Learn How to Start an Event Planning Business from Event Planning BluePrint

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Melanie Woodward, founder of Event Planning Blueprint and EventPlanningBlueprintTV, has plenty of advice for people who wish to start an event planning business.

EventPlanningBluePrint.com is dedicated to providing information to newbies who are looking to build a name for themselves in the event planning business. Over the years, Melanie Woodward, the founder, has provided a significant amount of advice that is useful to both veterans and newcomers in the event planning industry.

Some of the guidance you will find most useful is on how to start an event planning business. Starting an event planning business can be easy or difficult depending on how you approach it. However, Melanie breaks down the process in 10 parts that are easy to implement in a two-part blog series. The first part, entitled "Your 10 Steps to Becoming an Event Planner", tackles the first 5 steps: volunteering to get experience, taking on a position with more responsibility and networking, having an event portfolio, and getting certified.

Melanie insists that networking is crucial to growing your business, "I foster relationships with acquaintances by sending them a Nice to meet you follow-up email with a signature on our services. I find this a more subtle way to get clients".

The second part, entitled "Your 10 Steps to Becoming an Event Planner – Part 2", talks about the intricacies of forming the business. These are: getting the necessary legal and business documents, having a business plan (it should outline your business name and fee structure), getting funding, and establishing an online presence (website and social media profiles).

Melanie also takes you through formulating a reasonable rate for your services. She discusses this at length in a blog post entitled "How to Charge for Event Planning Services." She talks about the factors that determine the right price for your services.

"The population size and GDP of your business location more or less determines the prices you will set. You cannot use the prices for New York City in Vermont. It's insane. You will never get any clients," she quips.

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About Melanie Woodward:
Melanie Woodward created Event Planning Blueprint based on her career as an event planning expert. With more than a decade of experience, she's worked around the globe with companies such as Honda, CanWest Global Communications and HGTV. Woodward has managed events with over 30,000 attendees and planned events for everyone from celebrities to professional athletes.

About EventPlanningBlueprintTV:
EventPlanningBlueprintTV (http://www.youtube.com/user/EventPlanningTV) from EventPlanningBluePrint.com offers a library of videos that help budding event planners break into the event planning business and enhance their careers. “Find Your New Event Planning Clients For Free” is one of many video interviews featuring event planning experts sharing their insider tips.

About Event Planning Blueprint:
Event Planning Blueprint is a complete event planning system that helps people pursue their dreams of working in the event planning industry or starting their own event planning business. The proprietary system contains a wealth of knowledge for newcomers as well as established event planners, including a fail-proof planning budget, extensive event planning checklist, in-depth pricing strategy and exclusive community access for even more tools, informational videos and advice. For more information, visit Event Planning Blueprint online at http://www.eventplanningblueprint.com.

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