Do friends and family frequently ask for your help and advice when they plan their parties? Have you ever thought about becoming an event planner?
Before you make the commitment to a career change, you will probably want to do some investigative work. Take a look around your area, see if you can find wedding venues, conference centers, and high end hotels that have great ballrooms. Make notes of the fees they charge for renting the venue, their prices for meals and what types of events they regularly host.
These are just a few of the types of events we have thought of:
- Corporate Events, conferences
- Trade shows
- Educational Conferences
- Weddings and other family type celebrations, anniversary parties, Bat and Bar Mitzvahs
- Fundraisers, galas,parties
It may also be a good idea not to attempt to become all things at once. Pick one or two types of events and learn the ropes. Get to be very comfortable with what needs to happen for those events, build a relationship with the venues where you hold those events, and learn what works and what doesn’t.
Event planners can work long hours, and will undoubtedly be required to work plenty of weekends and evenings, but if you’re someone who loves your career, that won’t matter. Remember, if this is your business, your career, it is your choice as to which events you choose to work on.
I know a woman who specializes in destination weddings. Although the planning part can sometimes be a challenge, she has several resorts she works with regularly, and her job is made easier by knowing the staff and the service will be excellent. She doesn’t need to go out and hire staff herself. Also, tour operators in the areas where she hosts these destination wedding will sometimes give her clients special pricing and even promotional items.
Amazon. com has several great books about event planning. And don’t forget, Central Comm is great for taking your RSVP’s and providing information about the event and the venue!
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