Are you a florist looking for the latest and greatest ways to uplevel your business? If so, then look no further! This blog post will give you all the advice you need to add some amazing yet underrated tools to your floral designing tool kit. From techniques that make flower arranging easier and faster, to organization tips that help keep track of inventory, we've got it all covered. With these simple but effective overlooked tricks, you're sure to take your floristry business far. So let's get started – read on and make the year a blooming success!
1. A Good Printer
Think floral arranging is all about the flowers? Think again! As a florist, having the right tools is essential to creating stunning arrangements. And here's a tool you might not have considered: a printer! Investing in a high-quality printer can make a huge difference in your day-to-day business. Trust us, we've wasted hours troubleshooting printer problems - it's not worth it. But don't worry, a good printer doesn't have to break the bank. Skip the fancy wireless options and go for a hardwired, black and white laser printer. Believe us, it's a small investment that will keep you organized and sane in the midst of any floral chaos, especially on busy holidays like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. So go ahead, make the investment - you won't regret it!
2. Quick Dip
Quick Dip is a floral solution that helps to instantly hydrate and prolong the life of cut flowers. It contains nutrients and preservatives that help to keep the flowers hydrated and healthy, which can extend their lifespan by up to 50%. Adding a few drops of Quick Dip to your flower water can make a big difference in the quality and longevity of your arrangements. We use it on days we have to pick up roses from the wholesaler that we have to use that same day and don't have 4-8 hours to hydrate them. Its like a fast forward button when it comes to flower prep, and comes in super handy for last minute events.
3. Good Elastics
Florists, listen up! You need elastic bands in your life, but not all elastics are created equal. Trust me, nothing is worse than an elastic that doesn't stretch enough and snaps while you're trying to work your floral magic. It hurts, it's frustrating, and it's a total buzzkill. So do yourself a favor and find your go-to elastics. Keep 'em close and don't let anything come between you and making your flower bouquets.
4. A Tool Box
Okay, we'll admit it - we've wasted way too much time scrambling to find our flowers tools before a wedding or event. We used to just throw everything into a paper bag and call it a day. Don't make our mistake; get yourself a trusty toolbox, fill it up with the essentials that you only use for events, and keep a separate one for your shop needs. Not only will you look like a total pro, but you'll also save yourself from the headache of constantly losing your tools.
5. A Bunch Cutter
These cutters are like mini-guillotines that you attach to your table to chop multiple stems in one go. If you're dealing with a substantial amount of flowers, skip the agony and get yourself one of these babies. Your hands and body will thank you.
6. Dedicated Ribbon Scissors
Ever had your day ruined by a pair of dull scissors? If not, we're here to tell you it's definately not ideal. Especially when you're trying to cut ribbons for an event. Picking up a dull pair of scissors will throw off your whole rhythm. And if you don't have a dedicated ribbon pair? Forget about it. You'll end up grabbing those bad boys to cut wire and totally ruin them. No turning back from that one.
7. Anti-fatigue Mats
As a florist, sitting isn't really our thing. We might pull up a stool when cleaning those gorgeous rose buckets, but that happens only sparingly. Here's a tip: get yourself some anti-fatigue mats and place them wherever you need to be. Your back, knees, and energy level will thank you!
8. A go-to Vessel
Choosing the perfect vase or vessel for your design can be a real time and money saver. When you nail down what works best, everything else falls into place. Knowing what you will be building in allows for accurate ordering, efficient designing and having the confidence in your process makes for a better end result. So ditch the guesswork, get that go-to vase and start designing with ease!
As a florist, you're already a pro. But having the right tools can seriously up your game. Don't forget to add these unsuspecting items to your florist business success kit. Armed with these powerful tools, you'll have everything you need to unleash your creativity and impress the world with your floral masterpieces!