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Behind the Scenes of the Floranext 2018 Web Floral Catalog

August 8th, 2018 Posted by Floral Design 0 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes of the Floranext 2018 Web Floral Catalog”

From conception to creation, the Floranext 2018 web floral catalog was a profound experience for all involved.

 

Floranext 2018 Product Catalog – web collection is finally here!

Since January, the Floranext team has been working hard behind the scenes to develop our first Floranext floral product catalog. With multiple requests from our customers, a vision has become a reality and out catalog was launched in late July. 

The process of developing a product catalog from conception to creation was a profound experience for all involved. We thought our readers might be interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of our floral catalog.

 

 

Where to Begin?

A lot of factors go into developing a product catalog, as we learned, from deciding style and color to flowers and containers.

Here at Floranext, we wanted to create a floral catalog that could be easily sold on any of our customer’s websites, customers could find an arrangement in their budget and the flowers and supplies could be easily and readily available no matter where your floral business is located. 

 

 

Not only is color, style, flowers, and supplies important but also putting in the consideration of the cost, labor, and markup of each arrangement, making sure florists who use our catalog can cover their costs and make a profit.  Spreadsheets became our friend during this process. Every detail of each arrangement and the collection, such as names, descriptions, recipes, and cost were recorded. 

After hours of narrowing down over 50+ arrangments that best represent everyday arrangements for our floral catalog, it was time to begin!

 

 

Location, Creation, & Action!

It was now time to send our project to our Floranext floral designer, find a location where flowers and supplies could be processed and the arrangements could be stored and find a photographer. 

Floranext would like to give a special thanks to one of our customers, Saralina Wehbi and Gabriela, owners of Willow Florist in North Vancouver BC, for being gracious hostesses by donating their space for us to create this awesome floral catalog.

 

Jarusha Brown, from Jarusha Brown Photography in Vancouver, BC, graciously took on the task of photographing our catalog. Jarusha and our designer worked hard to make sure the lighting, angles, and arrangements were ready for their catalog debut!

 

 

A colorful arrangement ready for its close up Mr. Demille… Ms. Brown!

 


Floranext again wishes to thank everyone who participated in developing out first floral product catalog. Floranext customers who would like a copy of the Floranext 2018 Floral Product Catalog – web Collection, Please click on the link Below!

Floranext 2018 Product Catalog – Web Collection 

 

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Floranext offers great florist software, florist POS, florist websites and florist wedding proposal software. Our florist technology products are built by florists, for florists. Let us know if you want a free demo or try our software for free here.

 

Flowers as a Side-Gig: Yea or Nay?

July 11th, 2018 Posted by Become A Floral Designer, Blog, design prepping, Floral Design, Floral Instagram, Florist Resources 4 thoughts on “Flowers as a Side-Gig: Yea or Nay?”

 Have you dreamed of starting your own floral business, but can’t quit your day job?

To casual flower enthusiast, the notion to go into business with flowers can be quite compelling. But how do you manage a floral start-up when you have bills to pay? How do you turn your dream of running a floral business into a successful part-time gig?

The objective is to be a successful part-time floral designer so that one you day you can quit your day job and focus on florals full-time. With work and dedication anything can be accomplished, but what can you do to make sure that your passion for flowers stabilizes you and allows for a creative outlet regardless if you still need to work your part-time job to make ends meet?

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 How Is Your Flower Designing?

The most important job criteria for establishing a successful flower business is floral designing. Do you know how to design flowers? Of course, every florist has their own technique or signature style, but there is an art to designing flowers. It always looks easier than it actually is. If you are not knowledgeable in the 5 main principles below, see our Flower Design 101 article.

  1. Balance
  2. Harmony
  3. Proportion
  4. Movement
  5. Unity

Remember that designing flowers is more than just arranging them, you must also understand proper prepping for longevity.

If you feel you may not be a professional-level floral designer, please take classes or find a mentor at a local flower shop. This is the first, most basic key to your success as a floral designer.

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 What Are Your Floral Business Goals?

Since we’ve established you would like to have a floral business part-time, what type of floral services do you plan to offer? There is a difference between running a successful flower event business than one for everyday flowers.

Establishing a part-time floral event company is a lot easier than doing a full-service everyday flower business on a part-time schedule.

Sketch out your goals on paper for your floral business and decide which model you’d like to pursue.

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 Have You Marketed For Flowers?

