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31 Women Who Successfully Launched an Online Business During COVID-19

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!

One week into quarantine, I received this text message from one of my close friends: 

“I just got laid off from my job and I have no idea how I’m going to pay the bills and provide for my kids right now…” 

She wasn’t the only one. 

Over the past few months, I’ve seen COVID-19 take job security and stability away from so many of my family and friends. I’ve chatted with some of my friends who are learning to adapt to the new “work from home” lifestyle while also juggling mom duties and homeschooling. 

Others have lost their jobs altogether and they’re now looking for ways to find remote work – a mission I’ve dedicated my life to since remote work changed my own life seven years ago.

Never in a million years would I have predicted that a global pandemic would be the catalyst for the remote work revolution.

Yet, here we are. 

Last month, we enrolled the largest number of students from all around the world into our online business academy in our company history…and the stories of these women overcoming challenges in their countries and lives as they’ve built a business in the middle of a global pandemic are absolutely mind-blowing. 

Despite the fact that many of these women are pursuing remote work and entrepreneurship for the very first time, they’re experiencing major success! 

Do you want to know the one thing they all have in common? I bet it’s not what you’re thinking… It’s not a fancy business degree, a shiny new home office, or tens of thousands of dollars in savings.

Their common thread is resilience. It’s the ability to make lemonade out of lemons to support themselves and their families no matter what it takes.

From new web design businesses and expert calligraphy studios, to must-shop online storefronts and top-notch coaches, these 31 women have built their businesses from the ground up during the most challenging months of their lives.

And I believe that these women’s stories from all around the world will bring you renewed hope and inspiration. And if you’re also ready to pursue your dreams of working from home… Well, I think you’ll quickly realize that you actually don’t need a fancy (home) office or even a business degree to follow in their footsteps. 

Don’t believe me? We interviewed 31 amazing women who have successfully launched an online business during COVID-19:

Table of Contents:

1. Francesca Diana Kennedy Wallbank | Founder of H₂O²

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Francesca is a 25-year-old from Horley, Surrey, United Kingdom

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, I was working as a super-yacht deckhand/stewardess in Dubai. Basically, I was cleaning the inside and outside of a super-yacht for the mega rich people of the world. Let’s just say, I am an expert at folding toilet paper into diamonds, raking carpets, and using a tooth-comb to clean a toaster. 

We were sailing to the Seychelles when the world started to lock down and it turned out that no country wanted to let us dock in fear that we could spread COVID-19. Therefore, we had to sail back to Dubai as this was the only port that would let us in! 

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

As my auntie contracted COVID-19, I flew back in April to the UK to be with my family whilst flight paths were still open. We are a very close-knit family and it is important we are around each other to support one another, especially during a time like this.

Moreover, due to the transport restrictions, the yachting industry dramatically reduced as no one was able to hire yachts. Basically, I have been left unemployed. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

During the height of lockdown in the UK, we were only allowed outside for one hour a day, so I started to go on long walks in the countryside and only wanted to carry the bare minimum: my phone, earphones and some water. However, I found my bulky cylindrical water bottles didn’t fit into my small bags or coat pockets meaning I had to compromise: either not carry water (which was never an option) or swap to a much larger bag. 

My current water bottles were also very heavy or held too much water that was required for a walk. That’s when I went on a hunt to find a water bottle that was flat and square, but I realised there was very little choice and of what was available, I could do better. 

I, therefore, started H₂O²: a flat, squared, sustainable water bottle which will give you every excuse to stay hydrated! We’re also looking to introduce long lanyards so you can wear your H₂O² bottle if you don’t want to use a bag!

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I am the Founder of H₂O², where I provide personalised flat, vegan, reusable water bottles in either black, white or pink. We prevent the need to purchase single-use plastic bottles on trips out as our bottles fit into your tiniest of bags, even fanny packs and large pockets! I officially launched on June 4th, 2020. 

All H₂O² bottles are made with vegan materials and use recycled, recyclable and biodegradable packaging whilst still maintaining safe shipment. I also operate as a carbon neutral company by using renewable resources to heat my house and selling my car and using my bike instead to deliver local orders.

Additionally, I’m a strong sustainability advocate and believe every consumer should know the full ‘carbon cost’ of each product. That is why the future product line will feature carbon neutral products by funding carbon-offsetting projects such as tree-planting.

What does your “home office” look like?

I have converted an unused ensuite into the ultimate workspace. It features large paintings and I particularly love the coffee break area for those 3pm pick-me-ups!

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Francesca’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

From being able to do an Insanity workout at 11:30am because I feel like it to sitting in my room in my pyjamas writing an article to publish, I now have control over my day!

Because I’m not spending two hours a day traveling to work, I have way more time to see my family and we’ve all bonded and become closer than ever. I’ve also been able to learn and research new topics and ideas to gather new inspiration which I LOVE!

2. Kristen Kurihara | Founder of MoveForward Community

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Kristen is a 36-year-old from Los Angeles, California

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I was a Marketing Director and Global Ambassador Program Director for Carbon38. Unfortunately, I was laid off due to COVID-19.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

With the fitness industry changing and studios closing, I have seen so many fitness and wellness professionals struggle to figure out what’s next. I felt the drive to create my business during this time because I saw the need for community and business support for these women. I never thought I would have an online business because I LOVE creating community in person, but when life throws you lemons, you gotta make limoncellos! 

“When nothing is certain, anything is possible!” 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of MoveForward, which I launched on June 15th, 2020, just three months after I was laid off from my corporate job. 

MoveForward was created to bring women in the fitness, health, and wellness industries together to create community. It’s a membership network that provides marketing coaching and business resources to empower them in their own businesses. In the membership, we offer weekly industry happy hours to navigate change together and two business webinars a month. There is also a PowerHouse library that features thought leaders and experts in the industry!

What does your “home office” look like?

My mom is a family and marriage therapist and takes client calls all day, so I am usually moving around the house to avoid listening to therapy eight hours a day and trying to get some things done. I don’t have a designated office space, but recently I have made the kitchen nook table my main hub with my light and microphone set up for video calls.

“I rented out my apartment for two months to pay for a web designer, so I am currently living at home with my parents.”

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Kristen’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I have the freedom to work remotely from home, even after things open up post-pandemic. I also plan to live part of the year in Italy where my boyfriend lives. We have been apart for four and a half months due to COVID travel regulations. I’m excited to be mobile!

3. Jess Poon | Founder of Grace & Oak Studio

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Jess is a 29-year-old from Ottawa, Ontario

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I own a wedding planning business which has been dramatically hit by COVID-19. I also work as a medical conference planner for my 9-5 and, fortunately, I still have my job as we were able to pivot to a virtual conference this year. However, the events industry (both weddings and conferences) have been hit drastically. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

To be honest, my original plan was to launch in March just as COVID-19 hit globally, but it was actually a blessing in disguise! 

