Become a Party Planner
Worldwide, the special events industry is worth an estimated $500 billion, with profits continuing to rise.
Decide what kind of event planner you'd like to become.
Think about whether you want to be known as a generalist event planner (you're willing to help people plan any kind of event), or whether you'd rather specialize in certain types of events, such as wedding receptions, high class corporate events, sports events, and so on. The latter choice allows you to develop a specific expertise in one field, whereas the generalist approach will enable you to select across a broader range of events.
There are benefits and drawbacks to both approaches that you should consider - for example, generalist work means that you will have a wide range of events available to possible booking of your services but you won't necessarily be able to distinguish yourself as being unique; whereas, specialist work would enable you to become renowned for certain types of events.
The types of events include weddings, fashion shows, corporate sponsorship events, diplomatic events, celebrity parties, conferences, fundraisers, openings and Open Days, sports events (for example racing cars and horses, football, tennis, etc.), business and product launches, travel accommodation, birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations of people and companies, commemorations, government sponsored events, etc. It is also expected that you will be able to organize any type of meeting.
Determine whether you're willing to travel across the country or you move to a different city. Certain types of event planning are more prevalent in certain places. For example, if you live in a big sports town, you may want to become a sports event planner.