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Some are turning hobbies into moneymakers during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 21:59:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused thousands of people to lose their Jobs. While trying to figure out how to make ends meet, some have turned their hobbies into moneymakers.

Angela Rocco says when the pandemic hit, she found herself worried about her next paycheck.

"I worked for a mental health facility and they were up and running but they severely cut down my hours," said Rocco.

That’s how Rocco came up with the idea to paint nails as a side gig. She saw it as a way to make some extra cash during the pandemic.

"I've been into getting my nails done but I noticed I was spending $45 every time so I started doing my own nails and realized I could help some other girls out too," Rocco explained.

It’s the same way Rebel Cookie was created. The co-owners were laid off because of the pandemic. Trying to figure out a creative way to make money, the owners say that's how Rebel Cookie was born. What started out as a hobby, quickly turned into a small business.

They started with selling 25 cookies a week to now 600, from their kitchens to farmer’s markets

"The pandemic has been rough for a lot of people," said co-owner Lemmie Goodloe, "What I can say is this, if you have something you're passionate about find a way to make money during these times because it's hard for everybody."

Rebel cookie has expanded quickly since March, even finding themselves shipping their cookies as far as Florida.

To check them out, you can go on their website or facebook.