Are you thinking about starting a business? If so, we think you’ll enjoy reading about how these seasoned entrepreneurs thought about the question when they were in your shoes.

Christine Seibold | Business Accountability Coach

One word comes to mind when I think about why I started my own business. That word is FREEDOM. I was tired of the 9 to 5 and not at all feeling alive. I was tired of corporate politics, office gossip, limited vacation, a strict schedule, and limited input or creativity in the projects I was working on. I am very grateful for my 4 years as a paralegal at the law firm that I worked at, as well as my time as a project manager at Harvard University for 5 years. Without my experience in those two jobs, I don’t think I would have had the confidence or skills to start my own business. But I had a feeling in my gut that it was time for a change and I knew it was time to leave. I gave Harvard a year’s notice and decided that I would leave and travel the world, or leave and have a home base in a warmer client. I left in September of 2018, packed up the car and moved from Boston to Miami. I officially registered Freelance N’ Freedom as my business and have never looked back. Read more>>

Rosio Benitez | Women’s Boutique Owner & Entrepreneur

I feel that a lot went into my thought process of starting my own business but the main factor was that I never wanted to work for anyone ever again. I’ve been working customer service since I was 18 years old and I absolutely love it. I love taking care of customers, fixing problems and making people happy but I never felt good about doing things the way a company wanted me to. I never felt like I fit in to someone else mold and I definitely didn’t want to be the best me for someone else. I realized that the only way that I would be the real best me was working for me and so came my thoughts of deciding I should finally quit and start up my own business and in the middle of 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic that is exactly what I did. Read more>>

Eve Eurydice | Writer and Podcast Host

I was inspired by #metoo and as an American born & raised abroad, I wanted to make the conversation about women at work global. I started a free podcast as a labor of love and inclusivity. The podcast resonated quickly and gathered tens of thousands of listeners around the world. That led me to identify a need for this content & to make it into a business. Read more>>

 

Jelianny and Paola Soliman-Rijo and Aguilar | Co-owners

We both had a passion for healthy eating and wanted to share it with others. At the same time we were thinking of ways to be financially independent women and thought why not make our passion our business? That is when Semilla Nativa was born in an effort to bring healthy food to the community. From day one we also knew our business should be community centered which is why we decided to start selling at farmers markets primarily. This is a venue that allows us a lot of time to explain how to best use our products. The Semilla Nativa booth is in a way a center for healthy eating where you leave with both good products and knowledge. Read more>>

Kristen Bloom | Executive Director, Mom, Air Force Spouse

I never intended to start my own business, but I’m so glad I did! I always loved my previous jobs, but at the same time I always felt there was something more out there for me. I couldn’t put my finger on it, and I wasn’t necessarily searching anything out, but I knew there was something more for me. When I moved to Miami, I had transitioned from being a full-time working mom to a full-time stay-at-home mom, and I significantly underestimated how hard that would be. I quickly realized I enjoy working. I missed having a job. I love my kids dearly, but I also realized I’m a better mom when we get a break from one another. I started looking for a way to get involved – something small that I could dedicate a few hours to each week. In early 2017, a friend invited me to attend a Syrian Supper Club dinner. At the dinner I was surrounded by people who wanted to extend a warm welcome to the newly arrived Syrian refugees in our community, and I immediately felt at home among the people in attendance. Read more>>

Karla Torres | Mother | Founder

It was an idea a friend and I shared. I’m an athletic mom and I spend a lot of my spare time at sport events. With the miami heat sometimes water just isn’t enough so I decided to make a conversation into a business. Read more>>

Adela Pele | Business Owner | Creator

Growing up I always heard about the American Dream, and what it meant to have the freedom and the means to build a successful business. Moving to United States for me was a chance to pursue that dream that I always read about and saw in the movies. I have to admit that at first I was a little bit disappointed, mostly in the fact that many people here in United States think that The American Dream is dying and its no longer easy to achieve. It is very easy to take for granted all the opportunities that this country offers and give up every time there is a bump in the road. The main reason why I started my own business was to get out of my comfort zone and to prove that hard work and determination is the key to success. Making my business successful can be an inspiration for others and an encouragement to follow their dreams. Read more>>

Cheyenne A | Entrepreneur

Really my thoughts were just to go for it. When I noticed people were getting real results from our products and showing genuine love that’s when I realized what I was doing was helping people and so why second think this. Read more>>

Julio Otarola | Personal Trainer

The idea of opening my business came right after the pandemic hit, On may the gym I used to be a trainer closed fue to covid-19 and me & my collegues were out of jobs I decided I needed to create a system where I can adapt to our new ways of life knowing that Covid-19 was going to be with us a long time. I opened my studio in october 2020 with the idea of one on one service where people can do either personal training/pilates and have an stretching/massage session with a massage therapist right after training in the same facility, with people trying to recover whats normal for them after a couple of months of lockdown we were able to offer the coming back to fitness and relaxation people needed. Read more>>

Lisseth Tatiana Ruiz Gómez | Event Planner

When I was thinking about starting Pixie Magic I was very young and had many visions. I wanted to create a company in which people can afford a beautiful party with out having to break the bank. Read more>>

