15) Rebecca de Jager, founder of Hugo's Workshop
Rebecca has an award-winning business making gifts by engraving pieces of oak.
"It started when I was on maternity leave with my first son in 2013, after my husband came home with a wood engraving machine as a very strange and unexpected gift for me!"
"I then went back to work part time so carried it on as a side hustle. I found it too difficult to work, look after my son and the house AND run my business so I knocked it on the head."
"When my second son was 10 months old in 2016, I decided to start up the business again as I had 2 months of maternity leave left and I didn’t want to go back to work in my regular job."
"So I went into my garage, dusted off my engraving machine, restarted up my business facebook page and 2 years later I have a business that is really starting to pay off. It’s taken a lot of hard work and long, long hours but it’s been totally worth it!"
Photo credit Jodie Humphries