Like many others, interior stylist Lucy Gough saw her income disappear when the coronavirus hit and naturally felt anxious about her future prospects.
“Within one week the four shoots I’d been prepping for were all cancelled,” she recalls.
However, rather than do nothing, London-based Ms Gough decided to pivot her business and create an online interior styling course after teaching a similar course at London design school Central Saint Martins.
“Even though I’d wanted to create a course for the last year it wasn’t until lockdown was confirmed and all my income evaporated that I started creating it,” she says.
Covering six modules including shoot styling and home staging, Ms Gough launched the self-paced course in mid-May and within two weeks had already attracted 112 students from as far as Canada and Poland. She estimates that the course might make her £20,000 this year.
“It has changed my life in