People who hire an Event Planner to help them plan and organise a particular occasion, will usually only do so when it’s of special importance. For example, a couple may hire a Wedding Planner to make sure that their wedding goes off without a hitch, or a family may draw on the skills of an Event Planner to help them organise a dynamic 60th birthday event.
As an Event Planner, most of the satisfaction will come from seeing everyone having a great time at one of your events. For some people, this event may be something that they will cherish for the rest of their lives and it can be extremely rewarding to know that you have helped them to create that happy memory.
You don’t need any particular qualifications to get started as an Event Planner and it’s completely up to you whether you decide to start as a trainee with an Event Planning company, or go it alone and work on a self-employed basis.
If you’d rather work on a self-employed basis, then your main focus will be on winning clients and building up your event planning experience. A great way to do this is to start by helping to plan events for friends and family or for local community groups to build up a portfolio and showcase your work.
It can also be helpful to get in touch with local Event Planners to ask if you can spend some time shadowing them, or join the Association of Event Organisers which will help you to meet like-minded individuals through networking events. And although it’s not essential to have any qualifications, it can still be useful to take an Event Management course online to boost your skillset, enhance your credibility, and find out more about setting up your own business.