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Starting a candle business can be hard work but it is rewarding in the end if you stick with it. I have started a candle business in the past so when I tell you how to start a candle business from home, I’m completely speaking from my own personal experience. I can’t speak for what anyone else is doing but if you want to know how I started my candle business then keep reading.
Should I Start a Candle Business?
No one else can answer this question for you. It depends on what you think and decide. I’ll be the first to say that starting a candle business is not for everyone. It’s just not. Hard work and effort is what it requires to be a successful candle maker.
It is not as simple as buying some supplies, mixing up some stuff, smacking a label on it and the money starts rolling in. There is a whole lot of in-between. There are so many levels to this.
You have to do the research for yourself and then decide if it is for you or not. I’m not going to be that person that says anyone can start a candle business because it’s just not true.
I have started a candle business and I know the ropes to it but guess what? I don’t have that candle business anymore and it is not because I failed. It is simply because this was not for me.
So my aim today is to teach you the ropes and tell you exactly how to start a candle business from home. But I am not here to tell you whether you need to start a candle business or not. That is for you to decide and I’m going to leave it at that.
Why Should I Start a Homemade Candle Business?
If you are unsure why you should start a homemade candle business, there are a few good reasons I can think of.
When you do it right and understand how to properly market your candle business, you can make some great income from owning your own candle business.
You do have to set the correct prices and make sure your candles are high-quality before selling them to your customers. Because what will happen if you are selling poor quality candles is the money will be hindered.
Customers will want refunds and it will be a whole mess. You’ll lose more money than you actually make. I’m tryna tell you.
Something to Call Your Own
If you’ve never owned a business before then you probably do not know how rewarding it feels. Let me tell you, it’s not all butterflies and cotton candy. But owning your own business can be a great feeling.
Sometimes just having something to call your own is an amazing feeling.
One of the greatest things about being your own boss is that you can ultimately choose when, where and how much you work.
If you want to work work on the beach with your hotspot connected to your laptop you can do that. But if you decide that you don’t want to work during your vacation, all you have to do is send an away announcement and then enjoy your vacation.
Some people work on their business constantly, I’m one of them people. I work on my business 7 days a week for several hours out of the day. But I’m at a fragile point in my business and I’m really just tryna secure the bag.
So I feel like it is necessary for me to work a little more than what some people do. But this is a lot of people’s reality. See some people think owning your own business means you don’t have to work as much and you can take off whenever you feel like it.
This is true to a certain extent but you are the boss and you can decide when and how you work on your business. Just remember you get out what you put in. But you shouldn’t work until you start to experience burn out.
If you think taking the weekends off is better for you rather than taking breaks during the week then that is what you should do. Personally, I’m planning on taking the weekends to just relax and enjoy myself rather than working around the clock the way I already do.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying if you love candles you should go start a candle business. However, if you love burning candles but hate the ingredients that some of the popular candle companies use then it may be best to make your own candles.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start an entire candle business but you could consider making a few of your own candles.
If creating things is right up your alley then you are going to love creating candles. You probably need to at least be somewhat good at math, numbers, and creating formulas because it is a lot of that when it comes to creating candles from scratch.
However, once you get the hang of everything, creating candles at home can be therapeutic for you. If you suffer from anxiety then this can be very calming and relieve stress.
Is Starting a Candle Business Profitable?
Yes, starting a candle business is profitable. No doubt about it. But you have to have all the right moving pieces in order for your candle business to be successful and profitable.
What Should I Know Before Starting a Candle Business?
Before starting a candle business there are quite a few things you should know.
Now I’ve said a lot about starting a candle business but don’t think any of this is going to be easy. Because its not. Let me tell you.
Starting a candle business and growing it into a successful candle business is HARD WORK. I’m not even kidding. I can’t think of an easy moment I had when starting my candle business.
Even picking out what fragrances I wanted to use for my candles or the jars I wanted to make them in was hard work. Maybe it didn’t have to be but it was sho’ nuff difficult.
