AN ONLINE jewelry saleswoman has revealed how she quit her $45,000 a year retail job to focus on her side hustle, which now earns her over $300,000 a year.
Maya Portorreal, 27, left her job as a retail assistant at Pierre Hardy in New York in 2020 and devoted herself entirely to her online business, Kitten Co. Jewelry.
However, her experience at Pierre Hardy helped lay the foundation for her brand, lamenting that most “trendy and fun” jewelry was either unaffordable or made from cheap materials that made her itchy.
“I have very sensitive skin. I can’t wear brass…I can’t really wear too much copper,” Portorreal told CNBC’s Make It.
“I thought, ‘Why not try to build a business with something that I really need?'”
Using $2,000 from her savings account and contacting suppliers and manufacturers, she launched her online business Kitten Co. Jewelry, making affordable, skin-friendly jewelry.
By incorporating his social media skills and reaching out to online influencers, his business will soon flourish.
Her “big moment” for her business came when rapper Saweetie wore her Maiko butterfly necklace in her music video for the single Best Friend, featuring rapper Doja Cat.
“I never [predicted] earn as much as I do now,” she told the outlet, adding, “I never thought it would happen so quickly.
Now, Portorreal’s business typically earns him over $30,000 a month in revenue and brings in between $15,000 and $20,000 in profit a month.
Her brand sells over 150 different products, including rings, earrings, earrings, necklaces and anklets.
However, she is always looking to expand and add more products to her business. “I like having a wide variety of options for everyone to find what they like, to find their version of themselves in my style,” she said.
Last month, we revealed that Jim Battan from Oregon built his backyard pool in 2012 and was using Swimply to rent it out.
Over 9,000 bathers have since flocked to Battan Pool since September 2020.
The 57-year-old has earned around $177,000 in less than two years, according to CNBC.
He and his wife Lisa spend about 12-14 hours a week cleaning the pool, managing reservations and testing chemicals in the water.
The pool comes at a cost as Battan has spent over $110,000 building it and over $35,000 maintaining it over the past decade.
He told CNBC he views the pool as an “investment” and takes it “very seriously.”
But, Battan warned that “it takes a long time to learn pool chemistry and management”.