I am not knocking on having a hobby because I have many hobbies. Although, after spending thousands of dollars and planning for my dream wedding and hopes for my wedding day, I was not about to entrust all of that with someone who considered wedding planning a hobby.
As you know weddings and personal events like birthdays, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs are occasions that people invest a lot of themselves as well as money into. Most of all, these are one time events. Many people are just like me they don't want to turn it over to someone who they don't see as a seasoned expert or isn't fully invested in it.
Many event and wedding planners run their businesses as a part-time venture, which is totally fine, but there is a fine line between a part-time business and a hobby. Here are 5 ways to find out if you are hiring a professional vs hobbyist.
1. Email address and Website
Professional planners will have a business email and website they have invested in their business and its success by purchasing their own domain name and website.
2. Using a business bank account
Professionals go to their local bank and set up a separate checking account for their business. First of all, this can help them keep their business and personal finances separate. It also shows that they are established.
3. Dressing fashionable and not like a bum
You will find a lot of professional planners arriving in their best outfits. Being in the industry we must arrive at our best and convey a sense of professionalism. Clothes will always make a statement about their sense of detail and style.
4. Having appropriate tools and resources
Professionals have a process and a method for their approach. They have examples of their past work and are ready to answer any question you may have.
5. Pricing that is competitive with other professional planners
Professional planners will charge what they are worth. This means they have paid for insurance, website, client portals, templates, and have spent years educating themselves on how to provide the best service for their clients. Their pricing directly reflects this.
In the end, do what is best for you! If you are interested in our 14+ years of combined experience contact us for your event needs.