“The pandemic gave me a chance to reflect, slow down, and reevaluate my plan. It allowed me to really holistically identify my vision, goals, and brand.” 

Design has always been a part of my life even though I never saw myself in that role. For some reason, it was really calling me in this year. I finally decided to listen to that voice and here I am! I have launched with my own studio, and I am so eager to learn more and collaborate with like-minded women who are serving selflessly and passionately in this world!

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

Grace & Oak Studio is a Branding and Web Design Studio that helps service-based business owners gain clarity and confidence through meaningful branding. As a one-woman studio, I offer a variety of branding and web design services that give business owners more freedom and time to do what they love. I officially launched on June 22nd, 2020!

What does your “home office” look like?

March through June, I had a pretty decent setup in my spare bedroom. I finally decided to put my white IKEA desk to good use, as well as my pink armchair! During the day, I spend most of my time at the desk. At night, I find myself on the couch or in my pink armchair with my laptop on my lap.

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Jess’s home office setup

What advice do you have for other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to start your business just because you are worried about how oversaturated the market is. There might be thousands of them out there, but there is only ONE you!

“Just start with what you’ve got! As long as you continue to stay curious, brave, and authentic, it will all come together. ”

4. Nicole Anelas | Founder of Nicole Calligraphy

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Nicole is a 26-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

Prior to COVID-19, I was an event coordinator at a university. I decided to leave my job in hopes that I would search for and find another one. I am super ambitious and gave my job 8 weeks’ notice. I had a ton of offers lined up, but when March rolled around, my offers were rescinded and I was caught in a hard place. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I created an Instagram account for my calligraphy work a year ago, but I basically neglected it. I never saw myself as a ‘legit’ business. I even had potential clients contact me and I ignored them. 

Since I had a ton of time on my hands due to COVID, my neglected Instagram started slowly growing. I set a date and prepared for my website launch!

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m an Atlanta Modern Calligrapher with more than four years practicing pointed pen and brush calligraphy.

While completing my chemistry degree, I struggled to focus in my final calculus class. In order for me to pay attention, I started practicing cursive. After one stay-at-home Google binge in 2015, I discovered a brush calligraphy tutorial on YouTube. I spent months learning and growing in brush calligraphy. And, I passed the class!

In 2019, I transitioned to modern dip calligraphy and began practicing design for weddings and events. And now, I’m the Artist and Founder of Nicole Calligraphy, where I create custom modern, romantic calligraphy for weddings and events. I help brides create calligraphy decor and invitations that encompass their personality!

I enjoy working with couples who want aspects of a traditional look but want the freedom of modern touches. I call it “Traditional with a Twist”. This year and beyond, I hope to create products, invitation suites, and workshops!

What does your “home office” look like?

I live with my sister, so I take my photos on my dining room table. For email and social media work, I work from my bed or my antique chair.

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Nicole’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

My online business has given me the freedom to share my creative side. Even though work is coming in slow because of COVID-19 impacting the wedding industry, I am still making money from my art!

5. Jane Baggs | Founder of Hello Kiddo

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Jane is a 30-year-old from Tampa, Florida

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected? 

I was a classroom teacher. Everything went digital, but I was thankful to still have my job!

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I learned a lot of online skills being forced to teach my class digitally and gained more confidence in that sense. I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and thought of this time as an excellent chance to create my own business!

“I love teaching but I have always wanted something more, to expand my reach.” 

So, I started reading, listening to podcasts, participating in webinars and learning as much as I could about becoming an entrepreneur. Once the school year ended in early June, I shifted my focus to completely devote my time to my new business. 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Hello Kiddo, where I sell teacher resources online! I officially launched in June of 2020. My mission is to engage, empower, and extend learning for kiddos around the world. My primary focus is Math right now. 

For six years, I’ve taught a high population of students with special needs, behavior challenges, and English learners. I had trouble finding ready-to-go resources online that could be differentiated to meet the needs of all of my students. My products include emphasis on engagement to get students to understand the WHY behind their learning and to be motivated to learn. My products also seek to EMPOWER students with the information and skills that they need to be successful, especially for those that have learning and language needs. Lastly, my products seek to extend learning for those kiddos that are ready to be challenged further. 

So far, I have created four products, but my vision is so much broader. I plan to expand my reach to sell on multiple platforms, create a blog, YouTube channel, and one day, personally coach other teachers in the classroom or in their journey to sell their resources online!

What does your “home office” look like?

My home office is in my guest bedroom! My essentials are post-it notes and notebooks. I am constantly jotting down ideas and mapping out products in my notebook.

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Jane’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

The hard work I put in on the front end to produce my products is truly a grind, however, once my products are posted, teachers all over the world can purchase and download as many times for as many years down the road. With each download, I will make more money without having to put in more work. It is a very sustainable business model!

“There is truly no limit; The possibilities are endless!” 

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6. Kaveri Vij | Founder of Designer Events Inc.

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Kaveri is a 30-year-old from New Delhi, India

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I am a wedding planner. However, weddings have been at a standstill and I predict the next few months to be the same. The majority of our clients are international brides and because of a standstill on flights and a fear in people to travel, our business is directly impacted by COVID-19.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Looking for options to diversify got us thinking in this direction. Being online was the need of the hour and educating the new talent was the need of the industry. Combining the two gave rise to the vision of having an online wedding planning school to empower the wedding planners of tomorrow! 

“Shining bright through the darkest days is what the true strength of an entrepreneur is. You can earn a living by turning any situation into an opportunity. You just need to believe in the power of your dreams.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

Designer Events Inc. is a six-year-old boutique luxury wedding planning firm. However, during COVID, we launched online wedding planning classes for budding wedding planners to understand this industry before stepping into it.

We aim to make this into an online wedding planning school by ensuring the next generation of wedding planners are responsible. So, this endeavor is to empower the wedding planners of tomorrow and to bring a change in the wedding planning industry!

What does your “home office” look like?

My home office is either my room or the dining table. Both are my comfort spaces and also make me available to my mother to help her with household chores. To conduct the workshops for students, I take over my father’s office as it has the best Wi-Fi strength. I usually sit on the floor in my room to make sure my back is straight and my body is always getting some yoga stretches in.

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Kaveri’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

Now, we are able to target a much larger pool of students in different geographic locations and time zones. 

“Our expenses have reduced, we are more connected to our wedding target market, and are able to work at our own time!”

