So what do you need to know to start your own candle making business? This is a question that I get a lot and it has both a simple and a complex answer. The truth is that starting your own business is tough, however, when it comes to crafts like soap or candle making or even knitting or quilt making, it can be easier than other options that require less skill and are not as practical or personal.
There are a few simple things that need to be considered when you are thinking about starting your own candle making business, the first of which is to honestly answer the following question, “How much do I enjoy making candles?” You need to make sure that you enjoy making candles enough to run your own business, if you begin making a lot of candles and find it to be boring and no longer enjoyable, then it is time to reconsider making it a full time job. Now this is not to say that there is not going to be times when you are not enjoying it, but if these feelings start as you begin to up the production of candles then you may want to stop.
Another thing to consider when starting your own candle making business is that you need to start slow in order to make sure that the candles that you make are even worth selling. They need to be of decent quality and come at a fair price. How do you know if your candles are worth the time and energy that comes with running your own candle making business? Start by hosting a small party, invite all of your friends and family, as many people as you possibly can. Make sure that there is good food at the party, some nice music, and a lot of comfortable places to sit and talk.
When your guests arrive at the party give each of them a card with questions about the candles, questions like:
“What do you think about the quality of the candles?”
“What do you think about the fragrances of the candles?”
“How much would you willingly pay for the candles?”
Think of some more questions that have to do with the candles you have made. Make sure to tell your guests that they should not put their names on the card and to be honest with their opinions, also, ask for any specific suggestions. Have a basket prepared and let everyone place there cards in the basket when they are done. Make sure you give everyone some candles before they leave.
When everyone is gone take the time to read everything that all of your guests had to say on the cards. Take the time to improve your candles and evaluate the suggestions of your friends and family members. When your candles are new and improved host another party and this time explain that you will be selling the candles. Make it like a Tupperware party, where people can come and enjoy the party and also buy some candles. If the party is a success then begin to start selling the candles on websites on the internet, also start selling them at arts and crafts fairs.
These are the first steps to starting your own candle making business. Once the candles are doing well at fairs and online, you can start your own website that sells them, create a brand and really advertise your candles. Once the website is doing well then you can always get an actual store front or get a cart at the mall, the choice is yours. Remember that when you are starting your own candle making business that you should have fun but remember to take it slow and do not quit your day job until you have a decent amount of income coming in.