I'm Sharon, from Glasgow, Scotland.
I started a couple months ago on the course and just getting ready to submut unit D. I'm also in the process of starting an event management & wedding planning business.
So far, I've contacted the local Chamber of Commerce, which is a good starting point, they only charge around £100 a year to be a member and there are loads of networking opportunities and they give you support. I contacted Business Gateway and through people I knew local councils just to get my name out there. I've been doing events on a voluntary basis for the last 7 years so took the plunge to try it as a business because I loved it so much. Its hard work and takes a while so in an ideal world working part time to get an income I think is the best option. I also contacted the university to see if any web designers needed a project for their degree because I also lead a fundraising group for cancer research and wanted a website for them. Luckily we were chosen and I'm getting one free and the other at a really discounted price.
My business cards just arrived yesterday, but again I took advantage of a graphics designer I knew to get a discounted price. I also went to the wedding fairs to collect suppliers because it was the easiest option having them all under one roof, and I followed up with an email so they had all my details and it started some good relationships going forward because you get to know who you would want to work with and recommend, plus it works both ways and they can market you too.
Next stage for me is direct marketing and start looking at what funding is out there and send in proposals. All good but also want a part time job to keep an income coming in until the business starts to make money.
Hope I havent rambled lol, just trying to get everything out I did to start up so far, still hundreds to do but you get an energy and its exciting.
Good luck to everyone
I am excited but now I am nervous! I have planned parties for free for friends and family but this is so different! I don't want to ruin anyone's special event, esp when they are spending money!
Any advice on charging clients? I was going to go with an hourly rate based on what I read in Unit B or is it best to come up with a fixed rate for each service?
Take a look at this blog post, I found it quite useful. http://theblog.qccareerschool.com/?s=wh ... 070&y=-436StephanieNicole wrote:Any advice on charging clients? I was going to go with an hourly rate based on what I read in Unit B or is it best to come up with a fixed rate for each service?
Hi, I've done a LOT of research into this and the most frequently used system in the UK is to charge via packages - so like £x for just on the day, £x for partial/just planning and £x for a full package. I've only come across 1 planner that charges via % and that's for abroad weddings, where the minimum charge is £3,000. I don't think I've come across an hourly charge yet.StephanieNicole wrote: Any advice on charging clients? I was going to go with an hourly rate based on what I read in Unit B or is it best to come up with a fixed rate for each service?