How to Start a Home-Based Children's Birthday Party Business

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Make a kid’s big day your business!
 
From modest festivities that parents typically shell out $200–400 for, to $100,000 first-birthday bashes as reported in the New York Times, the twenty-first century is rapidly becoming the gilded age of children’s birthday parties. Planning these events has become a profession in itself. The children’s birthday party business is ...

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Overview

Make a kid’s big day your business!
 
From modest festivities that parents typically shell out $200–400 for, to $100,000 first-birthday bashes as reported in the New York Times, the twenty-first century is rapidly becoming the gilded age of children’s birthday parties. Planning these events has become a profession in itself. The children’s birthday party business is booming—and it offers an ideal entrée for those hoping to start a home-based business with low financial risk. This book shows you how.
 
Combining straightforward language with a host of essential organizing tips, useful checklists, and easy-to-follow worksheets, Amy Jean Peters takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based children’s birthday party business. Whether you’re just starting to explore your options for a home-based business or are used to being your own boss, this guide helps you channel your creativity and shows you how to get your business off the ground. You’ll be the one parents turn to!
 
Part-Time and Full-Time Options
How to Create a Work Space at Home
The Nuts and Bolts of Establishing a New Business
Preparations for Your First Party
The Basics of Record-keeping
Legal Matters

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“This enthusiastic book provides practical advice on the possible pitfalls of event planning, particularly when dealing with children and their parents. It reads like a conversation with an experienced friend.” —Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762749386
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 710,529
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Jean Peters is the codeveloper of a home-based children’s birthday party business based in Madison, Connecticut. Developed on a shoestring budget in 2004, Art Escapades was almost immediately profitable. Peters is also the author of several business books, including How to Sell Jewelry on eBay.

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Table of Contents

How to Start a Home-Based Children’s Birthday Party Business

TOC

Chapter 1  Happy Birthday Party Business to You!

            Why Now Is the Moment

            The Key Characteristics of a Children’s Party Planner

            An Honest Self-Assessment   

            Challenges of the Field

            Opportunities in a Rapidly Growing Area

           

Chapter 2 Envisioning Your Business

            From Princesses to Ponies, What Type of Party Business

            Choosing Where to Conduct Parties

            Who Is the Audience for Your New Business?

            Weighing Part-Time and Full-Time Options

            Specialization 

           

Chapter 3 Creating Your Home Work Space

            Setting Up a Dedicated Work Space  

            Buying Office Equipment

            Selecting and Purchasing Party Supplies

            Zoning Issues 

Applying for Licenses 

            Choosing Insurance

            Keeping It Professional

           

           

Chapter 4 Ready, Set, Start

            Writing a Business Plan

            Research, Research, Research          

            Keeping an Eye on the Competition

            Creating a Niche

            Naming Your Business

            Crafting a Compelling Mission Statement

            Selecting a Business Structure          

                        Sole Proprietorship     

                        General Partnership

                        Incorporation  

                        Limited Liability Company

Chapter 5 Hanging out Your Shingle

            Start Spreading the News

            Avoiding Common Early Mistakes

            The First Event

            From Cakes to Party Hats, Finding the Right Suppliers

            Developing References and Referrals

            Documenting Your Successes

                       

Chapter 6 Planning Your Finances

            How Much Do You Hope to Earn?

            Being Realistic About Earning and Spending

Financing Your Business

Pricing Goods and Services

            Determining a Budget

 

Chapter 7 Tracking Your Money     

            Billing Your Clients

Financial Software

            Key Financial Statements

Chapter 8 Tax Time   

            Record Keeping to Ease Tax Time Stress      

            Hiring an Accountant

            Tracking Deductions

            Financial and Record Keeping Software

Chapter 9 Keeping It Legal

            When to Hire an Attorney

            Choosing the Lawyer That Is Right for You

            Written Agreements and Contracts   

            Hiring Employees

            Customer Confidentiality

 

Chapter 10 Start Spreading the Word

            Creating a Marketing Plan     

Advertising

            News Features and Press Releases   

            Newsletters

            A Walk through the Yellow Pages

            The Power of Word of Mouth

            Making and Distributing Brochures and Business Cards

            Networking News

Chapter 11 Strength of the Web

            Creating a Persuasive Web Site

            Using On-line Sources           

            E-mail Newsletters

Chapter 12 Onward and Upward

            Growing Your Small Business

            Charting Trends in Your Industry

Appendix

            Training          

            Bibliography

            Trade Associations

            Trade Shows

           

Index

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Awesome book

    Valuable realistic information. I learned a lot of information. I love how straight forward and honest she was about the business.

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