While Memorial Day, funerals, and other sympathy flowers can be made at home to use yourself, they can also be sold to make some extra money. As a matter of fact, you won’t have to stop at these types of flower arrangements. Think about the possibilities: birthdays, fall decorations, spring flowers, Easter decorations, Valentine’s Day, proms. The list could go on and on.
Home Based Business
Starting a home based business seems scary, but it can be fun and profitable. There are a few ways you could go with your flower arrangement business. First, you could set up a small building out side your home to allow visitors to stop by and pick out the types of flower arrangements they would like.
Second, you could take phone orders and deliver the arrangements without having anyone stop by your home. Last, you could make the arrangements at home, then set up a stand elsewhere to sell them. Of course, you could make some up and set them in your front yard to allow people driving by to see them too.
How To Start
The best place to start is at the beginning. If you don’t know the first thing about making flower arrangements, then you’ll need to educate yourself. There are many books, DVDs, online courses, and internet videos that can teach you how.
Then, you’ll need to start practicing. There won’t be too much practicing involved as floral arranging is quite simple once you get the hang of it. The hardest part is deciding what flowers you want to work with. Most people find it easier to just decide what type of flowers to use with each new piece they start.
Depending on where you live will determine the route you’ll need to take to start your business. Some places will allow you to sell items in your front yard, similar to a yard sale, without having any type of permit. If you don’t want to apply for a business license, there are ways to work around it.
After you have made up some arrangements, you’ll need to decide on the prices. You’ll want to keep track of each thing you put into an arrangement, then double it. For example, if it cost $20 to make one arrangement, you should charge around $40.
Keep in mind that starting out you may have to purchase items that come in bulk, so be sure to divide the price up between several arrangements. Also be sure to keep prices consistent. You don’t want people seeing two of the same size arrangements that have a major price difference. Most people don’t realize that different flowers cost different prices. Estimate each piece of greenery and flower you put into the arrangements to keep same size pieces on a level playing field with the prices.