Side Hustle: Events Hosting

" A  side hustle  is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you're most interested in. It ca...

"side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you're most interested in. It can also be your true passion." -

As far as my mind could remember, I've always loved side-hustling. It's a great way to make extra cash without the 9-5 commitment. One of my many side-hustles I'd like to share is events hosting or becoming an emcee.

I believe it's been more than 5 years that I have earned a lot on the side because of my hosting side hustle. This has been the most lucrative of all my extra gigs outside my main job and I would like to share this with anyone hoping to do this as their own side-hustle.

You must be thinking I'm crazy for sharing this but hey, I believe that as long as people are getting married, celebrating birthdays, Christmas parties or business launchings - there's more than enough for everyone. :)

Most of my clients are for weddings, followed by birthdays and then corporate events. If you're still starting out to build your experience in the industry of events here are some things that may help to get you started:

1. Remember that hosting is not just about speaking.

This is a big misconception with hosting, people think that if someone can speak good English then they can become good events hosts. Speaking good English is a plus but that is not the only thing needed. Being confident and creating a positive stage presence is crucial to being an emcee.

I know a lot of other freelance hosts who prefer to use the local language and still slay like a master. If you feel that you still have to cultivate that stage presence, there are a lot of workshops than can help you develop that skill.

2. Learn the art of standing out in the background.

This is confusing I know, but let me explain. Please remember that when you are hosting an event it's not about you. The celebration is about the couple, the birthday celebrator, or the product or whatever the event is about. Learn to attract the attention of the audience to how you are facilitating the program that everyone's focus is engaged to the main attraction and not you as a host.

So you stand out because you get their attention to direct it to whom it should be directed.

3. Preparation is key.

Prepare a possible program because there are some clients who really just rely on your expertise as the master of the ceremonies. Meet up and get to know your clients before the event to create a sense of familiarity and when you share stories about them there is that sense of authenticity.

If meeting up with them is not possible, email them or skype with them just so you have an idea of whatever your clients want and don't want.

4. Jokes, Jokes, Jokes

Being funny and witty makes a person a good host but your humor has to fit your audience. There are laid back events and there are super formal events; always be mindful of your side remarks not to offend or insult any of the guests.

5. Every event is a chance to market.

I'm not saying that you walk around and sell your services to the guest. Your performance on the day is your marketing tool for them to see if they would want you for their own events.

Always bring your A-Game no matter the size or the kind of event it is. Although, it won't kill you to get that business card ready.

6. Look the part

Lastly, always look amazing and on point!

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  1. I'd love to be an events host! I've tried when I was still in high school but school events lang. And then I realized, I'd probably make a boring host. LOL. Or not. I haven't really tried lately. Great tips Ana!

    1. Hi Rea, sige na try it again. It's a very lucrative side hustle. :)