Thursday, 12 November 2020

LIFESTYLE || I OPENED AN ETSY SHOP!


I don't have to remind you of what a shitshow 2020 has been because you all already know. So many people have lost their jobs, and not been able to pick themselves back up. This year I was made partially redundant and accepted the first full-time position I applied for due to desperation and wanting a change of lifestyle. I met some amazing people in my new job but I hated working there. I thought I was getting myself a lovely social media management job at a very well-known company, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a shitty call centre job that did not pay enough for what was asked of me. So here I am, nearly two months since I left my job and I'm still unemployed (looking for work DAILY). Now, with all this extra time that I've had, I finally started my own little business which is something I've been wanting to do for many years.

I have opened an Etsy shop selling hand-poured wax melts! I use 100% eco soy wax in my products, and the fragrance oils I use are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. I remember using my first ever wax melt back in, I don't know, maybe 2013? It was from Yankee Candle and to be honest with you, it wasn't that strong! I find that most of the wax melts I have tried in the past aren't that strong and the scent disappears after a while. So to make sure that my products are up to my standard I test them out and ensure they are perfect before selling them! Now that I have my own shop and Instagram page, I keep noticing so many different small businesses selling wax melts! I feel like it's never-ending and it did put me off a little bit. But then I realised that the reason I am seeing so many other people selling gorgeous smelling wax shapes is because of my search history, cache and cookies!


My thought process behind this business was that I wanted to do something that required me to get creative and to make something that's environmentally friendly. I'm really glad I finally have done something useful with my time during the lockdown and turned a hobby into a potential regular income. I've also been trying to blog a lot more, but I'll save that for another post as it's not really relevant.

I have a notebook full of ideas of what scents, shapes etc. I'd like to release in 2021, and I really hope that I'll be able to continue doing so! I am currently looking for a full-time job and will continue to make these gorgeous little wax melts alongside. In the meantime, this is my main focus while I'm free (as well as blogging, YouTube and reading lol). At the moment I have 4 scents available online, with 4 new being released on Thanksgiving (26th November 2020) and I have just uploaded a special Christmas Gift Set including some of my creations.

So if you are considering opening up your own shop or getting creative, don't let anyone/anything stop you! You've got this, and you can do it!!

*This post is a personal AD for my own business.

Lots of love,
Maya xo

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