Teen florist discovers business start-up success with high-end floral arrangements

University School sophomore cases in with artistry

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio - Will Lynch isn't like most 16 year olds. Instead of a June concern that summer vacation may eventually wane into a time of impending boredom, Lynch's concern lies with how many hours in the day he and his 8-person staff can keep up with his growing floral business, Lynch Design, Inc.

"I've always been into doing things and doing things the right way, and the real way. So when I got into this I wanted to get into it and do it right," said Lynch.

Part of University School's entrepreneur program, Lynch took his passionate eye for putting together unique floral arrangements to the task of creating a business.

Lynch soon found out that the floral business is one that is very competitive, fraught with the need for licenses just to purchase wholesale flowers. He found himself not only acquiring a vendors license, but also incorporating his business.

Lynch buys many of his flowers locally, but his now growing, high-end clientele necessitated shipments of top quality flowers from Holland for large events.

"Today, most of my flowers are from Ecuador that we bought locally from a wholesaler," said Lynch.

Running like a finely tuned machine Lynch and fellow students hired from University School's student body are led by Lynch, his techniques and his own designs. But It wasn't always easy.

"I started by putting little arrangements in local businesses with my business cards next to them, and it grew from there. I got a lot of calls from people who really liked them and wanted to try us out. It was a lot of trial and error, learning from my mistakes," added Lynch.

Gaining trust in such a young business owner by his clients has been Lynch's largest hurdle to overcome. He only just recently turned 16, but his work speaks for itself.

"Feedback has been great. I have a lot of great customers," said Lynch.

Only entering his junior year next fall, Lynch was asked what his college plans are, since most juniors are planning their college visit trips instead of busily running a business. His answer was a firm, "I have no clue."

With a business career in full swing, it must be difficult for a 16-year-old to go into a college search with the intent of finding one's future answers when it seems to be falling into place before one's eyes.

"I guess I'm going to go. Kind of have to, I guess. It might be nice to go somewhere local so I can keep doing this and keep growing and then after college see what happens," said Lynch.

Learning tricks to his trade on YouTube as he grew up, Lynch eventually signed up for a week-long session in 2013 at the Flowerschool in New York. Easily the youngest student there at the time, he impressed many with his talents and drive.

"I learned how to talk to people, stuff like taxes. I learned that with everything, you learn and you grow," said Lynch.

Booked by businesses, schools, and private fans, Lynch has been able to balance his business and his school work. Handling a summer without an occasional day off, may prove to be the most difficult work of all.

For information go to: the Lynch Design, Inc. website  or call 216-956-7504.

 

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