7. Veronica Dummett | Founder of Sundar Studio

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Veronica is a 26-year-old from Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I was a Capacity Manager for a European Telemedicine Company. It was a newly created role when I entered it, so it was such a great challenge building it from the ground up into what it was when I left. It was a really great job and I still look back on the people, my travels, and the role with a lot of gratitude. It just wasn’t my heart’s work and I felt limited in my earning capacity. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I was taking this year to have a creative sabbatical to travel and build a business on the road from India and South America. I randomly purchased the Bucketlist Bombshells Academy when I was in a dorm room one freezing cold morning in Rishikesh, India. 

“Every day for six weeks, I showed up, worked through my courses, defined my services, and built my website.” 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Sundar Studio, where I provide personable, nurturing, premium quality web design and business support services for busy, heart-centered, creative entrepreneurs and organisations, locally and internationally. 

“I launched in June of 2020 and was completely booked out for July!”

‘Sundar’ is a Hindi word that is used to describe beautiful people and work. India is close to my heart, so it was a no-brainer when I discovered the word while creating my business. 

“I love working with good people, doing good things for the people and the planet.” 

What does your “home office” look like?

At the moment, I’m in a bit of a transient living situation, so my workspace is the kitchen table, the living room floor on a lambswool, or on the deck railing if I need a stand-up desk.

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Veronica’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I have the freedom to create my own days. In my previous job, I never took lunch breaks because it always meant an extra hour in the office and that was a strong, “no thanks.” Now, I enjoy my lunch, a walk, a swim, or whatever I want!

Plus, if I’m struggling to focus at a certain point in the day, I can take a break and go back to it in the evening. I can even lighten my workload if I want! 

“I’m in charge of how every day of my business looks!”

8. Sara Hoshooley | Founder of Charity Shift

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Sara is a 38-year-old from Vancouver, British Columbia

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I was an Executive Director of a health charity, Cystic Fibrosis BC and Yukon. 

Much of the fundraising was done through in-person fundraising events. Each spring, we had 14 cities across two provinces that did fundraising walks in their communities and a 2-day bike ride across multiple regions. Both major events were moved online, as well as our very large Fall Fundraising Gala. Our staff teams were significantly reduced because of the uncertainty with our fundraising events and I found myself without work. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

COVID-19 meant that funding for non-profit organizations and charities was precarious. I knew it was time to chase my dream of launching my own consulting and coaching business. 

Many charities and non-profit organizations are going through unprecedented challenges including loss of funding, layoffs and closure. I want to be able to help these organizations pull through this time and be successful and sustainable well into the future. 

“All of the services I offer can be done virtually and allow me to reach clients anywhere in the world.” 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

Charity Shift is a fundraising consulting and coaching company based in Vancouver, BC Canada that I launched on April 24th, 2020. My experience in fundraising includes customized coaching, grant writing, corporate partnerships, employee giving campaigns, direct mail campaigns, peer-to-peer, online event-based fundraising and sponsorship. I provide services to small to mid-sized organizations who are looking for advice and support. 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have offered services to a few organizations free of charge to help them during this challenging time.”

What does your “home office” look like?

I have converted my small sunroom in my apartment into my home office. My partner is also temporarily working from home and uses our kitchen as his office. Since we are both on a lot of calls throughout the day, we try to stick to our spaces as much as possible.

In need of extra security and stability amidst the pandemic? Get inspired by these 31 women who successfully launched an online business during COVID-19!
Sara’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I have the freedom to work when and how I want! That might mean having a beach day on a random Wednesday when everyone else is working or putting in long hours tackling a project for a client that I am super engaged in. 

“I now have the ability to work with the clients I want to work with and truly help people who are doing incredible things to change the world”

9. Sabrina Rewald | Founder of Sanar Law

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Sabrina is a 30-year-old from Warsaw, Poland

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

My husband and I started traveling the world in August of 2019 and planned to do so for at least a year. By that point we had road tripped across the U.S. with a stop at Burning Man, then to Philippines, Bali, Singapore, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

COVID-19 ended our travels early and had us return to Montreal, Canada from Medellin, Colombia. 

“COVID forced me to sit with myself and think about the most pragmatic and meaningful next steps given the circumstances, which somehow entailed a massive leap into entrepreneurship!”

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

My main motivation was to offer legal support through Michigan’s COVID-19 legal hotline for first responders. In order to do so, I needed to purchase malpractice insurance. I figured if I was purchasing insurance, I might as well start my own operation and take on other clients beyond the first responders!

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m an innovative international lawyer with a life purpose of helping others to practically realize their desires. In April of 2020, I launched Sanar Law, a virtual law firm offering legal services including wills, trusts and estate planning, contract law, and business formation and startup advice. I’m also currently moving into the realm of blockchain contracts. 

I graduated with both a Canadian and an American J.D. from the Detroit Mercy and Windsor Law Dual J.D. program. During my schooling, I received the Outstanding Woman Law Student Award from the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, among other awards and fellowships for my advocacy and service achievements. I’m a member of both the Michigan State Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. 

Additionally, I have an extensive background in advocacy, particularly in the not-for-profit arena. I continuously contribute to community efforts to achieve equity for marginalized groups. I currently sit on the Board of Directors of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia advocating for sexual and reproductive rights and justice. 

As for the naming of my business, while in Colombia, I came across the word “sanar” in my Spanish classes. It means to cure or to remedy. The word stuck with me as quite beautiful, and when the idea came to mind to start my own firm, I instantly knew how I wanted to brand it. 

“My mission is to remedy my clients’ legal qualms with excellence, zeal and compassion, leaving folks feeling whole, informed and satisfied!”

What does your “home office” look like?

My husband and I are still in an Airbnb temporarily until we sort out next steps. I use both our spare bedroom, which I converted into a small office space for times when I need peace and quiet. Otherwise, I set up at the kitchen table, sharing with my husband.

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Sabrina’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

Sanar Law has given me the freedom to dream realistically. I’ve never been an entrepreneurial person, but I suddenly feel as though opportunities I had only wished for are achievable!

10. Kirsten von Hagn | Founder of Anti Viral Threads

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Kirsten is a 39-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I was a massage therapist with a thriving mobile massage business with Nashville elite and music industry clients before moving to Kentucky for my husband’s new job. My husband worked two weeks in his new job before he was let go due to the pandemic. Because of the shutdown, I was unable to obtain my massage therapy license in my new state.

“We were stuck between a rock and a hard place!”

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I had always loved designing t-shirts. I started as young as high school, designing shirts for school events. It’s something that has been in the back of my mind for years. And with the ease of print-on-demand and easily accessible design software, this dream was no longer so far-fetched! 

