We often hear from florists who say they simply don't have enough time in their day to get everything done. They're up all night creating proposals and wholesaler orders and doing other administrative tasks that they don't have time to actually grow their business or spend significant quality time with their families. It was these frustrations that actually led us to create Curate in the first place! The question remains: "What else can I do to save time and help my business run more smoothly?" So here are 5 time saving tips for event florists that will help you save even more time!
Include everything from receiving the flowers to creating the arrangements to pick-up after the event is over. If you will have to build out some arrangements on site, be sure you know exactly how long it will take. Also, put together a checklist of everything that will need to be loaded for transportation to the venue. If you're using Curate, you can use the "shopping list" as your pull list for your rental items and your packing list for the items you need to bring. Nothing is worse than forgetting an important item and trying to finagle an alternative design or rush back to the shop to pick it up. We have a sample of what our regular game plan looks like here.
Use Recipe Sheets
If you have floral designers to help you before the big day, you should assign them to specific arrangements and give them a recipe sheet so they know how to create those arrangements. By creating recipe sheets, you no longer have to stand by and verbally give instructions. They can look at their recipe sheet and know exactly what to do. BONUS: Curate is a florist app that automatically has these created when users click just a single button.
Train Someone to Create Your Wholesaler List
Speaking of replacing yourself, one task that is always a headache to do is creating your wholesaler order. The wholesaler list is where the rubber meets the road in a business and is an enormous time suck. You NEED to have someone else who you can train to do this. This gives them the experience with some of the business end of things and allows you to focus on more important issues. Of course, you'll want to check their work before sending it off, but that's a much simpler process than pulling everything together on your own. And if you use Curate, the process becomes completely pain free as you can combine multiple events for a weekend and create your wholesaler list with just a click of a button, without having to worry about inaccuracies in the order.
The biggest thing time saving tip for florists is obvious though... use a floral software like Curate! You can create beautiful, accurate proposals in the consultation and book more florists on-the-spot.