Writing Wrap Up & The Clouds Have Parted

Hi! Thanks for tuning in to this week’s writing wrap up!

Life Update

I’ve enjoyed my vacation from work. It’s rainy season here in Grenada, though, and so I haven’t gotten to squeeze in much beach time. However, yesterday the clouds parted and the pool called my name. Obviously, even with a little freelance work to do, I had to take advantage and enjoy eating a nice salad for lunch poolside!

I’m starting a new project at work on Monday for the month of June, which will involve a lot of visiting different parts of the island. So, I hope to share some fun pictures over the coming weeks of new places. :)

Pool Day in Grenada

Popular Posts That I Wrote For Others

A big thanks to those who hire me as a staff writer or welcome me as a guest poster! {virtual hug}

That Light Bulb Moment – Here’s my most mortifying money moment that I wrote for Jeremy’s blog.

How to Prepare for Self-Employment – Everything I’ve thought about before jumping into full-time blogging.

Who Should Pay for a Date? – A good follow-up to my last article on Lance’s blog!

How My Dad’s Preparedness Saved Me In Hurricane Katrina – My true story about the hurricane.

Posts I Enjoyed By Other Bloggers

Holly always makes me laugh. This week, she dished on how being a full time freelancer is affecting her.

Jacob published a nice, detailed post on when to rent vs. when to buy.

Grayson’s post on what to do when you passion turns to work is timely.

Mentions

Thanks to Jake and Michelle for mentioning me this past week (Please let me know if you mentioned BB, and I didn’t see it!)

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How To Make Money From Hosting an Event

Creat an Event That's ProfitableSo I’ll admit, I’m a total introvert. Parties, large gatherings, crowded bars – not really my thing! However, I really can’t deny that events can actually be pretty profitable if you have enough drive and determination to get out there, seek sponsors, and give it that special touch.

While takes a ton of time and effort to create one, if done in the right way with the perfect level of planning and hospitality, you could raise some serious money for your organization or your cause. Here’s how:

1. Keep it Organized and With Clear Objectives

Before you put in all the time and effort into creating an event, you have to know why you’re doing it! Whether it’s to gain exposure or get a quick buck, make sure that your goals are clear from the very start. Then, whenever you are making any sort of decision, ask yourself whether it’s helping you achieve the original intentions of throwing the event.

2.  Promote It For Free

There are plenty of websites and community publications that will allow you to post your event for free. Furthermore, if your event has an interesting angle, write a media alert that you can send to local newspapers and blogs to share with their readership.

It goes without saying that you should use your social media channels to invite and remind followers of the upcoming party. Posting “photos from last year’s event” (or something similar) will help to entice people to attend if the event looks particularly fun. Also, don’t forget to spread real time photos using Twitter and Facebook to let people know what they are currently missing while the party is happening.

3. Invite A Local Celebrity

It doesn’t have to be P.Diddy, y’all. You can invite your local mayor or an author from your town. Not only will this help to generate buzz for your special event, but the guest of honor will most likely promote it to his or her social media followers, allowing your event to bring in an otherwise untapped audience. While the prospect of approaching this person may seem daunting, remember that the worst case scenario is that you receive a simple “no” so you really have nothing to lose!

4. Get Sponsored

You may be surprised by how many companies jump at the opportunity for promotion. Approach local businesses, and ask them about possibly providing complimentary food or beverages or whatever else they supply in exchange for advertising. Similarly, if you are throwing a raffle to raise money for a good cause, local vendors may be interested in providing prizes like gift cards or small items to be included in a gift basket.

Most importantly, when you are about to make your pitch to a company on why they should sponsor your event, it’s crucial that you’re armed to the tenth degree with as many facts as possible. How many people attended previous events? Who are prominent past sponsors and what sort of benefits they did they see from their investments? Instead of approaching vendors and businesses with an open hand, come prepared with a proposal that includes how you can specifically promote the business in return for their generosity, though stress that your ideas are flexible. Although it’s difficult to measure the monetary value of your event’s endorsement exactly, try and find creative ways that you can help companies determine whether or not it’s worth their while to continue to partner with you in the future. For instance, if a coupon to their business is provided with your printed materials, make sure that it is unique to your event so the benefactor can easily track the amount sales that were generated from the sponsorship.

5. Create a VIP Experience

Let’s say your school organization is throwing a talent show to raise money. Why not make the first row of seats cost a little extra and include a complimentary drink ticket? If your nonprofit is celebrating its five-year anniversary, why not offer your “special guests” glasses of champagne while serving everyone else select beers and wines? If your restaurant is hosting cooking classes, why not invite “select students” to dessert while seated at the chef’s table? As much as people will enjoy the various perks you offer, the idea of looking and feeling elite is something many people gravitate to.

6. Create A Memorable Giveaway

While you don’t want to be too “sales-y” at an event, people love free stuff. Plus, if you give them a product, they will remember you more easily. If you’re a business, you can provide promotional mementos or accessories that are stylish or handy enough that they are going to want to keep around. While there are the traditional avenue of t-shirts and pens, use this as an opportunity to set yourself apart by featuring your logo on fun items that help to drive home your brand’s image. Companies like Pinnacle Promotions and Brand Fuel will add your design to souvenirs as diverse as gardening tools, fitness mats, candles, and more so you can really find a product that keeps with the theme of your event.

If you do all of these things, you’re guaranteed to have an awesome party that will generate a buzz (and hopefully some revenue!) for your business or cause.Have you ever thrown a big event? How much work went into it? Was everyone excited about the result?Photo Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net