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I quit my full-time job at the NHS to sell homemade candles – now I’m making six figures and have four members of staff

WORKING for eight hours a day is something many of us do, but don’t necessarily enjoy.

If you’re looking for inspiration to quit your job and pursue a side hustle, you’ve come to the right place.

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Lindsay Gibson, 38, quit her full-time NHS job to pursue her Etsy candle businessCredit: latest offers
Mum-of-one now makes six figures and has four staff members

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Mum-of-one now makes six figures and has four staff membersCredit: latest offers
Lindsay started her business by watching online tutorials

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Lindsay started her business by watching online tutorialsCredit: latest offers

One woman took her passion to the next level and generated a six-figure income with her business.

Lindsay Gibson, 38, from Durham, was inspired to start her own business after becoming a mum.

Starting in her kitchen, Lindsay learned how to make candles by watching tutorials online.

Although her business only generated £100 in the first year, Lindsay didn’t give up and now earns six figures and even has four members of staff working for her.

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She told LatestDeals.co.uk, a money-saving community: “After I had my baby boy, I was working full-time for the NHS.

“Because I spent more time at home with my little one, I didn’t go out much.

“So I started playing around with different crafts as a hobby.

“I’ve always had a passion for home decor and after buying a few disappointing candles I decided to make my own. It just snowballed from there!

“I watched so many videos on YouTube and did a lot of research. I found supplies and it was basically trial and error.”

After making her first products, Lindsay started her Etsy shop, LindsayLucasCandles.

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She explained, “At first it was just a hobby, so it was for fun.

“I only made £100 in the first year, but I wasn’t focusing on the money.

“However, a few years after starting and establishing my business, I really struggled to balance my time.

“I took a calculated risk and left my full-time job for a part-time position.

“I was much more successful and had more time to focus on growing the business.

“It went on for a few more years until I was confident enough to quit my job and focus on the business full time.”

At this point, Lindsay encountered a new obstacle – she was working in her kitchen but had quickly outgrown the space.

She continued, “The next issue was space. I started in my kitchen which I quickly outgrew.

“I built an extension to the side of my house that only lasted a year before I needed more space. The company took over my house!

“The attic was full, I had two sheds built in the garden… finally, I decided to take work premises. It changed my life, but again, I moved past it!

“I took a bigger pitch where I have been living for 2 years now.

“It was one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve done, but it worked perfectly.

“Now the company operates in a 1000 square foot facility and I have hired four employees to help me.

“I was fortunate that the company did not experience difficult financial times.

“Business exploded during lockdown and I had more work than I could handle.

“There has been a drop in the level of work since then, but things are like before the pandemic.

“Sales are about the same. Some weeks are up, some are down – it’s swings and rides.

“If I have a quiet period, it gives me the opportunity to work on new ideas.”

Lindsay now sells a much wider range of products than when it started – its range includes scented candles, decorative pillar candles, candle tarts, reed diffusers, car air fresheners, carpet powders and air fresheners for fabrics.

She and her staff make each product by hand with eco-friendly supplies, and a diverse range of baskets can be made as gifts.

The personal touch that Lindsay puts into her products has resulted in a very profitable business.

She added: “I love it when my customers message me telling me how amazed or impressed they are with the products – it always gives me a huge buzz.

“Since we’ve been customizing our candles, we’ve had a lot of heartfelt orders for weddings and bereavements.

“Knowing that I helped, it is really worth it. When I have difficult days, I tend to think about it.

“I recognize a lot of regular customer names when processing orders and it always blows my mind. It gives me a lot of validation.

“I earned very little during my first years of activity. I think I only made around £100 in the first year!

“But as the company grew, I kept looking back and thinking about how I started from scratch with a pot and a pitcher in my kitchen.

“Reflecting on my accomplishments always gives me what I need to keep moving forward. Now I’m doing six figures.

Like most businesses, however, Lindsay has been hit by rising prices as the cost of living rises.

Lindsay explained, “Electricity costs and supply prices have increased dramatically.

“My last order of a wax palette has increased by £1000 from my previous order. So I’m looking at different vendors to see if I can get a better deal.

“I would actively encourage people to shop small and support small businesses like mine to help us keep going.

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“For anyone looking to start their own business, I would advise them to be unique and stay strong. Start small and grow.

“Look for everything and, above all, do not listen to doubt.”

Lindsay sells scented candles, decorative pillar candles, candle tarts, reed diffusers, car air fresheners, carpet powders and fabric air fresheners

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Lindsay sells scented candles, decorative pillar candles, candle tarts, reed diffusers, car air fresheners, carpet powders and fabric air freshenersCredit: latest offers
Like most businesses, Lindsay has been hit by rising prices as the cost of living rises and she wants to encourage people to shop small.

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Like most businesses, Lindsay has been hit by rising prices as the cost of living rises and she wants to encourage people to shop small.Credit: latest offers

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