Women who quit 9-5 to make Welsh products

Women who quit 9-5 to make Welsh products

 

 

When she quit her car sales job to start her own beauty brand in 2018 Elina Davies had only £100 to pursue her dream.
 
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Ms Davies, from Aberystwyth, developed her own hair oil after being unable to find a natural product for her curls.
 
She is one of many Welsh businesswomen showcasing made in Wales products at the National Eisteddfod.
 
BBC Wales spoke to stall holders about the challenges of quitting the 9-5 to pursue their passions.
 
After leaving an administration job, in 2018 Emily Jones started Pretty Little Props.
 
The 26-year-old started making Covid masks when lockdown began, before starting to make scrunchies from her front room later that year.
 
After sewing scrunchies with the help from her rugby player partner, she got a shop in November last year.
 
She said: "It's crazy taking the leap from being employed to being the employee."
 
Ex-teacher Amanda Jones, from Bridgend, set up her business 'Gweni' in 2015, after taking the plunge into making her own candles.
 
She tried to have children for years - trying lots of different treatments - and got to the point where she felt she needed to do something for herself.
 
"It's fabulous to now look at my stall and think, whoa, ten years ago I was a teacher and I'm so proud of what I got now." she said.
 
After working for the public sector the 51-year-old admitted "she didn't have a clue" about running a business, marketing or social media.
 
However, Amanda enjoys the challenge, saying: "you'll never get bored, there's always something new to learn or do".
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