What does it take to successfully start a flower shop business?
The floral business can be very profitable simply because you have holidays and events all year long that involve flowers. Yet, if you don't have the funds or desire to open a flower shop, but still like working with floral arrangements and have a creative flair, you have options. You even can work from home! To get started, you'll need the items used to create your arrangements and a few basic tools. If you make deliveries, you'll need a vehicle. Office supplies and computer equipment are all start-up costs you need to consider when launching your floral business. You can always start from home and open a flower shop later.
It goes without saying, of course, that you must love flowers. But in addition to your love for flowers, you also need some business skills, such as accounting and customer service. To really determine whether the flower shop business is for you, it's a good idea to first get a job with another florist to determine whether floristry is a good fit for you. After you have been involved in the day-to-day operations of a flower shop for a while, you'll know whether you have the skills and desire to open your own store.
Once you decide that working with flowers suits you, you'll need to decide what part of the flower industry you want to work in. You basically have two choices: retail or wholesale.
If you want your flower shop to be successful, the most important thing is to get off on the right foot. And that means following good business practices. Be sure to do some research to determine whether your area can support a flower shop, get any education you need to learn more about the floral business, and create a business plan.