Working from home allows you to have a lot of flexibility both in the career itself and in working around your family, friends, and other obligations. If you do decide to start a floral design business from your home, or open your own floral design shop, there are tips you can follow to help yourself succeed.
- Get an education - much like how you're enrolled in floral design school right now, you can take a business class or a marketing course to suppliment your business. While you have the creative side down, it may be helpful to learn business-savvy moves to help your business really take off. Your floral design courses are giving you the basics in learning how to best create beautiful arrangements.
- Get the space - You will either need to rent a space from somewhere else or designate a portion of your home to your floral design business. Creating these arrangements mean you need space to spread out and you'll need room to do that. Each of your tools, materials, finished arrangements, and the flowers themselves need a place to go where they won't be damaged.
- Get the materials - In order to create a masterpiece you will need the basics. Vases, ribbon, scissors, foam, and picks are all instrumental in the design of creating arrangements. These are the pieces you will need for each and every one so make sure you stock up. Also, when pricing your arrangements, take into account the price you spent on these basics so you will be sure to make money, not lose it on these materials.
- Get a place to meet - While you have a place set aside to do your creating, you also need a place for you to welcome your clients. If you're working at home this may be your living room, but if you've rented a space, you'll need to set some space aside there. A large part of your job is making clients happy so you'll need an area to discuss what they're looking for.
- Get to marketing - You'll need a way to market yourself beause without it, you won't find new clients. Talk to friends and family, people at church, and even people in the supermarket. Put up fliers and create a webpage. Anything that gets the word out about what you're doing will only help your cause.
What else can you do?