Side Hustle Gold: 4 Inspiring Women’s Stories

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There are two things to keep in the front of your mind as you put your energy and time into a side hustle.  First, you should be doing it because it’s something that is clearly on YOUR path, it’s part of your passions and dreams.  Second, beyond the personal satisfaction, there is the possibility of huge success and financial payoffs.

At Ms Career Girl, we hear about lots of women who have not only survived but thrived.  Here are four that are particularly inspiring.

Daina Trout

Daina Trout side hustle gold

Daina Trout, CEO & Co-Founder of Health-Ade Kombucha, is a true example of how “following your gut” – Health-Ade’s motto for physical wellness and your personal life – can lead to success.  She grew her kombucha company from her apartment into a national brand in just three years.  After closing a catering company she started with her husband and best friend because it was unfulfilling, they found their next venture in the kombucha Daina had been brewing at home for years.

What started as three early entrepreneurs selling 60 bottles a week at local Los Angeles Farmer’s Markets soon grew to a nationally recognized brand selling 36,000 cases a month.

Last month, Health-Ade Kombucha received over $7M in venture funding from CAVU Venture Partners. The company plans to use the funds to build a new manufacturing facility in Southern California.

Lisa Shaller- Goldberg

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Lisa Shaller-Goldberg, a mom herself, created the celebrity-loved luxury cashmere and knit brand Minnie Rose with other moms in mind. Aiming to design a brand that allows one to be comfortable, she created pieces that can transition from running to both the boardroom to playing on the playground.Bursting with color while also not forgetting basics, Minnie Rose’s collections are ideal for any women’s wardrobe.



Ashley Tyner

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Ashley Tyrner, a twenty-seven year old young mother, found herself as a food-stamp recipient. In 2015, she turned this hardship into her new child, Farmbox Direct, to ensure that her newborn daughter would have the highest quality food while balancing life as a hectic single mother.

Farmbox Direct promotes eating clean food so the body is nourished and fulfilled. “I started Farmbox Direct with a vision of how food should be which is why my goal is to bring the farmers market in it’s best purity to customer’s doors,” says Ashley Tyner, Farmbox Direct’s founder and CEO.

Stephanie Synclair

stephanie synclair side hustle gold

Stephanie Synclair, unhappy with her corporate work environment that kept her away from her two-year old son, left her job to purse a career that allowed her to put her happiness and son first. Broke and forced to move back home, Stephanie opened up a natural hair and skincare store in 2010. After getting established in the beautify sector, she began offering coaching lessons where she went through steps of how to successfully grow your business using social media.  Recently, Stephanie launched She’s Iconic™, which expands her coaching services to woman who may not be ready to completely invest in her full coaching experience. She’s Iconic™ is an online community that features live streams, trainings and chats to help women balance their health, wealth and mindset.


Side Hustle Gold: You Define It.

These four inspiring women turned their side hustle into financial gold.  But perhaps your gold is of a different kind.  Who knows, maybe that side hustle you’ve been pondering will change lives in different ways, and THAT is just as golden.

Want still more examples of women who make their visions into reality? Try these for “extra credit” reading!

As a single mom of four kids, Jakki Liberman wanted items for her children that promoted a healthier lifestyle while still being fun. She founded Bumkins Finer Baby Products to do so, and has since partnered with Disney, DC Comics, and Dr. Seuss for designer prints.

Maia Haag is the owner and founder of the multi-million-dollar company I See Me!, the original online hub providing kids with personalized books and gifts. Haag has created, written, and executed dozens of unique titles allowing children to star in their storybooks.

Michele Welsh was overwhelmed when she took her kids to an amusement park, and decided to write her cell phone number on their arms. That day, SafetyTat was born. The child tattoos feature a space to write a phone number, and come in many styles.

The Sally Jane jewelry line was created by mom Sally Jane Waite, who battled Stage IV colon cancer while 7 months pregnant. Each piece has the Sally Jane signature bumble bee along with the inspiring message to “Bee Courageous, Bee Bold, Bee a Survivor, Just Bee.” Available in multiple styles in both gold and silver, Sally Jane is the perfect gift for women of all ages. Partial proceeds are also donated to cancer research.

After working in J. Crew’s merchandising department for more than a decade, Lisa Greenwald had quite a jewelry collection. Babies always loved when she held them because they would grab and chew on her fun necklaces. The idea for Chewbeads came from the realization that every baby she came in contact with loved to touch her costume jewelry. She launched Chewbeads in 2009 and has since sold more than 140,000 necklaces. After the first year the company developed teething rings, stroller toys and rattles and now have a full line of products including bath and stacking toys.

A mother of boys, Jacqueline Smith was always on the go, and often didn’t have time for a nice manicure. Determined to find a solution for perfecting a quick at-home manicure, Jacqueline created Liquid Palisade, a painter’s tape for nails! This beauty solution has been a great success, and is now available in Sephora stores nationwide.

Kwany Liu, a new mom-to-be, wanted to help moms stay healthy while also solving common symptoms of pregnancy and nursing. She co-founded Bundle Organics, the leader in nutritious, organic juices for pregnant and nursing women, and has now partnered with master tea artisans Harney & Sons on line of organic teas! Each tea is caffeine-free, non-GMO verified, and contains only OB/GYN-approved ingredients. Each one has been specially-blended to ease heartburn, digestion, nausea, and cravings, and even increase lactation.


This story is an assembly of press releases highlighting these four women’s success.  Full credit is due to and 

Linda Allen

I'm a serial entrepreneur, with a resume that makes me look like a Jane of all trades. Pretty sure we are all reluctant Messiahs, travelling through life planting seeds where ever we can. Hopefully, most of mine have been good ones! MA from Miami University (Ohio, not Florida), BA from Cal State.

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