Flower arranging is a career that focuses on using flowers and plants to make beautiful and visual stand-alone arrangements, often in bowls, pots, vases or other similar containers such as hanging baskets, candelabras, as well as unusual and creative containers, so that other people can buy these arrangements to put in their homes and businesses in order to brighten up their respective environments. Oftentimes customers will buy a bunch of flowers to give to their loving partners.
A florist is therefore the individual who creates these floral arrangements. If you are creative, love flowers and plants, know different types of flowers and plants, have a talent for mixing and working with colours, like working with people but also enjoy working on your own, can handle pressure, are organised and able to multi-task and see design in three dimensions, then becoming a florist may be for you. Fortunately, this is a career that does not need a matric, although formal and short courses are available if you wish to learn more – see below. The best experience you can get is working with an experienced florist, even only during the holidays or on weekends. You might consider joining a flower-arranging club to learn more.
The advantage of flower arranging is that you generally are using a renewable source – flowers and plants combined with your own personal creative talent – to make money. The cost of growing your own flowers and plants is small and within most budgets. You may need some space, whether in your own home or some close-by space, that you can use to grow the flowers and plants you wish to work with. A simple bunch of flowers that a husband may buy his wife does not even require a pot or vase and just needs some paper and ribbon. There are some tools you will need, such as scissors, tapes, glues, paints, rulers, cutting knives and much more, but even these tools are quite cheap. So, the materials you require to start your business are limited and generally affordable.
It is a relatively common type of business and there are florists all over the city and malls, and it is also not uncommon to see flower sellers on the street and at stop streets and traffic lights, selling their wares. More professional florists may have their workshop or store from where they do their trade, but a store costs money and even those working from home inevitably have increased costs and therefore need to charge more and sell more, in order to make a living.
Beyond just making, packaging and selling bunches of flowers or vases/pots with flowers, you could become more specialises and make flowers for corporate events, for weddings, for functions, birthdays, funerals (regrettably), for formal dinner parties, exhibitions, birthdays, and more. You may wish to specialise in hanging flower arrangements or even renting out flower-arrangements. Rather than flowers you might want succulents, or dried flowers. Perhaps you can start your own succulent farm or dry out the flowers yourself and sell these to other resellers.