LEXINGTON, Ky. — One woman in Lexington took one of her hobbies and turned it into a small business after losing her job during the pandemic.
Makala Jones is now creating and selling bath bombs from her house. She hopes to eventually turn this into her full-time career.
After losing her serving job earlier this year, Jones started Sweet Dreamz by Makala.
To help compensate for the loss of income during the pandemic and not seeing an unemployment check for weeks, Jones works three jobs on top of running her small business.
“It’s kind of hard to pay those bills without it. And right now it’s just hard for unemployment. It’s just very overwhelming right now. I didn’t see a paycheck until basically the end of that three weeks. So that was really hard,” Jones said.
She said it’s has been difficult to generate sales in the community, but Jones understands that she is not the only one that has been financially impacted by the pandemic.
“It was a struggle between multiple jobs. I tried to advertise as much as I could in my free time. I even put on a couple sales, but it’s just was still hard to get anyone interested, especially during this time,” Jones said.
With help from friends, Jones has been able to create, deliver, and ship bath bombs within the Lexington community.
And with support from family members, she’s been able to get her name outside of Kentucky to different states.
“So that’s really exciting, but I have definitely gotten a good amount of support from the community, and other connections,” Jones said.
Jones hopes to turn this small business into a full-time career and is looking to work with local shops in Lexington to place her products in their stores.