And even if you think that you aren’t a problematic person, you will run into issues with owning your own candle business.
There is so much to be considered and taken into consideration. Choosing the right wick for your candle is going to drive you crazy. But I’m not trying to scare you at all. I just want to be as transparent as possible.
I can go on and on about how hard it is to run a candle business but neither one of us has that kind of time, so we’ll move on.
You Get Out What You Put In
If you want a successful candle business then you have to put forth your best effort. You can’t neglect your business and think it is going to flourish.
Think of your candle business like you would a baby. It needs a lot of TLC (tender love and care). It also needs a ton of attention.
You have to treat your candle business as such. If you hope to ever make money from your candle business then you have to view it as a business and treat it this way.
It is so true that you get out what you put in. Nothing more, nothing less.
Having a business is not easy and it is going to require a lot of you. However, don’t let this stop you from starting your candle business.
I truly believe you can do anything you put your mind to. But you have to put in the work from the very beginning. Things aren’t going to come easy. Nothing will be given to you. But you can do it!
Patience is Required
Yes, having patience is the main difference between having a successful business and having a failed business.
As humans, we want to rush everything. We think things should move really fast and soon as we make a post on social media about our business the customers should come running to buy from us.
However, it is not that simple.
Like I said earlier, a business is hard work and it is definitely going to require patience on your part.
And you don’t just need any amount of patience but you need a lot of patience.
If you choose to be impatient and try to rush everything, nothing is going to go as planner or work out for that matter.
Patience is not optional. You need to be patient and wait your turn. You’re up next!
What Do I Need to Legalize My Candle Business From Home?
Starting a candle business from home is a lot. There are things you need that you didn’t even know you needed.
So let’s jump right into it.
The very first step for starting a successful candle business is to legalize your business. This should always be your first step when it comes to any business.
While some people like to try the business first, see if they are going to stick with it before they go through the steps of legalizing. I’m not going to encourage this or say it is okay.
I would say do a ton of research and start creating your candles before you legalize if that is the issue you are facing. However, do not, I repeat, do not start actually making sales and sending out products before legalizing.
And before you even start purchasing things, if you plan to run your business out of your home, check to see what city permits and licenses you need.
There are a few things you will need when legalizing your business.
Register Business Entity
Let me start by saying that all of this is my own personal experience with starting a candle business. What my state and city requires may be different from what you state and city requires. If you have any questions, contact an attorney in your state.
What I mean by registering a business entity is that you need to decide if you want to start a sole proprietorship or a single-member LLC or even a partnership.
Which one you choose is up to you. But if you have absolutely no idea which one is best for you, do your research and consult an attorney.
Just to give you an idea of what I did. Usually when I start a business I almost always start an LLC (Limited Liability Company). There are good reasons why I do this and although I won’t go into that here, a LLC can serve as a protection.
Obtain an EIN
An EIN is an Employer Identification Number. This number is like a social security number for your business.
When you sign up for different accounts in your business name you will be asked for your EIN almost always.
Also like a SS# and EIN is 9 digits. Your EIN will serve a great purpose, especially if you are trying to build business credit.
Get Permits and Licenses
You will likely need some permits and licenses when starting your business. Maybe you don’t but don’t just assume that you have everything. Check with someone at your mayor’s office or code enforcement office about what permits and licenses you need to run a business from your home.
Create a Business Plan
I didn’t know this at first nor did I do this with my first business. However, after a lot of trial and error I now realize I definitely needed a business plan. If you aren’t sure how to create one yourself, there are a ton of resources to help you.
You could watch some YouTube videos on what should be included in a business plan and how to put together one of your own. Let me warn you though, I tried to put one together on my own and it didn’t go too well.
And it is not simply that I could not do it. I did something but I just didn’t feel confident that I was including everything that needed to be included and in the right way.
