To be a great freelance events planner, you need both good organisational skills and good communication skills, because you’ll be responsible for ensuring important days in people’s lives live up to expectations.
What does a freelance events planner actually do?
As an events planner, you’ll have to:
- Find appropriate venues for events
- Arrange dates and times
- Work to budgets
- Arrange hiring and buying of equipment
- Choose appropriate food and drink for each occasion
Becoming a great freelance events planner – training and qualifications
You can study university degrees in events planning, though degrees in hospitality, communications, and business are also a great foundation for a career.
However, you can do without qualifications if you have plenty of experience in events planning, and if you have a portfolio showcasing the work you’ve done previously.
How to find work as a freelance events planner
As a freelance events planner, you get to decide what type of events you want to manage. You could, for example, choose to advertise yourself as specialising in weddings or birthday parties, or as general planner who organises a range of events.
Here are a few of the ways you could market yourself:
- Set up a website: this will make you look professional, and act as a showcase of your previous work.
- Word of mouth: once you’ve worked for a few clients, they’ll start to refer their friends to you if they think you’ve done a good job.
- Friends and family: ask them if they know of anyone who needs an events planner, or offer to plan some of their events for free, for practice and for something to add to your portfolio.
- Add yourself to directories such as Free Index.
- Use social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
How much should a freelance events planner charge?
Charging for events planning can be difficult because you have to estimate how much the event will cost, while taking your own wages into consideration.
Try to find out how other events planners in your area charge to get an idea of how much you should charge for your own services.
Accounting for freelance events planners
There are various benefits to freelancing as an events planner, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay.
But there is one downside – accounting.
As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year.
Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from your events planning.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year.
But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Pearl Accountants is different
Pearl Accountants provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.
Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:
- Take-home pay
- Which VAT scheme to register for
- Tax allowances
- Choosing between sole trader and limited company
- Running your business in a tax-efficient way
We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076