As a florist, you’ll select, design, and arrange flowers, presenting and selling them in a variety of forms, including bouquets, baskets, and in vases.
Business will come in the form of making flower arrangements ready to sell, and making arrangements customised to specific customer orders.
The right flower arrangement for the right occasion
As a freelance florist, you’ll need the creativity to tailor your flower arrangements to different occasions.
For example, you might make flower arrangements for weddings and birthdays visually striking, while flowers for a funeral might need to be arranged in a more sombre arrangement.
What skills does a freelance florist need to care for flowers?
As a florist, your main job will be caring for the flowers, making sure they are watered and kept in the best condition possible.
You’ll also need to use your creativity to arrange your shop in a stylish, visually-pleasing way.
The main skills you’ll need are:
- Passion: as with all creative jobs, you’ll need plenty of passion and a drive to constantly improve your craft.
- Communication: to make your clients happy, you’ll need to find out exactly what they want while expressing your own ideas.
- Sensitivity: this is especially important when arranging flowers for a funeral, as you’ll need to take the feelings of grieving clients into consideration.
- Creativity: this is the most important attribute needed to make a great florist. You’ll need a good eye for detail as you choose the right flowers and colours.
Becoming a great florist – training and qualifications
A big part of being a great florist comes down to natural talent, but there are still ways to improve.
You can attend full-time or part-time college courses, and even university degrees, designed to teach you everything about how to take care of plants, and what different flowers signify.
For more advice on the different courses and qualifications available, check out the links below:
- Flowers and Plants Association
- National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies
- British Florist Association
How does a freelance florist find work?
Eventually, word of mouth will be a big source of new clients, but to begin with, a freelance florist needs to work on marketing.
Here are some easy ways to go about it:
- Set up a website: this will make you look more credible, and is a good place to show your work, contact details, and prices.
- Use social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter to generate interest in your services. You could post photos of your flower arrangements.
- Hand out business cards.
- Talk to the people you buy flowers from, as they might need your services, or refer others to you.
Accounting as a freelance florist
There are various benefits to freelancing as a florist, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay.
But there is one downside – accounting.
As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year.
Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from your floristry work.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year.
But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Pearl Accountants is different
Pearl Accountants provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.
Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:
- Take-home pay
- Which VAT scheme to register for
- Tax allowances
- Choosing between sole trader and limited company
- Running your business in a tax-efficient way
We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076