Planning parties can be very exciting. If you are a person who is a people person, energetic and love to organize, this can be a very successful business for you. There are a few things you will need to do to start your party planning business. To make your business stand out, don’t go with just the traditional party planning events such as; weddings, birthdays and retirements. To stand out, describe yourself as the party planner for events that don’t get as much attention like; honor roll celebration or first home run. These lifetime highlights can be just as fun and memorable.
Make sure you can plan all types of parties for adults, teens, tweens and children alike. Understand the types of beverages and food. Research and educate yourself with different types of cuisines and cultures. Be able to make gift bags and create games and contests for the little ones. Get to know different catering companies and vendors. It shows your professionalism when you can advise a client of the best venues in town.
Know information about different types of entertainment, from clowns to jazz bands. Visit an opening act and purchase their music or other videotaped performances and start a library. Show the clients your creativity by being able to give them what they want by coming up with different ways and ideas on how they can save money. Be patient with your clients. They will change their minds over and over again. Try to do your best to give them everything they want.
Decide how and what you are going to charge for your services. You can charge by the hour or you can include your fee in the party budget. If you book the halls, hire the entertainment and plan the menus, you can add those charges to your overall bill. Make sure you don’t charge to little and don’t have enough to complete the party; it won’t sit right with clients if you have to ask for extra money. Make sure your financial budget is solid. Put everything in writing. Draw up a contract outlining who will be responsible for what.
Make yourself, not only a portfolio of past successful events, but a portfolio with pricing for catering, performers, and locations. Get your business out there by creating a website, flyers and business cards. For information on marketing materials at an affordable rate, you can go to www.vistaprint.com. Don’t forget to legalize your business. For information on the licenses and permits you may need, visit www.sba.gov or www.legalzoom.com for information.
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