Cesia & Keren Alvarado | Founder and Owner of Alvacreations

We are one of those stories that explain how one day we woke up and said “let’s start our owe business”. At that time, my sister and I were jobless due to the pandemic and looking for a job was hard. After searching for countless of job we finally sat down and thought about what we are good at. My sister Cesia is an architect, so she’s good with deigns and I Keren have a degree in public relations. Putting all our talents together, we regrouped and said “let’s our own business”! We collected our thoughts and ideas and decided to do our business on balloon decorators. We knew we taking a huge step but we took a step of faith and went with the punches. At first it was bit rocky but as we continued our love for decorating parties grow. We enjoy every countless nights of sleep and we most definitely enjoy every hug and smile from the clients. Starting this business was the best thing that ever happened to us. It might have been a risk but it was a risk we were willing to take and so should you all. Read more>>

Roschelle Wright | Bartender

I’ve always loved entertaining friends and family and somehow in college I was the designated bartender . I used to work at Cafe Iguana Pines as well as island parties and carnival events with different bartending groups before the pandemic started . Once places started to reopen I knew I had to find another way to regain my additional income and one of my friends suggested that I start by selling drinks to get my name out . I started by selling my cocktails in liquor bottles then the demand grew and I started selling individual bottles . Shortly after many of my drink customers started referring me for events and that’s how Pour Decisions was born. Read more>>

Megan Casabe | Therapist

I never really thought that I would be a business owner. Throughout 2019, I had started to feel like I wanted to do “more” in the mental health arena. I had been working in healthcare and felt like I had more than I wanted to share. I didn’t know what my next steps would be but felt compelled to figure it out. A co-worker had shared with me a book by Hal Elrod called Miracle Morning. It is a series of steps to fuel your mental, emotional and physical health and focus on your goals. For me, I didn’t know what my goals necessarily were. Through meditation and visualization, I found myself spending more and more of my Miracle Morning visualizing life in private practice and sharing my skills and ability to help people work through their personal struggles in a way that is my own. I found myself wishing that my Miracle Morning wouldn’t end because I loved how I saw myself, my business, and my life going. Read more>>

Ian Henderson | Humanitarian and Curriculum Developer

It was not so much a though process. for me it was more so of an action process to start my own business. The concept behind me thinking about what I was about to get myself into was the actions I took. Let me explain. The day I took action to start my own business was only because of the action I took the day before. It took me to resign from my company which I had spent years investing in someone else’s mission. I had to walk in to the plant managers office and let him know its time for me to create my own company, create my own value, and fulfill my mission in life. The day you take action on what and who you want to become in life is the day you start you own business. Read more>>

Shawna-Kay Waugh | Travel Agent

For my 26th birthday (September ’19), I planned an amazing group trip with 16 friends to Bali, Indonesia. I had tons of people asking me “Who did you use as your travel agent?” And I kept thinking to myself, “I didn’t use a travel agent, I planned this LOL!” After further thinking, I decided that this was the perfect time to capitalize off of this opportunity…So in December ’19 I reached out to a travel agent coach and launched my full service travel agency in January ’20. Read more>>

Cassandra J | Beauty Artist

When deciding to start my own business, I had to weigh out the pros and cons and the pro’s were beyond overwhelming. I decided to make this move for myself to not only better myself and future, but to truly follow my dreams and make myself proud. Despite it’s struggles, there’s no better reward than working for yourself I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world. Read more>>

Krystina E. Daniels | Principal Education Consultant & Speaker

Having my own business has always been a dream of mine. I wanted to have the ability to hire people that looked like me, build a space where people felt appreciated and a part of a team, but most importantly I wanted to be able to build a legacy that I could leave for my family. The thought behind me building my own business did not stop there. I saw a need for there to be some type of bridge between people who have gone through there K through 12 schooling but did not continue for their postsecondary education and wanted to previously or had concluded that they would like to do it now. For most of these individuals there was a lack of knowledge in how to pursue continuing their education and there was a lack of knowledge as to what comes with continuing your learning whether it is in a vocational school or a four-year college. Read more>>

Sarah Michel | Founder of Canna Culture Connect, Story Producer

America be lying! And I’m blessed with freedom to speak the truth, even if it makes people uncomfortable. When I started my business, I freshly left the best role of my career. By that point, I was an alcoholic. It was toxic, however cannabis was not and I so intrigued by the research I came across, I just had to share. Starting with the fact that our bodies was made to interact with cannabis through the endocannabinoid system. That coupled with the lack of information out there because of this lying government, I knew what I wanted to do. It’s been an amazing journey since then. Read mre>>

Denise | Nurse Practitioner & CEO DD’s tropical fruit bar

My thought process was encouraging a healthier life style. Working 12 hour shifts in the hospital, we would always do a luncheon or breakfast to celebrate on my unit. A staff member would be recognized for their birthday or an accomplishment. Or we would celebrate a holiday when most people are off and we couldn’t be at home with our family. I would always wonder what is something healthy I can bring since we would have a lot of carbs and a lot of people would consider dieting? So I started making fruit platters and some special events like nurses week I would even bring the chocolate fountain to go along with the fruits. Read more>>

Carolina Rodriguez | Owner & Picnic Designer

I always knew I wanted to start a small business, but I knew that I wanted it to be different. During the midst of the pandemic, I thought of ways that people can enjoy life in the outdoors and be happy. We get so busy with our everyday lives that we sometimes forget to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. Since the pandemic and many regulations, I thought it would be great to have a luxury picnic experience for one self. It would be something different to do outdoors instead of going to a restaurant or regular every weekend activities. Read more>>