If you can develop a skill that entertains young kids, there will be a market for your services. For example, you could be a magician, face painter, puppeteer or balloon shaper.

It may not be as difficult as you think to learn these skills — small children do not demand a high level of expertise from entertainers (though a good attitude is certainly helpful). A good, cheap (actually free) place to start is www.wikihow.com. And you can find lots of videos and tutorials on just about anything on YouTube.

PROS:
— Earn money and have fun
— You’ll work mostly on weekends

CONS:
— Need to learn skills that may take time
— You will need to buy supplies

How to Get Started:
NOTE: Before you start your business, you should read the page on this website entitled “things to think about before you get started.” After you have taken the preliminary steps for starting any business, you can take the specific steps outlined below.

Start reaching out to the families you know who have small children. Also, ask your parents about the families they know. Most parents like to hire someone they know to entertain their kids and word of mouth travels fast.

You could also show off your party entertainment skills at a community event in your area and be prepared to hand out business cards.

Other ideas include creating fliers and handing them out at children’s events and giving them to parents who have small children. You could also set up a website.

How Much to Charge:
Create an expense sheet to get an idea of your expenses and decide what to charge and how many hours or gigs you will need to do to make a profit. Some party entertainers charge $75 per hour an up to even $150 per hour.

Taking it to the next level:
How can you make your party entertainment business even more awesome? Try these tips.

  • Include parents’ ideas into your act, whenever possible. Keep in mind likes and dislikes of their kid(s).
  • Keep in mind working at day camps, after school programs and local community events, including farmers’ markets and street fairs, in addition to traditional children’s birthday parties.
  • Having fun? If you’re having a good time, then your audience is probably having fun, too. Keep your party entertainment services fun and fresh by adding new skills, activities or other new material to your act.

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