Protect your Assets
If you make your own candles and you want to become a business here is what you must do before you sell a candle. Even if this only going to be a part time business you should realize you are vulnerable to action lawsuits for a number of reasons. You are now a manufacturer and you come under laws that govern any kind of manufacturer no matter how big or small.
See your lawyer and form a small company. As a registered company you protect your personal assets. Any claim against you will be against your company only, all your personal assets including your house or investments are protected against claim.. There is an expense involved in becoming a registered company, however,the cost is minimal compared to the cost of a lawsuit. The last thing you want is to end up in court owing thousands of dollars, or more, because someone has sued you.
Secondly, a lawyer can advise you on the legal aspects of your candle home business, you are now classified as a manufacturer, and you have to be compliant with corporate law. If you have a unique line of candles you may want to look into a trademark protecting your name that identifies your brand.
See An Accountant
If making and keeping a set of books is something your not very good at an accountant can help you set up your business properly and together provide a detailed plan of how to handle all the transactions, expense involved and how to set up a balance sheet and an income statement. and don’t forget…taxes.
An Insurance Agent
See an insurance agent that specializes in corporate insurance. The agent can advise you on what kinds of liability you need to insure your business for. This wont be a big issue when your company is small but as it grows you need to have an insurance policy to protect you and your investment.
A Small Business Plan.
A business plan will allow you to plot your progress and define goals, to work ahead of yourself and help keep your business on track. A business plan defines your business, for instance, when you want to expand you will know what is involved and have the cash to do it. There is a lot more and you can find more information on your candle home business at my website.