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.

Christopher Capobianco | Craft Beer Broker & Influencer

The thought process behind starting our own business was originally to have fun with something all three of us enjoy…craft beer! Beer Tales began as a hobby and was inspired by Ryan’s Toy Reviews, a popular YouTube channel that has grown into a profitable global brand. We borrowed Ryan’s concept of reviewing toys on a YouTube Channel and applied it to craft beer, with the goal of educating the average beer consumer on which beers were good/not good and why! As we networked with local breweries and other beer influencers, we learned that this is a hobby where we can actually make money while doing it. We did a collaboration with a local brewery, where we were able to design, brew, can, and promote our very own beer! Soon thereafter, we attained a broker license that allows us to brew and sell beer to distributors in Florida, thus offering our fellow craft beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy our beer in some of our favorite off-premise and on-premise establishments. Read more>>

Jessica/David Blumberg/Hunter | Paid Media Planning Professionals

We both had spent our careers working in advertising agencies, and while we loved the actual work we did, neither of us enjoyed all the other issues that go with working for a bigger corporation – the office politics, the one-upmanship, and just the general sense that we were working crazy hours to make someone at a holding company richer. In a nutshell, we were tired of “working for the man.” So we set out to create a company where we could just happily create media plans for our clients and ignore the rest. We built hunterblu media setting out to avoid all the things we didn’t enjoy when working elsewhere, and incorporated the good. For example, both of us hated the office commute, so we decided on being 100% remote, and that was a pre-COVID decision. Now that our team has grown – we have had five full-time employees join in the past year – we know we have a responsibility to provide an environment that makes them feel welcome and motivated. They each took a big leap to join our company, a small start-up, and we want them to feel valued. Read more>>

Doctor QT | Doctor By Day, Songwriter/Author Ny Night.

I have a caring and nurturing nature. I have also always been interested in sports, especially baseball. This led me to a career as a holistic sports acupuncture doctor. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with a number of major league ballplayers over the past decade which has allowed me to travel extensively and visit many different areas of the country. You don’t get an opportunity to work with professional athletes unless you are very good and really know what you are doing. Fortunately, I have been able to deliver the results these athletes demand. I also have a creative side which has served me well in my practice as I get the opportunity to think outside of the box and provide innovative solutions to my patients. During the Covid lockdowns, I had another opportunity to develop my creative side and have written many songs in different genres, some of which have already been recorded and ready to be published in Japan. I write lyrics and compose songs from my heart and my purpose is to touch people’s lives with my creative productions. I am also a writer and I’m in the process of writing a fictional story. Read more>>

Lais Schulz | Artist, Copywriter & Pinterest Marketing Expert

I guess I never really thought about myself as an entrepreneur up until I became one. My goal was always to express myself, have freedom, be independent, and do what I love. When I started my own business I was really frustrated working for a very traditional company in my hometown and I just wanted to do what I love – which is mostly art. So I started writing on my blog (https://laisschulz.com) and taking pictures of my friends. There was not much thought process behind starting to write – which was something I always wanted to do –, but with portrait photography, I really thought about photographing some of my friends to post on social media and see if people would start seeing me as a photographer. I started calling myself a photographer too, and once people saw my pictures, friends and colleagues started asking me if I would take their pictures too. And then I started charging for it, which was great at the time, and I really felt like I could provide for myself without a formal employer – even though it took me a while to leave the 9-5 work place. Read more>>

Lyonie Charles | Board certified family nurse practitioner & owner LoveLee 4Life LLC

When I initially decided to start my own business, I was working full-time as a family nurse practitioner. It was very challenging because I barely had time to do anything related to my business. Then, the coronavirus pandemic started and I couldn’t work full-time anymore due to my children having to stay home and attend school virtually. I needed flexibility at work but my employer said they couldn’t accommodate me because they didn’t have any part-time or per-diem positions available at the time. At that moment, I knew I had to start walking in my purpose by becoming an entrepreneur and do whatever I needed to do to start my business. I also knew that starting my own business meant I could make money while having the flexibility to care for my children, especially when they are sick or unable to attend school. Since starting my business, I have been able to do that. I continued to work full-time for my employer for a few months and then resigned so that I could run my business full-time. I knew that I had to continue working hard to earn the money that I needed to invest in my business and make entrepreneurship a reality. Read more>>

