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“Let's face it - a candle really shouldn't cost the earth,” says Alyson Sturley of TANDA, when I ask her what her candle brand is all about. “I tried to make a candle that was truly transcendent of style, age, and gender norms, whilst still maintaining affordability”.

I knew I liked this brand for a reason!

I’ve made a few candles in my time at home and while it may be fun and games to create a couple for yourself, turning that passion into a fully-fledged business is an epic undertaking.

It’s not for the faint hearted, that’s for sure, and it’s something that - like any small business venture - takes loads of determination and a lot of guts.

Trust me when I say that running any small business alone is next to impossible. I might produce the majority of the content for the blog, but my partner Gavin is the techy brains behind the operation and keeps the blog and store running around the clock.

For Queensland interior stylist Natalia Greer - one half of the team behind Mono Home - partnership is equally important.