If one has a talent or a passion for arranging flowers and other types of plants, maybe even combining both to create something very eye-catching, then opening a florist shop is a good idea.
This not only enhances the person’s talent, but she can also have an income doing what she loves to do best. Floral arrangements are in demand all year round; they are seasonal products for all seasons which mean that floral design is a profitable business to get into. This works best if you acquire regular customers. Not all people who delight in decorating and flower arrangements have the funds to open a shop. Money isn’t always an issue when starting your own business because you can do it from your very own home or have an online shop.
You can simply grow the flowers in the comfort of your very own home and offer your services to various flower shops. Sell your home-grown flowers to different stores or create your masterpieces in your house and take pictures of them. Post them online for friends and relatives to see and leave it to them to spread the word. Since you’re still starting off, you can even look for former colleagues or classmates who plan on celebrating a party or who are getting married soon and ask them if you can do the decorating and flower arrangements either for free or charge them a low fee.
If you decide not to have a storefront just yet, another option can be leasing outdoor space in a popular downtown area where there is lots of traffic. Drivers and passengers look around billboards and signage when in traffic and they can notice your display and might get curious. Having a delivery service is also advised since people nowadays tend to be very busy with work or doing other things to process orders or deliver the flowers themselves.
You can also charge an hourly rate as a floral designer and establish prices for certain orders that clients place. Offer discounts for regular customers. Giving out flyers in the downtown area to passersby helps make your shop known. Make sure you emphasize that you provide arrangements for all types of celebrations, such as graduations, weddings, and others. A stable and consistent income flow can also happen if you arrange long-term contracts with hotels, churches, and restaurants who need flowers delivered or arranged regularly. It is also another easy way to showcase your designs to prospects and it won’t cost you a penny! Starting a flower shop seems a bit challenging at first, but when you get started you’ll be on a roll!