You’re where I was about 6 months ago. I found myself at a cross roads of my job (which paid a lot of money at the sacrifice of my sanity and personal life), but I also seemed to have this affinity for floral design, and was getting a ton of requests from brides.
Sooo…. in April, I decided to see where this route would take me.
Starting a new business is a TON of work. There’s the website to create and maintain, reciepts to track, proposals to make, research to do, endless meetings to drive all over for, etc. And the hours? They can be a little rediculous, especially if you’re doing it on your own. Usually for a wedding, I’ll be up starting around 8a on Friday building centerpieces, will stay up until 4:30a Saturday finishing, get a 20min nap, and then bang the rest out. I might get a few hours of sleep during the reception, but then you have to be back at the venue to tear everything down and clean up, and you get home at about 2A on Sunday. I’m just lucky that I have a wonderful friend that assists me every now and then to make sure I eat.
The hardest part for me is agonizing over how much to charge. As a bride, I really don’t want to over charge anyone. And honestly, I KNOW my rates are pretty low. It breaks my heart when I meet a couple with champagne taste and a beer budget, and I always make a ton of suggestions to help them stay within their range. But, let’s be honest, it’s a business, not a charity. I have to charge sales tax, and it would be nice to be able to pay my friend, and be able to get paid for my time… after all, for every wedding, I’m spending around 60hrs researching, prepping, building, etc.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I think desiging flowers is AWESOME! A few weddings ago, I made the bride cry because she loved her bouquet so much. And watching the couple’s face light up when they see their flowers for the first time kinda makes how plain tired you are vanish.
So, yeah, if you want to go for it… go for it. Although, personally, if I were to do it again (and I may still go this route), I would probably end up finding an established floral shop, and working there first even if it’s just part time.