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What you need for starting your own floral shop

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Lots of people join floral design school to learn flower arrangements. Without reasonable knowledge and skills, they cannot do a good job as a florist or floral shop owner. As a matter of fact however, some people who have good business sense and familiar with how to do business are engaged in floral business without taking lessons of floral arrangements. Although a reasonable level of flower arranging skill is one of very important factors for the successful operation of floral shop, it is not mandatory condition to do floral business.

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Florists or floral shops that engage in selling only fresh flowers as a retailer MAY not have to make flower arrangements. Some people can make easy and simple flower arrangements without having any educational background relating to floral decorations. Unless they offer flower decorating services for weddings, funerals, corporate office, hotels, some other public places or events whatsoever, they don’t have to make floral decorations.

Generally speaking however, it can be said that under mentioned things should preferably prepared for starting the reasonable quality of floral shop no matter whether he/she took lessons of flower arranging at a school or not.

*Man power (working himself/herself or hiring employees): If there is no room in the financial situation for hiring employees, it is OK not to hire any employees. Many of start up business owners work themselves without any employees.

*Fund (money for initial capital): It is ideal to have a sufficient amount of fund that is supposed to be used for paid in capital. Although it is possible to establish a corporation with quite small amount of (or almost zero) capital, in order to make daily operation, they have to spend running cost. In this sense minimum required amount of fund should be prepared. Otherwise it is impossible to procure merchandise to retail to their customers.

*Materials to sell (fresh flowers): They can procure fresh flowers and also most materials necessary for displaying and making floral decorations at a flower market. Since flowers cannot live for a long period, quantities of flowers they buy at a flower market should be reasonably limited.

*Shop facility (actual shop or online shop): Ideally they had better have a shop at a busy street where they can expect to have lots of customers. However if they cannot afford to do so, they can put more emphasis on online shop. In this case they cannot expect to sell flowers at their actual shop on a busy street. Even in case they rent a shop, they have to spend a considerable amount of money for monthly rent. It can be considered to do floral business concentrating on the service of offering floral decoration only (without selling fresh flowers). In this case, they MAY be able to start business only with a website (online shop). Another alternative way is to start a business as a home business.

*License (business license and resale license): Getting a business license from the city where a floral shop is located is mandatory. Just submit the application and it is easy to get a license. For buying flowers at a wholesale price at a flower market, it is necessary to have a seller’s permit (or resale license) from a Stated Board of Equalization. It is also easy to get it. However in order to keep a seller’s permit, they are required to make a tax return (for sales tax) at least once a year.

*Skill (flower arranging skill): As mentioned in the above, there are people who engage in floral business as a floral shop owner without taking any lessons of flower arranging. However if they would like to offer a high end flower decorating services for weddings, funerals, corporate arrangements etc. which bring lots of revenue and profit, earning a decent skill of flower designs is mandatory.

California Flower Art Academy has been helping uncountable students who would like to earn practical skills of floral arranging since 1990 as a floral school certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo Japan). Those who have no experiences in floral designs can start from Introductory Program for less than $100. Students can make a choice of their most favorite course from a WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS well considering their budget and goal. For more information, contact



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