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How My Creative Hobby Made Money For Me - It Could Work for YOU!!!

Updated on December 28, 2016
Luxury Scented Handcrafted Candles with Swarovski Crystal Elements. This product was made from start to finish by moi!!
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How to Market Your Products or Hobby

There are many creative people out there who are very talented but never really utilise it to their financial advantage. I used to be one of those people until one day I decided that I was going to have a go at making some money out of it.

My hobby of choice was candle making and it is something that I really got into and my creativity allowed me to produce bespoke luxury candles which were far different from what is already available. I must confess, I used to be a heavy shopper (I'm a reformed character now), and as such I was able to build a lot of relationships with different shops which later on was to work to my advantage.

Now, building relationships with different people is key in business as you never know when their range of set skills and connections will be able to help you, so if you have good interpersonal skills it is vital to use them to your advantage - remember about the six degrees of separation!!

So I warmed up perspective clients by telling them about my candle maker and introduced and seduced them with what I can do and let them know that my products where taylor made - this is the clincher as people are more than happy to have a product which they believe no one else will have, call it customer snobbery if you will! So I shopped around for my materials because I knew that if I was going to make a go of this I would have to be able to source my suppliers and find out if I could collect the items from my local or surround areas if I really needed to, and I love the Internet for this as it is a brilliant fact finding tool which can save you a heap of time & money!

Finding my suppliers was fairly straight forward and the next thing I needed to sort out was my packaging, and I have found at times that a lot of creative people make brilliant things then it's all let down by poor presentation. Looking in gift stores to see how products are presented is an easy way to overcome the struggle of how your product will sale as you don't want to come across as a "Please take mercy on me" type of a seller - it's embarrassing for a start and you need people talking about you and your products in a positive way so you can get repeat clients and new ones through word of mouth.

It is now at this point that I had it going on even though I didn't even know it. So I made a batch of candles, had them nicely scented and my packaging was looking really professional and one day I went into all the shops I used to frequent and showed them my work and had orders up to my eyeballs!!! I had so many orders that people were willing to wait weeks for their products and it was then I realized the value of my work.

The first year I made candles, with the proceeds I managed to buy my custom built PC, printer, digital camera, mobile phone and a workshop shed - all the things I needed to really make a go of things and all from making and selling candles!!!

I remember the first Christmas I made candles I had orders totalling over £600 - not bad for a hobby ah?!?! I had business cards made up really nice ones too and I took a lot of pictures of my work and made an order contact sheet so I could show perspective clients.

I would hold candle parties in my front room which were really successful, having a laugh and a drink and making money, and anything I didn't sell I would take to craft markets or sell in bulk.

After a while in my local area I became sort of famous for making luxury bespoke candles and many times I would talk to people about them and show them pictures, and they would say "I've seen one of those at my friends house" so it became like a signature piece, once you've seen one K. Sinclair Candle if you see another one you know it was me who made it!! It's a nice feeling to know that you can stand out from the crowd and hold your own!

Throughout the time from when I started making candles I managed to hold my own art exhibition and gain sponsorship from some big high street names, my products were featured in the "Handle with Care" exhibition directed by the Design Museum, gift shops sold my products, my candles were featured on GMTV, I've had my products featured in the papers, I won a design competition sponsored by Topshop and the local borough council and have been invited to do motivational speaking and make promotional products for well known companies.

So you see, you too can make money out of your hobby and take it to the next level, all you need is a craft or hobby you know others will appreciate, good communication skills and the ability not to be put off by the word "No"!!

Take my advice, be brave and jump on it you never know if you don't try!!


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      Candle Lover 6 years ago

      Wow these candles are really beautiful, I've never seen anything like them ever!! They truly are amazing!!!

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      Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great hub and very fun craft. Thanks for sharing your marketing skills. Congrats on your nomination and good luck.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hobbies and earnings are a wonderful mix! Thank you for sharing this as I am sure many will be inspired by your success. Loved your candles too! Maybe you can feature of them on your hubs with invitations for orders :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To all the hubbers who want to read and vote for the Hubnuggets, this way please: http://bit.ly/hkjeoO

      Participate in the Hubnuggets Forum: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/64125

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Thank you ladies you are too knid, I was very surprise to receive the nomination as I have just started writing!!!

