Business at a Glance

We are often asked the question “how much does it cost to start a candle business?” And we tell people the costs can vary depending on how serious you desire to be when starting it. We have put together a brief overview of what you can expect to pay in starting your candle business on a part-time basis.



Start up Costs: $3,000

eCommerce Website: Ranges from $50 – $700

  • Stand alone website (bulk of money invested here)
  • Weebly
  • Etsy
  • eBay

Supplies: $1,000

  • Candle Wax of Choice
  • Candle Jars
  • Wicks & Wick Holders
  • Labels
  • Fragrance and/or Essential Oils
  • Melt Pots
  • Heat Source
  • Mixing Spoons

Marketing Collateral: $150

  • Business Cards
  • Postcards
  • Sell Sheets

Business Registration: $100

  • Register your business in your state
    • You may need Articles of Organization drafted
  • Register for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) – FREE

Craft Fairs: $15-$250

  • Registration fees to attend craft fairs will vary depending the popularity of the fair



Written by: Jameel D. Nolan of The Ultimate Guide to Soy Candle Making