Pandemic turns Lexington woman's side business into primary income

Posted at 6:50 PM, Dec 17, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — With the COVID-19 pandemic still taking a toll on the nation’s economy, many Americans are turning to side jobs to help make ends meet.

Sweet Dreamz by Makala is an artisan bath product business born out of Makala Jones’ love of bath bombs.

After months of selling handmade soaps and bath bombs to friends and family, Jones expanded her business and began selling her products online in January.

The sales from Jones’ side business unexpectedly became her main source of income when restaurants in the state of Kentucky shut down because of the pandemic.

“We never expected that we were going to be out of work for months,” said Jones. “When you are jobless and you are stuck in the house and you are limited resources, anything helps when it comes to surviving.”

To make up for lost revenue, Jones began working three jobs in December while simultaneously increasing her business’s social media presence to bring in new customers.

“The pandemic has put down sales because people are not wanting to spend on things that are not essential,” said Jones. “We have to work a little harder to get people to buy or be interested.”

While recovering financially has been challenging, Jones says she’s willing to put in the work it takes to rebound.

You can buy from Sweet Dreamz by Makala here.