Posted by Bryan on 7/24/2013
Candle making is a rewarding business. Whether you have years of experience with candle making or you are just beginning to learn, candle making is a fun and easy craft. While pouring candles can be tedious, pride in the end result makes the patience it requires well worth the effort. If you are a candle novice, it is best to start by deciding what type of candles you want to make and purchasing supplies to learn the craft.
Types of candles to consider are jar candles, votive candles, pillar candles, and/or novelty candles. Candles are usually colored and scented as well. Choosing the type of wax to use is the next consideration. Soy, Beeswax and Paraffin wax are the most often used waxes. Soy wax is popular, long burning and natural. It holds scent well and is best suited for making jar candles. Soy wax is more expensive than paraffin wax and does not hold its shape as well. Paraffin is made from an oil base and can be harmful to people who have asthma or other breathing problems. Paraffin is used to make pillar candles which do not have the support of a container. Paraffin wax is often used for container candles as well. While paraffin wax is less expensive, it takes more fragrance to reach the same level of smell as a soy candle and fragrance is quite expensive. Some candle makers combine paraffin and soy waxes. You will learn what you prefer as you experiment on your own candles.
After deciding what kind of candles to make and what wax to use, purchase supplies and practice until your candles are turn out perfectly on a consistent basis. There are many tricks and tips you will learn along the way. There are many factors that affect the making of candles and you will succeed by trial and error.
Once these steps have been followed and you are ready to begin making candles to sell, whether to friends, online, at craft fairs or in your own store, you will need to look into business and tax requirements. Contact your local tax office to apply for a sales tax permit. Set up banking accounts and locate software to track your sales and shipping information. Research marketing options and consider hiring help for the aspects of the business that you enjoy the least. Good luck in your new endeavor!