We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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Marketing professionals and specialist use many tactics to attract and retain their customers. These activities comprise of different concepts, the most important one being the marketing mix. There are two concepts for marketing mix: 4P and 7P. It is essential to balance the 4Ps or the 7Ps of the marketing mix. The concept of 4Ps has been long used for the product industry while the latter has emerged as a successful proposition for the services industry.

The 7Ps of the marketing mix can be discussed as:

Product - It must provide value to a customer but does not have to be tangible at the same time. Basically, it involves introducing new products or improvising the existing products.

Price - Pricing must be competitive and must entail profit. The pricing strategy can comprise discounts, offers and the like.

Place - It refers to the place where the customers can buy the product and how the product reaches out to that place. This is done through different channels, like Internet, wholesalers and retailers.

Promotion - It includes the various ways of communicating to the customers of what the company has to offer. It is about communicating about the benefits of using a particular product or service rather than just talking about its features.

People - People refer to the customers, employees, management and everybody else involved in it. It is essential for everyone to realize that the reputation of the brand that you are involved with is in the people's hands.

Process - It refers to the methods and process of providing a service and is hence essential to have a thorough knowledge on whether the services are helpful to the customers, if they are provided in time, if the customers are informed in hand about the services and many such things.

Physical (evidence) - It refers to the experience of using a product or service. When a service goes out to the customer, it is essential that you help him see what he is buying or not. For example- brochures, pamphlets etc serve this purpose.

Meeting Customer Needs And Wants

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We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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An outdoor event may be a scary thing for caterers. It requires experience and needs a detailed plan for you to be able to execute it perfectly. Here are some of the important things that caterers should consider if they are already booked for an outdoor event:

  1. Budget. The first important thing to know is the allotted budget of your client. You and your client must establish a realistic budget, so you can provide a food menu that will be sufficient to the number of guests, and let them taste a flavourful food on their table. You have to explain to them the limitations of their budget and what to expect during the outdoor event.
  2. Location. Know the location of the event. This will determine if you can provide an on-sit-down, live station catering, or a buffet type of catering. Knowing the location is important for you to prepare your needed food and equipment ahead of time. It is essential because you need to know how far this location will be to prevent food spoilage and hassle to travel.
  3. Catering Equipment. Make sure to bring sufficient plates, serving dishes, and glassware. This will help you save time and prevent the hassle. As a caterer, it is important to know the available catering equipment in the location of the event. Check if you still need to bring your own fridge or if the event place can let you use their own. If you need to bring your own gas and electric equipment, and other needed catering equipment, it is advisable to contact and hire a one-off event supplier.
  4. Food Safety. Expect that you need to secure the food safety twice the needed security in indoor. This kind of event requires you to be more particular to the right temperatures of your food. Make sure you have enough fridge to keep the cold food and enough ventilation for outside cooking.
  5. Time Plan. It is advisable to create your time plan to manage your schedule properly. This will provide you with a list of things that you need to prepare ahead of time. A time plan is a useful tool for you to make things in order. Write everything you need to accomplish and cross them out when you already completed them. A realistic and detailed plan will lessen your stress and help you manage catering easier.
  6. Staff. Getting the right staff for an outdoor event catering is another thing to prepare. If you think that you have enough full-time staff for your catering, then hire some extra staff. But, make sure that these additional people and staff are trained to do things efficiently. You can make a good impression to your client by showing that you are all professionals in this business.
Hosting an event is challenging since you need to consider a lot of things. But, with these tips, it can be easier.

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We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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Whether you are a solo esthetician, stylist or massage therapist - going it on your own has its benefits and challenges. Without a retail location, you may feel that you are at a marketing disadvantage to salons or day spas. Little do you know, most of those day spas and retails paying a pretty penny for retail space are thinking YOU are a smart cookie--- because you have very little overhead and no employees. Just like most things in life, the grass is always greener on the other side. As for building your solo practice, here are must-do marketing actions to take to bring new clients.

1. Get a marketing plan. If you are a rabid Friends fan like me, you might remember the first season episode when Phoebe laments "Get a plan?! I don't even have a pluh." And while it may seem overwhelming to create one, it is can actually make your life easier once you have one. The beauty of a marketing plan is that you know what you are going to spend, do (and NOT do) for marketing month by month. If you don't know where to start, drop me a note or call me. With a few phone calls and emails, I'll get to know your goals, budget, background and help you craft a plan that will put you in control.

