How to Start an Aromatherapy Home-Based Business


Aromatherapy has grown very popular for its therapeutic purposes, such as its ability to positively impact stress, skincare and various health ailments. If you have an interest in starting your own aromatherapy business, not only will you have the start-up costs, but you will first need to study its different theories and applications. You will need to learn the uses of different oils and their purposes to run the business efficiently. Starting an aromatherapy business may require expertise, but it certainly can turn into a big profit.

  • Once you decide you’re serious about starting an aromatherapy business, become educated about all it entails. You can take classes to learn about the different herbs and essential oils involved in aromatherapy. Learning all you can about the kinds of essential oil good for certain ailments benefits not only you, but it also contributes to the credibility of your business. In this way, you will know what to offer to your customers. If you don’t have the time, consider hiring an aromatherapy expert or someone with great knowledge who provides excellent customer service.

  • Before launching your aromatherapy business, design a business plan. Decide on a memorable name and provide the required start-up costs. Include your business’s goals and marketing plan. The business plan will guide you in making business decisions and other financial projections.
  • Set up your store. Renovate an area in your house where you can display your different products. Design the interior to reflect your business. Visit other local aromatherapy shops or spas to get some ideas. Make sure you have a separate phone line for business only.
  • Contract a local supplier. You will need different essential oils made from certain roots, flowers, leaves, fruits and other ingredients. You must have an adequate supply if you plan to sell customized aromatherapy scents. Consider contracting several herbalists in your area to prepare custom-made products exclusively for your shop or shops.
  • If you don’t have a big budget, start your aromatherapy home-based business online. Start a small business by selling through the Internet. Research how to start a website and its design features. You will likely need to hire a web designer and even a professional photographer to shoot high-quality photos of your products for display. Ensure you learn about the different shipping methods and their costs.
  • Brand your business with special packaging for the products. Place the business name and logo (as well as other important details such as contact number and address) in a highly visible place. This provides other people with the means to identify your business; further, it functions as a form of advertising as well.
  • Expand revenue by adding other items to your shop. Sell scented candles, potpourri, incense and other aromatherapy items to bring in more profit.
  • Advertise your business. Print fliers and brochures and distribute them in your area. Place ads in your local newspaper and other media publications to spread the word about your aromatherapy business.

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About the Author: Marie Mayle is a contributor to the MegaHowTo team, writer, and entrepreneur based in California USA. She holds a degree in Business Administration. She loves to write about business and finance issues and how to tackle them.

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