Ah, marketing! It may seem like a subject you need a degree in. Marketing means promoting and selling your products and services which includes market research, public relations, and customer support. So essentially think of it as beefed-up advertising.

Prior to launching your business, make sure that you have the basis for full-fledged marketing of your floral brand by signing up with social media sites.

Another thing to consider is running a Google Ad.

  • Domain name
  • Website 
  • Facebook 
  • Twitter 
  • Google Bussines
  • Yelp 
  • Instagram 
  • Pinterest 
  • Snapchat 

This is the beginning of your marketing journey—remember, marketing your business does not end and needs to be done consistently.

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 Florals as a Past-time?

In order for your floral business to work, you should not think of it as a hobby. We all enjoy our own special hobbies like crafting, gardening, hiking and so on, but in order to turn your floral business into a profitable successful business, it needs to be more than just a hobby.

You need to invest your time and energy in promoting during your time, not at your day job.

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 Are You Ready to Be a Floral Professional? 

Running a part-time floral business is doable and if you have a talented creative floral designing skill, proper planning, marketing, tools, and space is needed. There have been many famous successful florists who started in their kitchen part-time and now have successful flower storefronts.

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Floranext understands that this can be a sensitive topic for florists who pour a lot of their personal time, energy, and money into their flower business brick and mortar. Our goal was simply to give amateur designers who may be interested in the florist industry a sense of the work and dedication it takes to become a successful full-time florist.

We know as well as you that floristry is not a trade one should enter into lightly, and we also understand that florists can be competitive. However, we do not like to discourage people with a dream who may not be in a financial position to achieve it yet, and we welcome all with a passion for floristry to help grow our industry.

 

Florists, do you have any important advice or feedback for florists who love flowers but can’t quit their day job just yet? Please share your feedback any related questions in the comment section below.

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Floranext offers great florist software, florist POS, florist websites and florist wedding proposal software. Our florist technology products are built by florists, for florists. Let us know if you want a free demo or try our software for free here.

Starting a Wedding/Event Floral Company

February 14th, 2018 Posted by Become A Floral Designer, Blog, design prepping, events, Floral Design, Florist Marketing, Florist Operations, florist-software, Opening a Flower Shop, seo, wedding trends, weddings 6 thoughts on “Starting a Wedding/Event Floral Company”

You are a creative and passionate florist, but have you ever considered specializing?

More and more, floral professionals are opting to focus their love of flower design into only catering to wedding/events flower arrangements. Specializing as an event florist can be very advantageous as it allows you to fully build your brand and perfect your craft. If you are currently a full-service florist then perhaps you may want to consider maximizing your wedding/event profits. In the US alone there is an average of 2.3 million weddings, and approximately $72 billion is spent on weddings each year.

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Know How to Design Blooms

If you are reading this blog, then chances are you are already know how to arrange flowers. If becoming an event florist is something new you’d like to explore, the most important thing to do before jumping into floral arranging for events is to learn your craft. Although an exciting career, floral event design can be very demanding. We recommend finding a mentor or working with a local florist or wedding/event floral professional. As easy as floral designing can look, there are principles and techniques that are necessary to follow. Know your basics, know your flowers and develop your skills.

  • Find your special design style
  • Know your flowers and how to prep them
  • Get comfortable with floral tools, knives, wire, tape, etc.

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Establish Your Floral Brand

Marketing is the #1 criteria for your success, so think long and hard about your floral event company name, domain name, and logo. You will need a website—remember, websites are not for just selling products, they build your brand and make your wedding/event company relevant on search engines. Opt for a non-eCommerce floral website to use as a portfolio.

Must-Haves

  • Company name
  • Logo
  • Domain name (be sure to purchase your own domain name) 
  • Website
  • Blog
  • Social media accounts such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter
  • Sign up for Google business
  • Business cards/marketing materials (t-shirts, totes, pamphlets)
  • Clearly consider what type of events you are going to cater to and emphasize all individually on your floral portfolio website (weddings, showers, anniversaries, birthdays, sweet 16, quinceañera, corporate events, weekly hotel or business floral arrangements)

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Keep Your Floral Event Company Organized

Whether working out of a studio or storefront it is important to have organization! Your floral event company starts with supplies, you will not need flowers until the day you are ready to design your booked events, however, you will need basic flower tools, flower cutters, tape, glue, wire, and a floral wedding/event management software to help keep you professionally organized and allow you to estimate and understand your profits.

