How to Open a Flower Stand

Overview

A flower stand is a creative way in which to earn money at home. Many items can be created by using the flowers grown in the home garden. Flower arrangements are only the beginning. Wreaths and other items can also be created from the flowers that are grown. Setting up the stand on the property owned by the gardener is not difficult, and growing flowers is an enjoyable pastime. Letting customers know that the seeds, soil and other products that are used are organic will help the business along.

Preparations

Step 1

Go to the city or town hall and find out what steps need to be taken to begin the business. Find out what licenses are necessary, and how to acquire a business name. Pay any fees necessary. Look into the business regulations that will help to keep the business running.

Step 2

Check out the Small Business Administration, and what classes they have that are available to a person who is just starting a business. Use their Small Business Training Network for this purpose, as it is a virtual campus created to help. Start setting up a record keeping system, and consider hiring an accountant.

Step 3

Choose the flowers that will be grown for the business. Look at such flowers as carnations, roses and baby's breath, among others. Purchase seeds, seedlings and cuttings, as well as compost. Use garden beds and containers for growing what will not be planted in the ground. Begin a compost bin using soil, kitchen scraps and dried leaves.

Step 4

Set up an area where the flowers and other products will be sold. Use a couple of tables under a canopy to start, as well as a sturdy shelf and a pegboard with pegs to hang wreaths and such. Add a chair or two, and you are in business.

Step 5

Start selling the flowers. Sell singles and bunches wrapped in tissue paper. Make bouquets and centerpieces using vases, coffee mugs and baskets as planters. Create cornucopia arrangements using flowers with fall colors. Sell arrangements for the different spring, summer and fall holidays to be given as gifts with decorative plant pokes and tags. Consider adding tiny stuffed animals to some of the arrangements. Craft side products for the business with some of the flowers after they have been dried, such a wreaths, dried flower arrangements and sachets.

Things You'll Need

  • Funds
  • Record keeping book
  • Pen
  • Calculator
  • Seeds
  • Seedlings
  • Cuttings
  • Compost
  • Beds
  • Planters
  • 2 long tables
  • Chair
  • Canopy
  • Shelf
  • Pegboard
  • Pegs
  • Tissue paper
  • Vases
  • Coffee mugs
  • Baskets

References

  • Small Business Administration: Small Business Training Network

Who Can Help

  • Pressed Flowers by Preserved Gardens
Keywords: open flower stand, flower stand, sell flowers

About this Author

Shannon Buck is a freelance writer residing in the small town of Milford, Maine. Her work has appeared on several sites including GreenandSave.com, where she writes The Green Mom column. She has written on many subjects, including home improvement, gardening, low-income living, writing and homeschooling.