Some people dream of becoming a doctor or a footballer. For others, their aspirations might be a little more realistic – or might just follow their true interests.
Becoming a florist could probably fall into this category and while we might be taught all of the different ways we can become involved in some more mainstream careers at school, such information isn’t as readily available when it comes to the F-word.
As such, here is a round-up of several links which show how you can get involved in the florist industry.
Let’s start with a job profile, and what you need to get there
Let’s get some of the basics out of the way to begin with.
Contrary to what some people believe, becoming a florist isn’t just about clawing together a few flowers and hoping for the best. There’s real skill involved, and this first link looks at some of the qualifications that will help get you there. Of course, all of the qualifications are optional, but they perhaps paint a picture of what you can get if you want to get all of your paperwork in order beforehand.
It also talks about the typical salary, houses worked and a whole host of other basic facts. All in all, it’s a really good resource from the UK government.
A quick look at existing companies
Much of today’s article will take a look at some hard and fast ways to get you into the profession, whether it’s through factual guides or some inspiration-based interviews.
This next link is actually to Avas Flowers. Or, if you want to specifically dig into just how life as an employee in the florist industry pans out, take a look at the Avas Flowers Indeed page or their LinkedIn one.
Both of these resources can really help you find out what employees think of the industry, and just whether or not you’ll be suited to it.
What you need to know about becoming a florist
In comparison to some of the links we have featured today, there’s no doubt that this next one is somewhat on the short side.
However, for those of you who are thinking about heading into the industry blind, this is a really succinct guide to get you started. It basically takes a look at the profession from a “things they never told you” perspective, meaning that the three points they cover really could make a difference to your decision if you are still on the fence.
I want your job: life as a florist
If you haven’t read the “I want your job” series from the Independent, we would urge you to do so. As the name might suggest, it’s all about finding out about lots of different jobs, and the version we have handpicked is about a florist.
It’s not like the next article we will look at, which is more inspiration-based, but instead tries to tell you what the day-to-day life as a florist really is like. For those of you who might not be aware of the commitments and general duties, this is an excellent starting point.
Case study: the £5m florist success
Finally, for those of you who are looking for that extra push, and perhaps proof that becoming a florist is going to reap you plenty of rewards, let’s leave you with this interview on the Express. Granted, it’s all about the UK market, but that shouldn’t deter you.
It talks about Kally Ellis went from absolutely nothing to running a florist with 40 employees and a turnover of over £5m/year. In the interview she speaks about everything ranging from the history of the business, right the way to current performance. To give a few clues, she has been experiencing year-on-year growth of around 20% over recent years – so performance certainly isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.