May I help? This guidance is essential if you are contemplating starting a florist business or purchasing an existing one. Many, including myself, lost thousands of dollars in the learning process; please do not repeat these mistakes. I started this website with the intention to help future and present flower entrepreneurs. I will share various flower stories for the purpose of learning from others and to inspire you to achieve your goal of being a successful floral entrepreneur wherever you are in the world.
Individuals who started successful florist businesses are welcome to e-mail their flower stories. For all entrepreneurs considering to open a florist, party and events company or an artificial flowers and plants shop, I hope it helps reading on. If you want to purchase one, you may consider buying a franchise or local florist. If you are looking to buy an existing one in South Florida I have a few friends who are considering selling their flower shops.
How to become a florist
Many people purchase expensive study courses on line on how to become a florist. Before you invest a lot of money with online courses, I found “The Fab Job Guide to Become a Florist” contains some of the best business and career advice you could get to start a florist business. Priced below $40.00 is a great investement and less than most courses for the amount of knowledge you receive.
Many people take courses at a local community school or colleges as the first step in their education on becoming a florist. Professional floral organizations also offer classes in several towns and online. At some point consider to have hands on experience and take a job at a local Greenville florist before buying one. Find out what you are getting into. Many have become a florist because they “grew up in the business”, because someone in their family had a flower shop, others have a love for plants and flowers which translated in opening a florist business. Be careful of the false notions of the “Romance of owning a florist possess”.
Flowers and Internet
Because of the Internet, the world has changed the way anyone is doing business. With many florists closing; unable to compete with the big online flower ventures, or supermarkets, their businesses survival depends on how many orders they can draw from the internet, but few understand it or know how.
If you want to learn how to have a website able to generate income for you, please read my success story and tips of starting an internet flower business.