12 Secrets For Starting A Successful Candle Business

Want to start your own candle business? Here are 12 tips you should know.
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We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a candle business:

#1: DShawn Russell, founder of Southern Elegance Candle Company:

We chatted with with DShawn, founder of Southern Elegance Candle Company ($100K/month). In our interview, DShawn says:

Choose your partners carefully and trust your gut. I made very bad decisions by going against what I thought I should do and listening to “experts” and lost a ton of money.

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If a mistake has to be made, do it early and cheaply. I’m glad I made mistakes while small and it wasn’t too disastrous.

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#2: Adam James, founder of Vintage Vegan Candle Co:

We chatted with with Adam, founder of Vintage Vegan Candle Co ($1.8K/month). In our interview, Adam says:

The only way to become better is to make mistakes, so allow time for these to happen and do not be hard on yourself.

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#3: Elise Phillips, founder of Coco & Bubbles:

We chatted with with Elise, founder of Coco & Bubbles ($14K/month). In our interview, Elise says:

If you’re manufacturing your own product, source all of your materials directly from the manufacturer once you’re past the “prototype” and “proof of concept phase”. I cannot state enough what a game-changer this was for my business.

Additionally:

You don’t have to start from scratch when you’re starting your business. No reason to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have too. If you lack the specialized knowledge or you’re struggling to come up with a viable business idea, you can always buy someone else’s business!

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#4: Kevin Gillespie, founder of Headline Solar:

We chatted with with Kevin, founder of Headline Solar ($500K/month). In our interview, Kevin says:

In order to provide the best product - we had to do it ourselves.

Additionally:

If you fail, don’t give up and never stop moving forward - you’re going to make a ton of mistakes and learn from them. Each mistake is one step closer to being successful.

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#5: Dianna Allen, founder of TERRA:

We chatted with with Dianna, founder of TERRA ($2.5K/month). In our interview, Dianna says:

From December 23 to January 22 (my 30 days), I received a total of 9 pre-orders. $180. I did it. I created my business with less than $100 and made it all back within 30 days.

Additionally:

I think the best decision I’ve made was pitching to larger companies to carry my products.

Further:

Each milestone is worth celebrating, fall in love with them, and take the time to truly acknowledge how far you’ve come. Whether it’s that first $100 or $10,000.

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#6: Brittany Taylor, founder of Black Luxe Candle Co.:

We chatted with with Brittany, founder of Black Luxe Candle Co. ($3.5K/month). In our interview, Brittany says:

Don’t be afraid to be yourself people will resonate with you, and if they don’t that’s okay too!

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#7: DShawn Russell, founder of Southern Elegance Candle Company:

We chatted with with DShawn, founder of Southern Elegance Candle Company ($100K/month). In our interview, DShawn says:

Be smart with how you handle finances, and commit to making wise, forward-thinking decisions.

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