Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 15/10/2015 at 07:36

Keep the caffeine coming...

Starting a flower or gardening business online

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 08:48

There's a website whose name I have misplaced that allows both companies and individuals to sell their plants through this main hub: you can sell as little or much as your garden can spare and I am sure includes seeds, produce, and no doubt the possibility for cut flowers too. Are you aiming at just professionals or people like us too?

Extra sales mean extra work: why aren't you asking the florists themselves rather than us if they are interested in your idea? Is the effort to enter into your system worth the money they could be getting? Are you offering a monthly subscription (I assume, naturally that you will charge for your services but it is commonly expected to get your first month free) so if they are not happy they can leave without penalty? Or will you charge a percentage per order received? What quality control do you offer? If your name is tarnished by a company that let customers down I will not be happy if people think I'm associated with them so expect to see you managing effectively who can sign up. Will they be contracted to accept x y z amount of orders or offer your website discounts that will make their extra sales actually not worth it? Will payment be made to you and then passed onto the florist? If so what aer your payment terms? Do I get the money straight away or do you pay me monthly? Do you charge admin on top of this? How will you handle creditcard payments (especially if they bounce)? What security have you in place to protect my bank account and the details of my customers? 

Have you a catchy name that will really stick in their customers name above the already well known moonpig / interflora / etc.

Your best bet would be getting your website designed now so that people can see for themselves your idea and try it out before deciding if they want to learn more. I rarely ever give time to projects that can't produce a flashy website (password locked of course to stop the public walking in uninvited) to tempt my attention span.


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 07:59

Thanks Pat: as long as its hot and well and keeps my hands occupied so I can't throttle anyone its good for me!

Topbird: I'm not keen on these dark mornings either. It was 4'C yesterday morning and I was very keen to go back to bed and hide! Only 7'C here this morning which means the museum will be freezy cold today. Oh heated buildings I remember you fondly...


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 07:41

Morning all! Back to work today, if anyone could keep a large supply of tea handy that'd be grand!


Posted: 12/10/2015 at 11:14

Morning all! Its gloriously sunny here, I'm just waiting for it to warm up a little before I go into the garden for some pottering. It was 4'C first thing so my wormery definitely needs moving somewhere warmer before the frosts kick in.

Spent the weekend with the family: Reggie didn't get any rest with all the extra noise and confusing people and the poor thing is now snoring away while I play around with some ideas for fundraising at work.

I've now got to find funding to get the education side covered so that we can a) pay my wages (harsh but true) b) get it so that schools don't have to pay to visit us (I HATE HATE that schools have to pay to visit a museum that teaches life safety) c) have funds to actually develop projects d) maintain our education vehicle.... oh and I need to raise £2,000 for an AED to be installed on the outside of the building. Anyone know any business owners wanting to offset their tax with a donation to us? 


Have a great day everyone. I'll be out in the garden soon tidying it up for winter.


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 16:33

The sun has gone in and the temperature has plummeted.

Fairygirl: I don't mind the tidying, its good to have a excuse to have a sort out! We seem to end up keeping all kinds of rubbish that there really is no good reason not to recycle. I mean who really needs 26 little glass jars? (Don't worry I still kept 8!)


Fidgetbones - Hen party

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 16:20

KEF I thought the red bull was to be had with the full english in the morning!


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:19

Fairy: not selling. Just sorting out the mortgage. 

Jobs all sorted even got my hair cut (first time this year!) And washing now drying outside: what a nice treat! A few days ago I thought the fair weather was over.


Fidgetbones - Hen party

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:07

Has anyone seen the vodka jelly shots I was making? I've not seen since the neighbours wee lad came round to borrow some.


Oh dear.


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 09:22

Wedding cake and pork pie. That's my kind of day!


Hope you have a great time

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