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Summer is upon us and I’m back to wearing sundresses and flip flops, which is my favorite outfit EVER! This week I’m flying home for a family reunion and the Event Planning Blueprint team is taking time off to enjoy the summer, catch up on rest and plan the launch of our program How To Be An Event Planner. I love hearing how people spend
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6 Steps To Qualifying Your Event Clients

A few years ago I had an event client that, simply put, sucked all the energy out of me. He was argumentative, combative and always had to have things his way. Honestly, he was a real A-hole and I hated every minute of working with him and planning his event. It was a (real) shock to work with someone who drained my energy because, up
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Choosing Event Planning Courses: 3 Common Mistakes To Avoid

The other day I was speaking to an Event Planning Blueprint reader about her desire to switch careers and be an event planner full-time. She told me about her current career and how unhappy it makes her and how she loves planning events, and is often asked by family and friends to plan their events. But, she was scared to leave a secure position at
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What To Include In Your Event Legal Contracts

Question: Have you ever run up against a client who suddenly stopped paying for your event services, which left you wondered what to include in your event legal contracts to protect you and your event business? I hope this hasn’t happened to you and it’s something you only hear or read about, but the reality is… Nearly all planners run into a problem client or
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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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