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Would your primary focus be B2B (business meetings, conferences, etc.) or B2C (weddings, family celebrations, etc.)?
Because I have experience in both B2B and B2C areas, I plan to focus in both areas. I am looking to start the business within the next 3-4 months. To date I have created a business plan, selected a name, obtained an EIN # from the IRS, and am in the process of obtaining a trade name approval from the state government.
I'm located in Maryland (Washington, DC Metro area).
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Home based event planning business, Welcome
Tell us more. where are you?? How soon will you be starting this business??
Have you developed a Business and marketing Plan??
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Good luck, LUCKIEST
You have a great business idea!
As a frequent attendee to many conferences and sales meetings, I often have bad experiences do to lack of oversight and planning. Perhaps you will help raise the standard and restore order in the event industry!
Here's my two-cents...
Make sure you have established relationships with reliable and qualified suppliers.
(hotels / venues, food services, audio/video, equipment / furniture rental, etc.)
Always have backup suppliers lined-up just in case a primary supplier drops the ball
Organization and attention to detail:
Comfortable room temperature (often overlooked!)
Crowd control - Make sure the venue is large enough to handle the expected capacity
Meal serving - Efficiency is the key; have enough lines or enough servers to keep the waiting to a minimum
Audio / video equipment - Should be setup and fully tested ahead of time (have extra microphones with new batteries ready to go)
Special needs - Alway be prepared to deal with special needs / requests (handycap, special diets, security issues, etc.)
Friendly and helpful service
Always be in contact with suppliers and staff during the event in order to stay on top of things and quickly respond to any issue that may arise.
Availability - Ensure that everyone knows how to contact you if any need arises
A happy attendee, will make a happy client, and therefore bring you repeat business.
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I am currently employed full-time and am highly interested in starting my own special event planning and management business. I have been in the event planning industry for 10 years (in the non-profit sector). I would appreciate advice/guidance on: (1) how to properly formulate a home based business, and (2) the steps to take in establishing a client base.