AusMumpreneur of the Year 2017 and Bossy Mummy
Single Mum of three Laura Furiosi started her business in 2008 with her first child at home. As a previous primary school teacher Laura had no business experience but wanted to do something to keep her mind occupied whilst she was at home with the baby. An idea for a swimsuit and an attachable hat sent her on a journey with Rashoodz Swimwear that started from drawings on napkins, markets, trade shows to then having her swimwear sold in the USA, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Japan, New Zealand, UK and Australia. She managed to create a business that was sort after and sold in David Jones, House of Fraser, Walmart and the big online stores in China. Her biggest success was being able to run her business from home up until the second last year, where once all her three children had become school age, she was able to work from a warehouse and office of her own. Whilst doing this she created a second business called Squad logistics that helped distribute other peoples products as well. Laura attributes her success to not giving up, learning as she goes and business karma. Currently having a gap year, in her spare time, Laura is an Endometriosis Champion for the charity Endo Australia, and helps other women in business through her business consulting company Bossy Mummy. Nothing is more important in the world to her than helping women break barriers in business so that her own daughters and others like them can achieve their dreams easier in the future.