Make sure your wedding/event proposals include the following:

  • Date
  • Location(s)
  • Color scheme
  • Descriptive flower information
  • Payment terms
  • Cancellation policy
  • “Act of God” policy
  • Customer signature(s)

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Create an Event Network of Professionals

There is no marketing campaign that compares to word of month, but in order to acquire word of mouth you do need to book some floral events. You can start by creating a network which will recommend your services, perhaps for a discount. Professionals working in conjunction is very convenient for potential customers, and profitable for you with establishing a new floral event company it is a must do. Grab your pamphlets, you professional sassiness and go out and get your self a network of professional business owners which will recommend your services and vice versa.

Consider these Businesses as Network Partners

  • Photographers
  • DJs/musicians
  • Bridal and tuxedo shops
  • Hair, makeup, nail salons
  • Venues
  • Hotels

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Invest in Affordable Paid Marketing

The cost of starting a floral event company is minimal compared to other businesses, however, do set aside some cash for paid marketing. Unless you have potential customers waiting for you to open so they can flood you with bookings, you must invest in some paid marketing campaigns to keep your brand visible and profitable. Results may be immediate depending on location and competition, or may take some time.

The process of marketing is about connecting the dots. No one marketing tool is going to maximize your floral business, however multiple marketing strategies such as social media, word of mouth, brand awareness, professional networking, your personal website, and blogging and paid marketing is sure to result in a successful floral event business (or any business, for that matter).

Consider these low-cost paid options:

  • Google AdWords (consider running these during peak times, and keep a budget)
  • Join The Knot or Wedding Wire
  • If you cant write a blog, hire someone who can (prices range from $100 to $250 per blog, but these are your blogs which can be posted on your website to generate potential customers)
  • Facebook ads (Facebook allows you to target a specific demographic)
  • Participate in Wedding/Bridal shows
  • Post an online video

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Did You Know…

  • Most weddings take place in June, with May, September, and October trailing close behind
  • Holiday parties take the #1 spot for corporate events
  • There are more birthdays in September than any other month
  • Most popular wedding flower is the rose

 

Florists, do you have any important advice or feedback on starting a floral event design company? Please share your feedback, tips or any floral event related questions in the comment section below.

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Floranext offers great florist software, florist POS, florist websites and florist wedding proposal software. Our florist technology products are built by florists, for florists. Let us know if you want a free demo or try our software for free here.

 

Captivating Florists to Follow on Instagram

October 25th, 2017 Posted by Blog, Floral Design, Florists for Change, Florists' Thoughts, Flower Trends, photos, Uncategorized 6 thoughts on “Captivating Florists to Follow on Instagram”

With beautiful imagination and bountiful skills, these designers create hypnotizing works of art.

Today we’d like to pay homage to all the amazing floral artists on Instagram for bringing recognition to the floristry industry. It was difficult selecting just a few florists of Instagram to plug, but we encourage you to start following these influential floral designers.

Meta Flora (@metafloranyc)

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Marisa Competello’s floral designs are more like floral sculptures. Her creations ooze with inspiration and innovation. We love showcasing her designs, and highly recommend you find her on Instagram.

Moonflower Design (@moonflower_design)

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Mandy O’Shea and her husband have made headlines with 3 Porch Farm, their floral design studio in Athens, Georgia, using only the flowers and botanicals they grow. Their designs play with symmetry and texture, creating a forward focus. With over 26.7k followers on Instagram its no wonder @moonflower_design is creating a buzz.

Lewis Miller Designs (@lewismillerdesign)

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We raved about floral designer Lewis Miller in our write-up The Art of Flowers. We appreciate florists who continually step outside the box and show the world how to appreciate flowers. Lewis Miller wins for his exceptional floral works of art and allowing us all to see floral arrangements in a whole new way.

Lucy the Flower Hunter (@lucytheflowerhunter)

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Viewing Lucy the Flower Hunter’s designs is like stepping back in time and traveling into the future. Her modern-vintage floral designs are so magnificent and enchanting.

Kiana Underwood (@tulipinadesign)

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Kiana Underwood is encouraging many newcomers to join the floral design world on Instagram with her bespoke event floral designs. With over 274K followers she is not one to miss, her beautifully feminine floral masterpieces are sure to inspire.

 

 

Florists, do you have a florist or flower shop that are a must-follow on Instagram? Please share your feedback in the comment section below.

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Floranext offers great florist software, florist POS, florist websites and florist wedding proposal software. Our florist technology products are built by florists, for florists. Let us know if you want a free demo or try our software for free here.