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Creating Your Own Products: Artificial Flowers

by C.S. Clarke, Ph.D.

Here's another suggestion in my series on specific products that can be easily produced and managed by a solo entrepreneur: artificial flowers.

Flowers -- fresh, fabric, paper or whatever -- are among the most popular gifts, or may be the most popular gifts. While that means there's lots of competition, the demand is so high there's still plenty of room for more providers.

It is so easy to understand the general business itself, you can practically stumble into it and make some money. I know a woman who decided after she retired that she wanted to be a florist. She didn't know anything about the business, but went into it anyway. She learned quickly, had the shop up, running and profitable in a very short time. Later, she passed on the business to one of her children who is still making a good living.

However, I'm not suggesting you become a florist. I'm suggesting something much easier. You can make a good income from artificial flowers.

Today, the demand for artificial flowers for a wide variety of uses is growing like wildfire. With the high cost of wedding flowers, for example, many wedding planners are turning to paper flowers for such uses as table arrangements and favors. Many brides are delighted to have a permanent bouquet to carry down the aisle -- fabric or paper.

But planners for other events such as parties and corporate gatherings are finding the beauty and frugality of artificial flowers attractive. Girls are wearing them as corsages to the prom. They are popular as hair accessories. Give them to Mom for a Mother's Day corsage.

Fabric flowers are going to be the most durable. But paper flowers -- which can be made in crepe, tissue, origami paper and other varieties I leave to you to discover -- are good for most of the uses of fresh flowers.

As usual with my suggestions, I'll remind you that once you get going with this product, you can develop a system for production to allow you to hire others to make at least some of your line for you. The production is as easy to teach and supervise as it is to learn. Kids can do it.

You can sell your creations in many places. At craft fairs. Through flower shops. On your own website. EBay. By custom order. Home party plans. To wedding or other events planners. You'll think of more.

As a special treat, I'm using this as an opportunity to combine my "good old books" downloads feature to provide you with an excellent resource to get you started on making paper flowers. It's called: "How to Make a Lovely Bouquet." The patterns and processes can be used for making fabric flowers as well. Download it here:

Just in case you don't want to do the actual making of the artificial flowers yourself, let me point out that you can simply buy the fabric ones (usually silk or silk-like fabric) from wholesalers and make arrangements, bouquets and accessories with them. After all, that's what the traditional florists do. They don't grow their own flowers. Or make them. But they sure make plenty of money with them.

Also, here's an introduction video on making fabric flowers:

And here are some book suggestion to explore further:



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