A Rose by Any Other Name: How to Become a Florist

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Dec 19, 2018

Dec 19, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Roses are red, violets are blue, flower shops in the US are blooming too!

The floral industry is a $34 billion per year industry. That's pretty good considering a flower is just the reproductive organ of a plant. 

From Mother's Day to New Year's Eve, flowers make an excellent addition to any celebration. That's why working in the floral industry is a great decision. It offers you a creative way to make money.

Read this article to hear our guide for how to become a florist. 

Start From the Bottom

Traditional roses may be red, but roses actually come in every color under the rainbow. Check out these facts for some more interesting tidbits about this beautiful flower. 

If you're going to be a florist, you need to start at the bottom and work your way up. The first thing you need to do is learn about the different types of flowers that florists work with. 

Most flower shops require you to have some basic education, like a high school diploma. And they may ask that you take a course in floral design at the local community college. Plus, if you plan to deliver flowers, you'll need a valid drivers license. 

Start fresh and learn basic business skills. Answering the phone, talking to customers, and working the cash register is part of the business of being a florist. Let your boss know you're up for whatever task they need you to do.

Continue Your Education

After you've got some work under your belt, continue your education. This doesn't mean you have to take expensive college courses or get certified. But it does mean you need to keep your eyes and ears open and continue to learn.

Study up on flowers and plants. Learn the best ways to arrange them. Keep your focus on how to create beautiful art with flowers.

Read books and magazines specific to the floral industry. Learn with your hands and remember to experiment and have fun with it! 

Experience, Experience, Experience

Creating beautiful flower arrangments takes time and practice. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty... literally! Watch other florists at work and ask questions.

The more experience you have arranging flowers, the more customers will want to come to you when they need a beautiful arrangement. You'll develop a clientele that's loyal to you.

As you grow in the industry, you might be promoted to a supervisor. Or consider opening up your own florist shop. And before you know it, you'll be hiring your own staff!

How to Become a Florist the Right Way

The floral industry offers a great opportunity to get involved in something you love. It's a profession that combines business and creativity in a fun and lucrative way.

Want to know how to become a florist the right way? Start small! Learn the business from the ground up.

Keep educating yourself on your craft by reading and asking questions. Practice your skill. Before long, you'll move up in the floral ranks and have plenty of satisfied customers of your own.

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