Market boosts business for work at home mums

FIND A ONE-OFF: Work at Home Mums Expo organiser Samantha Sullivan said the expo was a great way to support families.
FIND A ONE-OFF: Work at Home Mums Expo organiser Samantha Sullivan said the expo was a great way to support families. Mike Richards

THE difficulty of creating a work-at-home business that is successful, apt and has great exposure is easing, with the popularity of a local market growing.

The Work at Home Mums Expo is held once a month and features up to 40 stallholders selling their goods.

Expo organiser Samantha Sullivan said people should not be deceived by the name - there were dads' stalls too.

"I originally started it to give work-at-home mums an outlet for their businesses and crafts, and it's just grown from that," she said.

Now, the event alternates with another which is designed for arts and craft stalls.

"There were so many mums who made their own crafts like kids' clothes, jewellery, artworks and there are loads of artists around Gladstone," she said.

On offer are stalls not seen at other markets, because of fewer constraints such as public liability.

"We have everything from jewellery to picture frames, artworks, baking goods, home cleaning products, plants and handmade soaps and candles," Ms Sullivan said.

Ms Sullivan has a stall selling skirts and homemade ties and bowties.

"It can be really difficult to get your work out there - you can sell online on Facebook but people like to see the quality of the products," she said.

"And for those who are already established it's just another outlet where they can sell their products."

The next Work at Home Mums Expo will be held on Saturday, October 11, at the Calliope RSL Memorial Hall, 32 Stirrat St.

An arts and crafts expo will be held on Sunday, November 23.

Topics:  art and craft gladstone home business markets

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