Jillian Morkan set up her own enterprise providing designer vintage purses in lockdown, immediately after losing her total-time task.
She experienced worked in marketing and advertising but as the pandemic hit, the 41-calendar year-aged discovered herself out of function in March.
Having a leap of faith, she established up her dream business, Legacyhandbags.com, even though at dwelling and she is now aiming to make the site her complete-time profession.
Ms Morkan, from Ballyboughal in north Co Dublin, said: “I went to Japan for the World Cup in October very last yr and noticed there was a massive industry for pre-cherished designer baggage.
“I came again and it stayed with me. I like my bags but I don’t want to pay out total price tag. I want a very good offer.
“I believed I’d appear back and established one thing up but I was sitting down on my palms. Then I lost my job in March.
“I thought this is the time, I need to have to get my finger out. I experienced practically nothing to get rid of, so I did it.
“I worked on my personal website and I was accepted for a investing on the internet voucher and the Regional Company Workplace in Swords has been good.”
The fledgling entrepreneur experienced been spending €400-a-thirty day period for right after-faculty treatment for her daughter Lucy (10). However starting up her have business enterprise intended she could do the university run and function.
“I decided I needed to be equipped to drop my daughter to school and pick her up,” Ms Morkan claimed.
“And that’s really hard with an workplace work. It just felt this was genuinely the ideal time to start off my have organization.
“It will usually be a scary time to established a small business up. But I don’t consider any person has a position for lifetime anymore, apart from probably a civil servant, so why not start off a thing yourself?
“There’s a mortgage loan to spend and I am blessed I have a associate since I did not see this coming.
“But now I’m functioning at my own company, something I’m seriously passionate about and have so a great deal awareness on.
“I don’t spend just after-college costs anymore, there is no commuting expenses. And social media is seriously aiding get the title out there.”
She thanked Samantha Kelly, who operates Women Encourage, a business enterprise network for women and the Local Business Business office for guidance as she received commenced.
Ms Morkan has even started off filming herself for marketing video clips with the designer purses. And 1 unlikely star of the exhibit is her new cat, Lola, who has been getting interest from clients.
“She just retains showing up in the movies and people today get in contact inquiring me about her. She’s a good colleague.
“I’m planning to do pop-up retailers but with Covid, that could possibly not be til next 12 months,” she stated.
“But so considerably, so excellent online.“