28 November 2020

5 Things I've Learnt Since Starting A Small Business

1 - Things will be slow to begin with and it will take time to build up a customer base.

Things started out very slow for me and at first it did start getting me down, how I was putting so much time and effort into making everything the best I could just for nothing to sell. It took me a lot of advertising before I started to see sales happening, but I have now built up a good customer base and sales are really starting to pick up again, time and patience is the key to success.

2 - You will spend way more money at the beginning before you start even begin to see a profit.

I started Kays Angel Scents properly on the 1st September, and it's only now that I am starting to be able to save some money instead of putting it all back into the business buying new oils/moulds/wax. It takes time before you start to see any profit at all, so be prepared when starting a small business to spend quite a bit of your own money upfront at first. Hopefully by this time next year I will have a nice amount saved up....at least that is the plan anyway haha.

3 - People won't like the fact you are trying to better your life by starting up a business.

This is something that I have had to experience first hand since starting up Kays Angel Scents, I have had my pages reported on Facebook and constantly being digged out at on my personal Facebook as well. This was all because they didn't like the fact I had started to do personalised items alongside my wax melts, so they were trying to stop me from getting any sales in the process....which they failed at, because it only made more people want to buy from me in the end.

4 - Your products will slowly start taking over the house, and slowly resemble a bomb site.

If someone told me a few months ago that my clean, tidy and organised bedroom was gonna resemble a mini shop with products and packaging all stacked up, I can tell you now I would have laughed so hard at them! Fast forward a few weeks and that is exactly what one side of my bedroom looks like, alongside my photography light and little set up to take all the photos for my shop, I really do need to get organising everything so I'm not tripping over everything haha.

5 - Support other small businesses as much as you can.

This is a big one for me, before starting Kays Angel Scents, I never actually realised how much time and effort goes into small business's but now that I do know, I always try and buy small as I know every penny counts especially in the lead up to Christmas. The two small business's I tend to buy from the most at the moment are Little Belle Melts and Dorkface as I love both there products, and love seeing how they are growing!


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