I saw a design on Groupon for a quarantine-related shirt. Then I saw that Shopify was giving away 90-day free trials, and I thought, “I can do this. It’s now or never!” 

“The uncertainty facing my family was far scarier than launching my own store!”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

When I began Anti Viral Threads, I was designing witty shirts and other products pertaining to the circumstances of 2020. It started out as a campaign on Teespring, but it was going so well and I was enjoying it so much that I decided to start my own Shopify store!

I have since re-branded and pivoted the store to design for others. I am now designing mini-merch stores for women on a mission to do good. I’m loving creating designs that speak to their audience, enforce their brand, and give them a feel-good way to create another stream of revenue!

What does your “home office” look like?

I work wherever and whenever I can. With a new baby and a busy 6-year-old, I have to be incredibly flexible! I have an iPad Pro and it goes with me from the front steps, the couch, and the kitchen table, to our bed and sometimes just sprawled on the floor.

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Kirsten’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I absolutely love being able to stay home with my kids! I was a single mom for about four years and managed my own massage business. Luckily, my son is a very outgoing and flexible kid, so we rode that rollercoaster together.

As he entered kindergarten and I was uncomfortably pregnant with my daughter, I realized that I needed a way to help contribute while staying home. This new online business gives me that freedom!

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11. Maria-Paz Hornisch | Founder of The Digital Madl

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Maria-Paz is a 37-year-old from Munich, Germany

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I was a Senior Email Marketing and CRM Manager at a fashion and luxury e-commerce company. The company went bankrupt at the end of 2019 when I was on maternity leave which sparked the idea of starting my own online business!

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

When COVID hit, I saw it as a business opportunity to use my corporate expertise to serve others by helping them build their online businesses with so many people needing to transition online.

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I am the Founder and Business Coach behind The Digital Madl, which I launched in early March of 2020. I provide business coaching for moms who want to become mompreneurs, teaching them everything I was previously offering to my clients in my corporate job. 

What does your “home office” look like?

I work either at my kitchen table or in a little corner desk in the living room. When it’s not raining, I work on the balcony or go to a café or restaurant with Wi-Fi.

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Maria-Paz’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I now have the freedom to manage my own time, spend more time with my son, and am able to earn the money I want!

12. Jessie Liang | Founder of Acting Expanded

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Jessie is a 30-year-old from Vancouver, British Columbia

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

I’m an actor, playwright, and was working in front-of-house positions in different theatres in Vancouver.

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

I was on tour with Kim’s Convenience, had a play I wrote about to premiere in April, and worked as an Audience Services Manager and Box Office Attendant in different theatres. My tour got cut short, my play was cancelled, and we all got laid off since theatres won’t be reopening for a while.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I learned, researched, and had many conversations with entrepreneur and coach friends of mine. Since I was quarantined, I had time to see if this was the right move for me. This pandemic allowed me to be confident with this move because there’s no time like the present!

“I’ve always wanted to become an acting coach, but I thought it’d be years down the line.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder and acting coach of Acting Expanded, which officially launched on March 30th, 2020. I offer online courses for actors, 1:1 coaching, and am currently setting up my store to sell theatre and acting-related merchandise. 

What does your “home office” look like?

I mostly work from my desk in my room. I also work in the kitchen, living room, and the rooftop when it’s sunny. 

I have four post-it notes on the wall in my room that have my four elements of my “authentic code” or my most important values: Freedom, Self-Development, Spirituality, and Legacy Through Service. All my decisions stem from what those mean to me and I try to be in alignment with them every day. If decisions or actions don’t align with my “Authentic Code,” then I eliminate or delegate them. This is how I avoid burnout!

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Jessie’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I have the freedom to do what I love! I haven’t profited from it yet, but the goal is to have passive income allowing me to never have to take a day job ever again. Flexibility is key to an actor’s life!

13. Lara Reis | Founder of Maylea Studio

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Lara is a 27-year-old from Leer, Niedersachsen, Germany

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, I was working in marketing and finished my postgraduate degree.

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

2020 was the year that my idea of starting my own business would finally come true. Similar to everyone else, I felt the energy of the new decade. I was riding a wave of enthusiasm and ready to take action. 

Even though COVID-19 didn’t affect my previous job, I was already several months into planning to open my own business and I was slowly running out of time to do it. When all the paperwork was finally done, I leapt at the opportunity to launch my business. 

The official launch just so happened to fall right at the beginning of the pandemic spreading globally. Just after two weeks of the official launch of my business, everything was shut down.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

The idea of starting my own business was always in the back of my mind. A few years ago, I became a member of the Bucketlist Bombshells Community and dreamt of working remotely. This year was my year to do it. So, I committed to being brave, to listen to my heart, and to take the leap.

Through this pandemic, I have become more inspired and determined to follow my dreams. This crisis has inspired me to ask some tough questions right from the beginning. 

On top of learning how to run a business, I was also faced with the questions of how to thrive and survive a situation like this, as well as how to adapt and support others. Within my business, I realized that I wanted to be able to give back to the community and the environment as well as support causes important to me. 

“Although there is so much uncertainty, I have gained so much more confidence and resilience because I am growing through this crisis.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I am the Founder and Designer of Maylea Studio, a heart-felt, holistic Showit Web Design Studio for mission-driven businesses. My clients include other female entrepreneurs, such as photographers, beauticians, mompreneurs, who have a vision for how their business can have an impact on the people they work with. I launched in early March of 2020.

What does your “home office” look like?

I don’t have a designated office space yet, so my current home office moves throughout the house. Though I mostly work from my bedroom, I also brainstorm on the white board in the multi-purpose room or work at the coffee table on the living room floor. I’m grateful to be able to move around the house, as it eases the feeling of being cramped and helps me stay inspired.

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Lara’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

My new online business has given me the freedom to work while staying safe at home. It enabled me to support my family and help take care of other family members due to my flexible schedule. Amazingly, it also helped me connect with fellow entrepreneurs in my community and we were able to support each other.

14. Kayla Ihrig | Founder of Writing From Nowhere

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Kayla is a 27-year-old from Irwin, Pennsylvania

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

I’d been blogging for one and a half years with a dream of turning it into a career. I worked on my blog part-time and nannied part-time to pay the bills. I was barely getting by, but I really believed that if I kept improving my skills and connecting with people online, something would happen. 

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

I was furloughed from nannying. Suddenly, I had no income or idea when things would change. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I started my blog at the end of 2018 and I knew one thing for sure: I would not keep writing if no one was reading it. So, I learned to leverage the power of Pinterest to drive traffic to my website ever since then! When COVID-19 hit, I began helping other bloggers boost their own Pinterest game. What started as me simply answering questions in Facebook groups, became bloggers reaching out and paying me to manage their own Pinterest accounts!

