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Happy Monday Torbay! Hopefully you all had a great weekend and a wonderful 2022 so far!
As most of you will know, Torquay Online is dedicated to celerating local business in Torbay and surrounding areas, and each month we feature one man and one woman who are doing great things in business locally.
This month, our business woman of the month award goes to Christina White!
Christina is the founder of the wonderful Lark Bird & Co. – (Facebook page link), and has been running it for a year now.
In Christina’s own words…
“My business offers soy candles and wax melts scented with high quality fragrance oils.
My wax melts come packaged in biodegradable packaging and I also offer gift packages including birthday candles.
I plant trees each month with a non profit organisation too. I afford quality with affordability.
I absolutely love helping my customers with any specific requirements they may have.
I have just introduced bottles of fragrance oils for my customers to use alongside their electronic oil diffusers and from next week I will have car diffusers added.
I truly love what I do and put every effort and care into Lark Bird & Co from the preparation of making each candle and wax melt right down the finishing of packaging the products up.
Good things do start with Lark Bird & Co.
I would love to hear from you.
Christina (Founder of Lark Bird & Co)”
I recently asked Christina a few questions about her journey in business – here’s what she had to say.
How did you start your business?
I started my business after previously having other small successful businesses and making candles for many years and realised the desire for soy candles and wax melts was on the rise.
My friends and family and previous customers were so supportive and told me to go for it!
I wanted to be able to offer my customers affordable ways to scent their home and work spaces with quality fragrance and be able to gift handmade products whilst putting back into the local economy.
What’s the most rewarding part of running your business?
Without a doubt the most rewarding part is seeing customers faces when they smell my products for the first time and hearing them tell me how much they enjoy them or comments from those they gifted them too.
Also having something which I know I created essentially from nothing into a name so many locals now know.
It definitely feels like a little achievement in my life worth shouting about.
And the most challenging part?
It has been difficult putting everything into it and knowing it isn’t always a reliable source of income. You are relying on being your own boss and paying your own wages each month.
Any plans to expand on the horizon?
I would love to do more fayres this year as i have loved meeting my customers last year and I would love a pop up shop if the offer comes along.
A website is also in the pipe line. Really hoping for this by spring time.
Any advice to young people looking to go into business on their own?
I also offer people advise on starting up their own small business if they ask and it’s if they are able to then go for it.
Of course it all depends and what it is and what funds are required to start with etc but it’s an incredible feeling having something that you started yourself.
I would also say prepare for it not all being wonderful each day. There are times you will doubt yourself but I am a believer in the power of thought and law of attraction.
Get advice from friends and family around you and maybe offer your services slightly discounted to begin with or allow people to try for free to spread the word.
I have done all this and more when I first started and still continue to.
Keep a pad by your bedside table! Your best ideas may come to you before you fall asleep.
Finally, what’s your favourite thing about Torquay?
I love so many things about Torquay.
I have to say starting a small business in a seaside resort is incredibly good for the amount of support you will receive from locals.
They really do want to help each other out.
I have even swapped my products with other businesses to give feedback.
Of course the second thing has to be the seaside and delicious fish and chips come rain or shine!
Thanks Christina for taking the time to answer our questions and congratulations for all you’ve achieved so far!