You could try to do your business plan yourself but unless you have some experience in doing this type of work, I would just hire someone to do it.
The business plan is very important to your business. It can help you to get funding for your business and can come in handy for other things related to your business.
You may think you don’t really need it and it is something you can do without. But if you have any plans for obtaining funding then you definitely need a business plan that is properly written.
What Do I Need to Start Making Candles From Home?
This is the point where you can finally start buying inventory. But before you go out and buy up everything you see related to candle making, let me provide some guidance. I want to help you make an informed decision so you aren’t spending crazy amounts of money on things you really don’t need.
You can purchase these things in any order. I’m just going to lay out the things that you’ll need to get started making candles from home. What order you purchase these things in is completely up to you.
One of the most important things you can buy is candle wax. Because you obviously need wax to create your candles. What kind of wax you choose is up to you. This is where a lot of debates take place.
Some people hate certain waxes because they say they are dangerous to breathe in. While others say they use and love those same waxes. So I’m not going to tell you what kind to use. There are some that burn cleaner than others. Some hold a hot throw and a cold throw better than other waxes. There are waxes that can take a higher fragrance load than others.
Do your research. That is what I’m going to say. The wax that I used to make my candles and that I really loved was the Beeswax CoCo Creme from Makesy (formerly Wooden Wick Co). This wax could handle a large fragrance load, it burned clean for the most part, and it was decent to work with.
I loved this wax but you may hate it so I recommend ordering a small amount at first of whichever wax you choose. Make a few candles with it and determine if this is the wax for you. If you can see yourself sticking with this wax then buy more but if not, move on to the next one. Repeating the same process.
You definitely need jars to put your candles in. First, you want to decide what kind of jars you want. If this is more of a fun and laid back candle business or candle line then you may want colored jars. You can find some really cool and colorful jars on Sixteen Seventeen Candle Supplies website. I bought a ton of jars from this site and I loved them. They were great quality and so beautiful. The great thing about these jars is that they can pass for fun and laid back jars or for luxurious vessels. They have something for everyone.
Maybe you want more of a luxury candle line. In this case, you should consider luxurious, upscale vessels. See how I changed the name there. Because with luxury comes luxurious titles, right? You can find these luxurious vessels on Dream Vessels website. Dream Vessels also has some beautiful vessels and they are good quality.
Now, you could probably get fragrances from a lot of different places but I don’t recommend this. What I do recommend is doing your research and getting fragrances that are great for candles.
Personally, some of my fragrances were made specifically for candles while some of my other fragrances were actual body fragrances. I never had any problems or noticed a difference. However, you should make sure the fragrances can withstand extreme levels of heat and won’t become flammable.
Like I said I’ve never had an issue but you have to do your own research. What works for me, may not work for you and vice versa.
One site I recommend for getting great fragrances is Nature’s Garden Candles. They have some very popular scents as well as unique scents that will make your candles stand out. The scents are listed in an organized manner and they even have a section with the Top Candle Scents.
Wicks & Wick Trimmer
You can find wicks on Amazon.com and this is where a lot of people go wrong. I’m throwing no shade to Amazon because I love this site and I buy a lot of things on there.
But let’s be honest, I do not recommend buying your candle wicks from here because I have seen so many bad reviews about these wicks causing soot and mushrooming.
This can happen to any wick, true. But Amazon wicks are a gamble if you ask me. If you are someone who uses these wicks by all means keep using them.
The wicks that I’ve used and recommend are Makesy, Candle Science and Sixteen Seventeen. You can’t go wrong with either one of these companies. They know what they are doing when it comes to candle making and supplies.
This is simple. Now is the time you want to go to Amazon. Search for a kitchen scale. You want a scale that can weigh in ounces, pounds, and millimeters or something similar.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or too expensive. You probably can find a decent kitchen scale to get the job done between $20-$45. I wouldn’t pay much more than that.
This will be used to weigh out your fragrances and wax.
