Hi! I'm Tiana Coats, and I am the owner of Winding Wick Candles. This is a podcast where I talk about my experiences growing my small business. I also share some strategies to help other creative entrepreneurs.
A little over a year ago, I quit my part-time job to pursue my business full-time. I have learned a lot in the past year, and I wanted to share that with you all.
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I am so excited to see that the business is growing, and I wanted to share how I got to this point.
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I know we have gotten so much advice on how to market our small businesses online. I wanted to point out some mistakes that I see some small business owners making when trying to build their audiences online.
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From early childhood Malaysia Harrell knew that she was destined to help others. Her focus, determination and positive outlook were vital to those around her. As the oldest of three girls, Malaysia helped to raise her siblings before she moved in with her grandmother. Her childhood was filled with trauma which stemmed from her mother’s challenges with mental illness and addictions. Her nurturing spirit as a child helped to fuel her professional endeavors as an adult. It was no surprise that she would study to be a service provider within a helping profession. Malaysia went on to earn a Bachelor in Science degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She knew that she wanted to further her expertise and so she later earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a licensed Psychotherapist and is board certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.
Malaysia Harrell then went on to turn her passions as a provider to a healer by creating Blissful Life Consulting. At Blissful Life Consulting she specializes in helping women heal and shift into alignment to serve their life’s purpose. She helps women to move past their traumas to gain clarity with the use of group work, retreats, online courses, coaching, and workshops. For almost 20 years, she has provided mental health services specializing in mental health, substance abuse, and family violence. Malaysia has successfully provided individual treatment, marital therapy, group therapy, employee wellness, leadership, and team building training to over 28,000 individuals, couples, and leaders worldwide. Her vast behavioral health and wellness knowledge with her noted relatable approach; she is a highly sought-after speaker for community organizations, educational institutions and faith-based organizations.
Despite her childhood trauma she still held fond memories of the penny candy store from her hometown. She took those delightful candy fragrances and turned them into healing approaches. In 2019, Malaysia decided to share her holistic approaches with others in the form of aromatherapy. She founded Blissful Home Candy to spark joy in the lives of others while adding healing resources through fragrances. With the motto of “Love Your Inner Child”, the company currently offers soy wax candles, wax melts, room sprays and diffusers for your enjoyment towards healing. In April 2020, Blissful Home Candy launched Operation Blissful Acts in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The campaign is intended to provide joy in the lives of women of color who may be faced with adversity. Operation “Blissful Acts” has gifted women with Bliss Gift Boxes filled with candles, journals and many other wonderful goodies to aid in healing.
Malaysia studied for a PhD student at Saybrook University where she is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mind, Body, Medicine with a specialization in Integrated Mental Health. She is continuing to be dedicated to serving her community and providing mentorship to children, students and colleagues. In addition to her civilian services Malaysia is also a U.S. Veteran who is highly decorated in her service. When Malaysia is not serving her community or country, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She is also an aspiring author and diligently working on her writing manuscript for publishing. To connect with Blissful Home Candy you may visit: https://linktr.ee/blissfulhomecandy or follow her on social media as @blissfulhomecandy. To connect with Blissful Life Consulting, you may follow her on Instagram as @blissfullifeconsulting
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Being self-employed is a goal for a lot of entrepreneurs. I am so glad that I was able to pursue my dream a few months ago when I quit my part-time job. I'm starting to learn that the process of growing a business is seriously hard to do all on your own. In this episode, I talk about the struggles I've been having the past couple of months, and some new strategies I'm implementing to make my life a little easier.
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I wanted to talk about a question that is on every new business owner's mind. Money! Now that my business is profitable, I want to share with you some tips that I learned along the way. Many people wonder how to make enough money to keep the business going or how to make their business profitable. I also share some tips for scaling and growing your business. This a value-packed episode. Enjoy!
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I get questions from people who are so excited to start their business, but they get stuck when it comes to picking out a niche. I admit it can be a journey. Once you lock down your niche, everything will start to come together.
Sometimes as small business owners we tend to overthink our next steps to the point where we never actually do the thing. This is called analysis paralysis. After working with many new business owners, I tend to see people get stressed and worn out over the little things. Take the leap and don't be afraid of failure. If something goes wrong, dust yourself off and try again!
I recently quit my part-time job to work on my business full time. This is actually my first week totally self-employed! I wanted to share the real tea on how my little candle business slowly evolved over the past 5 years.