Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in candle-making but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Antonia Evans, Founder of Heavenly Scent Candle Co., located in Charlotte, NC, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Heavenly Scent candles & wax melts are hand-poured with high-quality fragrance oils & sprinkled with love. They permeate fragrance throughout your room & set a mood of relaxation & happiness after a long day.

Tell us about yourself

My business was started from my love of candles. An entrepreneurship class was part of my master's program in Organizational Management. It takes a lot of hard work to start a business. I knew if I were going to start a venture, it would have to be something I'm passionate about. I purchased candles all the time. But I would be disappointed when a fragrance smells great in a store, but I could barely smell it at home. My first goal with Heavenly Scent was to create a product with an excellent scent throw. Scent can be a wonderful stimulation. I want my candles to create a sense of calm, peace & joy. I'm so grateful when a customer says a product I made created a sense of tranquility in their home or office. This is the ultimate compliment.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is remaining in business after almost ten years. I've survived ups & downs & even a pandemic. But I'm still here! I'm still learning lessons on how to improve my business & grow. I have very loyal customers & I'm currently in 2 storefront locations. I'm proud of my longevity.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Balancing the demands of my full-time job and my own business. Sometimes late nights and early mornings are necessary. But it's worth it.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Set a good foundation for your business before you start selling products. Get any necessary licenses and insurance, and establish your entity first.
  2. Be patient with yourself. You're going to make mistakes. But it's ok. It's your business; you can always make changes when necessary.
  3. Find good business friends. They will keep you encouraged on hard days and share valuable information.

Where can people find you and your business?


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