Cups for Measuring
You should buy some disposable mini plastic cups or measuring cups for your fragrances. Do not get foam cups because the oils will eat through them and you will have a big mess to clean up. Trust me on this one.
You will need melting pots to obviously melt your wax, especially if you want to do the double boiler method. Or you may just want to use your melting pot to pour the already melted wax into and then pour the wax into the jars. You can get melting pots for candle making on Amazon.
While not necessary, a wax melter is a very helpful piece of equipment. It can help you to melt a large amount of wax at one time and you can fill more candles. The wax melter was the best thing that could have happened to my candle business. It made the process so much smoother and easier.
You can find a wax melter on Amazon or Etsy. I got mine from Etsy and it was larger and held a lot more wax than what I was actually melting. If you don’t plan to melt a lot of wax at one time and you are on a tight budget, then you can simply buy the wax melter that is on Amazon.
There may be a few other things that you need but this sums up the most important things. The rest of the items you need are miscellaneous and depends on your needs personally.
What Do I Need to Pack and Ship My Candles?
So once you have made your candles and tested them 1,000 times. Not literally but you should be testing a lot before you ever sell even one candle.
Testing is vital. Now that you have ready to ship candles you are going to need some things.
You will need a shipping scale. This scale will help you weigh your packages so that you can enter the weights and be charged correctly for shipping the items.
A shipping scale will make things so much easier. I kid you not. All you have to do is put the product on the scale and it will weigh it for you. Then you can enter this information into your shipping partner and get a label to print out.
You will need boxes for your candles. The boxes should be sturdy and the right size. The candle, if it is just one or three, should fit in the box with only a small amount of room. You want to fill the extra space with packing peanuts and paper to keep the candles from rolling around and breaking during transit.
You definitely want to purchase some fragile stickers. The delivery people can be rough with packages and although they still may be rough, at least you took the proper precautions to keep your products safe.
A thermal printer is great for printing shipping labels and saving on ink. However, you do not have to use a thermal printer.
An inkjet printer will work just as well. I just say a thermal printer because I use an inkjet printer and I hate how fast the ink runs out. If you aren’t going to be printing a lot, an inkjet printer may work well for you. You will need to purchase shipping labels from Avery if using an inkjet printer.
If you are using a thermal printer you’ll want to buy the right size labels from Amazon or wherever you purchase your thermal printer from.
You are going to need labels for your candles. You will need a front label with the name of the scent, the weight of the candle, burn time (optional). On the back you should include ingredients (0r you can include it on the front if you have space) and you want to include a candle warning and burning hazard notice, along with your address, company name, and phone number.
This information is not optional, it has to be included on your candles somewhere. It really doesn’t matter if it is the front or back or even the bottom of the candle jar. Just make sure you don’t forget to include this information.
If you aren’t comfortable including your home address on your products, then you can purchase a virtual address online. Just type it into Google and results will come up. Again, do your research.
You may want to create your own labels. If so, you are going to need a software or website to create those labels with. Canva has a free plan that you can use to create labels. If you need pro features when creating your labels you can get a Canva Pro plan.
The other shipping supplies you are going to need to pack and ship your candles are:
- Bubble wrap
- Packaging tape
- Packing peanuts
Get a website. The only way you may not need a website is if you plan to sell by word of mouth to people locally. But at the same time, you still need a website if you want to reach more people locally or nationally even.
A website is going to be one of the best ways to promote your candle business or any business for that matter. Think about it, if all social media was to be shut down, what would you have left? Only your website. So don’t take this tool or asset for granted.
You need a website. This is not optional in my opinion. I have went without a website before and I have had a website so I realize the importance of having a great eye-catching website.
Starting a successful candle business from home is not easy but it is worth it in the end. This has turned out to be an ultimate guide for starting a successful candle business from home.
I have included everything I could think of to help you jumpstart your candle business from home.
What was your favorite point in this article? Let me know in the comments down below.