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Florists and Time Management

Posted on October 9th, 2019
design prepping, Floral Supplies, floral system, floral systems, Florist Deliveries, Florist Delivery, Florist Operations, Florist Profits
Everyone has the same 24-hour day, but some people can achieve so much in this span of time! The key to this mystery is time management, and everyone from students to business owners like us florists can benefit greatly from managing our time wisely. Time management allows you to increase productivity by streamlining your processes into manageable bits. Aside from that, it makes work less stressful because everything you do is managed in a way that’s most efficient for you and your team. Ultimately, time management improves all aspects of a flower shop and it will show in your books. Daily Planner for Florists One of the simplest ways to time management is to get a daily planner, whether it be physical or digital. For individuals and self-management, physical planners give y…

A Florist’s Guide to Donating

Posted on October 2nd, 2019
Blog, floral system, Florist Operations, Florist Profits
Florists interact with charitable donations in many ways! Donating allows you to help other people in need and give back to your community. Businesses have more incentive to donate, too—charitable giving is good PR, and if your donations qualify, you can get tax deductions. As much good as donating can be, you want to be careful about doing so. Here are some dos and don’ts of donating so that you can be sustainable and helpful to the community. Donating Based on Finances  The first rule is a simple one: only donate within the limits of your business. Most businesses donate a small percentage of their gross yearly income, around 6%. You can follow that number, or adjust it accordingly. You can also just have a donation fund among your finances, specifically used for donatio…

Priming Your Floral Business for Sale

Posted on September 25th, 2019
Floral Design, Floral Supplies, floral system, floral systems, Florist Ecommerce, Florist Operations, Opening a Flower Shop
As a business owner, there may come a time to embark on a new adventure! You might have also found that your business is ripe for sale! The general technical term of selling and buying a business is “mergers and acquisitions,” commonly shortened to M&A, and this process can take a fairly long time to process, anywhere from 6 months to several years. However, in order to actually sell your business, you should prime your business so that potential buyers will surely buy it and you can sell it to its maximum value. Keeping Records One of the most important ways to prepare your business for sale is to keep your books and accounting records clean, transparent, and organized. When buyers seek to buy your business, financial records are one of the first things they will a…

The Importance of Keeping Your Software Up-to-Date

Posted on September 18th, 2019
Blog, floral system, floral systems, Florist Ecommerce, Florist Operations, Florist Point of Sale, Florist POS, florist technology, Florist Websites, florist-software
Why should florists keep their software up to date? You might think it odd for florists to spend time finding the right software tools. After all, most of your job revolves around having a good eye for design and a floral touch. However, when you get into the business, you’ll quickly realize that having convenient software tools is essential. There are software applications available that let you create customer accounts where you can store related information like saved addresses and preferences as well as their order history. You may also have a website to allow customers to order online. Perhaps the most important reason for this focus on software is because of credit cards, in order to have the right software to handle payments from different cards. Florist Point of Sale Soft…

BloomsBy – Wedding Floral Management Software

Posted on September 17th, 2019
Become A Floral Designer, Blog, design prepping, events, Floral Design, Floral Supplies, floral system, floral systems, Florist Operations, Florist Resources, florist technology, photos, wedding/events, weddings
  Create Beautiful and Profesional Proposals with BloomsBy Wedding Floral Management Software   BloomsBy supports floral designers every step of their floral event planning. You can create professional wedding/event proposals, increase profits, create floral contracts, stem counts, and collect payments all with BloomsBy’s floral wedding management software available on PC/Mac and iPad app.  Try BloomsBy Today!   Features of BloomsBy Wedding Floral Management Software   Make Your Job Easier With BloomsBy Proposals, floral designers can create beautiful and professional proposals in a matter of seconds. No more lost and cluttered information, keep track of your clients requests in one location. Easy to Use With the new BloomsBy Proposal user i…

