Tag: Business Management

Lessons for Event Planners from Startups

5 Lessons Event Professionals Can Learn From Startups

Since launching Planning Pod as a beta version in 2012, we have had the pleasure to speak with thousands of event professionals and learn about their challenges in managing events and – for event planners, venues and caterers in particular – in growing their businesses. Over that time, as we have grown from dozens to ...

5 Irreverent Words That May Save Your Event Business

5 Irreverent Words That May Save Your Event Business

Note: This post contains copious amounts of F-bombs, so if you are easily offended, STOP READING NOW and maybe grow a thicker skin; it will also help you in running an event business … or any other business, for that matter. Say this with me … “I don’t give a fuck.” Repeat … “I don’t ...

Hiring Event Staff and Event Planners

11 proven tips for hiring event staff or event planners for your company

In a recent survey conducted by Planning Pod, one of the biggest challenges facing event professionals and venues today is finding and retaining qualified staff members. This includes hiring event planning staff for full-time positions as well as hiring event staff who work part-time. There are dozens of great articles that provide recruiting tips like ...

How to Negotiate with Hotels and Venues

39 proven event planning strategies for negotiating with venues and hotels – Part 2

Note: This post is the second of a two-part series on event venue negotiation strategies. CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 OF THIS ARTICLE >> Continuing where we left off…. #21 – Customize your event menu Don’t just accept the pre-set menu from the venue. Sub out certain items that are less expensive (like in-season ...

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5 musts for prepping your wedding and event planning business for 2013

As we count down the last days of 2012, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year’s successes and challenges and determine what valuable lessons we can take from 2012. However, reflection without a plan of action is wasted thinking, so here are five things you should be doing in December to give ...

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Don’t float (or finance) your clients’ weddings – An Event / Wedding Planner Business Tip

We’ve all had clients that say, “Oh, can you go ahead and pay for that and I’ll reimburse you?” And if it’s a $10 piece of decor or a $30 printing bill, it’s not such a huge deal. But when they start to ask us to float their $1,500 DJ bill, or their $6,000 venue ...