I started a secret side hustle aged 18 to get out of debt – I’ve now moved to London and have my own studio

A SAVVY businesswoman set up a side hustle making tops at university to pay off her student loans and now has a successful clothes business with her own London studio.

MILLIE Smith launched Millie Jane from her student accommodation in 2016 when she was just 18 years old.



She wanted to earn enough from the side hustle to pay off her overdraft, but then it completely took off.

She grew her business till it was one of the most popular stores on Depop with people clambering to snap up her clothes.

By 2018 she had to take a break from her studies in order to invest more time in the business as it completely took off.

She continued to grow her designs and make more and more fun and bright clothing designs.

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After graduating in 2020 from University of Leeds school of design, she set up a gorgeous new website for her customers selling silky underwear.

The orders continued to fly in thick and fast so in 2021 the 23-year-old moved to London to continue her career.

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In 2022 the businesswoman rented her own studio so she could work on her designs.

In a post on her TikTok Millie said: "When you started your clothing brand at the age of 18 during your fashion design degree, nearly failed the course, tutor told you that you'd never have a fashion career.

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"And now you're self employed as a fashion designer, living in London and have your own design studio."

Fellow TikTokers were quick to heap on the praise for the entrepreneur's incredible achievements.

One person said: "So pleased for you!! Looks so dreamy."

Another said: "Can’t wait to see how far you go!! This is amazing lovely, hope you’re super proud."

A third said: "I bought a top from you yearsss ago ! That’s so insane!"

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While another said: "I'm so glad you showed all the 6 years that led to where you are now. it's so easy to think that businesses grow fast but it's not

To which the businesswoman replied: "Yes!!! Took a very long time to get to a point where I feel happy with how it’s going."


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