Party Planning
Earn Extra Cash Whilst Having Fun

Party Planning is ideally suited to the out going fun loving person who also has a good organising head on them.

It is also something that you can do in your spare time and so can provide some well-needed extra income without taking up too much of your time.

There are many different sorts of party you could get involved with organising, from the very informal small family gathering to a full blown wedding reception. Just what sort you decide to get involved in will very much depend on your own organizing abilities and confidence.

What Is It?

Party planning is very much like directing a stage show. You need to know right down to the very least detail what goes where and who does what.

Planning ahead is also vital to the smooth running of any party and the more time you have to prepare the better.

This is basically why people like to hire a party organiser, as most people just don't have the time to organise things themselves.

Also as an organiser it is important that you gain yourself a list of contacts that you can quickly and easily call on to help with the party. These should include:

  • Florists,
  • Caterers,
  • Entertainers,
  • Musicians
  • Lighting and sound equipment hirers

The more contacts you have the less likely you will be to let down your employers and the better and more professional your party planning will be and so likely to provide a better income for you.

Other personal traits you should possess are:

  • Calmness
  • Energetic
  • Punctuality
  • Cheerful
  • Confident
  • Positive

You will need to be the show master on the day ensuring that all runs smoothly whilst appearing calm and in total control. Word of mouth is very important for gaining new work and so the more confident your employers are in you the more likely it is that they will recommend you to their friends if you throw a fantastic party for them.

When first trying to get into party planning, always start out organising small occasions that you will be able to easily handle.

This will not only give you confidence but will also show you any areas you may need to improve on for bigger parties.

It is also a good idea to offer to organise a few parties for friends for free to get you started and then ask them to give you a written review, which you can then use for your own advertising.

Do I need any qualifications or training?

No professional training is required although the more written recommendations you have the more chance you will have or gaining further work.

Being able to demonstrate clear thinking and your organisational skill is important, so make sure you put together a professional portfolio of your services together for potential customers to view.

Are there any costs involved?

The costs involved will mainly be around advertising your services. You will also incur telephone and travel costs.

It is important to look professional and so make sure you are not only well presented when you meet your clients but also have some nice party clothes for when you attend the parties.

Pros/cons of party planning

The pros for party planning are obvious, you get to enjoy lots of parties and meet lots of new people. You may also discover that, as you become well known with local businesses such as hotels and vintners that a few freebies might come your way as they try to encourage you to use their services.

There are also some cons to consider to this work. It can be very frustrating and time consuming if you get involved in organising big celebrations such as weddings etc. You will also have the pressure of ensuring that you make someone's special day run smoothly and professionally.

Useful contacts

Party accessories

www.confetti.co.uk

www.partysuppliesusa.com

(Please note we do not recommend these companies, they are for illustrative purposes)

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