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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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A talented play producer can make money from one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

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Theater Productions

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Producing theatrical plays is much easierthan you think, and many plays have the potential to generateoutstanding profits even if they’re only small community productions.Producing plays simply means you’re the financial backer of theproduction and you pay for the costs associated with bringing the playto stage.

However, there’s a major benefit for producing these types ofsmall plays–often the performers, directors and stagehands will workfor little or no financial compensation. Just the fact that they’retaking part in the play itself is reward enough. Additionally, manyvenues for performances can also be secured for free, providing thereare benefits for the owner of the venue such as refreshment sales orproduct sales. The key to success in producing a community play forprofit is to retain as much of the ticket revenue as possible whileseeking out ways to reduce or eliminate production costs.

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It only takes one good idea to become a full-fledged inventor.

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

Business Overview

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Party Entertainment Service

Are you always the life of the party? Make it your business.

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Party Entertainment Service

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

Business Overview

There is big money to be earned operating aparty entertainment service and providing live entertainment forparties and special occasions’clowns, soloists, musical bands,magicians, singing telegrams, public speakers, spokespeople, acrobats,jugglers, comedians, adult-themed entertainers, and lots more.

Kidsparties, corporate events, social events, graduations, birthdays,anniversaries, weddings, trade shows, conventions, and Christmasparties are a lot more fun when there is live entertainment to keepguests entertained and in high spirits. Entertainers can be employed ascontractors working on an on-call basis, and can be paid by way ofrevenue-sharing; the range of 60/40 in the entertainer’s favor is theindustry standard. Promote the service by running advertisements inyour local newspaper and in the Yellow Pages, as well as by contactingwedding planners and event planners in your community and explainingthe various types of entertainers your service provides, as well asrates. This service can easily be managed from home, and start-up costsare modest, with the bulk of the budget being spent on business setupand marketing to get the telephone ringing with eager customers wantingto book acts for their special occasions and events.

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