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Becoming a licensed florist in the sunny state of Florida can be pretty exciting. It allows you to work with clients who may need designs for their significant others but also may include big business ventures as designing all the floral arrangements for weddings or other extravagant events. But becoming a florist in the Sunshine State requires training and licenses. It also includes paying fees and tuition costs.
Get training. Costs for floral design classes in Florida are $1200. You will also have a registration fee. Classes last 3 weeks. For application to enroll see the South Florida School of Floral Design website (see Resource 1).
Obtain a limited liability corporation, or LLC, business license. You can order this online at the Incorporate website. Costs range from $99 to $515 (see Resources 2). Filing for a LLC instead of a doing business as, or DBA license, will protect your assets in cases of legal or financial issues or legal action taken against you or your business.
Obtain a seller's permit. This will allow you to sell your products to the public. You can obtain this permit through the LegalZoom website for $35 (see Resource 3).