?For a very long time now, balloons and flowers have been synonymous with celebrations and functions. Balloon and flower bouquets are used extensively as decorative pieces and also as gifts. Right from the common man on the street to corporations, all events and functions are marked by beautiful and vibrant flowers and balloons. And because of this popularity, the balloon and flower business is thriving today. Low set up costs and an ever growing demand for both balloons and flowers at almost all kinds of functions and festivities makes this business just right for anyone with a creative streak. So if you have been dilly dallying with the idea of starting your own business and you think you would love being creative with balloons and flowers then you might just qualify for this business. Be it the flower decoration business or the balloon business, before you go ahead and take the plunge you should familiarize yourself with both the creative and the business aspects of setting up and running a business. You have to resign yourself to the fact that running a business takes requires both business acumen and good organizational skills when it comes to both your time and resources. To give you a heads up, let us consider both business ideas a little more closely. Balloon bouquet business When setting up your balloon bouquet business there are really two simple things that you should consider. What are your startup costs and what equipment and resources will you require. The good news is that in this business your startup costs are relatively low. Most of your investment will go towards assembling basic equipment and towards marketing and advertising for your business. The rest will go towards procuring basic office stationary, phone and answering machine, computer and fax lines for your business. So what can you expect to make? Well depending on the kind of design and creativity involved, you can charge anything from $20 to $100 and upwards for a simple balloon bouquet while a wedding ceremony can fetch you earnings of $500 (minimum) and upwards. Flower bouquet business Floral decorations and bouquets have become so popular that people spend anything from $800 to $1000 and upwards at functions such as weddings. Businesses and corporations too spend lavishly on floral decorations. So extensive is this market that even with limited clients you can expect to break even within the first month or two. The floral business also offers specialization streams. So for example you can choose to specialize in any one of the following - · Wedding business. · Family events and functions (funerals, christening, baby showers etc.) · Commercial or business events. · Retail florist shop · Home floral/home decoration business. Again sitting in the category of relatively low start up costs, you can start your home based floral business in under $2000. Of course this is an estimate. Most of your investment will go into the following: · Equipment · Transportation · Licensing/permits · Operating location · Working capital · Marketing and advertising costs. In addition to all of the above, most importantly what you are willing to spend and invest by way of time and effort is what will determine how well you can shape up your business. Bizymoms has been helping women start work at home businesses for over 10 years. Their Balloon and Flower Bouquet Home Business Start up Kit includes everything you need to start your Balloon and Flower Bouquet Business.