Teenager makes £56,000 in six months after turning hobby into business

A young woman revealed that she’s made £56,000 in just six months after starting a hobby as a teenager during the Covid pandemic.

Nina Alston, now 21, from Australia, claimed she had too much free time after her university course moved entirely online.

So, the young woman learned how to make jewellery using tips from YouTube – and quickly found that she had a knack for the creative pursuit.

Speaking to news.com.au, Nina explained: “I was fortunate to be living at home with my parents throughout the pandemic and only had my online university course to fill up my day, so I had a lot of spare time to dream up new ideas.

“I love jewellery, have lots of piercings and I was always on the hunt for fun, high quality, low cost earrings — and so I decided to start making my own jewellery for fun”.

Nina went on to start her own Depop shop, The Messy Archive, at the age of 19.

And then, she set-up an Etsy store to sell off the extra pieces she had made.

Growing her business further last year, she created her own website to sell the gold-plated jewellery from.

Having to stay at home during lockdowns meant that she had plenty of time to plumb into the business.

And, she began to accept custom orders and devised her own branded packaging.

Now, 21, Nina has made a fortune on her website.

She said: “In the first six months of selling on our own website, we made over $100,000 AUD (around £56,000) in sales and we hope to triple that figure in 2022.

“I have a lot of amazing influencers who reach out to us directly with requests of gifted and paid collaborations.”

Now, the young woman’s designs have been spotted on Olivia Rogers, Tammy Hembrow and Isabelle Mathers who have millions of followers.

And, stylists for celebrities like Willow Smith and Hailey Bieber have followed the Messy Archive on Instagram.

Meaning, the small jewellery business is likely to go from strength to strength.

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