2. Set up a client contact system. This can be paper-based or using a client database on your computer. The goal here is to remind you to reach out to clients you have seen before. Some occasions to do this are:

*Two days post treatment to see if they have any questions. Inquire about how they feel about their skin (any flare-ups?), their neck/back/etc. that they mentioned prior to their massage or if they have any styling questions about their new cut.

*Birthdays. You may be the only person to send them a card!

*If you have seen them in six weeks - or whatever would be your recommended interval for the next service.

*Three weeks after purchasing a product - do they need more?

*Client anniversary thank you - every year they have been a client, send them a little thank you note. Hand written cards are so very special these days, but email greeting cards are just as effective as getting the point across that you appreciate their loyalty.

You can see that tracking client activities and creating a system to remind you of these things is essential.

3. Reward for referrals. Review my No Cost Referrals tips and create a system that works for you. Building your business by word of mouth is the most inexpensive marketing around... don't be afraid to be generous to clients you refer you. A $25 Starbucks card for one client can save you from a $800 newspaper ad that brings in the same number of new clients (you got... just one.) No need for a fancy points system... your business cards (yes you need 'em) will do the trick. Give your clients extras when they book an appointment and list on your cards: "I build my business through referrals and would be delighted to help your friends or relatives."

4. Leverage the Internet. Having a website is, in my humble opinion, absolutely critical for any business. Use lower cost hosted solutions like Inspirational Web Hosting or SpaBoom - businesses that understand yours and provide low cost and easy to use solutions. On your site, be sure to collect emails and allow instant gift certificate purchase. Online sales is a nice perk, but not for everyone because you have to then ship out products very quickly after receiving the online order. If you are in a treatment room all day, this might be cause a delay... just be careful to correctly set customer expectations.

While there are several more marketing activities I'd recommend like a professional logo, or printing a brochure, there are also things you should not waste money on. Avoid advertisements and direct mail. The cost will most certainly outweigh the benefit you'd receive as a single practitioner.

Be sure to track your marketing pennies well. It is important to be conscious about how much (and where) you are spending your marketing dollars so you can decide whether to continue or not.

The Catering Service That Suits Whatever Corporate Event

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We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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Are you looking for security personnel?

There are various agencies that offer you security and protection. If you are hosting an event, you cannot ignore the event security factor; the absence of efficient security personnel at your event could lead to a lot of safety issues, disorganization and complete mayhem. Why take the risk? It is better to be safe than sorry. You can look for professional agencies online. This method is a quick, easy and hassle free way to cater to your needs of hiring security.

If you are in London, you can gain access to some very good and reliable security services. Security services in London are of exceptional quality. When you require event security, you can hire them from a London agency and have total peace of mind knowing that your event will go off smoothly.

Know about the importance of event security London

Event security is a serious issue. Security personnel offering their services at any event should be efficient, alert and skilful. Be it a corporate event, a celebrity wedding, or any other kind of event, security has to be strong. Event security services in London supply ex-military personnel and ex-police for certain events which demand extra protection and security.

Various kinds of event security you can ask for

You might want to hire London based security service for several occasions and events.

* You can request for VIP security services as well as bodyguard services. A good event security service should be able to provide security by implementing technologies like access control, CCTV cameras, vehicle tracking, biometric security and remote monitoring.

* The bodyguards provided by security agencies are efficient in offering close protection. You can also ask for round-the-clock bodyguards for offering security. Celebrities and VIPs can obtain services of bodyguards for additional security. Bodyguard personnel are hand-picked for matching the requirements of clients.

* You can also request for event stewards to ensure safety at any kind of event. Event stewards are very efficient in controlling crowds and also helping to keep the event organized with no disruption.

* Trained personnel are provided to celebrities across London. The staff are very reliable and celebrities feel totally at ease and secure with them around.

What you need to look for

Make sure that the security services agency is providing you adequately trained personnel. The staff should be professional and reliable in the manner they deliver their services. Look for security services which match the British standards.

Whenever you arrange for an event, it is wise to have professional bodyguards and personnel. We often hear of anti-socials causing disruption because of their unscrupulous activities and vandalism. You definitely don't want to take such chances during an event you are organizing. You should ensure total security and safety at any event that you organize; for this, employing protection services is absolutely essential.

Not only events, security services are offered to you individually also if you are a VIP or a celebrity. London event security services offer unparalleled services, so make a wise choice and choose the best you can find in the industry.

