Becoming a successful professional event or conference planner requires specific skills. Arranging for food, entertainment and décor are essential, but there are other factors to consider. Find out how the Event and conference planning start-up checklist can help you.
For general information on business start-up, consult our Business start-up checklist.
Business start-up checklist When you're setting up your business, you need to ensure that all of your bases are covered. Consider the following steps as you navigate through the business start-up phase.
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Knowing the event and conference planning industry
It's important to define the type of services you will provide. Do your business interests lie in celebration-style event planning, or do you prefer more corporate or educational events? Use these resources to help develop your knowledge base and increase your expertise.
Buying a business Find out what you need to know before buying a business: where to look, how to evaluate potential acquisitions, and what a fair price would be.
Demographics Get data that sheds light on population characteristics such as location, age, income, education level, and more.
Franchising Learn more about buying a franchise as an option for starting a business.
Find partners in the event, tourism and convention industry.
Setting up your event and conference planning business
As an event or conference planner you will be coordinating every detail from beginning to end. Your clients will depend on you to have everything in place, on time and within budget. Check these resources to help set up your business.
Operations planning Take steps to increase productivity, improve quality, and effectively manage the day-to-day operations of your business.
Protecting your business Your company is your greatest investment. Discover safeguard options that will help keep your business secure.
Pricing Know the factors that will help you determine the payment you will receive in exchange for your goods or services.
Complying with event and conference planning regulations
Depending on the type of events you coordinate, you will find that regulations may vary federally, provincially, territorially, and municipally. How you market your event, provide music or supply food may require specific licences or regulations. Access the resources below to learn more.
Permits and licences Find the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start or manage your business.
Human resources regulations It is important to understand your responsibilities as an employer with regards to hiring, labour standards, wages, employment equity, and more.
Although you do not need specific training to be an event or conference planner, you may have an advantage over your competition if you have a degree or specialized certification. Use this information to create your training plan.