We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Yim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
One of the most important things that I have learned is how to decide yes and no for myself. People from all sides will tell you what you need to do, what is right and wrong for your business, and all of their opinions. While it is good to have people who will make sure you are thinking about things, you still need to be able to sift through those thoughts and opinions to decide what YOU want, and what your vision for your business will be.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Working with candles was definitely not where I ever thought I would end up. In college I majored in communications and was dead set on working in journalism. However, after graduation I realized that I was not meant for that direction. I struggled to find a job, but I found a raft in the world of delivery. Then Covid hit. Around March 2020 when the first lockdowns started occurring, I was met with an unfortunate situation of being attacked. This attack left me with an unplanned medical bill, being forced off solid foods for almost a month, and being stuck at home with the inability to work. I had to figure something out to make money. Because of this I decided to turn my hobby of candles and candle making into a job. It was hard switch, but I stuck it out because well, I had no choice at the time.
Even though I was in a rush to make money, I wanted my brand to say something. I have always loved bold colors and the way they can make people feel, so I thought why not make my main thing color. It was exactly what I needed. Each candle is a different color on the spectrum based toward each candles individual scent. When you put them all together, it forms a rainbow, and now I have so many scents that I have been able to in essence create rainbows within rainbows. Every time I look at them together, it truly warms my heart and feels right.
Because of this business helping me, I wanted to grow it to a place where I could help others. I have now been able to do that. Yim Creations has now held multiple fundraisers that have helped organizations with their development, and also helped others other organizations with raising funds for philanthropic causes. Our most recent fundraiser assisted in raising funds for refugee children and families amidst the unrest in Afghanistan.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends and I have taken many trips together over the years, and something that they all know I would do is first and foremost take them to one of my favorite coffee shop spots. If it was a week, I would take them to a different one each day. Then of course a good bookstore, and cute photo spots. Last, and most important would be food. I know all of us would agree that as long as it is local we would eat almost anywhere. Most of my friends own small businesses as well. We all know what supporting small and local businesses can do for people.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I completely agree with this. I would absolutely not be here if it wasn’t for those around me. I would like to dedicate this to all of my friends that have supported me from day one. Whether it was helping with design, taking photographs of products, liking and sharing my content, or just being there for me, every single one of them matter more to me than they realize. I could not have done any of this without them.
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