Florist Metrics

Posted on September 11th, 2019
Floral Design, Floral Supplies, floral system, floral systems, Florist Ecommerce, Florist Marketing, Florist Operations, Florist Profits, Florist Resources
A flower shop is a business—you need to make sure that it is profitable and sustainable. Luckily, there are many metrics to objectively measure your business's performance. Aside from helping make sure that your business is doing well, these metrics are also going to be measured when you’re trying to get a bank loan, for example. Having an idea about how your business is doing, supported by hard numbers on the table, can help you plan ahead and make adjustments to your current shop’s workflow. You can also readily adjust your pricing formula, and even see what needs to be improved in your shop, from your equipment to your workforce, just by taking a look at these metrics. That’s how powerful these metrics can be! Let’s dive deep into these metrics and how you can use the…

What to Look for When Buying a Flower Shop

Posted on September 4th, 2019
Become A Floral Designer, floral system, Florist Deliveries, Florist Marketing, Florist Operations, Florist Profits, florist technology, Opening a Flower Shop
Are you looking to purchase a flower shop? Whether you are looking forward to getting started in the floral industry or you're looking to expand, buying a flower shop carries with it a lot of advantages over starting from scratch. Buying a flower shop saves you the struggle of a new business: building costs, hiring capable staff, acquiring equipment, and building your reputation. All it takes is ensuring that the shop you’re buying is worth your investment. Here are a few things you need to look into when buying a flower shop! General Floral Business In the end, a flower shop is a business, so you need to look into the profitability of the shop before delving into the specifics. There’s a lot of business jargon that might get thrown at you, but basically, you need to look in…

The Modern Power Tools of Marketing: Social Media Automation

Posted on August 28th, 2019
Blog, Floral Instagram, Florist Ecommerce, Florist Marketing, florist technology, florist-software
There are important tools to help automate your florist social media accounts! Simply put, social media automation software is used to automate or semi-automate the management of (usually) multiple social media accounts, from posting content to replying to comments and messages. They alleviate the painstaking process of going through each platform by providing a single place to manage them all. Most of these tools will allow you to post to multiple accounts simultaneously or schedule them on specified dates, some even going the extra mile of giving you statistics about how your content has been performing. Sendible If you're savvy with social media automation already, you might have expected Hootsuite to lead the pack in this article, but we opted for an undiscovered alternativ…

The Power of Subscription Flowers

Posted on August 21st, 2019
Blog, Floral Design, Floral Supplies, Florist Deliveries, Florist Delivery, Florist Operations, Florist Profits, florist technology
Florists, are you offering subscription services? Subscription flowers, or floral subscriptions, include a variety of services where customers can have flowers delivered to a place of their choice in a specified frequency. Depending on the service, customers may choose the bouquets that are sent or receive a random bouquet of seasonal flowers. Some services also allow flowers to be sent at specific dates or on holidays (eg. Valentine’s Day or anniversaries). While it's commonplace for customers to send flowers to mark a special occasion, the general reason floral subscriptions are gaining traction today is a growing appreciation for having everyday flowers nearby. The natural beauty everyday flowers bring to homes and offices invigorates and calms the area. Plus, the convenience…

Writing a Flower Shop Business Plan

Posted on August 14th, 2019
Become A Floral Designer, Floral Supplies, floral systems, Florist Marketing, Florist Operations, Florist Profits, Florist Resources, florist technology
Florists' goal is to make money doing the thing they love most! Writing technical papers like business plans sounds like a lot of work, and you may think it's irrelevant for someone who's starting out. However, business plans are even more important for a business early on. What Makes a Floral Business Plan Important A business plan guides your helps you track your long-term objectives and the strategies you use to achieve them. Planning is crucial in business because we are not simply dealing with money; time and effort are on the line—your time, and everyone helping you. Also, formalizing your vision helps you assess your current position and your capabilities of reaching it. Aside from that, business plans let you plan ahead for possible problems you might get into. This req…