Making Money from Your Favorite Hobby-Candle Making
Experienced candle makers will tell you that there is a lot of fun to be had in making
candles. Once you have perfected your basic technique, you can make truly beautiful,
high-quality candles, that you can keep, give away as gifts, or sell for a profit. Just
because you know how to make candles doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to turn
your hobby into a profitable business, there is more to it than that. Before you give up
your day job, you should take the time to learn about marketing, purchasing supplies at
the lowest possible cost, customer service tactics (as your customers are your business),
and learning how much you should charge for your candles. If you set your price too
high, no one will buy them, if you don’t charge enough, you won’t be able to recoup your
costs, and won’t earn a profit.
Candles are very popular as of late, particularly decorative and scented candles, so you
shouldn’t have any problems finding a target market for your candles. The thing you have
to do is let people know that you make candles and have them for sale. If you don’t
advertise, no one will ever know that your business exists. You will need to determine
how you want to sell your candles, out of your home, from a brick and mortar store, mail
order, online through a website, E-bay, etc. Once you have decided where you want to
sell your candles, you have to get the word out about them. If you prefer to sell out of
your home only in your local area, you can advertise in your local newspapers, or send
out fliers with special offers. You could also get online and find out about craft and trade
shows, and send in applications to them, so that you can take your candles there and sell
them to the people visiting the shows. There really is a lot of money to be made on the
Internet, so you should really consider this avenue as well.
If you do decide to sell your candles online, you will need to learn about online
advertising. There are many ways that you can advertise your business online yourself, or
you can pay someone to do it for you, but be forewarned, it can be expensive. You could
develop your own website, and then join traffic exchanges to get customers to your site.
Or, you could join a web hosting company, where you pay a monthly fee, and they help
you develop your site, setup payment options, and provide hosting, usually for a nominal
You may also choose to sell your candles on the many auction sites online, the most
popular of course being E-bay. You will need to take good pictures of your candles, and
write some good descriptions of them. Once you build up your reputation, you will really
start seeing the orders roll in.
If you want to be successful, you have to learn how to set your prices. You have to make
enough money to cover the cost of your supplies, internet fees, etc., plus turn some sort of
profit for yourself. There is a delicate balance that you must find, and it make be a trial
and error process.
Once you iron out all the kinks, with pricing, advertising, etc., you just need to make
certain that you provide high-quality products and that you are focused on serving your
customers. This will be the key to your business, and once you master this, you stand to
have a long-term business that will make you a nice yearly income, all from doing
something that you love.