is how your employees are expected to behave with customers. Wedding planning involves customers who are under a great deal of stress, who often expect to be treated as if they were demi-gods themselves. This is understandable, as they are preparing for what should be the greatest day in their lives. However, it can potentially create novel situations that no employee of any other profession will have to deal with. Unfortunately, things go wrong, sometimes it is nobody’s fault, sometimes it is someone’s fault, rarely, if ever, it is your fault. Nevertheless, as a wedding planner, you will be blamed by the bride and groom for every little mistake, and sometimes this can result in heated exchanges.

It is your responsibility as the owner of a wedding planner business, to ensure that your employees behave appropriately in such situations. The most effective way to do this, is to create a standard of behaviour that is expected of your employees when dealing with customers, to ensure that in the event of a crisis, everything runs smoothly. A word of warning however, in the interest of a healthy working environment, your employment contracts should allow your employees the chance to escape the clutches of a difficult customer, and have a system in place where an employee can be replaced if they feel mistreated or harassed. This will not only ensure the productivity of your business, but will protect your business from any liability.

Conclusion

If you are looking to start your own wedding planner business, or expand your already existing wedding planner business, you should carefully consider the contents of your employment contracts. The work of a wedding planner can be incredibly rewarding, but it can only be so if your business runs like a well-oiled machine, with all the moving parts working in tandem with each other. As a result, as the owner of a wedding planner business, it is important that you place a great deal of thought into the contents of each of your employment contracts. This will ensure that your employees know what is required of them at all times, protect your business from any liability and create a safe and productive environment in which your employees can help you grow your business. Finally, it is advisable that at some point during the process of creating your employment contracts you seek legal advice from a professional, in order to ensure your business complies with all the rules and regulations of employment law. If you feel that you need legal advice in drafting employment contracts for your wedding planner business, call Legal Vision for a fixed-fee quote.

Lachlan McKnight

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