Motivated by doing what they love and, for some, the desire to be a stay-at-home mum, these budding entrepreneurs are doing some amazing work.
Before becoming a mum Marayna Baker was dedicated to her job as a primary school teacher. Then, at the end of 2013, she and her husband welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Mackenzie, into the world and everything changed.
“People say that your whole perspective on life changes when you become a mum and, boy, were they right,” Marayna says.
“Teaching was no longer my my reason for getting up in the morning. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum, so I set about starting my own accessories label — Kenzie.”
Marayna began by selling her accessories at the local markets in Townsville. She also created Facebook and Instagram accounts and sold directly through these. It wasn’t long before businesses started contacting her about wholesaling and now she has over 27K Instagram followers.
“I’ve also started to stock other Australian handmade labels alongside my own and, with more than 50 labels on the website, we’re now known as the Kenzie Collective,” Marayna says.
“Being a WAHM (work-at-home mum) is challenging but knowing I’m changing people’s lives, one accessory at a time, is a dream come true. I’m determined to show people that wearing statement accessories to the grocery store is A-OK!”