Ever wanted to throw an event, but not sure how to handle the budget? Here are our top 5 tips on how to make your event succeed, without overspending:
1. Stay Focused
A big goal to build your event is one that is achievable for you. Work backwards from that goal. Make a step-by-step plan for every aspect of the event you are planning. Have a clear plan for all of the above aspects. The only way to be successful at managing your finances is to be fully aware of your budget and what you have available. Track your daily spending, monthly spending, and budget the money in each category so that you can stay focused and make the most of every dollar.
2. Celebrate Small Wins
A great way to stay on track, is to celebrate any small progress you make in each area of your budget. Setting small, attainable goals is the best way to achieve your overall budget goals. If you don’t think you can pay the monthly credit card bill in full by the due date, set a smaller goal to pay it off. Some people think they won’t be able to send thank you cards to all their guests. You may be surprised how far you can go if you make it a realistic goal to send just a few cards at a time, rather than all at once.
3. Take Advantage of Free, Smaller Events
Use small events as practice runs for bigger, more expensive events. Some people choose to host a few events prior to a larger event, to see if they can manage the demands of more attendees and guests. Some people may host several smaller events to find out what works for them. When attending these smaller events, make sure to ask any vendors or potential sponsors if you can give them a small discount. If your event involves a charity, make sure to volunteer with the organization prior to hosting.
4. Involve Staff Members in the Planning Process
Using the guidance of your staff members can be a great way to make sure that your event is a success. Some people choose to involve their spouses, family, or friends in the planning process so that they can provide their input. You may also choose to have your staff help create a smaller event to test their skills. Or you could have them organize a task force to organize the entire event.
5. Keep the Event Simple and to the Point
An overstuffed event with multiple activities and entertainment may not be realistic. Instead, stick to what you have planned and include only a few must-haves in the event plan. Always provide ample time and directions to get to the venue, and make sure the parking garage is accessible to those with mobility issues. Remember that there are people who are reluctant to attend an event because they have no one to join them. Try providing a place where friends and family can visit and interact with each other outside of the event itself.
Small events may not seem affordable — however, with careful planning and proper preparation, your small events could be a big win for you and your business. Your guests will have a great time, and you’ll learn a lot about your event planning skills!
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