When single-mother Kristin Scott found herself unemployed after working a job she hated in May 2012, she didn’t look for another job. Instead, the Youngstown-native followed her dream and opened up her own soy candle business, Gifts From A Virgo.

“It just all came from an idea. It was literally something that I fell into. I couldn’t find a decent job so I thought about candles. Everybody loves candles,” she said.

Since then, she’s launched a successful enterprise with more than 50 fragrances that also double as a natural soy wax, which when melted act as natural moisturizing massage.

Her loyal fan base can be seen on her social media pages raving about their favorite candles and include R&B singer Tiffany Evans, media mogul Karen Civil and Necole Kane of (formerly known as

The self-described candle lady has never shied away from her humble beginnings and shares five tips she’s learned along her entrepreneurial journey:

  1. Ask Questions

You will never have all the answers, and that’s OK. When I first began making candles I knew very little and depended heavily on my mentor and the feedback from friends and family.

Reaching out to experts in your field is a vital way to gain information and avoid unnecessary hurdles that could possibly set you back in the future.

  1. Do the research

I could have made any kind of candles, but I wanted to create the best product for my customers and something that I’d be proud to use in my own home. After researching the health benefits of soy wax candles, I knew I was on the right track.

  1. Take Action

Time is money, and I wasted no time before I started solidifying my client base.

Even if you’re in the beginning stages of your business, it’s important to start small but get moving!

  1. Confidence is essential

Once I changed the narrative in my head that in spite my business inexperience, I was going to be successful, my behavior followed. If you don’t believe in your dream, how can you expect anyone else to?

  1. Network

I know you’ve heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” a million times. It’s probably because it’s true.

Building meaningful relationships, attending events and putting yourself out there can make the difference in your new found venture becoming a success or not in its incubating stage.

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