Flowers are fragile, pretty things that won’t last. But the happiness and memories they create last a lifetime. If you fancy arranging flowers and creating floral centerpieces for various occasions at home, or you simply adore flowers, you can be a great candidate for starting a flower shop business.
Capital money needed for the business is from $10,000 to $50,000. This should be enough to cover start-up expenses, but not including lease.
Office or shop may be operated from home. For this reason, you don’t need to spend for office rental. You can operate right from your garage, yard or balcony.
You can do this part-time, when orders are coming in via online, through phone calls or referrals. You don’t need to quit your job or leave your family behind.
You can do this on your own, or with the help of assistants when orders are plenty. You can hire contract employees to deliver seasonal orders.
Most of your customers would be people celebrating special events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, new baby showers, Valentines, funerals, etc.
Services include flower selection, arrangement, on site set up and decoration, home/office delivery, floral design consultation, and other florist services.
Products include bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, funeral stands, casket sprays, tower displays, flowers in boxes or vases, potted flowering plants, and many more.
Supplies needed for the business would be fresh flowers and greens, ribbons, baskets, stands, cutters, containers (boxes, vases, pots, chests), calculator and cash register, online shop/website, fax and phone, computer, Internet connection, flower display racks and display containers, flower vitamins, refrigerator, and add-ons like chocolates, fluffy toys, perfumes, etc.
Leverage on local flower farmers to supply you with native fresh flowers and other ornamentals you can use for your arrangements.
Buy supplies in bulk, or accept orders in bulk so you can hedge on a cheaper per unit cost. Allow lead times for delivery of special products, but do offer ala carte flowers that you can supply and deliver fast.
Leverage on word-of-mouth from local customers. You don’t need to spend so much on advertising at startup.