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How to start an event planning business from home

August 1, 2017

Whether it’s a wedding or 21st birthday celebration, everyone loves to celebrate a big event. But planning for these events can often cause sleepless nights. Stressing whether everything will go according to plan or not. What if there are too little chairs and tables? What if your client doesn’t like the concept? Being an events planner isn’t always easy. It can be even more difficult planning a massive event from home.

Many event planners start their business from home. It might be a good choice as it keeps overheads down in those critical stages of trading. It’s also likely to maximise productivity. Many find it easy to do this while others just don’t seem able to imagine the realities of working from home.

If you’re considering working from home and want to make a success of this, here are a few tips to get you started.

Low costs

As an event planner, if you own a laptop you can work from almost anywhere. As long as there’s available internet. When it comes to starting your own business from home, your personality will play a big role. Are you disciplined and committed? Your event management skills will also be important. On the good side, costs will be lower as you won’t be renting an office space. That can be a huge outgoing for a new business. So, starting from home can give your new company the best possible start during the early months.

You won’t commute to work

It can sometimes be time-consuming and stressful to commute to work on a daily basis. Also, think about the travelling expenses. Commuting to work is something everyone would want to avoid. By starting your own company from home will not only potentially save you on your monthly travel expenses but you’re also removing possible temptations. Things such as coffee, cake and other temptations can cost you a lot of money without you even realising. So, if your daily commute to work is an hour, you can save on that hour by extending your productivity.

Create your own workspace

Do you hate your little cube in the office? Well, starting your own event planning business gives you the opportunity to create your own workspace. So, set up a specific workspace which can be your dedicated work area. If you have an extra room, revamp it into your office. It has to be a room you can close the door on after a day. That way you won’t be constantly reminded about the piles of paperwork on your desk. It’ll also prevent you from hearing and answering the phone after hours. Do you have any preferences for an office? Design your space based on that. Maybe you want to have a view or want to stare at a brick wall. First look at it is you want and create your workspace around that. Make sure you have everything that’s needed in your office. Things such as a desk, chair, computer and so forth.

Think about storage

One thing many people struggle with is their storage. Your business will grow within due time so you might want to think ahead. It’s important to have a big storage area. If you bought big printers, event equipment, marketing materials, etc. it might take up a lot of space. So think about that too when creating storage space. You’re also likely to store things such as plates, glasses and cutlery. And as time goes on and your business grows, you’re likely to buy new crockery. So think about the future when creating storage. Regular clients might also want you to hold some of their materials between events. This will put further strain on storage space. The last thing you want is storing your event equipment in your living space.

Be disciplined and committed

You working from home but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be less disciplined. So, set yourself working hours or stick to the normal nine-to-five office hours. If you want to be extra, you can even choose to dress as you still going to an office job. But as an event planner, you’ll be running up and down a lot. It’s usually better to dress more casually on days when you don’t have meetings with clients. Do whatever works for you. It’s all about self-discipline. If you work for yourself and end up not working, it’ll mean you won’t get paid. So that should be a motivator to actually work. And if want to achieve success, you should be committed to what you’re doing.

If you’re currently employed and want to try out the event planning industry, it might be best to test the water first before quitting your job. And if you see that this is for you, go ahead and start your own business. This is a fun industry and anyone who enjoys planning and organising will have fun with this.

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