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Writing From Nowhere, where I help bloggers get website traffic and brand reach through Pinterest Business Account Setup, Pinterest Management, and Pinterest Coaching! 

What does your “home office” look like?

I live and work from a converted studio apartment that I share with my husband. I work from the couch or a table that’s next to our bed. 

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Kayla’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

My life has completely changed since my business launched! My husband is planning on leaving his job this year and coming on board with me so that we can be location independent and travel!

“I’ve quit nannying, have more money than I’ve had since the start of my blogging journey, and I feel so fulfilled.” 

15. Roza van Lieshout | Founder of Habit Language Lab

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Roza is a 28-year-old from New Norway, Alberta

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

I’m a recent master’s degree graduate. I was working eight hours a week teaching evening English classes to immigrants coming to Canada while also searching for a full-time job.

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

When COVID-19 first hit Montreal, I lost my job since we were no longer able to teach in-class anymore. After about a month, I was hired back on and we started teaching English online via Zoom. Unfortunately, I was never able to find the full-time teaching job I was looking for as the ESL industry crashed. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

After I lost my job, I spent a lot of time on FaceTime with my sister discussing my situation and what I should do next. We came to the realization that while the part-time online teaching job I had wasn’t ideal, I learned that I actually love teaching English online and that it is something I could do on my own, from home. So, my sister encouraged and helped me create and launch Habit Language Lab

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Habit Language Lab, where I provide speaking and conversation practice to English language learners. I’m the English teacher that helps students become fearless English speakers! We launched on June 19th, 2020. 

At the moment, we offer a 30-minute tutoring session for both conversation and exam preparation and we also have an option for students to send in an audio recording of themselves to be analyzed. We will be launching our first ever Online Speaking Course soon to allow students to interact with each other (and myself) online and become more confident speaking English!

What does your “home office” look like?

I was living in Montreal when COVID-19 hit and it became too expensive to stay there as I couldn’t find a full-time job. So, my partner and I moved to Alberta to stay with my family. 

I spend most of my time working from my parent’s living room. When I’m meeting students online, I borrow my brother’s home office or work in the office on my parent’s farm for a better Wi-Fi connection. Neither are furnished, it’s just a table and a chair!

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Roza’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

Working online for myself has given me the opportunity to create my own content for my classes. I have spent so many years in school just learning and researching! It’s very refreshing and rewarding to be able to put what I’ve learned into practice and give my students exactly what they need to improve their English, instead of teaching what I’m told they should learn by someone else. I get to be my own boss and I’m in control of my own company! 

“Now, I’m able to work from home and spend a lot of quality time with my family.”

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16. Rebecca Spencer | Founder of Bex Create

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Rebecca is a 28-year-old from South Wimbledon, London

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I worked in Sports Marketing. Since lockdown though, I’ve been furloughed from my job.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I have always been passionate about art and design but have never had the time to focus on it due to the high pressure and weekend work that comes with my full-time job. These months that I have been on furlough have been tough but incredible. However, I can’t say how grateful I am to have been given this time to experiment, learn, and create. 

“Just having the free time to think and not be stressed by a 9-5 has been an absolute godsend and the catalyst I needed to start my business!”

I have found my passion and had the opportunity to apply my skills and learnings to something I love. I know it is a very difficult time for everyone, but it’s so great to be able to bring something positive from such a negative situation. 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Bex Create, where I offer Bespoke art and illustrative prints and artwork for sleek and modern home interiors.

What does your “home office” look like?

I move from the lounge to my bedroom quite frequently, as there are two of us working from home. In the bedroom, I set up my laptop on the table right by my art canvas in case I ever suddenly get the inspiration to start creating whilst I’m working!

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Rebecca’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I now have another source of income that brings my passion and dreams to life. My illustration business allows me to do something I love every day and make money from it! I can create, design, manage my website and ads from anywhere. It’s amazing to have that flexibility, and it has given me a taste of the life I want to live!

17. Amy Jo Opsal | Founder of Sports Marketing Coach

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Amy is a 30-year-old from Mankato, Minnesota

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I am the Programs Director for Youth Sports. We took a hit in registrations and our facility is unable to open at full capacity. I am still working but would love to leave to work for myself and help others. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I was inspired to help those in my volleyball community continue to grow while supporting them in this difficult time. 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Sports Marketing Coach, which officially launched on May 27th, 2020. I love serving the volleyball community by teaching athletes, sports clubs, sports facilities, sports apparel brands, and athletic entrepreneurs how to use the tools they have to share their passions.

More specifically, I deliver sports-specific marketing education and assist athletes and businesses who struggle with branding, list building, social media organization, paid ads, and more! 

What does your “home office” look like?

I use my bar area in my kitchen as my main table, which is essentially a standing desk! 

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Amy’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I have a creative outlet again! I am really enjoying connecting and teaching people what I know to help them grow. Seeing their success is what it’s all about! 

18. Jessica Tyson | Founder of Jessica Tyson Design

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Jessica is a 23-year-old from Orlando, Florida

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

Prior to COVID-19, I was a student with an agency internship. Unfortunately, my internship was cut short because of the pandemic.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

During my last semester at the University of Central Florida, Spring 2020, my initial thought process was to develop my resume, portfolio, and to start applying for design jobs so that I could have security right out of graduation. That was what everyone seemed to be doing. It’s kind of how the timeline of school played out. Study, develop, then BOOM; job. Right? 

After my class broke off for Spring Break, none of us realized it would be the last time we all saw each other. The news of classes being completely remote and no return to campus hit us the last day of our Spring Break week. It was shocking. It didn’t feel real and everything came to a halt.

I did what I thought I was still supposed to in those last few weeks leading up to my graduation; finalized my portfolio, set up my resume, and started applying to design jobs. It didn’t feel as exciting as I had thought it would, though. After the first 6-7 applications I sent out, I figured I would be excited. My heart would be racing at the thought of even just one of these employers getting back to me and setting up a Zoom interview. But it wasn’t. So I started to think; I can do this on my own. What if I can make my own business? Have my own clients? Questions upon questions started entering my mind, and then I was excited. I shared more about my experience of starting a business during a pandemic on my blog.

“Since the world was pretty much shut down and everyone was in quarantine, I had time to develop a plan and set forth on a business venture.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Jessica Tyson Design, a graphic design studio offering logo work, branding, layout design, illustrations, and more. I have also launched an online shop where I sell handmade pocket notebooks that are perfect for boss babes!

During COVID-19, I designed multiple graphics for a local restaurant to utilize to help create a more powerful and consistent brand on their social media platforms. Click here to check them out!

