So, Who is Laura Watkin?

I am a mum to 2 girls, an academic, a science geek, girl guide leader, occasional paddler, crafter and travel enthusiast.

How did you cross paths with Julie and Happy Side Hustle?

Lockdown 2020, I spotted a Happy Side Hustle advert on Facebook about monetising your hobbies.

How did you feel when you found out about the challenge?


Why did you decide to join it?

The challenge was split into easy to digest, manageable chunks so didn’t require a huge time commitment and it was free, I had nothing to lose and lots to gain!

What was your favourite part of the challenge?

The live sessions where we were able to ask questions and the friendly nurturing environment.

What was your biggest takeaway or a-ha moment from the challenge?

The tax free allowance which allows you to give things ago before seriously committing to small business ownership.

Who would benefit most from this challenge?

Keen crafters, those with a YOLO / no regrets outlook.

Where can we find you?

Instagram and Facebook: @mandrakeandmushrooms


Occasional Pinterest user:

What is your next big goal?

To submit my self assessment tax return. To find a local shop / studio that will stock my work.

Are you in the ‘Start your Happy Side Hustle’ or ‘The Hive’?

The Hive

Did you have any experience running your own side hustle before? How did that go and what do you know now that you didn’t know then?

I had done a few craft fairs with guiding but nothing for myself. I have learnt so much about running a side business. How to identify my ideal customers. How to market by products using social media, set up an email list, how to use Trello and Pinterest, set up an Etsy store.

What’s your biggest tip for someone who’s considering setting up a side hustle?

Go for it!

What’s your favourite thing about being in The Hive / Start Your Happy Side Hustle?

The Hive community is very supportive.

What’s your favourite thing about your new happy side hustle?

It enables me to escape my day job and get lost in a world of magic and fantasy.