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Don't be that guy: why wedding vendors shouldn't publicly rant about work

Every once and while, a wedding vendor will perhaps forget that Offbeat Bride isn't an industry publication. Every once and a while, we'll get ranting, vitriolic comments from vendors about how stupid brides are, how little couples understand about what vendors do, how this one time this one couple did this totally awful thing, how they want to strangled a certain mother of the bride, etc etc etc.

But wedding industry friends, for the good of your business: don't be that guy.

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Steal This Process: Online indie biz ecourse starting January 6th, 2014 (+ an Empire discount!)

Eleanor Mayrhofer, a longtime friend of the Offbeat Empire, is offering a six week online course on time and project management and productivity for indie businesses — AND IT STARTS NEXT WEEK!

With Eleanor's Steal This Process course, students are led through how to do the hard stuff like set meaningful goals, figure out what they need to do to meet those goals, set up a plan for the year, as well as how to develop 'just in time' plans each month and week.

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How to talk to (and about) your clients when their gender identities are complex

Gender identities are complex, and the words we use to talk about gender are constantly evolving. Whether or not you spend a lot of time in a gender-ambiguous world, as a business-owner, you need to know that it's important to be aware of the different ways people can gender identify, and that it's even more important to respect those identities. It's not always easy to discern someone's gender identity by sight, so here are three different ways I've gone about determining how my clients identify in a subtle, respectful way…

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VENDOR OPEN THREAD: We want to see your styled shoots!

I wrote a post today on Offbeat Bride about why we don't publish styled shoots. As I hope I made clear in that post, as a longtime marketing fiend, I personally love seeing styled shoots. I love seeing the kinds of work that offbeat vendors want to be doing — especially vendors who work in more traditional markets, where they just might not have as many opportunities to show off their nontraditional tastes with real clients.