Doctors. Lawyers. Hedge fund managers. These are the obvious choices when you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up. However, in recent times we have seen our children settle into what they deem more comfortable professions which might have been looked down before but not anymore and being a florist is a good example. However, there is still the age old question. What exactly does becoming a florist involve and are there any educational requirements?
The flower business is probably one of the best professions if you like a calming environment that encourages creativity, then being a florist is definitely the career path for you. However, as calming as it may be, it is worth noting that being in the flower business is not always rosy. Ironic, I know but it is true. First off, let us look at what a florist’s job description entails.
First of all, you have to make sure you source for the flowers. This means either going to the market and getting the flowers yourself or actually doing the farming yourself. You need to be sensitive to know which flowers are in season and also how to give advice to your customers on this. This goes a long way in your customer relations. For example, when I went looking for wedding flowers in Melbourne, the professional florist I visited was able to assist me in choosing the perfect decorative arrangements and bouquet which complimented each other and matched the theme and colours used in the wedding.
Apart from knowing your flowers, you also need to be ready for the physical task of the job where you have to be fit since you always have to carry and move heavy pots around. You should be prepared for the risk of cutting your hands and fingers on the tools and of course the flower themselves. Hey, roses do have thorns after all.
The question remains, with all the risks involves, especially to your beautiful hands, how much do you stand to make at the end of the day and can florists expand if you are wanting to run a business with multiple locations.
Let’s face it, the returns in the flower business can be rough at first which is why not everyone is growing and selling their own flowers. The flower business also has its low seasons considering that people don’t buy flowers every single day. Instead of looking to start your own business or growing your own flowers I would recommend buying from professionals. If you are looking for a florist in South Melbourne or if you are looking for amazing flower arrangements made locally in Albert Park then I recommend visiting this site as they sell beautiful flowers.
In conclusion, being a florist or growing your own flowers can be a rewarding profession or hobby but you have to be at the top of your game and ensure that you constantly deliver above and beyond your customers’ expectations. Often if you are wanting custom floral arrangements, many high end florists will be able to cater to your needs.