Candle Making as a Home Business
From Novice to Seasoned Chandler
Long before the electric lamp, candles lit the world and everyone knew if there was a faint light in the distance it was because someone had fashioned a candle and used it to light their home after dark. This was not a luxury – it was a necessity.
Candle making can be as simple or as complex as you like. Today there are colored and scented candles, all in various shapes. These can be made rather inexpensively with a few supplies and the best part is its fun to learn and not at all difficult.
If you intend this to be more than a hobby and make it your home business, be assured there is a demand for candles; they make cool gifts for birthdays, weddings, and Christmas. Candle-making can be a time consuming affair of course, but like any other home business you should first decide what type of candle you would like to make; votives, pillars, jar candles, or tapers.
There are three types of wax you can use, soy wax, beeswax and paraffin. Paraffin wax is the oldest wax used for many years. Some people today prefer Soy wax because it is easy to use, is not made from petroleum, and not nearly as expensive as beeswax.
The biggest concern with candle-making is the safety aspect, particularly concerning the melting of the wax. It seems to be the one thing that forbids some to avoid this line of business… and it needn’t be so with a few precautions. First and foremost: a Fire extinguisher close at hand.
As an entrepreneur, I am a firm believer of being your own CEO. Candle making is a business you can operate with a minimum of help but as with any home business, you should not start making candles tomorrow and hope they will flock to your business; money in hand – it takes common sense preparation to be successful, and I’m going to help you do that.
It would be impossible to cover all of this in one Article. I’m sure you would like to know how to buy your supplies wholesale, how to design and print your own labels, what basic utensils you will need to begin your business, some marketing techniques, deciding to sell on or off-line, payment options for customers, and not the least of which… learning the laws for selling candles in the US.
You see, there is a lot to think about when deciding to begin candle making as your home business. When used safely however, the twinkling candlelight combined with elegant colors and fragrances provide a great sensory experience. But these lovely works of art are potential health and safety hazards that should be considered at all times.
I will be writing numerous Articles on candle making as a business over the next few days and weeks. Read as many as you can for the advantage it will offer you as a professional Chandler and entrepreneur. Meanwhile search through YouTube videos and watch some simple instructions on how others are making candles; I found some of these quite interesting.
Esther Smith, author
Smith has written numerous entrepreneur articles from product selection to marketing its sale and everything in between.
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