Why You Don’t Need An Event Planning Certificate

Have you ever wondered whether or not it’s important to have an event planning certificate for people to take you seriously or to get started in the events industry – especially when you have no real experience? For example, let’s say you’re deeply passionate about event planning and all things related to events, you read everything you can get your hands on and spend countless
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What To Do When Your Event Planning Clients Don’t Pay

More than 10 years later I still think about the client that didn’t pay me $5000 for an event I planned. At first it appeared as though I had dotted all i’s and crossed all t’s; I met with the client to discuss the event scope, had them sign an event contract that clearly outlined the terms and payment schedule, and provided reminders about payment
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Free Event Planning Checklist For Event Managers

Ever struggle with creating the perfect event planning checklist? It’s one of the most important pieces of planning any event yet most event planners worry they’re not getting it right – especially when getting started in the industry. While there’s no ‘one size fits all’ to follow, there are some basic guidelines to use when putting together your event planning checklist. Here are 4 simple
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10 Step Event Planning Business Plan

Business advice and creating an event planning business plan can be booooring, and IMO you want to create a business so you’re having fun. There are going to be times in your business life where you’re doing things you don’t like and you want to quit, but creating and building a business can be fun and sssooo satisfying. Now, before we get into today’s video
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8 Steps to Charging For Your Event Planning Services

Whether you’re starting an event planning business or plan to be an independent planner, knowing how to charge for your event planning services is going to make (or break) your success. Typically, event planners are hired when their clients don’t have the resources (time, money or people) to plan an event themselves. An event planner can take over the event planning and management so the
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What Is a ‘Typical’ Event Planner Salary?

It’s important to price your event planning services correctly so you make money and have cash flow to keep your business alive, but how much can you expect to make? What is a ‘typical’ event planner salary? Money isn’t the only reason you should get into event planning; things like passion, organization and people skills should also be considered. But it’s still important to know
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5 Bookkeeping Tips Because Money Matters

If you love bookkeeping, put your hand up. Thought so. Let’s be honest, the majority of us cringe at the thought of creating (and maintaining) an event budget, even though it’s an integral part of being a successful event planner. If you’re like me you’d rather do anything (I mean anything!) other than your weekly or monthly bookkeeping for your events or event planning business.
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10 Event Planning Software Options To Consider

Not all event planning software fits all events and it’s often about your event needs and what works best for your team. How do you know which event software is right for you? The real answer: it depends. (Thankfully) gone are the days of having to plan your event on paper or with a word.doc or excel spreadsheet (OMG all those tabs in the binders!), unless
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6 Tips To Run Your Event Planning Career From Anywhere

A large part of my life is traveling (for business and pleasure) and I travel as much as I can, but as a business owner it can be difficult to manage the business while on the road, and I don’t have the option of closing my business while I’m away. Over the last four months I have spent two weeks in Costa Rica, a week
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How To Plan a Launch Party

Over the years I’ve planned many launch parties and have learned that unless they’re exciting (in some way) and news worthy, then they appear as just another party. A launch party is the perfect way to highlight your client’s new product or introduce your event planning business (or products or event services) to clients and your supporters, so how do you make it memorable? When
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