Tag: Small Business

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 ...

Event Budget 2014 Study -Event Planners

Average event budget eclipses $20K; minimum budgets becoming more popular with event planners

According to a recent study conducted by Planning Pod event management software, 69% of the 218 independent event planners who responded said that their average event budget exceeded $20,000 (U.S.). The events they planned ranged from small parties and weddings to meetings and corporate events. Among these respondents, 20% said that their average budget fell ...

Best Software for Running a Freelance Design Business

16 proven tools / software apps for running a freelance design business

We all have our pet apps and pieces of software that we use to run our creative businesses, but today I thought I would share some of the software apps for freelance designers / writers that have proved their worth time and again in helping me be more productive. Note that this is not an ...

Preparing your creative services firm for a new year - 2013

5 must-dos for getting your creative services business ready for 2013

2012 is almost over, and if you’re like me, you’re looking forward to a promising 2013. Yes, it’s merely a change in the calendar, but rolling over to a new year does give one occasion to pause and think about what we should be doing right now to prepare our small creative businesses for a ...

Moving online collaboration and connections offline

4 steps for growing your online collaborations & connections offline

Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and, most importantly for business professionals, LinkedIn are all important tools for many creative small business owners. Besides places to connect with new prospects and networking partners, these are also places where we can collaborate online with our peers and trade ideas and insights. However, for many creative small ...

Why nobody cares about your creative design, Web or photography business

Why nobody cares about your creative business or ideas

Sometimes, on my darkest days as a business owner, I find myself saying this, and maybe you do, too. You spend a fair amount of your life building a business, celebrating an idea, championing a cause, only to be rewarded with the silence of the marketplace. As a business owner, there’s nothing worse than silence. ...