Hello everyone. 🙂 I haven’t been on Pinterest much in the past week, so I’ve decided to update you guys on how my business plans are going.
Surprisingly I’ve come quite a long way since I last posted something business related (see: The Frustrations of Living in a Small Town). I’ve found what my business will focus on, and what my mission will be. I now have a name I plan on using, and a logo to go with it. And what’s more, I’m currently working on my product line. Oh, and did I mention that I’ve even been working on the labels for all of my products? Yes ma’am, I’ve been a very busy little geek lately. 🙂
For those that don’t know, I have a four-year-old Boxer named Harli. There isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t make me laugh with her crazy antics (Boxer parents will understand lol). I also have a strong passion for helping animals, specifically those that are abused and in animal shelters. I knew from the start that I wanted my business to have something to do with Harli, and helping animals. But for the longest time I didn’t know how to combine that passion with my candles.
Then, sometime last month, I was slapped in the face with the answer:
Donate a portion of the money to the ASPCA
Talk about a “Eureka” moment. So, I’ve decided that $1 USD of every candle bought will be donated to the ASPCA to help animals in need. The more a person buys, the more they help. I’m very pleased with myself for coming to this conclusion. 🙂 Because the next step would be to finally be able to work on a name and logo. For now I won’t disclose these things, just because I want to keep it a secret until I’m ready to open up shop.
Speaking of which, I’ve also been researching different online marketplaces to sell my candles. Obviously there’s Etsy, but it never hurts to look around some more before committing. I found one place called StorEnvy, and it looks quite interesting (what’s more, it’s 100% free, and unlimited listings available). Payments are processed through PayPal, so I’ve got to do some more research into how the fees and stuff works for PayPal. When I find out more on this, I’ll be sure to share it with you guys. 🙂
Right now, I’m in the process of testing out my very first batch of candles! So far I’ve gotten a few good ones, a couple of not-so-great ones…but it’s all part of the testing process in order to get the absolute best product possible. Because I’ve got high expectations for myself, I also have the same expectations of my products. I will keep on testing until I am 100% happy with my product. Thus far, I’ve come to the conclusion that wooden wicks are better, even though they’re a bit more expensive than the cotton ones I was thinking of using. They create a more even burn pool, and I’ve found that they do indeed release the fragrance faster than cotton wicking because they get hotter faster. So, my candles will be using wooden wicks. Then there’s the curing times…candles need to cure for a few days to let the wax and fragrance oil (FO) bond properly. I’m finding that some fragrances take longer to cure than others. Which is always good to know. 🙂
I am very excited and pleased with how far I’ve gotten in the past month or so, because it means that I’m just that much closer to making my dream a reality. ^_^