Start a Home Based Candle Business
The step by step guide to making and selling candles from home
Start a home based candle business and become part of a successful and profitable industry. Get creative and make your own candles to sell.
What start up equipment is needed?
There are a wide variety of candles you can make at home. You will need to do some research and decide which type of candles you want to make and sell. Experiment and see what type of candle you prefer to make. The type of candles you make will determine the tools you need. Some common candle making requirements are wax, wicks, stearin (an acid that improves the quality of the candle), candle molds, candle jars or containers, a thermometer, dye and fragrance additives, wick screws, mold seal, wick holders or rods, measuring equipment and a double boiler. These are all available from a large variety of suppliers and can be purchased either at a local supplier or online.
What start up costs are involved for a home based candle business?
Your initial candle making supplies - wax, wicks, dyes and fragrances, candle molds, thermometer and double boiler can be bought for a couple of hundred dollars if you start off small. Find out if your state and city require you to have a small business license to make and sell candles from home. Contact your city hall and ask to speak with a small business compliance officer or the person designated to handle queries from local businesses. You can also contact your local Small Business Administration at www.sba.gov/aboutsba/dis_offices/index.html to find out the rules and regulations you must follow to start a candle home business including business registration and obtaining a business license in your area.
What skills and abilities are needed?
Learning how to make candles is really a matter of just doing it and practising to see what works best for you. You can attend candle-making classes at craft workshops but the best experience is to simply make candles and keep trying different methods and designs. This is a home business where practice really does make perfect! It does help to have the following skills:
Advantages of a home based candle business
Disadvantages of a home based candle business
Nearly everybody loves candles. It is not difficult to make candles and you can sell several different types of candle. Starting a home based candle business is a creative, artistic and fun way of making money from home.
Tips and advice for a candle home business at Make Your Own Candles
Your step by step guide to candle making at How to Make a Candle
What can you sell your candles for? Find out at Start your own Candle Making
How to market your candles successfully at Selling Candles
Are you interested in the candle retail sales business? Find out more at Candle Home Business
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