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A florist is a professional who specialises in the selection, design and arrangement of flowers. These are then presented in a variety of different ways, such as in bouquets, vases, baskets, bowels etc.
Sometimes a florist will have arrangements that have been already made and available to buy there and then, other times they will have to customise a specific order.
Some designs can be very striking and extravagant, particularly when made with special celebratory occasions in mind, such as weddings, christenings and birthdays. Another important use of florists would be in the case of funerals, where they can meet the needs of the bereaved with a beautiful arrangement that has meaning to it.
As a florist you will need to have the following skills:
- Creativity and good colour co-ordination – as this is quite an artistic profession, you will need to know what goes with what whilst still being original, as well as having a real eye for detail. Many florists work with more than just fresh or dried flowers; there will be other decorative things to get creative with such as ribbons, foliage etc.
- The ability to communicate effectively with people – you need to work out exactly what your clients’ requirements are, as well as being able to express your own ideas.
- Patience and sensitivity – many of the most important and expensive jobs will be for weddings and funerals. You may have to deal with a fussy bridezilla or be very aware of someone who has recently lost a loved one.
- A passion for the job – sometimes you may be working long and odd hours. This is usually when there is a big job on so you will have a tight deadline to stick to; therefore you need to be able to work quickly and efficiently whilst under pressure.
Florist’s responsibilities will revolve around caring for the flowers, making sure that they are watered and conditioned. Maintaining the cleanliness and attractiveness of the shop will also be top of the list – particularly when it comes to the displaying of the arrangements.
Qualifications and Training
There are many ways of getting into floristry; there is the option of either full-time or part-time college-based courses or apprenticeships. Then there is the opportunity of developing your skills even further by taking a university degree. Many florists decide to go it alone and start their own businesses once they have gained the experience.
You will learn how to care for flowers and plants, how to make them last longer, the meanings behind each different type of flower, how to arrange and work with other ornamental decorations etc.
Benefits of freelancing as a florist
There are many advantages to becoming a freelance florist, for example the main reason why many people decide to freelance is due to the money – by taking on more than one client, you can often find you can earn a lot more. By using our Freelancer Calculator.
Other benefits include:
- Greater tax benefits being a freelancer
- Control of your destiny
- Flexibility and time management
- Job satisfaction and doing a job that you enjoy
Finding work as a florist
A strong client-base is vital for becoming a freelancer. Word of mouth guarantees you more work, but to have this good reputation, you will need to market yourself and sell your services well.
Here are some helpful suggestions on how to do this:
- Make business cards and give them out to friends and family.
- Talk to retailers whom you buy your products from. They may need your services or can suggest anyone who would need a florist. You could even leave business cards or leaflets with them
- Set up a professional website. Once you start gaining interest, your potential clients will need somewhere to go to see who you are, what your offering and your prices. And of course you will be more easily found by people searching the internet for florists.
- Set up an advertisement in your local newsagents, or even see if there are notice boards in your local garden centres.
- Take advantage of social-networking sites. You can set up links to your business website from your personal accounts, which should hopefully generate more interest.
How Easy Accountancy can help you
Easy Accountancy specialises in offering fixed fee accountancy solutions to the self employed and small limited companies. Our fixed fee solutions will take care of all your personal and business taxation needs and you'll never have to worry about any unexpected costs.
As a freelancer or sole trader our all-inclusive accountancy services start at just £60 plus VAT a month, and include:
- Unlimited telephone and email access to your accountant
- Completion of your Self-Assessment Tax Return
- Advice on Income Tax payments
- Guidance on National Insurance contributions and PAYE
- Advice throughout the year on how to manage your business
- Ongoing proactive tax advice
- Help dealing with Inland Revenue
- Free bookkeeping software
- Updates and reminders of important accounting dates
For more information on how we can help you and your business with your taxation needs or to appoint us as your accountant, please call 0500 234 111 / 01442 275767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck on becoming a florist, we hope you found this page helpful. You may also find the following pages helpful:
- Freelancing Part Time - can you freelance whilst still in your permanent role?
- Sole Trader or Limited? - which route is right for you?
- Setting up as a Freelancer - what you need to consider when setting up as a freelancer
- VAT and NI - how do VAT and NI affect you as a freelancer?
- Freelancer Take Home Pay Calculator - how much more could you earn by going freelancing?
- Finding Freelance Work - how to find your freelance roles
- Freelancer FAQ’s - all your questions answered