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Event and Party Planner

If you have a knack for planning and parties, this could be the biz for you.

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Event and Party Planner

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If you love to plan and host parties and special events, then startingan event and party planning service will be right up your alley. Eventand party planners share common personality traits; they aredetail-oriented, well-organized, good communicators and very creative. In a nutshell, event and party planners are responsible for organizingand hosting special events such as wedding anniversaries, birthdays,graduations and award ceremonies for their clients.

Duties can includecreating and sending out invitations, selecting event locations,decorations, arranging for entertainers and speakers, selectingcaterers and menus and just about everything else that is required topull a special event together and put it on without a hitch, includingarranging to get everything cleaned up after all the guests have left.Networking, networking and more networking will be your main marketingtool for attracting and keeping new business, peppered liberally withadvertising in newspapers, the Yellow Pages and direct-mail fliers. Youwill also need to build a reliable team of contractors; businesses andindividuals who you can call on and rely on to supply products andservices required for hosting events on time and on budget. The morereliable your team is, the more successful and profitable your eventand party planning service will be.

The Market

Businesses and individuals who are planning special occasions and events.

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Children’s Party Planning

Create great parties for both kids and parents to enjoy.

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Children’s Party Planning

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Today’s moms and dads want to give their kids memorable parties justlike they had, but with a two-income household, it’s difficult to findthe time to plan and organize all this stuff.

And even moms or dads whodon’t work often feel that a really creative party is beyond theircapabilities. But if you’re creative, then you can be the life of thegala with a children’s party planning business. You’ll plan the theme,provide costumes (unless guests arrive wearing their own), décor, food,favors and other assorted goodies, entertainment, and clean upafterward so parents can enjoy the festivities instead of runningthemselves ragged. And you can do more than birthday parties–go allout with Halloween, Christmas, Chanukah, end-of-school andend-of-summer parties–whatever you can dream up and sell.

Theadvantages to this business are that your startup costs are low, it’screative and it’s always fun–heck, you get to go to birthday partiesevery working day! Besides that all-important creativity, you’ll needthe organizational skills to pull everything together and do itsmoothly so that everyone has fun. You should also know what kids liketoday so that you can plan parties around the cartoon character or hitmovie of the hour. And you’ll need to be a people person who can makesure that no shy child gets left out of the fun and no sensitive parentgets miffed at being left out the picture.

The Market

Your customers will be parents and kids who just wanna have fun. Sendbrochures to moms and dads in your area. Write fun, informativearticles for local newspapers. Place ads in the Yellow Pages and inlocal publications. Network among the kiddie set and post fliers (withthe owners’ permission) at dance and karate studios and otherchildren’s hang-outs. Donate a party to the lucky winner of a charityauction–always good publicity–and give free parties to friends who’llspread the word. Be sure to take pictures for your portfolio.

Needed Equipment

All you really need is a planning book and a telephone. If youspecialize in a certain type of party, like dress-up tea parties orwild animal parties, you’ll want to lay in a stock of costumes andmakeup for guests to put on.

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Wedding Photographer

Capture those special moments with your love for photography.

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Wedding Photographer

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

There are a number of different approachesthat can be taken when starting a wedding photography business. Thefirst option is to be the wedding photographer, and the second optionis to start an agency representing wedding photographers.

If you choosethe second option, a Web site could be established that would listwedding photographers from across North America along with samples oftheir photography work. Anyone seeking a wedding photographer wouldsimply log onto the Web site and search the index for photographers intheir area. Revenues for the Web site can be generated by charging thephotographers a yearly fee to be listed on the site, and the site couldgenerate substantial advertising revenue from related businesses suchas wedding planners, caterers, and formalwear rental companies seekingadditional exposure.

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Murder Mystery Parties

Have a flair for the dramatic? Host murder mystery parties.

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Murder Mystery Parties

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Whodunit murder mystery parties are hugely popular and the basis for afun and exciting part-time business opportunity that can be kicked offfor peanuts, yet has the potential to earn excellent profits. If youhave writing aspirations and a creative flair, you can write the storyand murder mystery party scripts; if you do, be sure to try to includeyour clients in the script’their likenesses, personalities, and names.If you are not a wordsmith, you can use a popular mystery theme orstory as the basis of the mystery, or you can even purchase murdermystery scripts online. Rates for mystery dinner party services startat $25 per person plus the cost of a catered dinner, specialty propsand location rentals if the party is not held at the client’s location.

The Market

Clients can include individuals wanting to host an interesting dinnerparty for family and friends, corporations seeking fun social functionsfor employees or customers, and event planners searching for anextraordinary and unique experience for their clients.

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