Mum quits 9-5 and now makes six figures selling candles on Etsy

A mum threw in the towel, leaving her 9-5 job behind to sell candles online – and she’s making six figures doing it.

Lindsay Gibson, from Durham, wanted the freedom to work on her own terms so she turned her passion for crafts and interior design into a business.

The new mum packed in her full-time job with the NHS and after watching tutorials on YouTube she set up an Etsy store, LindsayLucasCandles.

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The 38-year-old shared her success with LatestDeals. She said: “After having my little boy I was working full time for the NHS.

“As I was spending more time at home with my little one I didn't get out and about much. So I started playing with different crafts as hobbies.

“I have always been passionate about interior design and after buying a few disappointing candles, I decided to make my own. It just snowballed from there!

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

“In the beginning, it was just a hobby so it was all for fun. I only made £100 in my first year but I wasn’t focusing on making money.

“However, a couple of years into making and setting up my business I really struggled balancing time. I took a calculated risk and left my full-time job, swapping it out for a part-time role. I managed a lot better and had more time to focus on building the business.

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“This lasted for a few more years until I was confident enough to leave employment and focus on the business full time.

“The next issue was space. I started in my kitchen which I quickly outgrew. I built an extension onto the side of my house which only lasted a year before I needed more space. The business took over my home!

“The loft was full, I had two sheds built in the garden… finally, I decided to take on work premises. This was life-changing but again, I outgrew that!

“I took on a bigger location which I have been settled in for 2 years now. This was one of the most nerve-wracking things I have done but it has worked out perfectly. Now the business operates from a 1000 square-foot premises and I have hired four staff to help me out.

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“I’ve been fortunate enough that the company hasn’t encountered any difficult financial periods. The business exploded over lockdown and I had more work than I could handle. There's been a dip in the level of work since but things are just as they were prior to the pandemic.

“Sales are around the same. Some weeks are up, some are down – it’s swings and roundabouts. If I'm having a quiet period it gives me a chance to work on new ideas.”

Lindsey has now expanded her product range, it now includes scented candles, decorative pillar candles, candle tarts, reed diffusers, car air fresheners, carpet powders and fabric fresheners.

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