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Meet Taylor Willmott of TQW Designs in Bakersfield

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Willmott.

Taylor, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I officially opened my business in 2017, but my start in this industry was far earlier. My mother was a florist for 40 years so I have been in or around the industry since inception. I spent most of my life fighting it. I went to college, I worked for ten years in other customer service industries and companies, but I always loathed working underneath/for others.

I never felt valued or taken seriously. When I moved back to California in 2017 from Chicago, I decided I would open my own business, work from home, the people closest to me agreed to support me in my endeavors. That was the beginning. Since that time I have grown A LOT. I’ve attended workshops and lectures, demos, and social events. I dove deep in self-development and learning the business side of everything. I decided early on that I would stay away from the trends and do what felt right. My designs are intricate, emotionally thought out, and aim to create impact.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Is there such thing as a smooth road? HAHA. No, my road hasn’t been smooth. Struggles range from finances to competition. This industry is very hard to navigate without stepping on someone’s toes or being gossiped about. I’ve adopted the community over collaboration to help fight the gossip and what it can do to self-worth through comparison. As long as I’m polite, honest, and walk with integrity I’m not afraid of stepping on someone’s toes. Educating clients and the community about what it takes to be a floral designer has helped tremendously with the financial end; however, I still think there is a one way to go to actually compensating floral designers accordingly. And then the very basics of being a business owner. I am every position so that gets overwhelming at times.

TQW Designs – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
TQW Designs is a custom floral design company; specializing in creating unique and interactive experiences through flowers. We don’t just sell you flowers for your wedding, we want to design an experience around your love story; incorporating special touches that make the event feel like you. We are most known for the editorial oblong bouquet and free standing installations. We are most proud of our work ethic and commitment to clients. I think what sets us apart is the willingness to experiment, to go against the grain.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Making through every event so far, still existing two years into it.

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Image Credit:
Sara M Weir. SaraWeirPhotography.

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