One of the most popular home based business is Wedding Planning. Wedding planners earn $19,000 to $82,000 a year according to PayScale.com. Some of that comes from an hourly rate, while other fees come from bonuses and commissions. Event planning in general is expected to grow by 20% through 2016, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Top-notch organizational skills are a must for a wedding planner, as are superior people skills.
Benefits Of Becoming A Wedding Planner
- Weddings continue to be a pivotal event a couple’s life, and as a result something people are willing spend a good deal of money on.
- No education, training or certification is required
- Celebrating romance can be a fun way to make a living.
- You can get started for little investment.
- You can run the business from home.
- If you pull off a good wedding, attendees will remember you for their weddings.
STEPS TO CREATING A WEDDING PLANNER BUSINESS
Step One: Write a business plan to indicate how different aspects of your business will be handled and set goals for yourself. Business plan templates can be found at the Small Business Association website or local office. Create business and get a business license.
Step Two: Create your wedding consultant business name. If you plan on using your own name, then you will not have to register it with your state, but if you will be operating under a company name, then you will be required to register that you will be doing business as the new name with your secretary of state office. This way you will be able to legally use your business name on all stationery and marketing materials.
Step Three: Construct your rate plans and contract agreements you will have clients sign. Contracts will protect you when it comes time for the couple to pay for the services that were rendered.
Step Four: Get as many certifications as you can. It helps build credibility. Some wedding consultant certifications online are the Associate of Bridal Consultants, Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants and Weddings Beautiful Worldwide.
Step Five: Create relationships with local wedding vendors.. Become familiar with what they offer and what budgets they target. Ask about discounts if you bring them a certain
Step Six: Promote yourself and your business. Start a website or a blog. Displaying your contact information, services and testimonials from brides. Advertise in any local wedding magazines and be a part of any local wedding events to find potential couples to work with. Become a trusted resource among the community for wedding planning.
How To Market Your Business
- Business Cards
- Drop Cards
- Email Marketing