How to Become a Florist

Become a florist if you love flowers, have a creative mind and are blessed with color-coordinating skills and good communication skills. People love to have flowers around them whenever they celebrate. Even when they are grief-stricken, flowers offer them solace and comfort as during funerals. As a florist, you will have every opportunity to utilize your creative talents and brighten people’s homes and gladden their hearts.

Responsibilities of a Florist

What does a florist actually do? Florist arranges any flowers – real/live, dried and silk flowers along with real/artificial foliage in a variety of holders for display. The arrangements are called either bouquets, corsages, centerpieces or wreaths etc. They utilize a variety of containers and accessories for additional embellishment.

Develop Creative Skills

Any special skills are needed to become a florist? Well, an imaginative and creative mind to arrange flowers and a good sense of color combination/coordination along with a passion for flowers will be enough to start you on the job of a florist. If you are good with people, can assess what they want to convey with the flowers and you can persuade people to buy, you will become a successful florist.

Formal Education and Training

What educational qualifications will you need to become a florist? Actually, many are of the opinion that no formal training is needed and an apprenticeship under a senior florist will give on-job skills and practical guidelines to make you a good florist. But you can take floral design certificate courses through community colleges, vocational schools or private floral schools. Floriculture/horticulture bachelor degrees or an associate/bachelor degree in floral designs are other options. American Institute of Floral Design certificate course includes a written as well as practical exam. Otherwise online training, book and video courses also help you get the basic ideas of floristry.

 

Starting as a Florist

How to start? An apprenticeship with an established florist can start you on the job with an ultimate aim to have your own shop. Such an apprenticeship or working as a franchisee will help you learning the practical aspects of running the business, the necessary networking to get best supplies of flowers, holders, evergreens and other accessories.

Types of Florist Job

How good are the job prospects? Actually quite good! After the apprenticeship, you can find work at a departmental/grocery store, independent floral chain/shop or a wholesaler of flowers.

The important skills to be learned before starting your own shop are:

  • Where to get the necessary tools and other paraphernalia.
  • Where to get the flowers/foliage.
  • How to condition the flowers and care for cut flowers.
  • How to store after unpacking a shipment of flowers.
  • Making from simple to complex flower arrangements and display them.
  • How to price the products.
  • Taking online/phone orders correctly.
  • Managing the accounts – purchase and orders.
  • How to attend walk-in customers.
  • Giving customers suggestions and advice to care for the flowers they bought.

Becoming a florist can be a rewarding job emotionally as well financially as you are surrounded by beauty and fragrance. With a well-established and loyal clientele, you can have a career that is a pleasure as well as financially secure.