Becoming a party planner in your spare time for extra cash can be very lucrative. Creating a friendly and fun environment is not hard and very affordable. Start up costs can begin under $100.00. Decorations for all holidays and celebrations can be obtained for a reasonable cost from Oriental Trading. For decoration prices and ideas, visit http://www.orientaltrading.com. Shipping discounts are offered every month.
Invest in magazines like Food Network Magazine for catering ideas. You can become a member for FREE at http://www.allrecipes.com. There are a lot of tasty treats and ideas that are quick and easy to make. You can also make your very own recipe book with your favorite foods, desserts, and drinks. You can post your own recipes and pictures on the site as well.
Let your first customers be your friends and family. Take pictures and/or videos of your party decorations and events. If the event is being catered or potluck, give out comment/suggestions cards to party goers and attendees to find out the likes and dislikes. This will help you with getting rid of ideas that don't work and keeping ideas that do.
Word of mouth is excellent; however, it does not guarantee customers and lasting clients. Give out business cards, flyers with pictures of your decorations, and obtain a website for your business. You can have all of your advertising needs fulfilled for a reasonable and affordable price at http://www.vistaprint.com. Also, use social media like Facebook or Twitter to put your business out there.
As with all businesses big or small, make sure you obtain the required licenses, certificates, and/or DBA's (doing business as). You can go to your local/county courthouse to obtain required forms or for more information on starting a business. Required fees if any are affordable. Fees usually start under $150.00.
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