What to Do When Learning the Ropes in Your Business Slows You Down

Like me, you’ve probably heard Cole Porter’s classic tune “Begin the Beguine”… well, a whole lotta times. In old movies, in airport lounges, in jazz clubs. I remember my parents playing it on the hi-fi when I was a kid.

The song’s been performed by everybody from the Andrews Sisters, to Mario Lanza, to Sheryl Crow.

Anyway, a few minutes ago I heard “Begin the Beguine” on the satellite music service here at Starbucks. And after all these years, I finally wondered, what the hell is a “beguine”?

I checked it out. It’s a ballroom dance similar to the rumba. So I’m all set if the topic comes up in a future round of Trivial Pursuit.

I’ve always liked learning for the sake of learning. But I treat business learning differently. It’s vital, but I try not to get too bogged down in it.

In the past year, for example, I’ve learned a few basics about building and maintaining a website. But I have NOT taken time to master the finer details of webpage design, HTML code, or CSS.

I’ve learned fundamentals about recording audio, converting it to MP3, and uploading it to my site. But as for the subtle distinctions between this or that microphone, how to use a mixing board, or the tricks of audio editing and dubbing, forget it.

In other words, I make a point to always learn “just enough.” Just enough to get my business rolling. Just enough to keep it rolling for now.

And I’ll learn all the other stuff if, when, or as I need it.

If I’d worried about learning everything there was to know before I created my business, I’d never have gotten started. I’d still be lying on the sofa reading.

Don’t get me wrong. Continuing education and business learning are important. But sometimes you can get so knee-deep in learnin’ that you never get started.

So get going!

How to Make Beeswax Candles – 5 Simple Steps to Get Your Business Rolling

How to Make Beeswax Candles with a Profit Motive

If you are contemplating on developing a small candle venture, making beeswax candles could be a wise choice. Beeswax candles last a long time and burn clean. Unlike paraffin candles they do not emit toxins when they burn. Beeswax has no mercury, benzene or lead. However, because of its naturally sweet beeswax smell, it is definitely a popular item among candle buyers!

Overhead and inventory would be at a low level. Monitoring the cash flow would be simple and your start-up expense minimal.

Not only could you be making beeswax candles for the purpose of selling, but you might want to consider offering classes on how to make beeswax candles…to both young and old.

These candles are inexpensive and easy to work with! Skills are quick to pick up and unlike other candles you will not need equipment like thermometers and double boilers or have to worry about hot melted wax.

In fact other than needing flat open space, the only basic supplies you will need are lots and lots of beeswax sheets, a major amount of primed wick and one sharp knife!

Fundamental Technique for Making Beeswax Candles

1. Bend a beeswax sheet in half and pull it carefully with your hands, creating two separate pieces.

2. Lay one sheet of beeswax on any clean flat surface. Put a wick on the borderline of the beeswax allowing a half inch to protrude at each end of the candle. This will give you the opportunity later to figure out which end you prefer for the top.

3. Upon placing the wick, begin rolling the beeswax, tucking the edges as you go and making sure to seal the wick tightly in place. Roll slowly, keeping it straight. Continue until you have wrapped the beeswax entirely around.

4. Using fingertips carefully seal edges using only light, gentle presses as not to crack the beeswax.

5. Decide which end will be your top. Trim back the wick allowing 1/2 inch to remain above the candle wax. Remove excess wick from the bottom.

The knack of making beeswax candles while being straightforward and uncomplicated still requires effort and patience. To further better you and your business, continual training in skills should play a major roll. Learn thoroughly the candle making process. Remember, beeswax candles have been around since the beginning of the 14th century!

Know that in the beginning your candles might not be perfect. Practice, practice and more practice. And with practice, will come an appreciation of why it is appropriately termed: the “art” of candle making!

Getting Your Small Business Rolling

Getting your business rolling is the next step after choosing your business idea. Remember, If you are not going to use your name as the business name, you need to work hard on coming up with a catchy name. There are websites out there that will help you choose a good catchy name for your business. This will make it easy for customers to remember your business name in any event. Choosing a long name is not recommended, it will take too much room in your advertising ads, and it will also be hard for any one to remember.

Ok! Now that we have that part covered, its time to visit your town’s hall of records to get your business name registered. This procedure is simple and it is not expensive to accomplish. I paid $50 to get my Trade Name Certification done at the town hall. As long as no one in your county is using that business name, you will be able to register it. If not, you will need to come up with a different name. The good thing about the whole process is that after you are done registering your trade name, the town clerk will issue you a package full of literature with helpful information for you to read. This comes handy for first time entrepreneurs. The package comes in an envelope and contains a small business guide, forms to fill out for taxation purposes and contact list of local small business counseling agencies and taxation department in your state.

Another important decision you will have to make is how will you incorporate your new business? The small business guide you get will describe all the different ways you can incorporate. One of the most popular ways to incorporate is by forming an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation). This form is a good way to protect your personal assets incase of any legal actions taken against your business. I highly recommend hiring an accountant for a consultation on this issue; it will be helpful for a professional to explain in depth these options. I mean might as well. You will need to hire an accountant in the near future anyway. Once all these steps have been taken, you are now on your way to a big marketing campaign! This is where the fun begins except for your wallet. However, depending on what your business is about, there are cheap ways to advertise your new business. I strongly suggest picking up a book from Amazon on Marketing a Small Business. Good Luck!