Event Security Services For You and Your Company

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We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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Phone Skills That Book More Events

I got this question from a new marketing client of mine who founded of a new catering and event company after years of working for someone else.


I'm finally getting leads from the website! This week I got more job inquiries than I ever did before. Now my problem is selling them once they call me. How do you handle an incoming call from a prospective client who is thinking about hiring you? Thanks, L.T.   Here are a few tips I passed on to L.T. He reported back that he's much more relaxed and so far he's booked a $9,000 job using these ideas. I hope you have the same luck!

First and foremost you want to build rapport quickly. You want the caller to get a good feeling about you and your business. No, this isn't about "brown-nosing" or "sucking up" or "schmoozing." It's about attitude.

Some thoughts to consider before you pick up that phone ....

Attitude of Gratitude. Be happy that somebody is giving you the opportunity to serve them in a way that allows you to use your gifts and talents and make a profit. Don't act grateful ... BE grateful.

Attitude of Service. Be ready to help the caller in whatever way you can - even if that means sending the caller to your competition.

Attitude of Enthusiasm. When I coached L.T. we recorded some of his phone conversations (you can record your side of the call without getting permission) and he was shocked. He was trying to sound like a "business professional." He sounded as enthusiastic as a Department of Motor Vehicles employee on a Friday afternoon.

Unless you only cater at funerals and bankruptcy hearings most customers are enthusiastic about the event they're planning. They want to deal with a relaxed, confident and happy event professional.

The Most Important Person in the World.

Dale Carnegie taught us to "Make other people feel important - and do it sincerely." How do you do that? Ask questions that you really want the answers to and listen carefully to the answers. When was the last time you spoke to someone who really cared about your opinion? Didn't that make you feel great? Really try to understand what the client is saying - so few people do.

Care. Don't ask about a client's fishing trophy if you really don't care. That's cheap, insincere and transparent. My style of selling is strictly business - I don't talk about sports, the weather or how nice your tie is. When I meet you as a prospective client I always get right down to business - not my business - your business.

Prepare. I go into every meeting prepared - I don't ask questions that a professional should already know. If I'm trying to get a trade show account I know everything I can about the industry, the company, competition and their latest products. If I'm pursuing a sales incentive meeting I know the names and territories of the Sales Managers, the size of the sales force and the demographics of the attendees before I approach the buyer. Knowing what you're talking about goes much further than unctuous glad-handing.

How do you prepare for an unexpected telephone inquiry? Stop winging it!

Intake Form. Type up an intake form to capture all the information you'll need ... and include questions that your competition isn't asking.

High Value Questions. Make a list of smart questions that increase your understanding and improve your professional image. List questions that make the client say, "Wow, I'm so glad you asked me that - I didn't think of that!"

Major Sales Tip! Always ask the caller if they've ever hired or experienced a service like yours before. Then ask, "What did you like about it?" and "What didn't you like about it." Get the answers to these two questions and your callers will have told you exactly how to sell to them.

When L.T. asked a client what she didn't like about a previous caterer, the client said she didn't like the servers - they didn't look professional. L.T. emailed over photos and testimonials about of his wait staff . He got the job!

Objections. Start keeping track of all the objections you get on the phone ... and then prepare a presentation that preempts them. The best way to handle an objection is to structure your presentation so that they never become an issue - but be careful about preventing clients from voicing their legitimate concerns.

L.T. thought that by saying to callers, "Our prices aren't cheap - because we don't do cheap work and our clients only want the best," eliminated the price objection. It didn't - it made the caller feel too embarrassed from sharing price concerns - and made L.T. sound like a jerk!

Sales Script. No, you never want to read a sales script to a caller and end up sounding like a phony telemarketer ... but you do want to make sure you give the caller a great sounding presentation.

Here's how to write a great telephone sales script: Don't write it - speak it.

Record and transcribe yourself talking to clients. Listen to your recording with a colleague or coach and pick out the parts you feel do a great job selling your services. Transcribe those phrases - exactly as you spoke them - and create your "pitch." It will sound like you - but your best you!

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We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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Are you looking for security personnel?

There are various agencies that offer you security and protection. If you are hosting an event, you cannot ignore the event security factor; the absence of efficient security personnel at your event could lead to a lot of safety issues, disorganization and complete mayhem. Why take the risk? It is better to be safe than sorry. You can look for professional agencies online. This method is a quick, easy and hassle free way to cater to your needs of hiring security.