What does your “home office” look like?

I have transformed my bedroom into my office space. I decided to move my bed out into my living room so I can have a designated office space to utilize every day. It’s kind of fun and makes it feel like I’m living in a NYC studio!

I have always seen and appreciated the beautiful hand-lettered murals that my Instagram feed is always so filled with. It is such a beautiful art and can give such personality to an otherwise bland space. So, I set off to create a design for my new office space that was simple, yet encouraging and filled with color that I knew would inspire me.

After three hard-working days, my beautiful and inspiring wall message was done; Create Everyday. For me, it is a simple reminder to not let the small joys pass me by, whether it be creating a full on project for a client, or even just a small desk doodle. You can read more about my journey to creating an inviting office space here!

“Creativity fuels the mind into pursuing bigger and better things in the future!”

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Jessica’s home office setup with her hand-painted mural she designed!

What freedom has your new online business given you?

My online business has given me insight on who I am as a person, as well as my strengths and weaknesses. Plus, I get to work from home and spend more time with my two dogs!

19. Yuval Ackerman | Founder of Yuval Ackerman Copywriting

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Yuval is a 28-year-old from Berlin, Germany

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, I was working in Gastronomy.

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

The café I was working at completely closed for almost two months, and I had no alternative income. So, I had to come up with creative ideas to keep myself afloat financially. 

“Freelancing and getting back into writing was something that I have wanted to do for a long time.”

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

After a couple of days of complete disorientation, I decided to harness this difficult time to my advantage. So, I started to write a little more, publish myself, be out there, and learn more about business while developing new skills. I took it day-by-day, but learned a lot (and still am!)! 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Yuval Ackerman Copywriting, where I offer writing and editing services, as well as English-Hebrew translation and social media management. I officially launched mid-March, right when things started going bananas in Europe. 

“Despite the interesting timing, I managed to land major clients all over the world!”

What does your “home office” look like?

Truth be told, I mainly work from my bed because it is just so, so comfy. To my left, I always have my plant buddies, which I look at to remind myself to breathe. I take important phone or video calls on my couch since it looks better and puts me in the right mood. I also rearrange my desk all the time and sometimes work there.

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Yuval’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I now have the freedom to structure my day in a way that fits me! I have control of what and how I use my time, including eating better and exercising regularly.

20. Stefanie Grieser | Founder of Shine Bootcamp

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Stefanie is a 30-year-old from Vancouver, Canada

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

Prior to COVID-19, I worked as the head of marketing at a small technology startup. Due to the pandemic, I got laid off in early April.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Honestly, I couldn’t fathom applying or interviewing for a job. And even before COVID-19, I kept thinking, “What if I could work on my own business full time? What if I could put all my energy into it? What could it be?” 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I got tired of being told the reason there wasn’t a gender diverse conference lineup is because, “There aren’t enough qualified female speakers.” Rather than just talk about the problem, I wanted to be part of the solution. So, Shine was launched as a means to empower women with the tools and experience they need to get up on stage and share their knowledge.

As a professional speaking incubator and accelerator, we help women find and refine their voice and message, craft a compelling story and slide deck, deliver an engaging presentation, and build a supportive and fruitful speaking network. 

We host an intensive, 6-week online workshop for women who want to level up their public speaking. We also have a monthly membership with a ton of resources and an incredible community! 

What does your “home office” look like?

I don’t have a designated office space, and I love changing it up! When my meetings can be in-person, I love walking or meeting up in a park. I even did this during COVID-19!

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Stefanie’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

Starting and running my own business means I have so much freedom. It’s only been a few months, but I haven’t felt this good when it comes to my day-to-day life in three years.

No matter what, when you work for someone else, you are a slave to the 9-5; Monday to Friday, building their dream, not yours. I have always wanted to build my own thing, but if I am being honest with myself, I was a bit scared to take the leap. 

“COVID-19 and my newly found unemployed situation made me take the plunge I didn’t think I was ready to take.”

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21. Sandra Caetano | Founder of Dandelion Prints DIY

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Sandra is a 49-year-old from Benoni, South Africa

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has this been affected?

I was managing a team of contractors that renovated restaurants. My salary was cut and my division is waiting to hear if we will become redundant.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I had been looking to find something online for quite some time to bring in extra income after my divorce. During the first week of lockdown, I sat in front of my computer and started to research. 

“I don’t think I would have ever had the time to research and teach myself if it wasn’t for COVID-19.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Dandelion Prints DIY, where I provide templates for wedding stationery that are customizable and downloadable. I launched a month into COVID-19 lockdown, and spent the month prior teaching myself Photoshop and designing all the artwork. I knew nothing about design before I started!

What does your “home office” look like?

I have converted my dining room table into my work office, complete with a grey kitten that keeps me company. My only essential is my trusty Mac and my notebook!

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Sandra’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I have the freedom to be creative on my own terms! I’m also able to earn passive income, as the templates are only designed once and can be sold multiple times. 

“I aspire to be designing templates on a beach someday soon!”

22. Jerica Liew | Founder of Spill The Tea

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Jerica is a 21-year-old from Singapore

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I am an undergraduate studying political science. I got laid off from my part-time job working as a junior consultant because of COVID-19. I had a lot of free time to delve right into the Bucketlist Bombshells Academy

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

COVID-19 truly provided me with so much valuable time. Since I was cooped up inside, I had nothing much to do, allowing me to focus on the Bucketlist Bombshells Academy. I started the courses in May and launched my business by June! 

COVID-19 inspired me to start my own business since so many aspects of life are going to become even more automated, remote, and digitised. I took this as an amazing opportunity to pick up valuable tech and design skills, and realised I had so much overflowing passion for graphic design. 

“I’ve always dreaded the idea of having to work a 9-5 post-graduation, so I told myself that no matter how old or young I am, I am determined to never step into that corporate bubble and work for someone else.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

The go-getter in me combined my entrepreneurial spirit and passion for creating digital content to brew up Spill The Tea, a boutique creative studio dedicated to creating personal brands to be proud of! I offer custom branding, website design, and social media management to creative entrepreneurs and business owners. Spill The Tea launched on June 6th, 2020!

What does your “home office” look like?

I have a designated office space where I converted my study storeroom into a workspace. I have to work on a proper study table and chair to help get me into my zone of genius! With each client I take on for design, I have to play an associated genre of music to feel the vibes and get into that creative realm!

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Jerica’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I now have so much freedom to plan my own day, set my own client schedules, and steer my life with 100% control!

23. Leila Ghaddar | Founder of Wisdom Within

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Leila is a 25-year-old from Beirut, Lebanon

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

I was an Art Psychotherapist and Yoga Teacher in different settings, from mental health hospitals to schools.

