Response: What you charge depends on where you live. In most areas of the country planners charge a flat fee for the entire event. The fee is based on the amount of time that you expect to spend on an event and the average dollar per hour that you would like to make. For instance, if you would like to make $25 per hour and you expect to spend 10 hours on an event, then you would charge $250. If you live in a heavily populated area, such as Los Angeles or some areas of the northeast, they sometimes charge a percent of the clients budget. This can backfire, however, if the client tells you that their budget is lower than it is, or if your fee works out to be too much of their budget.
Be aware that hiring a planner is a luxury, so if you charge too much, you will be the first thing eliminated from the budget. You should be in the business because you love making people successful, not because you expect to make a lot of money.
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