You love candles. You love them so much that you think you want to start a business making them. They are fun to make, it’s true! And it’s so lovely to have your house constantly be filled with those wonderful, delightful fragrances!
I myself, did not realize all the work that goes into a soy candle business, or any candle business for that matter, because you soon realize that it is not just about making the candles. I don’t want to discourage you. No. Because a soy candle making business can be a nice profitable home business for you! But I want to make sure you realize all that goes into it, because if you are just starting out, or just thinking about starting, then you don’t know all the work that goes into candle making and marketing and selling.
This is the reason I decided to close my business after 4 years. If I didn’t have kids I may have stuck with it, but the fact that I have 3 boys (I only had 2 when I first started my soy candle business) and was working my business and trying to homeschool, and on top of that, living in a small home, I had to make a choice on what my priorities were and I decided I wasn’t enjoying the whole candle business all that much anymore even though business kept growing, so I closed the doors. In fact it was because of the growing customers that I decided to call it quits. The more customers the more busy it got and I didn’t have anyone to help me with it all!
That does not mean that you can’t do it, and enjoy it though! Everyone is different and this business can work for you!
Below is a rundown of all the things involved with making, marketing, and selling soy candles. If you can outsource a few of these things, it will make your business so much less stressful and you can focus more on your candle making!
- Making soy candles from scratch (melting wax, preparing containers, placing wicks, cooling time, thinking up new fragrances, testing, testing,testing, cleaning up your mess, cleaning your tools)
- Ordering supplies
- Putting on tags and warning labels and any other decorations
- Packaging your soy candles (mainly votives, tarts and tealights)
- Packaging for shipping
- Printing shipping labels
- Creating and maintaining a website
- Answering questions
- Marketing your business whether online or offline
- Preparing for and traveling to craft shows
- Did I mention maintaining your website?? 😉
- Doing taxes……
- Thinking and thinking and thinking about this, that and everything to do with soy candles!
Now, like I said, if you can afford to pay someone to do some of those things above, or you have a partner to help, a good size kitchen(better yet a separate area to work), then you will probably have a much easier time of it!
I know I might have caused some doubt in your mind of whether you want to even try this business, but really, you won’t know until you try. I loved it the first 2 years, it’s just that I had so many other things I was trying to do too, so the candle business just didn’t end up fitting with the lifestyle I wanted.
But I hope I’ve made you seriously consider some things and if you think you want to give it a go, then go for it! Procrastinating will get you nowhere, and, like I said, you won’t know until you try!
Until next time,
What if you had a tool that could help you get started making soy candles for your business right now?
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