Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kelly Hanley, Owner of NoPlanetBCo Candle Company, located in West Seneca, NY, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Hello! We are NoPlanetBCo Candle Company. We create eco-friendly, vegan, clean soy wax candles and wax melts. We donate to organizations that help our planet with each purchase, such as The National Park Foundation. Our customer is anyone who enjoys candles!

Tell us about yourself

My name is Kelly! I have always wanted to start my own business that helps the planet since I was younger. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking and nature! In 2020 I was out of work for a while due to Covid, so I thought it would be a perfect time to start a business!

I poured my first candle, and the rest is history! Creating the perfect blends and pouring candles is something that I enjoy. It relaxes me and helps me stay motivated in my business every day!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner would have to be working with over 40 smaller businesses and creating custom candles for them! Also, being in all Feel Rite locations and the Cider Mill is another significant accomplishment for me!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The hardest thing about being a business owner would forget how much time it takes to set up your business and get yourself out there. It is all worth it if you keep trying!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

My top 3 tips for anyone who is looking to start a business today would be:

  1. Never give up.
  2. Always be present on social media.
  3. Enjoy what you are doing!

Where can people find you and your business?


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