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

It initiated me into leaving London, where I was based for a few years. I temporarily moved to the natural paradise of Dares Salaam, Tanzania, where my parents live and where I grew up. 

“I left my job and ended all my freelance projects, so I was free to paint my blank canvas in whichever way I wanted.”

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Due to my move and starting a new beginning, I had the space and inspiration from the nature around me to start creating what I had always wanted. I noticed the increasing awareness of holistic healing, so I used that as fuel to propel me into launching my own business. 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I am a Creative Holistic Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher and Special Educator. I launched Wisdom Within in May of 2020, providing children and adults with both therapy and yoga services online. 

I have a MA in Art Psychotherapy, BA in Psychology, and a Teaching Diploma in Special Education. I can offer therapy in English, French and Arabic. 

Additionally, I am certified in Emotional Freedom Technique and Thought Field Therapy. I am currently working on getting certified as a Tapping Practitioner. I’m also Pranic Healing Level 1, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, 200HR Sivananda Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Afrobeats Fitness Dance Teacher certified.

Working with both adults and children, I have ten years of experience in a combination of mental health hospitals, charities, schools, learning centers, and private practice. 

My specialization is, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, acute mental ill-health, eating disorders, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning and intellectual difficulties, spiritual experiences that need integration, and the practice of being human. I believe human beings are much more than a diagnostic label; these are only the tip of the iceberg that can help us find a starting point!

What does your “home office” look like?

My office is mostly floor-based in a corner of my room next to my altar. Sometimes, I move my ‘office’ to the balcony to get some fresh air and other times I visit the ocean and make that my office for the day! 

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Leila’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I now have the freedom to create with pleasure, to carve my own schedule that isn’t determined by the 9-5 hamster wheel, to lead and grow my business from a place of flow and desire, and of course, to take a lunch break by the beach whenever I felt like it! 

24. Cintia Radnothy | Founder of Labomnia

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Cintia is a 26-year-old from Budapest, Hungary

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, I worked in the sales department for a multinational company. 

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

My previous role ended just as COVID-19 started. I didn’t have a chance to look for another role due to quarantine. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Years ago, I had signed up for the Tech Skills Course and the Design Skills Course, but I never fully had the time to dive into them. Since I no longer had a job, I immediately realised that it couldn’t be a better time to start the courses and make my dream come true. 

“For years, I had been suffering and not happy with my previous job. COVID-19 inspired me to follow my dreams.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

Labomnia is a virtual assistant business specialising in online business strategy and management, as well as social media strategy and management. My main target customers are start-up companies just establishing their idea into a business and looking for a little organisation in order to fully maximise time. 

What does your “home office” look like?

I can work from anywhere! I frequently rearrange my flat so the desk is at a new place. However, there are days when I get sick of a desk and need to move over to the coffee table and watch Friends while working. 

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Cintia’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I have the freedom to work from anywhere. If I need to go home to visit my family, I can without having to ask a boss. Also, I’m not a morning person AT ALL. I love to work from 2pm until 11pm… and now I can!

25. Jennifer Brown | Founder of Graphics and Grace

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Jennifer is a 30-year-old from Concord, California

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

Prior to COVID-19, I was working in administration and office management. I was let go only after three months of starting as the manager of a printing company. They had to close my position out without rehire due to the decrease in sales that happened so drastically.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I have always had a passion for design! In my former position, I was known as the “flyer creator” girl. I took the Bucketlist Bombshells quiz, which gave me the confidence to pay for the Design Skills Course and follow through with starting a business!

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I am the Digital Design Strategist and Founder of Graphics and Grace, where I offer brand identity and logo design packages. I am passionate about working with small business owners who need to develop their online presence and cohesive brand identity! I launched on July 1st, 2020.

What does your “home office” look like?

I work in my kids room with my double screens and my faux marble countertop desk!

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Jennifer’s home office setup in her kids room

What freedom has your new online business given you?

My online business has given me flexibility in staying home with my kids and creating an income without the expense and risk of leaving my home!

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26. Kelsey Greene | Founder of Kelsey Greene Consulting

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Kelsey is a 29-year-old from Varysburg, New York

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I was a Marketing Manager for a non-profit. I left my job and moved out of my apartment at the end of January. In February, I went to Europe with a backpack and my laptop to start my journey as a digital nomad. However, I had to end my travels and come back to the United States because of COVID-19. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Without a place of my own, travels to look forward to, or a job to invest in, I dove into building a more structured online business while staying with my family in rural New York. 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Kelsey Greene Consulting where I help female entrepreneurs design content strategies that honor themselves and those they care about so they can ethically grow their impact with ease. I offer content auditing, digital consulting, and custom coaching packages!

What does your “home office” look like?

I try to do as much work as possible on our front porch with a beautiful view. Most of my video calls are in the guest bedroom I’ve been residing in. I sit on the floor and prop my laptop on my laundry hamper to best utilize the little bit of plain taupe wall available for a more professional background.

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Kelsey’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I don’t know where I’m going or when I’m going to be able to travel again, but I’m grounding in confidence and holding on to hope because amidst the turmoil, I’ve proven I have the capability to turn my visions into reality!

“My new online business has helped me continue to uphold my self-worth and pursue my dreams during a time when so much is uncertain in my life.”

27. Lonneke van Zegveld | Founder of Omeshorn Marketing

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Lonneke is a 24-year-old from Lech, Austria

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

I worked at the tourism office in Lech, Austria. 

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

I was supposed to be part of organising and marketing an upcoming event as a part-time job, so that I could combine it with starting my online business. Unfortunately, they ended up not needing me anymore. I was already planning on going out on my own, but COVID-19 sort of sped up this decision. 

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Creating my own online business had been on my mind for a while, but COVID-19 provided me with the time to actually set it up. 

“COVID made me realise how important the digital world is and I saw that I could definitely be valuable to brands and companies during this time.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

Wine is how my interest in this fun and fast-paced industry started. I was lucky enough to be able to do a Marketing and Sales internship at a beautiful winery and wine resort in Tuscany, Conti di San Bonifacio. After this stunning experience under the Tuscan sun, I returned to Krems to finish my Bachelor in International Wine Business. With my Bachelor degree in my pocket, I started my career in Online Marketing at MH Direkt where I managed Radbag, the online shop. 

Now, I’m the Founder of Omeshorn Marketing, an online marketing agency offering SEO, social media marketing, and basic website design. My services are mainly provided to the tourism, wine and real estate industries!

What does your “home office” look like?