If you are in London, you can gain access to some very good and reliable security services. Security services in London are of exceptional quality. When you require event security, you can hire them from a London agency and have total peace of mind knowing that your event will go off smoothly.

Know about the importance of event security London

Event security is a serious issue. Security personnel offering their services at any event should be efficient, alert and skilful. Be it a corporate event, a celebrity wedding, or any other kind of event, security has to be strong. Event security services in London supply ex-military personnel and ex-police for certain events which demand extra protection and security.

Various kinds of event security you can ask for

You might want to hire London based security service for several occasions and events.

* You can request for VIP security services as well as bodyguard services. A good event security service should be able to provide security by implementing technologies like access control, CCTV cameras, vehicle tracking, biometric security and remote monitoring.

* The bodyguards provided by security agencies are efficient in offering close protection. You can also ask for round-the-clock bodyguards for offering security. Celebrities and VIPs can obtain services of bodyguards for additional security. Bodyguard personnel are hand-picked for matching the requirements of clients.

* You can also request for event stewards to ensure safety at any kind of event. Event stewards are very efficient in controlling crowds and also helping to keep the event organized with no disruption.

* Trained personnel are provided to celebrities across London. The staff are very reliable and celebrities feel totally at ease and secure with them around.

What you need to look for

Make sure that the security services agency is providing you adequately trained personnel. The staff should be professional and reliable in the manner they deliver their services. Look for security services which match the British standards.

Whenever you arrange for an event, it is wise to have professional bodyguards and personnel. We often hear of anti-socials causing disruption because of their unscrupulous activities and vandalism. You definitely don't want to take such chances during an event you are organizing. You should ensure total security and safety at any event that you organize; for this, employing protection services is absolutely essential.

Not only events, security services are offered to you individually also if you are a VIP or a celebrity. London event security services offer unparalleled services, so make a wise choice and choose the best you can find in the industry.

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We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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Corporate event management involves managing various corporate events that can be a special media event, an internal event or event open to the public such as a fundraising gala. They are usually managed by a professional planner whose specialty is corporate events. An experienced event planner has the expertise to research and plan a successful event from start to finish.

Some of the common examples of corporate events are launching a product, road show, galas and media event with corporate sponsorship. The events are managed according to their respective nature, keeping in mind the aim of the event, the audience to be reached and the content of the message to be transferred.

Launching a new consumer product is a good example of what a planner does to manage this type of corporate event. Launching a product involves consumer conviction as an ultimate goal. The customer has to be convinced to buy the product by using innovative ideas. A corporate event manager might set up a convention to launch the product. This would involve planning all pre-convention meetings, working with graphic artists, writers and printers for all printed materials, choosing a location for the convention, selecting food and entertainment, etc.

The basic requirement for managing a corporate event is a step-by-step disciplined to see through various tasks from start to finish. There are many corporate event management companies offering professional services. They will work with the company contact one-on-one to make sure all of the needs and wishes of the company are met when putting together an event.

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We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together in . If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering. However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job.

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Some of you may be wondering why learning How to Become a Party and Event Planner would be of interest to anyone. But, if have always dreamed of owning your own business and having the freedom that comes along with it, then you will definitely be interested in the event planning industry. Worldwide, the annual sales generated in the party, business, and event planning industry exceed $500 billion dollars (Source: International Special Events Society). Anyone entering into this industry has a wide range of options available to them and a huge market to tap into.

Estimated start up costs:
The start-up costs of becoming a party and event planner are relatively low but they will depend upon what services you intend offering. For most, the essential equipment includes: cell phone, laptop, business cards, Yellow Pages ad, and a good organizer of some sort. If you intend on offering catering as one of your event planning jobs, then clearly you will need a fully stocked kitchen but it is possible to outsource this function if you are coordinating the entire event. Bare bones start-up costs including a rough estimate for liability insurance would be less than $2500 if you did your homework and found some deals along the way.

Recommended experience, skills, and training:
Although college degrees are available for an event planner, most of the entrepreneurs within the industry do not have one. The majority of business owners started out in catering or business meeting planning and expanded into event planning. However, many owners have attended classes and attained certification. In addition to education, learning how to become a party and event planner includes experience in the following areas: marketing, accounting, management, and sales.

