If you have a passion for flowers, art and beauty, then starting a silk-flower arranging business from home may be a phenomenal way to make money. By using silk flowers rather than real flowers, you'll eliminate the risk of flowers withering and the hassle of dealing with dirt. Instead, you'll get to focus on creating impressive designs for your clients. You'll also get to spend more time on acquiring business and customers, rather than managing inventory and the troubles that often come with stocking real flowers.
Locate one or more silk flower wholesale distributors. The lower your purchase price for your flowers, the more money you'll make at the end of the day. Look both online and in trade journals. Check eBay as well. Try to find steady sources of supply for all the silk flowers you'll need in your business. Allocate $200 to $500 for your initial supply of flowers.
Create your office space. Set aside a portion of your house just for your equipment and flowers. Initially, one well-organized room will be enough to stock equipment and silk flowers. As your business grows, you may need to move into a garage or multiple rooms. Also, stock up on other equipment you may need, like flower vases, flower cutters, extra decorations and Styrofoam. Allocate another $100 to $200 for miscellaneous office and start-up supplies.
Network with people in professions that often need silk flowers. These include photographers, real-estate agents, wedding planners and event organizers. It's much easier to run a business with a few steady clients than trying to always find new customers.
Create a website. Do it yourself if you know how, or hire an inexpensive designer. The website should show off some of your past arrangements and give your customers an easy way to get in touch with you.
Spread the word to your friends that you're now in the flower-arrangement business. Send an email to your most supportive 30 to 100 friends. Update your Facebook profile with your website information. Print business cards and hand them out to anyone who seems interested.
Book a booth at your local farmer's market. The people who are visiting a farmer's market are often the ones responsible for cooking and planning events for the household.
Derek Young has been writing professionally since 2006. He's written for Mason Communications and has appeared in "SF Weekly" magazine. Young studied Web development at the College of San Mateo.