Thinking through whether to start a business – whether to take the risk, whether to go out on your own – isn’t easy.  So we asked some entrepreneurs we admire to tell us about how they thought through the process of starting a business.

Yaroslav Aristeiguieta | Positive Psychology Coach

When trying to find answers about how to better manage stress and life challenges, I came across a plethora of information around positive psychology, mindfulness, character strengths, emotional intelligence, and meaning and purpose. I was able to learn so much and improve my life to a point that I experienced a whole transformation, I became a new person, with a new perspective and felt so good and fulfilled that I needed to find a way to share it with friends and co-workers, I wanted them to experience the same and benefit from all these tools. Read more>>

Taylor Krug | Virtual Interior Designer

I started my own business because I saw a need in the market that I knew I could fill. Interior design has largely, in the past, been reserved for the wealthy. I knew I could create a business that made those services accessible to a wider audience. I use technology to connect with people all over the country and help them design their spaces from the comfort of their homes. My goal has always been to help others see and harness their own creativity. Read more>>

Keisha Pyzynski | Graphic Designer & Creative Entrepreneur

I originally wanted to work for a design agency. When I graduated college, I went on interview after interview and kept hearing the same thing, which was “You do not have enough experience”. I was starting to get discouraged and I started freelancing and networking. Within 3 years of freelancing I had created my own opportunity and started my own design agency. 8 years later, I have employees, a roster of amazing beauty brand clients, and I make more than I ever would have if I would have been hired by an agency. Read more>>

Alise B | Owner & Branding Strategist

My thought process behind starting my own business was literally the fact that I knew a 9-5 was not what ultimately makes me happy. I am all about doing things that make you happy. Being married with 2 girls, I now know what life is all about. I like to spend as much time as possible with my family exploring life and using my creativity while helping people along the way. Being an Entrepreneur gives me the flexibility of doing things on my own time at my own pace. Read more>>

Claudia Wentzell | Cake & Sweet Treats Designer

Growing up I always dreamt of having something I could create on my own. Something that I could build and I could call my own. As I kept working for other companies thru out the years I realize more and more that the only way I could grow without limits would be to have my own business. And as I watched my kids growing I knew I would like to leave a legacy behind not only for them but for so many more people out there. I have always thought that being a leader is an amazing thing yet it comes with lots of responsibilities. Read more>

Carla Nunez | Fashion Blogger

I’ve always wanted to do something related to Fashion and modeling. When I got to this country I had to give up my dream in order to find a job to support my family. After 3 years of being in that Job I decided to finally start blogging. Little by little, day after day I started working with small brands, until the day I realized I could do this as a full time job. Read more>>

Mimi Krohne | Senior Model

At first, I didn’t regard Instagram as a business. I have always been attracted to and involved in cultural pursuits. I started my Instagram as a hobby. I called my page StillStylin because even after retiring, I still felt connected to art, fashion and beauty. I quickly realized there is a world full of beautiful and supportive women who are very interested in modern lives for older women. The process of aging today is much different than what I expected when I was younger. It’s obvious to me now that having a life full of experience is incredibly valuable – and its lots of fun to discuss and exchange tips and ideas. Read more>>

Katey Maddux | Entrepreneur & Speaker

For years I had tried to hide the story of my rape from my family, my friends… the world. I really hadn’t dealt with my trauma and therefore couldn’t talk about it. And then little by little, I felt compelled to work through it. As I did so, God worked in my heart and started to heal my scars, Then, when an opportunity presented itself to share my story on a stage in front of 1000 teenagers, though I was terrified, I was able to do it. Through telling the story of my rape and healing, I realized how powerful it was. I learned that it not only inspired others to share their stories, but it brought hope to those who had experienced trauma themselves. Read more>>

Maria Camila Betancur | Real Estate Agent & Coach

Being able to live out a spiritual life is key to my well being and success. I’ve always felt it is my calling to make a difference in the world by helping others, and teaching those who are looking for the same knowledge I wanted to learn as I evolved and transition through life, and creating beauty with inspiring messages. When I began my Real Estate carrier, I was attracted by the flexibility to travel and manage my own time, later realizing that Real Estate would be the vehicle to perform and carry out all the above. Read more>>

Mark Mandica | Amphibian Conservation Biologist & Amphibian Foundation Co-Founder

Before we started the Amphibian Foundation, I was managing an amphibian conservation program at an institution which did not prioritize these types of initiatives. In 2016, the program was abruptly discontinued, sending several critical amphibian conservation programs into uncertainty. These programs included the conservation of species considered at imminent risk of extinction, like the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, which has declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Within a few hours of the program’s closing, my wife and I had a plan to not only continue these critical conservation programs for amphibians. Read more>>

Melissa Morte | Hair Stylist

It was always a dream of mine to have the opportunity to have a business of my own. A few weeks after I found out I was pregnant, I had the biggest motivator, my unborn child. She pushed me to follow my dreams to be able to provide for her a great life, and so wicked Hair witch studio was created. I wanted my hair studio to embody everything I believe in: love, great hair, acceptance, & magic ✨ when it came to opening up my own studio the first things I thought of was the brand- being a lover of magic, wicked Hair witch was born. Read more>>

Kassandra Ceneas | Networking Consultant & Mediator

Being the fact, I had an established business. I wanted more business ventures that would produce multiple streams of income. Entrepreneurship is the ultimate proving ground for your mental toughness, your professional skill, personal development, and physical endurance and ability to resiliently handle abnormal quantities of stress, rejection, and being misunderstood. What I learned about myself is that I knew I had to establish another venture that would allow me to work smart ,effectively and efficiently. Read more>>

Brooklyn Hayes-Yelin | Owner & Designer

I had a few thoughts that prompted starting my own business. First would be the flexibility it would allow as a mother, wife and caregiver. I didn’t want to miss any firsts. I went through so much to become a mother and I wanted to be there for every moment if I could. Daycare can be expensive too so I thought there had to be another way. Luckily, I found it in working from home for myself. I was able to take care of my grandmother with Alzheimer’s during the day, raise my little boy and still manage to have dinner on the table when my husband got home from work. I typically worked late at night or nap times. Read more>>

Lyn-Dee Eldridge | Mentor, Author, Keynote Speaker, TV/Radio/Podcast Personality & Creator of the Happiness Jungle Emotional Support Body Pillow

Why was the Happiness Jungle LLC created and born? Someone warned me that my income was going to be taken from me in 2016. I take warnings very seriously. I knew I had to start something new and it was up to me and me alone. I knew that I wanted to do something I loved and not chase money. My mindset is when you help enough people get what they want, it will always bring you the things we want in our lives. This thought process was something that always excited me. When I decided to create the Happiness Jungle LLC, I asked myself, what am I most passionate about? Read more>>