What Now - An Update

It's hard to believe that it's been 4 years since I wrote a post for this blog. Before that, it had been 7 years. Bad me!! 

When I try to update since these 2 posts were made, it actually makes my head hurt!! Just think about how the world changed when Covid hit. I'm sure you'll agree, that running a business during that time was no joke. I think we florists fared much better than other businesses because we were already in the delivery business and folks wanted what we had. Delivered Happiness! 

When I started this blog back in 2009, I was hoping to share my experience with other florists to help them be more profitable and have more fun running their business. I have to say, I was shocked by the number of views this blog received. Obviously, it was hitting a cord with business owners out there and I was proud of the information I was able to share. 

Fast forward to 2023 - it's been almost 1 year since the hubby and I have retired from the business. Yes, retired, can you believe it? Well, I can because we worked towards it and planned for it. 

Many of my floral friends ask if I miss it and I won't lie, so far I'm not missing running the shop. The hubby says although he loved creating balloon decorations, he does not miss those early morning set ups!! 

What I do miss is all the florists who used to reach out to me to ask for advise. It got me thinking about this blog. I still have all this knowledge. I still have all those floral friends out there. Just because one part of my life has changed, the other parts are still alive and well. I'm not quite up for doing consulting but I do like helping, so updating this blog seems like the right thing to do. 

While going back and forth on Facebook Messenger with a floral friend, I had a light bulb moment. Why not interview them and  share their wisdom. What interested me most was how they each got into the business.  With all the flower shop owners I've met over the years, aside from inheriting a business from a relative, most of us came into the floral business in very unusual and unique ways. 

Flower shops are all so different from each other.  Some are in homes, some are in strip malls, some are in free standing buildings. Some own their own buildings while others rent. Some have leases and some are month to month. Some are in populated areas like big cities and some are in rural areas and have to drive miles and miles just to make a delivery. Some have thousands of square feet while other have limited space.  No 2 shops are the same. There is "no one answer solves all problems". What works well at one shop, might not in another. 

Look for upcoming posts when  my floral friends answer some basic questions about their business. You just might find a nugget of wisdom that you can apply to your own shop. Have a great day everyone!!