Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in candle-making but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Eva Serrano, Owner of Lab Scentí, located in Daly City, CA, USA.

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

I make soy wax candles, and most of my customers are candle enthusiasts that enjoy different scents of candles, from fruity to masculine to something nostalgic. I, too, enjoy different scents, but not all are my favorite, lol.

Tell us about yourself

I started making candles during the pandemic, but my love of candles has been for as long as I can remember. I remember whenever I see candles in stores, I have to stop and smell them, and I always enjoy the smell around my apartment, so I learned how to make them, learned the difference between different wax, and started making the scents that I enjoy and from there I just keep going and being creative. I truly enjoy what I do, and up to now, I keep learning how to be better and how I can be the best at what I do.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I would say when I made my own scent for Ube, which is known as a Filipino dessert, I had to experiment a few times to achieve the scent that I was aiming for; I was really proud of myself because I could actually call it my own scent.

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

Managing your time and being inspired even on the days you feel like you’re not going anywhere. I think when I feel like giving up, I go back to the time that why I started this and how excited I was, and all the vision I had for my business. Just keep pushing, keep motivating yourself, especially at the time when you feel uninspired.

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

  1. Find your niche, something you have a passion for.
  2. Learn, study and research!!! How are you going to be different from others? You have to strategize, you have to have a plan, and you have to have a goal;
  3. DO IT!!! I remember I read somewhere that it says, “ A plan without an action is just wishful thinking,” so this should be your sign.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Surround yourself with people that have the same vision and mentality. Make sure your circle supports you on the things that you do, and take criticism as a learning structure. Make time for your business because this is not a 9-5 job.

Where can people find you and your business?


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