Carly Cylinder is a floral designer, author, and owner of a thriving flower business, Flour LA. Although a devout lover of all things floral, her dedication towards her dream wasn't always as strong. She explains how she rebuilt her company after moving across the country, how she finally convinced doubtful publishers to make her book, and why perseverance will ultimately lead you to your goal.

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1. Don't dive into something just because people say it's what you're "supposed to do." Do what makes you happy.

2. Persistence is key. Don't take no for an answer.

3. Find loyal people that you trust to work with you. Treat them well.

4. Running a business has its headaches - but it's worth the freedom.

5. Be mindful of your expenses when you first begin. Be resourceful.

6. When you've done the work, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. Fight for what you deserve.



Flour LA, Inc. website

Follow Carly on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Keep an eye out for Flower Therapy Nite (similar to Paint Nite, but with flowers)

Carly's book, The Flower Chef

Small Business Administration (SBA) & their mentorship program, SCORE

Find your way to the Flower District in NYC

Brooklyn Brainery

Agent Query - find a literary agent to help you get a publisher

Carly's articles on Huffington Post

Tim Ferriss The 4-Hour Work Week

Help A Reporter Out - for journalists and sources

Grand Central Publishing

The E-Myth

The Knot

International Flower & Garden Festival at Disney World

Orange County Fair

Carly's favorite flowers - sweet pea flowers

Cathy's favorite flowers - stargazers, hydrangeas


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