Welcome to post number two of the business on a budget series. If like me you’re interested in getting the most out of your hobby but can’t commit a lot of funds to it, putting yourself forward for work experience in your free time can be really rewarding.
This year my plan is to get as much work experience in the floristry industry as possible, while still holding down my full time job. I decided at the start of the year to do as much extra work on a weekend as I could, and also allocate 50% of my annual leave to helping with weddings and taking on work experience.
I book on to courses when I can as I find these really helpful, but there’s only so much money I can spend on them. Balancing these with working for free, which simply costs me time and a bit of money in travel, has been working out really well so far.
I’ve found networking to have some really great results. I’m part of a florists group on Facebook and decided to put myself out there and just see what could come of it. Within minutes of posting the below in the group I had been offered a handful of work experience days with some amazing Yorkshire-based florists.
There’s the traditional CV route but I decided to use social media to my advantage. A CV doesn’t always get your personality across, and in such a creative industry I thought a social media post with a bit of humour might go down well!
My first bit of work experience was today working under Caroline (of Floral Design by Caroline), helping her prep for a wedding at Rudding Park in Harrogate. I of course immediately took her up on the offer and it was the most incredible day.
Caroline is really talented at what she does. She’s got a eye for what works and I’m always in awe of her lovely creations. You can read more about her story in my interview with her here.
I learnt so much from working with Caroline for just one day and it’s lovely to be able to work with someone else when the opportunity arises. Starting up a business can sometimes mean a lot of time spent alone, so it’s fab to get the chance to work alongside others every so often.
Caroline taught me some great techniques, which I’ll be able to put into practice for my own wedding bookings. From tips on how to get roses to open up a little to using different levels in arrangements, I can’t believe how much I took away from just a few hours with her.
I can’t wait to work with Caroline again in the future and I’m really looking forward to my next sessions with other local florists.
Starting out in a new field can be a bit daunting but you’re never too old for work experience, and it can be so unbelievably valuable. I couldn’t recommend it more.