In April, the former Hear'Say member announced that she had quit her role as flirty Eve Jenson after just over a year to focus more on her family life.
Shaw is now working on building up a theatre PR company called King and Queen PR.
"I'm excited about the future," she told the Daily Star Sunday. "I've always wanted to run my own business and the time finally felt right when I finished at Emmerdale.
"I've been in the industry since I was a child, so a PR company specialising in theatre and the arts seemed like the perfect business for me to start. Acting is still where my heart is but as all actors know you need something else to keep you busy when you're quiet."
Shaw added: "It's been keeping me busy these last few weeks and I'm really enjoying everything that comes with it, even down to working out figures and compiling spreadsheets. I'm now hoping that one day I'll have a business I can pass on to my son."
Shaw has already filmed her final scenes on Emmerdale and her character's exit will air later this summer.
The actress will appear opposite Louie Spence in a Manchester-based production of Cinderella this Christmas.