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rboynton rboynton is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
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event managers - help

hi i am new to this forum and need help- i am very keen to start my own party/event mangement business and am confused on where to begin, i have ideas for my own events but want to plan them for other people as i would love the challenge- i have spoken to people about this and know what ineed to do in terms of starting a business but i dont know what to do first.

i plan to start working from home and was thinking i should just set up a website and open a business account and go from there

if anybody can help me pinpoint a starting point i would be grateful

also if anyone in the business could guide me on how to research competition in this industry/ how to price my services i would be forever thankfull

thanks guys, please be patient with the newbie

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Play!! Play!! is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Wales
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See an accountant first, before you open any accounts. My accountant goes mad if I do something without telling him because he always has better ways. You may be put off at first thinking you dont need one or they are to expensive. That is far from the truth. They save you more than you pay them anyway. they are very helpful too, if you find a good one.

Thats where I would start.

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Adam Adam is offline
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Leighton Buzzard
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Okay well welcome first and secondly some basic advice.

I doubt VAT will be an issue for you for a while but you should register with HMRC ( as self employed within three months of starting.

Secondly, you are effectively selling YOU in the early days. You will need some basic office and tradng equipment such as a computer (which I guess you have) so now you need to start selling yourself.

I think (generally) you will be better to work with others first and then do your own thing. Your town centre may well have an event happening at some point and you may want to consider volunteering.

Then look around at the people you know. Do you know someone who is in the service industry and has a number of clinets? Perhaps they would let you organise a small Christmas or Winter Drinks party?

As I have been nice to the "newbie" please all be nice to me as these are just a few views and one of thousands of ways to start in the business.
Adam Fahn

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somedaymaybe somedaymaybe is offline
Join Date: Jul 2005
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hey, im starting a business like yours. Still planning, doing research, getting things off the ground and stuff like that at the moment. What kind of events are you looking to get into? ive actually had a lot of interest when ive told people what im doing and im due to start a 3 year course in oct. Ive also gotten work experience in a hotel, helping organise their functions. my tip is get as much experience as you can (if you dont already have it, i dont know your background). Set yourself apart from others by specialising in a particular event (we do themes)and most of all have fun. Because if youre having fun, youre clients will too.
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sadgrove sadgrove is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Training can make the difference between success and failure, and can be inexpensive. We offer a home-study event planning course at, but you may find others elsewhere on the internet. Good luck!
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