A WAITER who lost her job because of Covid is making up to £1.7k a month from a booming side job.
Mona Route, 27, was fired as a waitress at an airport in Melbourne, Australia, after working there for five years when the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia’s shores in March 2020.
She was hit with a double whammy later that year when the city was thrown into a 112-day lockdown.
“I was so bored. So I started baking,” she recalled to sister newspaper The Sun, news.com.au.
As her “cheat meal” to make the diet bearable, Mona created loaded cookies as a guilty pleasure.
Soon her family was begging her to do more, and an idea sparked when her father suggested she sell her cookies.
And so Mona’s Treats was born.
She has 15 unique flavors for her cookies.
Ms. Route created an Instagram account for her loaded cookies, then spent $500 to initially gather enough ingredients for a large batch.
“When I first started creating my flavors, I initially sold about 30 or 40, which was pretty low,” she admitted.
Ms Route soon landed another front-line job, but she continued with Mona’s Treats, working on the burgeoning business during her days off.
The business started slowly, but has since developed.
Sometimes she wakes up at 2am to keep up with the many orders she receives.
Today she sells an average of about 450 biscuits a month.
She delivers the cookies across Melbourne but also uses Priority Mail to deliver to the rest of Australia.
Her best stretch was in August last year, at the height of the Delta-imposed lockdowns in Melbourne and Sydney, when she sold a whopping 700 biscuits.
It takes her about 10 hours to make 200 biscuits.
Their business is entirely based on Instagram.
Since its launch in Melbourne’s first extended lockdown, Mona’s Treats has generated more than £14,000 in revenue.
In her home, which she shares with her parents, she uses a separate pantry to store her supplies.
Some of her ingredients come from the local supermarket, while others are sourced overseas, like her biscuits and cream spreads, which she imports from Italy.
In order to quit her day job and turn Mona’s Treats into a full-time business, Ms. Route wants to sell at least 1,500 cookies a month.
She plans to start wholesale and partner with delivery companies like UberEats so her cookies can feed more people.
“Hopefully one day I can do that in a commercial kitchen,” she added.
Local cafes have already turned to them for stocking of their unique cookies.
Later this month she will release a special Easter flavor ahead of the buying rush. She’s also exploring cookie cakes as another menu option.
She was 26 when she started Mona’s Treats.
Mona was making special edition cookies around Christmas time.
Ms Route makes the filling the night before and then bakes the biscuits in the morning.
This first appeared on news.com.au and is published with their permission.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/18001810/mona-route-business-14k/ I made £14,000 from the secret side job I started in mum’s kitchen when I was BORED