Busy mum from Titchfield turns her side hustles into her career with two new businesses
A BUSY mum-of-two used her time on maternity leave to create two new businesses.
Her efforts paid off, for when she was made redundant from her recruitment role due to the pandemic, she was able to turn her ‘side hustles’ into her career.
Sarah Hurja from Titchfield set up the companies with plans to keep them going on the side when she returned to her job in recruitment.
The 34-year-old said: ‘I did everything initially as a side hustle, with the plan to do it all on the side when I went back to work, so when I was made redundant I had them ready to go and I was able to focus my energy on that rather than getting down about the situation.’
Sarah was made redundant from her job in October after being furloughed when her maternity leave ended.
The first business she set up is a jewellery brand called Gem&I Jewellery. The brand offers sustainable, luxury-but-accessible products, which was officially launched in November.
Being a mum-of-two, Sarah wanted to wear luxury jewellery but her budget didn’t always allow this, so ended up buying cheap items from high-street stores which were low quality and sometimes caused allergic reactions or her skin to turn green.
She said she wanted to launch a middle-ground between high-end and high-street, which could allow mums like herself to wear beautiful jewellery while staying within their budget.
Sarah said she is also an avid user of crystals for their healing properties, so wanted to incorporate this into the brand, so she could wear her favourite crystals at all times.
The second business is a photography company, Arlo & Ivy Photography, which was born out of Sarah’s love for being in front of the camera. She attended a few photoshoots with another local company and wanted to make other people feel the way she felt when she was being photographed.
She began by photographing her own children and training online with different photographers during the first lockdown. She then started photographing friends and their children and the business snowballed and she now photographs families, children, women, partners and more.
She added: ‘It’s been a rubbish year, but 2020 has made me. I’ve turned a bad situation round and made something of it.'