By Isabel M. Isidro
If you are interested in the creative craft of candle making, you can have a lucrative home business. According to the National Candle Association, candle consumer retail sales in the United States alone is projected at over $2.3 billion, not including candle accessories.
Candles have become a must-have accessory in every home for their practical and decorative elements, and they are used by 7 out of 10 American households. They have become popular as gifts at birthdays, Christmas, and housewarmings. Once merely a hobby of candle enthusiasts, candles are now sold in gift and specialty stores, home furnishing stores, through mail order, craft shows and through the Internet.
While candles can be made at a relatively low cost, candle making is a time-consuming process and may require some space (working in your kitchen can both be dangerous and very messy).
Some people purchase candles already made and add decorative touches such as pressed, dried flowers to the outside. Research the kinds of candles that are being produced, and develop your own unique candle line.
National Candle Association (http://www.candles.org)
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About the Author
Isabel Isidro is the managing editor of Power HomeBiz Guides, an online magazine designed to help home business entrepreneurs. For more information on starting a business, visit Power HomeBiz Guides at http://www.powerhomebiz.com today.