Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in floristry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dhiren Pathak, owner of Flower Kingdom Inc., located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Flower Kingdom is a retail florist that offers beautiful fresh flower arrangements, green and blooming plants, balloons, Godiva chocolates, Wines, and silk flowers and plants. Our customers are anybody that is trying to express a special emotion... Birthdays, Love, Anniversary, Get well, New Baby, Sympathy, Congratulations, Wedding or any occasion.
Tell us about yourself
Flower Kingdom was started by my parents in 1985. I was attending college and helping them in the store part-time. I would do anything that needed to be done.. from sweeping the floor to answering the phones to making deliveries.
I was attending Florida Atlantic University. Once I graduated with a BA in Accounting, I started working for a CPA firm. That only lasted a couple of weeks as I realized that I was not meant to be sitting behind a computer and crunching numbers! I was missing the creativity and the excitement of the flower business. So in 1995, when my parents were ready to retire, my wife and I bought the business from them.
I enjoy dealing with customers and knowing every day; I get to make people happy with our beautiful creations.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being nominated as a Small Business of the Year by the local Chamber of Commerce.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Managing the Staff.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Find a niche business, so it's not easy for anybody to compete.
- Find a business that you enjoy, so it does not feel like you are going to work.
- When you own your own business, it's not a 9 to 5 job, especially if you are in a retail business.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Starting and growing a business is a lot of hard work, but once you succeed, there is no greater satisfaction.
Where can people find you and your business?
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