Is a career in floristry right for me?
July 11, 2017 / Sharnie Carter
Do you like the idea of becoming a Florist? Maybe you daydream about leaving office life behind and opening your own floristry business. One thing is for certain, you will need to be hard working and passionate to succeed…
What does a Florist do?
In a nutshell, a Florist grows, arranges and sells flowers. They are usually up very early to attend flower markets and buy their stock so if you’re an early riser you have an advantage. The list of the usual daily tasks that florists carry out can be varied, and will tend to include:
- Attending flower markets
- Help customers choose flowers and plants
- Create bouquet and flower arrangements
- Prepare flowers for displays
- Deliver orders
- Set flower displays up at events
- Offer valuable plant care and advice
What skills do I need to become a Florist?
Every job will require a certain skill set to be great at your job. When it comes to floristry you will need the following skills:
- Creativity and artistic flair
- Knowledge of plants and their different characteristics and requirements
- Able to explain your ideas to customers
- Money management skills (if you plan to open your own business)
How do I become a Florist?
The good news is that there’s no set requirements to become a florist. Many new Florists train on the job, however a college course in floristry may prove useful. If you have previously worked in retail, you may find this useful when looking for your first floristry position. You could also carry out some voluntary work at a local flower shop, or join a flower arrangement society, to help kick-start your career.
Are there opportunities for career progression in floristry?
Once you are an experienced Florist you could look at opening your own floristry business, or become a freelance decorator at exhibitions and events. Another way to progress in your career could be to offer demonstrations or teach some floristry classes. If you currently own your own flower business, you could look to expand your product offering to include gift cards and crafts.
If you are interested in studying a floristry course and would like to know more, go to our website.