Hi there, it’s quarter time!
3 months into my little business and I thought it was time for me to get on the blog bandwagon and share a thing or two. Forgive me if I am not overly interesting or succinct, blog writing is not really my strongest point.
I thought I would share with you how The Petal Provedore came to be. Where I have come from and what inspired me to become a florist and a small business owner.
In high school, I couldn’t decide what career path I should take. Should I do a floristry apprenticeship, or should I go to university and study science. Hmmmm, you’d think the answer would be clear on that one. So, of course I went to uni and did a Bachelor of Applied Science. My studies focused on Intellectual Disabilities and I spent the next 20 something years in the disability sector. A profession I loved and I had the privilege of working alongside some fabulous people.
But, as anyone who has worked in a similar industry will understand, I grew weary of it. I needed a change and a creative outlet. A wise husband of mine mentioned that I should revisit the idea from high school of becoming a florist. I thought about it for months, did some research and decided he may be onto something.
I have always loved flowers and plants. I was constantly ‘harvesting’ blooms from my Mum’s garden (no matter how often I was told not to) and making arrangements for my room. I made my own wedding bouquet just because I wanted to. I would spend a fortune on flowers for the house and loved trying out new ways of styling them. I think I have always been a florist at heart, I just went in a different direction for a while.
Fast forward a couple of years and with a Cert 3 in Floristry to hang alongside by Bachelor (thanks Box Hill TAFE), some fabulous experience under my wing and a passion for what I do, I was ready to go.
The decision to be an online store over having a retail premises was easy. Starting a business from scratch is expensive and there is a certain amount of risk involved, especially in retail. I wanted to start small and build up slowly. One day, a retail space will come along that is perfect for me, but for now I am content with my studio. It has everything I need and with so many purchases being made on line these days, an online shop is a necessity anyway.
So, at quarter time (the end of my first 3 months in business), I am thrilled with how everything is coming together. There have been a few moments where I have questioned why I decided to do this, but these moments have been few and far between. I am so happy to be doing what I love every day and I am so appreciative of all my lovely customers, my suppliers, my technical support angel, my photographer and all of my friends and family. Happy Days.
See you soon