Sonia has always wanted to set up a side business, but fell victim to procrastination until this opportunity came by.
Though she was concerned about the "financial and reputational risks" involved, the self-proclaimed workaholic shared that she is excited to have something fresh to work with, and is enjoying the process of interacting with the people who visit Izy Fook.
She's also been reminded of the importance of teamwork and the ability to listen after becoming her own boss, and hopes to introduce more people to her edgy, cool new hangout spot for every occasion.
Kayly started Bucket Full of Roses by playing around and designing a bucket to package seasonal flowers, and her pet project soon became a full-fledged business that she juggles with her acting projects.
These days, she's still trying to strike a balance between her two passions, and explained that even though some have asked her to give up one of them, she simply can't.
"I love both and I count myself luckier than most to be doing things I love compared to people who are stuck in jobs they dread," she told Toggle. "I can’t have everything but I will make the most out of it."
Labour of love: Birds’ Nest importer House of the Swiftlet
Hong Ling and boyfriend Nick Teo started their business late last year, with each of them investing a five digit sum into the biz. Months after becoming her own boss, Hong Ling has not only become better at managing her time, but has also the confidence to take risks.
"If we do not take risks, we’ll end up always staying in our comfort zone and not move forward and be a better version of ourselves," she shared with Toggle. Her business has not only given her extra funds to travel more often, but is helping her achieve her goal of having her own house.
Labour of love: Cosmetics brand Sh
Charmaine's career might have shot to new levels after starring in Story of Yanxi Palace, but did you know that the Hong Kong actress had such a hard time finding the right lip colours for her character that she ended up creating her own line of lipsticks?
As her character made the transition from consort to empress, she was unable to find the correct shades of lipsticks, and had to mix several shades to get it just right.
She launched Sh with 12 shades of red lipstick for every occasion, and has hinted that there will be more to come in the months ahead.
Labour of love: Artiste management 1Wolf Entertainment, restaurant Botany
Julie, who has called herself "constantly unpredictable" during previous interviews, shared that she goes into her business ventures prepared for the worst.
Her businessman father was initially not the biggest fan of the idea of her opening a restaurant, and Julie mused that while others might think that her privileged background is the reason why she is willing to take risks, she begs to differ.
“We don’t want to lose face for our families because our parents are respectable. We don’t want to have people saying that we’re failures and can’t live up to our parents’ legacies. People might talk bad about us; I can’t stop them and I have to acknowledge that we’re privileged. I’m truly grateful for that.”
Labour of love: Fashion label SUITANGTANG
When you've been a model for years, you probably know a little about fashion. Sonia, who even brings her kids to work, is not only boss, designer, but also model for her label SUITANGTANG.
Most of the casual, everyday-wear pieces would seem at home in just about anyone's wardrobe, which is all part of the appeal. Did you know that local actress Carrie Wong is also a fan of the brand? Now you know where she gets some of her Insta-worthy outfits.
Labour of love: Cheryl W wellness and weight management
Cheryl has been vocal about her wellness journey as the actress went through many years ill-treating her body when she felt pressured to keep up to certain beauty standards. She struggled with an eating disorder for years, but all that has changed since becoming a mother.
Now that she's learned to love herself (what's there not to love?), she wants to help others do the same. Cheryl W is her baby, and she wants everyone to know that being fit and healthy is the new thin.
Labour of love: Fan Beauty
Bingbing has made no secret of her love for hydrating sheet masks, which was also why the first product she launched with Fan Beauty was exactly that.
Although it's been marred with poor reviews, the actress has stood by her brand and cleared the air on some misconceptions netizens had about her masks.
It remains to be seen if she will be able to come up with a second product which will fare better with consumers, as opinions on her masks are still largely split into two camps: love and hate.