Floral Design as a Career

So often I get asked, "Can I make a living as a florist?". Good question! Working with flowers sounds like a fun and glamorous profession. It's no wonder many want to pursue floral design as a career. And, yes, to answer the question, you can make a living as a florist. The choice is yours and the earning potential is all in how you approach the career. Are you a hobbyist, an amateur or a professional? Which do you strive to be? That answer will be the deciding factor in whether or not you can make a good living as a florist. The difference between the three categories is all in the education and the commitment.

This beautiful Bespoke garden style centerpiece mixes fuchsia roses, yellow ranunculus, pink freesia, crimson scabiosa, hot pink pieris, and eucalyptus in a teal ceramic vessel.

For the hobbyist, playing with flowers is grand fun. And it should be! Gather your flowers, arrange them as you like and enjoy! If you want to explore design, learn how to make the flowers last longer and expand your artistic style, we have Free Online Videos just for you. Visit the Farmers Market, visit the grocery and plant a cutting garden. The world of flowers is yours to enjoy. No, you won't be able to make a living as a florist with the perspective of a hobbyist but, you will have lots of fun!

A parallel style arrangement in a split complement color harmony features blue delphinium, orange ranunculus, craspedia, a blooming dogwood branch, and a tiny orange lantern.

For the amateur florist, you need to go a step further. Making the statement that you are more than a hobbyist demands responsibility. You must know how to care for flowers for longevity and the proper mechanics for design stability. Take time to experiment with a variety of blooms. Yes, you have the assignment of buying flowers, taking them home and studying them. Take Floral Design Classes and get personal instruction to expand your skill library and educate yourself on working with the floral medium. Your goal should be validation as a Floral Design Institute Certified Floral Designer. This is the foundation for becoming a professional florist and yes, the amateur florist can make a living working in the world of flowers.

This beautiful centerpiece mixes tulips, ranunculus, garden roses, pincushion protea, leather fern, curly willow, and aspidistra leaves, then it features a petite bird's nest with quail eggs in it.

The professional florist…this is quite different from the hobbyist and the amateur. As a professional, you are fully competent in a variety of design styles. You have mastered the mechanics of floral design and you understand the artistic elements and principles of design. But, this is is not the end...the professional florist is constantly learning; attending Advanced Seminars, seeking out new materials, studying the trends and practicing new techniques. Each new bit of knowledge expands the skill set and makes you a more valuable member of the floral industry. The ultimate goal of the professional florist is validation with the title, Accredited in Floral Design through the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

This gorgeous hand tied bouquet features pink and red garden roses, crimson scabiosa, two kinds of eucalyptus, and Israeli ruscus.

Now you know, to make a living as a florist, you need to commit to being a professional florist. You get the joy of working with flowers and you also accept the responsibility of working with flowers. In combining the two, you have the basis for a wonderful, lifetime floral design career. If you would like to discuss the career of floral design and employment opportunities, feel free to pop off an e-mail to me ~ Leanne@FloralDesignInstitute.com ~ I'm happy to chat about all things floral.

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For Gabrielle – Hello Gabrielle! Thank you very much for reaching out to us about floral design as a career. Selling bouquets is an excellent way to do that, and it’s something we teach our students how to do in our program. There are so many amazing aspects to floral design and we cover all of them in our Basic and Advanced Floral Design courses. Depending on where you live and what works best for you, we offer these courses both on-line and/or in-person. The on-line course is self-paced so you can work on it whenever you have time to do so, and it is fully teacher supported so if you need assistance along the way, our teachers are here to help you. If you would like more information about the courses, you can find it here: https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/pages/classes If you would like to chat with one of our teachers about your floral journey, please do reach out to our office at 1-503-223-8089 or e-mail rose@floraldesigninstitute.com. We would love to help you get started with your floral education, and we’ll be glad to assist you as needed. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing you soon!

Gabrielle Martinez

So I really want to make a career selling flower bouquets although I do know how to make other flower arrangements.


Para Kamila Rios Rivera

¡Hola Kamila y gracias por su pregunta! Nos encantaría que estudiara diseño floral con nosotros en Floral Design Institute. Nuestra escuela está ubicada en Portland, Oregon y ofrecemos clases en inglés, tanto on-line como en persona. El primer curso es Diseño Floral Básico (Basic Floral Design) , y puede encontrar más información al respecto aquí: https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/collections/basic-floral-design-certification

Si desea hablar con alguien sobre nuestros programas, no dude en llamarnos al 1-503-223-8089 o enviarnos un correo electrónico a rose@floraldesigninstitute.com. ¡Nuestros mejores deseos para Ud. y que tenga una semana maravillosa!

Kamila Rios Rivera

Me gustaría aprender más sobre el diseño florar

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