Do you love to throw parties, and especially enjoy the planning and preparation that takes place before the party? Then you must think for a party planning business hmm. You can call it “Event planning” as well.
A person who plans out is called a party planner. Sounds big, but it is not that easy. You can start with organizing small budget parties. Start up costs is very minimal a phone, a website, and business cards. You need to know some of your local venues, caterers, florists, and rental companies.
If you are creative person from heart this is the right business for you, as party planning requires creativity, organization and flexibility. Now all you need is to be good and patient enough to deal with the client during work and in crisis. And a good negotiation skill is required to deal with client and local vendors. You are all set.
Some of the potential challenges you may face in party planning such as:
- The party planning business can be a high-stress job because your business and reputation are on the stake with every party.
- Planning requires long working hours, evenings, weekends and holidays as well.
- Your work will involve unrealistic clients and unreliable suppliers and subcontractors.
- It will be time taking to build a profitable client portfolio.
Below are the steps to get started with party planning:
- Recognize your quality. Find out within you whether you have the following qualities creativity, diplomacy, a high level of organization, sociability, adaptability, excellent communication skills and an energetic personality. Also that you are willing to work long hours, late night, in weekend and on holidays.
- Organize small parties. First organize your own party or any of your relatives and friends party and show all your creativity and talent. Try show case how well you managed and how cost effective it was to grab the attention of others.
- Keeps videos and pictures. Record all your work. Make small videos and create a good photo album. Highlight your creativity in those videos and album. Because with showcasing your work only you can gain more business.
- Convincing power. You should have a good convincing power so that you can ask for work among your friends and family and gain as much experience you can get. You need to know how to negotiate with your local caterers, florists, and rental companies.
- Create your website and business card. Once you gain pretty much experience create your own website and business card to make your work more saleable. This will also give you a sense of professionalism.
- Attain Professional degree. Once you have worked on quite a few projects and you really started enjoying it go for a professional degree or a diploma in event planning. It will give a boost to your carrier and then you can think for the big projects.
- Know the giants. Increase your social network. Start knowing the giants of your business, get connected with them, show them your work and work under them so that you gain experience on how to organize big parties and events. Once you have pretty good experience you are good to go and sail individually for big events.