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.
KYIA AND MATHEW HARM
Akoya Pearls Australia
For the Harm family, an oyster-shucking hobby has turned into a home-based jewellery business selling cultured pearls.
When Kyia Harm was scrolling through Facebook and saw a live feed of a lady shucking oysters in America she was fascinated by the different-coloured pearls being discovered.
Pretty soon the whole Harm family were hooked with Kyia, her husband Mathew and their children Natalie (10) and Jack (5) enjoying the process of uncovering pearls.
“I love opening each oyster, not knowing what colour pearl and how many will be inside,” Kyia says.
“My most exciting find to date was twin pearls that were a stunning ocean blue.”
Once the pearls are revealed, Mathew sets them in a specially designed drilling machine then transforms them into earrings, bracelets and necklaces sold through their business Akoya Pearls Australia.
“We’ve also joined the markets locally around Townsville and started oyster revealing live on Facebook every Sunday from 4pm,” Kyia says.
“Our pearls rate AA to AAA in quality, with AA meaning the surface will have a very high lustre and at least 75 per cent of the surface will be defect-free and AAA being the highest-quality pearl and virtually flawless.”