I used to host Clothes Swaps at my house once a quarter. It was a fun way for my friends and I to clear clutter from our closets, while also picking up "new" clothes.
Back in my pre-baby career days, I also planned (or was a pivotal part of planning) many events...from small faculty orientations at a university to large career/college fairs when I worked as a high school guidance counselor.
Like it or not, most moms end up planning quite a few events as their children grow-up - birthday parties, graduation celebrations, bridal showers, bake sales, and dinner soirees.
I recently had an opportunity to interview Julia Hartz, a mom of 1 (soon-to-be 2!) and the cofounder of Eventbrite, a site that "gives you all the online tools you need to bring people together for an event and sell tickets."
ME: Tell me more about the history of Eventbrite.
JULIA: The company was founded in January 2006 to democratize ticketing so that anyone would be able to sell tickets online.
ME: How do you envision moms using the site?
JULIA: Parents use the site along a wide spectrum. We've had people plan fall fundraisers for schools, yoga classes, music concerts, PTA meetings, even baby showers. The service allows you to track data about who is coming, how much money you are raising - plus, it assists with invitations, marketing, and follow-up.
ME: What is the cost to use Eventbrite?
JULIA: If your event is free, the service is completely free. If you're selling tickets, Eventbrite takes 2.5% + 99cents per ticket. There is also a break for non-profits.
What events do you regularly plan/host at your house? Christmas cookie exchange? Easter lunch? Mother/Daughter Book Club?
* Eventbrite is compensating me for this post.