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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Co; Pap/Cdr edition (9 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160138114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601381149
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,776,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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HASH(0x9307d900) out of 5 stars Leisa Wilson 5 Jan. 2009
By Lee Lennen - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the fastest growing industries is the consulting business. As people's lives get increasingly busy, they are becoming more accustomed to hiring a consultant to help them plan events, or coach them in their business and personal lives or manage their money. Wedding consultants are more popular now than ever, but in order to be truly successful as a wedding consultant, you need to understand the ins and outs of the situation so that you can create a wedding consultant business that provides you with a winning business opportunity. "How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Wedding Consultant & Planning Business -- With Companion CD-ROM" by John Peragine, Jr. takes you by the hand and shows you what it takes to create a wedding consulting business for yourself that meets and exceeds your greatest expectations.

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.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9307d954) out of 5 stars Really Definitive 13 Aug. 2008
By Reader Tam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book goes so incredibly in depth as to what you need to do in order to be a successful wedding consultant that when I was finished reading it I felt like I had just finished up a business textbook. I liked how this book went through absolutely everything you night need to know, whether it's when to file taxes or how to deal with an angry bride hurling insults. I think this is the perfect book for anyone who is considering getting into the wedding business.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x924c0e28) out of 5 stars Great overview of this industry. 16 July 2008
By Natasha Stiller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
How to Open and Operate a Wedding Planning Business was very well organized and easy to read. The sections were broken down from writing a business plan, the importance of marketing, business law, and what kind of individual based on their personality is likely to succeed in the business. The information was very easy to read, honest, and to the point, focusing on the ins and outs of opening and creating a successful wedding planning business.

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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9307dbdc) out of 5 stars Don't Start Your Business Without Reading 14 July 2008
By Tracy F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The rather lengthy title seems like a mouthful, but it does aptly describe the information you'll find within the ten chapters. Also included are helpful appendixes that are critical to those in the wedding planning business. Within the appendix section, you'll discover a list of wedding shows held in states throughout the U.S., seating plans and sample menus.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9307de1c) out of 5 stars A Fine Book 3 Jun. 2008
By Penelope Goode - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this well-organized and well-researched book, Mr. Peragine lays the groundwork for anyone thinking of becoming a wedding planner. It is a comprehensive and insightful guide that gives practical hints on how to start the business. The writing is clear, and he covers all bases beginning with the personality required to become a wedding planner as well as how to actually run the business. He provides some tricks of the trade including how to obtain start up capital if you have bad credit.

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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