How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Wedding Consultant and Planning Business (How to Open & Operate a ...) Paperback – 9 Jul 2008
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John was born in Miami, Florida in 1970. He grew up in the Tampa Bay area, but attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston Salem NC, for High School. He attended Florida State University and got a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. In August of 2007, he took the plunge. John had been a social worker in child protective services for far too many years, and had been toying with the idea of being a writer. He had written for a few national magazines and received positive responses for his work. He decided to quit social work and took a chance at writing full time. Luck was on his side, as his first year he was signed to write seven books for Atlantic Publishing Company. Since then he has been writing for a number of magazines including Herb Companion, Precognito, and Winemaker Magazine as well as freelance work to create workbooks, ebooks, articles, ghost write books, blogs and much more. He is now working full time filling requests and hope to get some fiction completed and published this coming year. He freelanced for the New York Times, Bloomberg News, and Reuters. He is working on an upcoming book about his adventures covering the John Edward's trial."
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This manual is nearly 300 pages long and it covers every aspect of building your wedding consulting business from the ground up. From a clear explanation of what is expected of a wedding consultant to operating via the Internet or at home, finding clients, filing taxes and everything in between, this massive wealth of knowledge will be your consulting guide for all of it. You will learn how to develop a workable business plan and why you need one. You will learn how to choose the right name for your business, how to market your business and how to prepare different options packages for your clients. You will be shown how to create a manual of standard operating procedures to ensure consistency of services no matter who provides them.
This amazing guide even shows you some insight into the psychological aspects of the wedding consulting business. You will learn about different personalities and how to work with them, how to deal with you business when your life doesn't want to cooperate and the dos and don'ts of consulting. If that's not enough, there are case studies included so you can study real examples of how a wedding consultant can take a couple through the entire process of planning and celebrating their big day. There is a sample business plan, a sample menu and an appendix devoted to seating plans to help you solve various aspects of the big day You even get a directory to bridal shows held in every state throughout the country so that you have an immediate resource no matter where your next client lives. If you've ever thought of starting your own business as a wedding consultant and planner, this book is a must have. It's everything you need to know about how to get started in this business between two covers.
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Wedding Consultant & Planning Business -- With Companion CD-ROM by John Peragine, Jr.
There were several case studies that describe the success or downfall of specific wedding planning organizations and planning opportunities. After reading the book, I felt I had a great amount of knowledge about how to successfully plan, open, operate, and create a thriving business; starting from writing a business plan, to successfully financing my business and reaching all of my goals.
Planning even a simple wedding can be a vexing task to a bride and groom, and many are turning to wedding consultants to help them avoid the stress that comes with planning and organizing their dream day. It's a solid business idea for the motivated person.
The addition of photographs, charts and sample contracts or documents helps keep the reader from being bogged down in information. Rather than throwing a bunch of information out there, the author uses real charts and documents to back up his information. These eye-catching images keep the reader's interest from start to finish.
The book opens with a list of qualities that a person needs to succeed in the wedding planning business, a quiz to see if you have what it takes and a list of contacts that are critical to the business. From there he covers many important topics, you shouldn't pick and choose what you read because every page is packed with crucial tips. You'll learn how to design your own Web site, even using free online software to help cut business costs! He covers funding your business venture, expenses you should expect and marketing tips.
If you are going to be requesting a business loan, you'll need a business plan. Peragine's guide includes business plan samples to get you started. Chapters also cover taxes, tax paperwork and insurance plans and coverage. You'll find tips and recommended programs for becoming a certified wedding consultant. Towards the end of the book, the author includes "Case Studies" where established wedding consulting business owners share tips and advice.
Owning your own business also comes with challenges. John Peragine's business guide is critical because it covers more than planning a wedding. He covers the more important aspects of insurance, taxes and financial planning. While many dream of being their own boss, they often overlook these troublesome business matters that are essential to running a successful business.
To me, this is what makes his guide stand out. "How-to" books are often filled with details on a specified business, but items like taxes and insurance coverage are glossed over. Not here! The author does cover these items thoroughly ensuring that those interested in the career are definitely prepared for all aspects of their new business. If a career in wedding planning appeals to you, start by reading John Paregine's business guide.
He even provides worksheets, sample press releases and web sites to get the beginner started. My only criticism of the book is that on some topics such as what it takes to become a wedding planner, he gets repetitious. In addition, some humorous examples of wedding plans gone awry might have made it more entertaining. Otherwise, it is a must read for any wedding-planner- to-be.
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