How to Start a Public Speaking Business

by Jay Darrington; Updated September 26, 2017

It is said that the number one fear of most people is public speaking. Therefore, if you are good at public speaking you can attract a crowd and even make some money doing it. If you're talented at speaking in front of mass audiences, you should consider developing a public speaking a business.

Step 1

Decide what niche you want to specialize in. Most public speakers specialize in a certain topic or area of interest and cater to individuals interested in that niche.

Step 2

Register with the IRS as a sole proprietor. You may fill out forms from the IRS website or call the IRS with the request. You will need to provide your name, address, phone number, social security number and business address (If different from your home address.)

Step 3

Develop speeches and presentations you want to deliver. Consider taking a refresher course on speaking at your local community college.

Step 4

Find gigs to perform. You may have to start by speaking for free at colleges, high schools or libraries. Eventually, you'll be able to attract a paying audience.

Tips

  • Consider joining a site such as Speaker.com to help you boost the amount of gigs you can get.

Warnings

  • Always rehearse your speeches before performing them, to prevent any flubs or problems with your speech.

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About the Author

Jay Darrington has been a professional writer since 2006, specializing in technology. He has published on several online blogs, including iTech24, iPhoneland and Tech101. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication technology from California State University.