It’s the ultimate career goal…to actually enjoy your job while making a living. It’s amazing how many people are acutely unhappy at work. According to aGallup Management Journal Survey, almost 20% of employees are actively disengaged or disconnected from their work. Those unhappy employees affect both employee morale and the bottom line.
It’s a pretty simple statement. You want to be happy at work. So how do you make it happen? Well, it’s a pretty simple answer. Do something you love.
Party Planning Business – Is It Right For You?
Most people think, “Planning parties, what’s not to love?” But there’s more to it than that. A lot more.
I use to work with someone who would always say “You can train a monkey to flip a burger”. But I always argued that it didn’t mean the monkey was going to be good at it. It’s a very fortunate few who actually find something they love and naturally excel at it.
The party planning business requires long hours, extreme multi-tasking and, often, high maintenance clients who require a special touch.
Party Planning Business – Are You Right For It?
Can anyone be a party planner? Sure. But very few can be a good party planner. There are several important qualities in any successful party planner.
You need to have excellent organizational abilities. Any event or party is going to have about a thousand details, deadlines, quotes and invoices. And you won’t be working on only one event, but rather planning several events, for different clients, at the same time. Party planners require the ability to organize, compartmentalize and prioritize. All while multitasking.
Add creativity to the list too! What can you bring to the party (pun intended) that is going to WOW people and blow them away? And you can’t just recycle one good idea over and over again. Trends and styles are always changing. You need to be aware and react and plan accordingly. A good party surprises the guests and leaves them feeling like they were part of something special.
The party planning business is definitely not for a fragile flower that breaks easily. It requires both stamina and a thick skin. It often involves long days of planning and longer nights of being on-site at your events. And when dealing with a myriad of venues, vendors, and victims, you’ll come across the occasional person who isn’t so nice. And since crying in the backroom doesn’t exactly shout out confidence, you can never take it personally.
Party Planning Business – Time to Go For It!
So, while being as objective as possible (Because you know how fabulous you are) you have decided that, in addition to the above qualities, you’re a great networker, have fabulous ideas and an unflagging energy. Party planning is for you. What now?
Without any professional experience (Uncle Bob’s 65th Birthday Party doesn’t really count) it’s a little ill advised to hang out a shingle right away. Working for an established party planning business is a great way to get the practical experience you need, and determine if it’s the job that’s going to make you look forward to going to work!
Party Planning Businesses can be more fun than the average job. But underneath the exciting cocktail parties, over-the-top events and glamorous shindigs is a lot of hard work and long hours.