How to Start a Home-Based Children's Party Planning Business

Written by emily weller
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Give overworked parents a break by planning their children's birthday or other special parties for them. You may have a lot of experience planning your own parties and may now want to turn your experience into a profitable, but still fun and rewarding, home business. The start up costs of a home-based business can be relatively low since you don't have to worry about paying rent or wages to employees.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Interview local caterers, bakers and entertainers, such as DJs and clowns, in your area and compile a list of potential vendors so that you know who to call or recommend when a client requests a certain item for her child's party.

  2. 2

    Make a portfolio to show potential clients. Use photographs of past parties that you have planned, such as your own child's or a niece's or nephew's. Add to the portfolio as you gain new clients and plan more parties.

  3. 3

    Get all the appropriate licenses and tax accounts from your state and city, if needed. You may need to hire a lawyer to help you through this step.

  4. 4

    Research the average rate of party planners in your area so that you know what to charge clients. You don't want to overprice yourself, which will keep customers away, nor do you want to undersell yourself, which can hurt your bottom line.

  5. 5

    Market your business. Place an advertisement in your local newspaper. Network with other party planners in your area, particularly ones who do not work with children's parties, so that they can send potential clients your way. Ask friends and family members to refer you to anyone looking for a party planner.

Tips and warnings

  • You may want to become a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), which gives you credentials and lets potential clients know you are a professional and dedicated to your business.

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