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From: Tooman
Response: The first thing to do before you invest time and money into a course is to do your market research and find out if there is a market for another coordinator in your area. In my area, the northwest, we see coordinators come and go every year, primarily because they didnt do their research and they dont know what to expect.

In many areas of the country this is a part-time business, and you will not get rich doing it. For every successful coordinator, there are many 'wanna-bes' who give up in a few months. Be aware that you will be gone from home for as much as 12 hours at a time on the week-ends, possibly every week-end in the summer. Many husbands rebel after a few months of that.

As you seem to have discovered, about the only training available is through correspondence courses. The other option is to obtain on-the-job training, but not through another coordinator you will have to sign a non-compete agreement that prevents you from working for anyone else or opening your own business within a certain number of miles of your bosss business. You might seek employment with a hotel, event center, resort, golf club, or another facility that regularly hosts weddings and special events. This will allow you to interact with merchants in the community and to get a feel for the business.

If you dont know how to do market research, call a Small Business Development Center or your nearest SBA office. They have counselors who can help you and it is free.

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