Marketing tips:
To obtain credibility as a competent event planner, it is imperative that you present a professional image at all times. All of your invoices, e-mails, business cards, and correspondence should bear your company logo and have continuity in visual presentation. You will probably see good results from joining networking groups and the local chamber of commerce. Word-of-mouth will be critical in the early phases while working with the public but you will need a completely professional image and marketing strategy to land the corporate accounts.

Creating a website and filling it with a lot of useful content will land you a high ranking in the search engines and provide you with a powerful marketing tool to help promote your business. Be sure to include a link to this website in all of your e-mails and correspondence as a cheap but effective way of driving traffic to your site. Finally, use direct mail campaigns to local businesses that include some kind of promotion or discount for using your services.

Financing sources:
Learning how to become a party and event planner takes years of experience and a knack for organization but it does not require a lot of start-up capital. This is very fortunate because most banks are not going to loan you the money anyway if you are a brand new business. But, if you already own a catering business and are merely seeking to diversify your services, then your local bank is definitely an option. For everyone else, consider your friends and family if you do not already own a computer or have the cash.

Income Potential:
The income potential of learning for an event planner is only limited by your ability to sell yourself and your services to the clients. With over $500 billion dollars out there up for grabs, there is no reason why you cannot see six figures within the first three years. Like any business, however, you will only be successful if you deliver unparalleled service time and time again. But, if you love planning an event and seeing people happy, then becoming a party and event planner is for you and a way towards financial independence.

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Corporate event management involves managing various corporate events that can be a special media event, an internal event or event open to the public such as a fundraising gala. They are usually managed by a professional planner whose specialty is corporate events. An experienced event planner has the expertise to research and plan a successful event from start to finish.

Some of the common examples of corporate events are launching a product, road show, galas and media event with corporate sponsorship. The events are managed according to their respective nature, keeping in mind the aim of the event, the audience to be reached and the content of the message to be transferred.

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Some of you may be wondering why learning How to Become a Party and Event Planner would be of interest to anyone. But, if have always dreamed of owning your own business and having the freedom that comes along with it, then you will definitely be interested in the event planning industry. Worldwide, the annual sales generated in the party, business, and event planning industry exceed $500 billion dollars (Source: International Special Events Society). Anyone entering into this industry has a wide range of options available to them and a huge market to tap into.

Estimated start up costs:
The start-up costs of becoming a party and event planner are relatively low but they will depend upon what services you intend offering. For most, the essential equipment includes: cell phone, laptop, business cards, Yellow Pages ad, and a good organizer of some sort. If you intend on offering catering as one of your event planning jobs, then clearly you will need a fully stocked kitchen but it is possible to outsource this function if you are coordinating the entire event. Bare bones start-up costs including a rough estimate for liability insurance would be less than $2500 if you did your homework and found some deals along the way.

Recommended experience, skills, and training:
Although college degrees are available for an event planner, most of the entrepreneurs within the industry do not have one. The majority of business owners started out in catering or business meeting planning and expanded into event planning. However, many owners have attended classes and attained certification. In addition to education, learning how to become a party and event planner includes experience in the following areas: marketing, accounting, management, and sales.

Marketing tips:
To obtain credibility as a competent event planner, it is imperative that you present a professional image at all times. All of your invoices, e-mails, business cards, and correspondence should bear your company logo and have continuity in visual presentation. You will probably see good results from joining networking groups and the local chamber of commerce. Word-of-mouth will be critical in the early phases while working with the public but you will need a completely professional image and marketing strategy to land the corporate accounts.

Creating a website and filling it with a lot of useful content will land you a high ranking in the search engines and provide you with a powerful marketing tool to help promote your business. Be sure to include a link to this website in all of your e-mails and correspondence as a cheap but effective way of driving traffic to your site. Finally, use direct mail campaigns to local businesses that include some kind of promotion or discount for using your services.

Financing sources:
Learning how to become a party and event planner takes years of experience and a knack for organization but it does not require a lot of start-up capital. This is very fortunate because most banks are not going to loan you the money anyway if you are a brand new business. But, if you already own a catering business and are merely seeking to diversify your services, then your local bank is definitely an option. For everyone else, consider your friends and family if you do not already own a computer or have the cash.

Income Potential:
The income potential of learning for an event planner is only limited by your ability to sell yourself and your services to the clients. With over $500 billion dollars out there up for grabs, there is no reason why you cannot see six figures within the first three years. Like any business, however, you will only be successful if you deliver unparalleled service time and time again. But, if you love planning an event and seeing people happy, then becoming a party and event planner is for you and a way towards financial independence.