Party or event planning entails everything
from coordinating family get-togethers
and elegant weddings, to corporate
meetings and special events.
who love to play host to friends and family, and who always have
a knack for creating a fun and festive party atmosphere, a career
as a party or event planner may be the perfect way to turn a natural
talent into a fantastic career.
Party and event planning are ideal careers for those with experience
because, while a college degree can be useful, it is by no means
should be organized and excellent multi-taskers, and should have excellent
interpersonal and people management skills, particularly when
organizing corporate events and fundraisers.
upon a startup party planning business, knowledge of more than
one language may come in extremely handy, as well.
courses and degrees such as those in hospitality,
sales and marketing may teach some of these skills, but often
it is people who are naturally adapted to this kind of work who
percent of the party and event planners who work in the industry
are self employed, but generally they start out working for more
experienced planners, doing a fair amount of learning on the job.
This usually entails becoming familiar with caterers
and entertainment vendors, florists, local party
venues, as well as party and invitation etiquette.
"There are always weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, and milestone
birthdays being planned whatever the economic climate..."
on location and qualifications, the average salary for a party
or event planner is about $42,000 a year.
Within the next ten years, the job outlook for party and event
planning business is projected to be good, but the industry is
fairly dependent on the state of the general economy.
In an increasingly
borderless world, where businesses and organizations often expand
to foreign countries, corporate event planners with second languages
and a good understanding of foreign cultures also will be in especially
More about the party & event planning careers around the Web:
to Start an Event Planning Service
- Complete overview of what it entails and the skills required
with more in-depth information on typical startup costs, billing,
marketing, with related resources and suggested reading.
Planning Business - Helpful advice on necessary experience
with a checklist of startup basics, suggested reading and related
Events Magazine - A world of professional advice on party
and event planning with feature stories highlighting caterers,
venues, event rentals, industry awards, membership information
and free e-newsletter.