My home office situation is still a bit messy at the moment. I only have one table in my apartment, so I’m using that as my office and for eating. I often move my office to my balcony and absolutely love working from there! 

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Lonneke’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I now have the freedom to plan my own days, which I love. I enjoy starting earlier in the morning, leaving more time in the afternoon to go on walks or enjoy a glass of wine with friends! 

28. Aman Kaur | Founder of Essence Tea

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Aman is a 24-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I was a Data Analyst. Luckily, the IT industry wasn’t as badly affected as some of the other industries during the pandemic. Since my work is solely based online, it was easier to work from home and still give the same output as I would in the office.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Due to working from home and having flexible hours, I was able to spread my schedule out. I found time in-between my work to work on my business. I also worked late nights knowing I didn’t have to wake up early to be at work for a 9am start. 

“This mental flexibility really increased my motivation to start my business!”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I am the Founder of Essence Tea, an online store specialising in herbal teas. We also sell herbs and spices, teaware and tools, along with tea gift packs. Our products are 100% organic and vegan, the teas are sugar and caffeine free, the spices are grounded using wholesome produce to cater to your health goal. Soon, we’ll be releasing tea sets for every tea party!

What does your “home office” look like?

I have taken over the end of the kitchen table with my two laptops, one for my IT job and the other for my business.

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Aman’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I always wanted to start my own business to have a side hustle and passion in my life. I truly believe in life balance, so I can never be too busy or have too much on my plate to not do something I am passionate about!

29. Kyra Price | Founder of Rebel Compass

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Kyra is a 17-year-old from Castleton, New York

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, I worked in retail part-time, but quickly realized a regular 9-5 job was not for me. I wanted to create my own job, one that I enjoyed and was passionate about. I wasn’t sure what yet, so while I was figuring that out, I was living off of my savings. 

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

I was no longer working in retail and didn’t have a job yet. However, COVID-19 further encouraged me that I was on the right path. I saw friends losing their jobs because the retail stores couldn’t open and I realized how unstable that career path was. People started to finally understand my logic behind the desire to work differently.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Since I wasn’t around many people during the pandemic, I was lacking a lot of connection. That pushed me to create a community that could sustain in a time like this. I was inspired to connect with amazing women with like-minded business ideals. 

“I finally had plenty of time, so excuses were no longer an option.”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Rebel Compass, a blog for all young women to share their stories, inspire each other, and build an online community. My goal is to create a place where women can be their authentic self and know that they are heard and encouraged to go their own unique direction. 

Rebel Compass is also an online shop, selling printables, digital planners, notebooks, and journals! We officially launched on April 25, 2020. 

What does your “home office” look like?

My home office is really anywhere I want it to be! I love working outdoors, and as long as I can use my hotspot, I’m all set. I’ve worked anywhere from my bedroom floor to a tree stump on a hike. My most important office essentials are snacks and good ole country music! 

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Kyra’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I now have the freedom to work anywhere. I love being able to go on a fun adventure when I want and still be able to work. I can even create content from that fun break! 

“My new business has given me the freedom to stop feeling so trapped by the impending doom of a 9-5 job.”

30. Emma Pilkington | Founder of Emma Pilkington Photography – Online Courses

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Emma is a 33-year-old from Manchester, UK

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19 and how has it been affected?

I am a Wedding Photographer. When COVID-19 began, most of my work for the year disappeared overnight.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

Photography is not just my career, it’s my passion. Since I had all this free time, I decided to use it wisely and share my knowledge! 

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

After several years working in various creative industries, I found my passion working as a fine art wedding and portrait photographer. I longed to create images full of glowing natural light and I’ve spent years dedicated to the craft of creating the kind of images that I adore and make my heart sing. 

While mentoring numerous photographers at all stages of their careers, I found that the same topics and questions come up time and time again. So, I decided to create a series of online mentoring courses to help others develop their photography skills and branding!

Now, I’m not only a Wedding Photographer, but I’m also the Founder of Emma Pilkington Photography – Online Courses where I offer a Capturing Light course for fine art wedding photographers!

What does your “home office” look like?

I have my own office space, which I also set up as a product photography studio. It’s a calming space where I often have chill-out music and a diffuser on. It has a relaxing view of the countryside. 

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Emma’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

Creating an online course series has given me the freedom to spend more time at home, enjoying my local countryside for walks, cooking long dinners, and relaxing in my garden with a good book. Usually my schedule is a lot more hectic and I have to travel a lot for work, so this slower pace of life with my new income stream has been amazing!

“This passive income source has given me more job security!”

As a wedding photographer, my work is very seasonal. However by creating courses, I will now have regular earnings throughout the year. This gives me the freedom to be more creative without worrying about trying to book photoshoots and weddings to earn money!

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31. Jenn Binnington | Founder of Jenn Binnington VA Services

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Jenn is a 29-year-old from Toronto, Ontario

What type of job were you working in prior to COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, I was working at an experiential marketing agency.

How did COVID-19 affect your previous job?

Since COVID-19 shut down any event with large numbers of people in attendance, my job halted. With gatherings shut down, we had nowhere to take our client’s brands for marketing activations. We have tried to pivot some of our marketing strategies to work during COVID, but not all of them have been able to have a successful return.

How did COVID-19 inspire you to start your own online business?

I had always been uncertain about launching a business built on my own skill sets and feared that I couldn’t put myself out there until I knew everything. 

“COVID-19 fueled the launch of my own business because I finally had time to focus on what I want for myself as a career.” 

Having more time gave me the confidence to tell myself, “This is something I am really passionate about. If I can express that passion, I know it will resonate with others and allow me to get started. I know a lot, I am versatile, and anything I don’t yet know I have time to learn. So, I CAN feel confident. I don’t need to know everything. I just have to be willing to take that first step and be open to learning new things along the way!”

What type of online business did you launch during COVID-19?

I’m the Founder of Jenn Binnington VA Services, where I offer virtual assistant services to wedding and event industry professionals. I launched at the end of March!

What does your “home office” look like?

My home office is my living room couch and coffee table. While I recognize the benefits of having an ergonomic work set up, growing up as a dancer means I’m usually more comfortable sitting like a pretzel anyways. So, this setup is great for me!

If I feel the need to get outside and enjoy some fresh air while working, I’ll take myself over to a parkette around the corner from my house. Living in the city means no backyard or balcony!

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Jenn’s home office setup

What freedom has your new online business given you?

I feel a lot more confident in my ability to put myself out there, talk about my passions, get a better pulse on an industry I love, grow my network, and focus on self-development. It’s so freeing to feel like I have a strong understanding of myself and be able to share that with others!

“Without starting my own business, I would have never been able to unlock this type of confidence inside myself.”

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