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.
Shh Quiet Books
Tannya Brough had her children (Noah, 5, and Rose 3) young and needed a way to help bring in income for her family when Shh Quiet Books was born.
“We’d just moved here from Brisbane as my husband was changing his career — working night shift at Woolworths while studying full-time to be a nurse,” Tannya says.
“When my friend said I should go into business with my activity books I advertised them in my local buy, swap, sell and had incredible interest!”
With help from her mum Julie, Tannya hand-makes 25 different types of play-based educational activity books using felt, buttons, zips, cotton, snaps and beads.
“The books come with the child’s name on the cover and take up to four weeks to create,” Tannya says.
“I’ve had customers buy Shh Quiet Books for their children as they’re great for calming children who are anxious or over-stimulated.”
Tannya is also studying nursing full-time as she’s always dreamt of being a midwife but, never fear, Shh Quiet Books are here to stay.
“A lot of love goes into my books and I plan to continue with them even when I start nursing,” Tannya says. “I want to offer more activities and maybe one day get my books in stores.”