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Maya Brandes

Shop Owner of Munchky’s Plushies


Age: 18 

Country: Canada 

Years in business: 1 


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What is your business about?  


I create handmade crochet plushies. My focus is on Fidget Toy plushies. As an ADHDer I understand what a help having something to occupy your hands can be to assist focus. So I make cute plushies that can be fiddled with quietly so as not to distract others, while still satisfying that need for stimulation. 


Please describe your life before starting  


I spent a few years looking forward a job, and nothing seemed to “fit”. I have sone health issues outside of ADHD, and it made it hard to find work. But Ive always loved creating, and it was a good mental escape for me. I would make plushies for my dad and he always loved them. My school was having a sale, so I’d figured I’d give selling my plushies a shot, and at my first sale I sold out. I’ve been running mybusiness since then, and it’s been amazing. 

What made you decide to take the leap and start your own business?  


I answered this question in the last part 😅,  

How would you describe your life now, as a solopreneur?  


Stressful, but exciting. I can do something I love and make income from it. I’m very happy with my business, and I love meeting new people at the markets I sell at.,  

How has your ADHD played a positive role in your business life?  


I am able to go into hyper focus mode in my production, without taking breaks. I am also able to crochet while doing something else, so my business has become my fidget (I hope that makes sense). The impulsivity means I’m not afraid to try to new things, and I’m constantly looking for new patterns to try out.,  

What's your top tip for other ADHD women aspiring to be solopreneurs  


Find a way to turn what you love into what you want to do for a living. It’s said that ADHDers make the best entrepreneurs.



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