      I will cheekily assume that you have voted for me already ;-)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love this hub. So much great information. Congratulations on your nomination. Good luck

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Thank you, it has inspired me to think of new things to write about!

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      leondias II 6 years ago

      Your product lines, creativity, research, drive, enthusiasm, business and sales skills are magnificent. You are a living legend & an inspiration to all. Keep maintaining the sterling work. Congratulation on your nominations and wish you continued success for this year and many more years to come.

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      Jennie C 6 years ago

      What a great product. Well done

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      To Leonadias II & Jennie C, thank you for your encouraging words and I will try my best to continue being motivated! ;-)

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. These candles are beautiful. Can they be purchased stateside? I love candles and use a lot of them in my massage business. And I burn a lot of candles around my home. Lovely doesn't begin to describe your work. Thanks for sharing them. Message me with purchasing information if you would please.

      Namste.

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      mod2vint 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful candles. You have an awesome talent!

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Thanks Deborath I will send you some information ;-)

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Thank you for the compliment Mod2vit it has put a smile on my face! ;-)

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      Chantel 6 years ago

      Nice candles, I looked on your site so I will have to email you about an order!!! www.ksinclair.co.uk Keep up the good work!!!

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      lindajot 6 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

      Very beautiful candles! And, nice hub - congratulations!!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      I love your candles.. they are beautiful! Also, thank you for writing this hub. It's a wonderful and inspiring hub. I love doing arts and crafts and I too wanted to bring in an income by doing my favorite hobby. I have started to make several different necklace pendants...and I have probably about 100 complete and about 100 more in the process. I'm still trying to figure out packaging and all that stuff- still very new at this. I was actually able to sell a few around Christmastime which made me feel good. Your hub has really sparked my confidence and I'm really inspired to keep going with it. Thank you :0)

      PS Welcome to Hubpages and congrats on the hubnugget nomination!!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

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      Christina Li 6 years ago

      This is really nice marketing advice. Thanks! Great job and God bless!

      --Christina

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      pearlmacb 6 years ago from Switzerland

      An enjoyable read- perfect time of the year. Your candle work is very unique and you most deffiently stand out from the crowd. You have inspired me to go the next level with my creativity. congrats for the nomination. Thankyou for sharing this hub and Bless You,

      Meg.

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Bless you Pearlmacb, if I have learnt anything along the way it is to go for it, don't listen to negativity and show people why they should buy your products instead of anyone else!!

      Keep Sweet Girlie!! ;-)

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Beautiful candles! The pumpkin is my favorite, I think. But then I love the one with the crystals too! Years ago, long before the internet, a cousin turned her hobby of candle-making into a lucrative business based out of a storefront in a tiny town in the Midwest. She relied on home parties and word-of-mouth to sell her wares locally as well as hundreds of miles away. Her specialty was also custom-made items. Unfortunately she died of cancer in her forties, but had she lived to see the internet, she most definitely would've used it as a marketing tool!

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      Moyra 6 years ago

      Beautiful candles and great hub. Congratulations on the success you have found with your hobby and thanks for sharing. Hopefully this hub will inspire more creatives to find ways to make money from their talent.

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      malonge 6 years ago from Western New York On Hubpages

      I too have a hub on hobbies. I love hobbies and have several. See http://hubpages.com/hub/Hobbies-For-Anyone

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Christina - Bless you too girl & thanks for the comments!

      JamaGenee - The old skool peeps are the best. I hope your cousin left many happy candle memories, thanks for sharing!

      Moyra - Thank you for your lovely comments & Malonge, I shall definitely have a good read!!

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      networkandy 6 years ago from Connecticut

      It is really hard to succeed at something that you dont like to do. If you are going to make money make sure you are doing something you like. FInd something you like and then make money from it.

      We all need a way to pay our bills

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Indeed!!!

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      umo. 6 years ago

      I'm not surprised you've got so far - your candles are absolutely beautiful!!! It's always been my dream to make and sell my own products and, to be honest, it's always been something i've put off! Thanks for posting this very useful hub - i'm finally inspired to chase my dreams!!

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      Glow Pebbles 6 years ago

      Bless you Umo, it's a hard graft but well worth it in the end!

      Keep Sweet & don't take "No" for an answer! ;-)

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      Marian Cates 6 years ago from Stevenson, WA

      Gorgeous candles and an inspiring story! Cheers, Marian

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