Erica Morgan | Owner & Stylist

Initially is what corporate burnout and simply wanting more fulfillment out of my career, but although that was the catalyst the real thought was the idea of creating a safe, fun, non judgmental space that would help women to feel beautiful in everyday life. We never wanted to open a “hair salon”, we wanted a social spot that didn’t feel sterile and intimidating. Because: Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name And they’re always glad you came… 😉. Read more>>

Andru Fratarcangeli | GACUCON Founder

GACUCON Game Cruise really started from community organizing in Miami. In 2015 my partner, Frank Velazquez, and I started organizing the Miami Game Developer community with several others at the Venture Hive in Downtown Miami. Over the years the community was large enough to start thinking of running an annual event. Being a community of game developers, essentially entrepreneurs, we started thinking of what we could do for an event that would be interesting enough to get attention from people across the US vs doing a standard event much like SuperCon, Magic City Con or other geeky comic convention style events. This essentially led to researching unique venues, which had cruise ships pop up for large group events. Having been a fan of cruising I figured lets try to make it happen and by 2017 we held our first GACUCON Game Cruise with a pre-cruise event in Miami, Florida. We wanted to make something of value for the community and for attendees of an event so this met both criteria, a geeky vacation, perfect venue for networking in a meaningful way and appeal for people across the world now booking with our cruise each year. Read more>>

Hugo Conde & Maite Blanco-Fombona | Creators of aeCore Backers Photography Backdrops

AeCore Backers Backdrops is a new company that was born in mid-2020 during the lockdown due the Covid-19 pandemic. Walking through Instagram we saw how Foddies, Bakers and Food Photographers grew every day, because everyone was locked in their houses. We realized that in many cases the photo’s background were always the same or the food was perfectly set but you could see the daily life of each house on the back or looking for the right place, the light was not the appropriate. Every day more people began to work from home and the real life loomed on everyone’s cameras. So we began to think of viable alternatives to make each individual space look more professional. It was then that the idea arose to create, under Hugo’s technical knowledge about thermoplastics and Maite’s in photography, the idea of creating Photography Backdrops that were lights, colorful, resistant and that did not required especial care, that anyone could have access to them, keeping and making them part of their new activity. Read more>>

Stefany Allongo | Founder of Married in Palm Beach

I started as a wedding planner 10 years ago during the great recession out of a need to have a job. No one was hiring, so I decided to work on my own. After a few years, I noticed that there wasn’t a wedding resource dedicated to our market. It was a point of frustration, as my colleagues and I all yearned for a way to connect with local couples. We knew couples were looking to support local businesses but didn’t have a way to find us.  So in 2017, I finally decided to take the plunge and create what our market needed with Married in Palm Beach. It’s been such a rewarding decision! I get to help couples looking to get married locally while also supporting our community of wedding vendors with a platform that connects them with those couples. Read more>>

KARINA MOISES | FOUNDER & CHIEF BEAUTOLOGIST, BEAUTOLOGY LAB

I STARTED BEAUTOLOGY LAB OUT OF A SIMPLE NEED: I WAS LOOKING FOR SKINCARE PRODUCTS THAT WERE NATURAL, EFFECTIVE, AND DIDN’T CONTAIN TOXIC CHEMICALS THAT WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT MY HEALTH. SINCE I WAS YOUNG, I’VE EXPERIENCED HEALTH CHALLENGES WHERE MY GUT AND IMMUNE SYSTEM WOULD REACT TO TOXINS PRESENT IN OUR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD, AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS. MY BODY WAS CHRONICALLY PRESENTING EVERYTHING FROM INFLAMMATORY DISEASE, GASTROINTESTINAL INFECTION, CHRONIC BLOATING, SKIN RASHES, FATIGUE, AND BRAIN FOG. IT WAS TELLING ME THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG SO AFTER MANY YEARS OF USING ANTIBIOTICS AND OTHER CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO TREAT MY SYMPTOMS THAT WEREN’T SOLVING THE ROOT CAUSE, I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY LIFESTYLE. WHILE LIVING ABROAD, I WAS GUIDED TO TREAT MY HEALTH CONCERNS WITH A MORE HOLISTIC APPROACH WHICH I WAS IMMEDIATELY FASCINATED BY. Read more>>

Marcella Novotny | Artist

Premising that “ art is communication and expression ” I grown my own idea of business around the great importance of Communication in our lives. Thanks to my studies, almost 20 years between art school and University of architecture, I wanted to create my own business around art, design and architecture, having a strong need in “communicating and expressing “ to other people. Read more>>

Maia Cabral | Model/Designer

When I started my business, I thought I could offer a unique service. Reversible swimwear, it’s like having two in one bikini. I thought that was unique and different. So I decided to start my business. My own reversible swimwear line. But, obviously, as a designer, there is not limit to creating new styles, so now I have reversibles, sporty and jewelry styles, all unique swimwear designs with adjustable and replaceable straps. Read more>>

Christian Romero | Tour Agency.

