AN entrepreneur has told how his side hustle was a flop until he managed to turn it into a £28,000 a week business.
Mark Sellar, from Melbourne, Australia, launched a series of business ventures after winning almost £600,000 on a reality show.
He told news.com.au: "I got quite fortunate, then that allowed me the financial freedom to start developing products without that risk."
His business ideas – including a door stop firm and an automated CD generator – did not come with the success he had hoped for, however.
But after a string of disasters, Mr Sellar, 39, got lucky when he noticed people at the beach trying to cover their faces with t-shirts.
It inspired him to crate a tent-like face shield made a reflective material, able to fold down and be put in a bag.
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He launched the product, Shader, in 2018 and at first thought the idea was a fail too.
Mr Sellar said: "It started really slow. The first week we barely sold any – we thought this wasn’t working.
“Then all of a sudden it went absolutely crazy.”
The product started being shared on Facebook and became popular – until the pandemic hit and people stopped going outside.
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But as Mr Sellar's original product was made of wood, he decided to use the pandemic to have a rethink.
He created a version that was lightweight, sleek and easy to carry.
It meant transportation costs were lowered too – and after restrictions lifted businesses started to boom again.
He now rakes in £28,000 a week and hopes to launch the product in the US next year.
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And a former flight attendant ditched the skies to focus on her side hustle – and revealed that she now rakes in more than £25,000 a month.
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