Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in floristry, but not sure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with a florist, Alison Brown, owner of Feeling Bouquet in Northern California, USA.
Tell us about yourself and your journey to where you are today...
Welcome to Feeling Bouquet, a floral design company specializing in fresh & dried hand-tied bouquets and unique event florals in Northern California. Influenced by the natural world and the beauty of flowers, my goal is to bring joy to everyone I encounter with local blooms.
What motivates you each day?
My flower journey started after helping a friend with her wedding flowers. I fell in love with floral arranging. After a trying year in 2020, working as a behavioral therapist for children on the Autism spectrum, flowers helped channel my creative energy and became a healing practice for me. I founded Feeling Bouquet to one day combine the use of flowers in therapy with children with ASD.
To what would you attribute your entrepreneurial success?
My most significant accomplishments as a business owner have been collaborating/freelancing with other florists in the Bay Area to help make people's wedding dreams come to life! Whether it's a sizeable hanging flower installation or a small boutonniere, I love being a part of the couple's special day.
What is the hardest thing that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest thing about being a business owner is balancing working my day job and learning how to run a small business. I have so much respect for other small business owners balancing their business and other occupations.
What are the top 3 tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Get to know your customers and carve out your niche.
- Network as much as possible with your community.
- Love what you do, and your passion will resonate with people!
Where can people find you online?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email email@example.com; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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