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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Flowers on Balcombe

Instead of doing an expensive MBA, one way to learn about business is simply to buy a shop - a little flower shop, for instance - and run it! How hard could it be? Buy stock, add a small margin, sell flower arrangements to beautiful regular customers. Keep a few records, pay a bit of tax, etc.  Easy job, you'd think!
One day I'll write up the notes I kept of my one year as a florist - the crash training, the 5am starts at the wholesale market, the 9 pm finishes after processing the bookwork, seven days a week... I learnt so much... I thought I could write a how (not) to guide. Lovely encounters though with people like Errol the pilot who wanted his bouquets wrapped securely enough to be delivered by air into his girlfriend's farm paddock! More to come...
What do people think of running their own business as an alternative to being a wage slave?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Christina
    I've been running my own business for about ten years. I read a book called Do What You Love, The Money Will Come. Well, I love books and poetry so I started to publish poetry books - but the money has never come! I don't have much of a head for business - but I've had a lot of fun with it.


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