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Social Media Roundup: Starting an Event Planning Company? Read This First

Before taking your event planning solo, keep in mind the business factors that come with the territory. Also: These highly anticipated hotel openings could define the future of comfort.

Before taking your event planning solo, keep in mind the business factors that come with the territory. Also: These highly anticipated hotel openings could define the future of comfort.

If you’ve been doing this event-planning thing for a while, you might be wondering to yourself what it’s like to strike out on your own.

But as freeing and glamorous as it might sound, a few pitfalls are worth keeping in mind. Some thoughts in today’s Social Media Roundup:

For Budding Entrepreneurs

You’re good at planning events, but does that mean you could launch your own event-planning business? Not necessarily, argues the Event Leadership Institute’s Howard Givner, writing for the Event Manager Blog. Being skilled at the former doesn’t guarantee you’ll be good at the latter—in the way that being a talented chef doesn’t necessarily mean you can run a restaurant. “People assume that if they are good at a given craft they can run a business selling and producing that craft,” he writes. “Sometimes they have a knack for both skill sets, but usually not. And no matter how brilliant you are at your craft, poor business skills can kill your company.” Givner offers some fundamental tips worth keeping in mind for anyone considering taking an entrepreneurial turn in their event-planning career. (ht @ProjectSpeaker)

The Future of Hotels

Haute hotels to watch: For event planners who want to be on the bleeding edge, check out CNN’s list of the most-anticipated 2014 hotel openings. The list has something for globetrotters (the Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman might catch your eye) and those looking to stay closer to home (Ace Hotel’s new Los Angeles location, opening in the city’s historic United Artists building this month). But most intriguing of all might be the Park Hyatt’s first hotel in New York City, to be located on the top floors of the One57 skyscraper being built near Central Park—which will be the tallest residential building in the city. (ht @raywalsh)

What are you looking for in lodging for your next event? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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