With the economy as it is, a paying hobby is an excellent way to make a supplement income. The profitable hobby is usually something that is really useful or needed. We as humans need food, water, and shelter. These are the needful things of life. However to make life more pleasant sometimes, we tend to spurge on something to brighten, cheer, and console us at times. Floral designs are a great thing to do just that in making things a bit more lovely and cheerful.
Giving floral designs as presents also is a way to show love and respect to someone that you care about. I have several profitable hobbies. One such hobby is floral designing. Making flower arrangements is a good way to make extra cash which really comes in handy.
1. The first tip in having your own floral design business is to invest in silk flowers. Silk flowers can be purchased at reasonable prices at various places. One great place to get awesome bargains on flowers is at flea markets, and close out sales. I once basically bought out the flower section of a craft shop that was going out of business. The flowers were marked down to 20 percent of their original price. I felt this would help me in the future with any project that I might undertake. I also bought boxes of ribbon, and needed floral equipment.
2. Have a place like a storage room, or storage building to store your flowers and accessories.
3. Invest in storage containers like Rubbermaid tubs. These help protect the flowers much better than boxes by keeping out dust, bugs, and there is no danger of crushing the flowers. I have found that packing silk flowers in boxes sometimes leaves noticable creases in them. Label the tubs with the kind of flower you have, and organize by the season for each set of flower bunches. For example mums are popular in the fall, daffodils in the spring, sunflowers in the summer, and poinsettas in the winter. Roses and carnations are popular year round.
4. If you have never worked in a flower shop or florist venue, you can take a floral design course at a local community college for a modest price. These courses teach how to design your arrangement, and what designs are popular and useful.
5. After you have learned how to make floral designs, and have the proper storage for your investment, create a name for your floral business. This should be unique and different than the competition in your area. Choose a name that really stands out, and that sounds creative to attract customers.
6. Make yourself personalized cards, flyers, and signs to advertise and promote your business.
7. Canvas churches, rest homes, and hospitals in your area to see if there is a need in any of these places for floral designs.
8. Run an add in your local newspaper advertising your floral design business.
9. Word of mouth is really one of the best ways to find out who may need your floral expertise. Everyone knows at least one person who is in the hospital, or is gettting married, or having a baby. Churches usually purchase sprays for members of the congregation that have babies, or have family members who have passed away.
10. After you have made enough profit investment ahead you can get a dealer’s license for about 25 dollars, then you will be able to buy flowers in bulk.
Happy floral designing!
My own personal experience