I remember it like it was yesterday… I was new in the industry, new to flowers, new to it ALL. I was sitting across from one of my very first clients ever and the mother of the bride turned to me and said, “what if we used silks to bring the price down.” I froze. I was barely learning the names of the flowers and now I was supposed to learn how to work with a new medium? Furthermore, I had no idea where to purchase or how much they cost, how to find good quality silks and beyond that, I was sort of just… against it. Silks equaled gross to me. An image of the terrible 80s silk floral arrangement at my grandmothers house flashed before my eyes and after a long pause I just let out a slow, “Noooooo.”
Well, a lot has changed since those early days, one of which is my feeling about silk flowers! I would put up the argument that as much as they can look tacky and terrible, they can also really...
A few days ago I posted a mock up video on my social media (@blushbotanicals) account and asked a few open ended questions about your thoughts and policies on the subject, and let me just say… IT. GOT. HEATED!
My social media has never blown up with so many questions and DMs before, and I couldn’t get enough!
I was floored by how many of you are unsure as to what your policies should be and have horror stories about being taken advantage of. In the spirit of rising together, I thought I’d put together an information-packed post about this.
In this post, I am going to detail my policies on mock ups, why these are my policies and also focus on the client experience prior and during a mock up as well as after. I will also run through why I love mock ups and what the down side is as well as potential pitfalls that we have all or will all fall prey to at some point in our career.
It important to mention that I am not only bringing my decade+...
No matter how well you plan and prepare for your upcoming events, unforeseen situations ALWAYS arise, quickly throwing a wrench in your carefully laid plans. One of the biggest challenges we face as floral designers is that we are never guaranteed the product we want (meaning, we are never guaranteed to get a specific type of flower or in a specific color, size and quality) which may result in added stress or headache, but it doesn’t have to!
We plan, and nature laughs at us, am I right?
With that said, it is so important to have a game plan for when things don’t go your way. This stuff is SO IMPORTANT and it took me SO LONG to figure out on my own so I figured I’d share and I hope it helps you on your floral journey!
INTRO TO WHAT THE HECK I’M TALKING ABOUT…
When I book an event with my team, I create something called a floral recipe. This is one of the steps I take to organize my team, ensure we have enough floral, ensure...
I don’t know about you, but I was raised to believe the word competitor was negative. More of “them” meant less room for “us”. I’m sure you’ve experienced being around someone that subscribed to the old school mentality that the competition is the enemy. The dog eat dog outlook… every man for himself.
It is all very reminiscent of that famous scene from There Will Be Blood… you know the one… “That makes you my C.O.M.P.E.T.I.T.O.R”.
Ok, ok… that is a bit much, I know. But even taking it down a notch, thinking from that perspective makes me feel anxious. As a business owner, we don’t need any more stress in our lives than we already have and for me, this mentality is simply a waste of precious energy.
I see this outlook all the time in my coaching sessions. I hear things like, “they keep underbidding me” or...
I’m just going to come out and say it. I DO. NOT. NEGOTIATE.
I know what you’re thinking… easy for me to say! Right?
At this point in my career, I’ve been in business for over 10 years, but guess what? When I started, I started from SCRATCH. I knew no one. I new NOTHING about flowers (literally NOTHING except that they are beautiful and some smell good)!
I can relate to every. single. struggle. you are going through. I have been through all the lows, the highs and the terrible mistakes!
You got into this particular business because we want to do something that you LOVE and you want to connect with others and create art that makes people (and yourself) feel happy, fulfilled and loved. So here I am, baring my soul to y’all every day (well, I try to every day) on social media, on my blog and on my private Facebook group, The Blush Method Community.
I felt I had to say all of that prior to proceeding,...