Wynwood Buggies started as a potential dream in 2009 but the company itself was not officially developed until 2013. Our goal was to engage directly with the people and get them to know the neighborhood of Wynwood, Miami. Back then it was much more than a tourist attraction, even with Wynwood Walls already in the game. We started giving free golf cart tours guided by locals who specialized in street art therefore slowly  creating this unique idea previously without precedent in the art world. Read more>>

Astrid Voxx | Astrid Voxx Bango Bango’s Founder

I always wanted to have an all female band to give women a safe place to play music and be role models to other girls/women that we can be more if we work together as a team! I also saw the need to diversify the playing field as there are very few women in bands so it’s a nice change to buck the trend! It feels great seeing my fellow musical sisters rockin out plus now my daughter sings and plays percussion with us giving her an insiders view of leading a band, teamwork and fulfilling her musical talents as well. Read more>>

Jennifer Agostini | Notary Public

My thought process behind starting my own business consist in finding passion and purpose on a particular activity I like’d to do. Following by educating myself to provide the highest quality of product or service. Lastly, create a cost-effective marketing plan using organic social media marketing to reach my target market faster. Read more>>

Shai Angelitá | Model, Social Media Influencer & CEO of SÀS SZN

The thought process behind starting my own brand was recognizing my talents and, what I bring to the table. I’ve always been behind everyone else’s corner. From helping style shoots, to becoming a brand ambassador and helping a brand take it to the next level. I gave all of my great marketing tools and, creative ideas to others because I believed in their craft and businesses. However, once I realized I wasn’t appreciated; I took that as motivation to start my own brand. Growing up between middle school and high school it was a passion to get “fly” wearing the newest kicks. Killing the latest trends inspired by fashion icons. As I got older I took jobs in retail which then progressed into becoming a personal stylist for an amazing brand Sandro and Maje. That job gave me the confidence and experience to connect with everyday people who loved fashion just as much as I do. While working there I began to start looking into my own business. I’ve always wanted my own clothing brand. So, all of ideas and talent that I was pouring into others I decided to fill up my own cup. Read more>>

Davis Mallory | Recording Artist, Songwriter, DJ

After graduating college at Stetson University in Florida as a Business Major I worked Sales & Marketing roles with a career highlight as the Marketing Coordinator for Universal Music Group’s Astralwerks Records in New York (DJ label home to David Guetta & Swedish House Madia) where I simultaneously trained to DJ at Dubspot School of Music in Manhattan. After 2 years in this role I moved to Nashville to pursue the career as a recording artist + singer-songwriter that I had longed to experience. I founded my own business – Davis Does Songs, LLC – when I moved to Nashville and began DJing weddings, corporate events, school dances + night clubs as a freelance DJ while I spent my Monday-Friday work hours in songwriting sessions with the countless talented songwriters in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. I have now been self-employed since 2015 generating income from DJing events, selling songs I have written to Music Producer/ DJs who use my voice as a featured vocalist, and acting jobs in Music Videos. I’ve learned the ropes of the Music Industry often acting as my own Publisher, Label, Manager, Agent, and Publicist which has taught me to make smarter financial decisions. Read more>>

Kira Abboud | Owner and Creative Director for Ava Giselle Collection

Growing up in a single mom household, I didn’t get to see my mom a lot. I always told myself when I have children, I wanted to be there for them. Emotionally, mentally and physically. When I got pregnant with my daughter, I began to sew. I sewed so much until I had an entire collection. Soon after she was born (2015), I stopped working and was able to do my business full time and commit to motherhood. Read more>>

Sheneka Regis | Esthetician

My thought process behind starting my business took a lot of planning. My parents were hard working people. They expressed the flexibility of owning my own business. As an skincare specialist, I had to make sure I learn all that I can about the industry. It is always changing. I had to prepare my mind to act, talk, and think like a business owner before I became one. Read more>>