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.

Christine Eames | Better Butter Care creator & owner of Lewis Family Tattoo Company

As small business owners already in the tattoo industry, it seemed like a natural step into tattoo after care. We didn’t so much as start another business as extend the one we have already into a different area because there was a need for innovation and growth. Read more>>

Cedric Frazier | Private Chef/Boutique Caterer

Being a Private Chef has always been something I have desired to do because I have always enjoyed cooking and entertaining. After 20+ years of working in the hospitality industry it was time for me to transition and focus on what I loved. In 2020, as a result of the pandemic, I had to pivot from my profession in corporate America to a full-time Private Chef/Boutique Caterer. At first it was challenging, especially after losing mother parts in less than two months of each other and deal with the stress of growing a new business. Read more>>

Stephanie Nelson | Interior Designer

When my husband’s job moved us from Chicago to Dallas, I had to leave my Design Manager role with the Walgreens company behind. I was there for 11 years and it was hard to say goodbye. I helped create the position I held and I loved using interior design as a tool to translate the brand’s identity into a physical environment. Additionally, we were moving away from our friends and family, we had just finished remodeling our “forever” house, and neither my husband nor I had ever been to Texas before. It was a big leap of faith! Read more>>

Sky Scott | Artist, Baker, Herbalist, Teacher, and Healer

Initially, like many, I was tired of working for someone else and making their dreams a reality. When I seen the amount of time I was missing from my children’s lives, it was a no brainer. I have been beyond blessed to be able to stay home with my children and do what makes me passionate. My dreams and aspirations are now my only concern. It is necessary for children to see and interact with their parents more as well as be well provided for. My children are my future and it is essential to pave a way for them to allow financial freedom. I could not make the necessary preparations for my family’s future by living check-to-check or not knowing whether I’ll be sent home or removed from a job due to COVID. Read more>>

Brittney Webb | Entrepreneur

Building a business has always been a dream of mine. The opportunity to co-found BE Seen allowed me to fulfill my long-term desire to create something on my own, combined with the opportunity to help people in a business that requires creativity and marketing acumen. Honestly, this was a perfect opportunity. Read more>>

Marquesha Chaney | Licensed Mental Health Therapist

The thought process behind starting Harvesting Hope Counseling was to provide my community with more options for healing. At that time, group therapy was primarily available only in inpatient or intensive mental health treatment programs. I had years of experience in those settings and had witnessed the healing transformation of group therapy so I wanted to make that more assessable to everyone. As time progressed, I began noticing how many women were struggling to keep afloat with the demands of life. Many were suffering in silence, feeling powerless, and disconnected. The fear of being a burden on others started wearing on their emotional health. Once i recognized the need, I wanted to do my part to help women heal and start living the life they deserve. Read more>>

Juan Granados | Auto Detailing Services & Entrepreneur

My thought process of starting my own business was wanting to be my own. I did not like the way I was being treated at other jobs and I wanted to make something for myself and make it even better. I wanted a better environment and work process to be a lot easier than doing something that I did not enjoy. Read more>>

Gildardo Anzora Alvarez | health & fitness coach and athlete

starting your own business can be scary at first. You start questioning yourself if you did the right move. How others are going to react towards it. If it’s going to hit or not. But at the end of the day you have to take risk and know that with hard work and faith you will get what you want . Read more>>

Athena Rangel Fisher | Lifestyle Influencer

I tried different venues before beginning my Content Creator Path. Especially when Covid began, I tried several venues such as being a rep for a makeup brand, teaching yoga full-time. I was laid off several times due to Covid. I was looking for ways to have a part-time gig. So when I began my path as a Content Creator I was not getting paid but it was a fun outlet for me. Trying out different products, being invited to different openings and restaurants. I liked being a content creator, I was networking online, in person. Read more>>

John Wayne Shaw | Chef instructor/ asador/ pit master

With manufacturing and in the restaurant industry for over 20 years, we decided if we were going to break our backs, we were going to do it for us! 12 hour+ days do t hurt as bad when you’re doing it for yourself. Read more>>

Alexius Hall | Beauty, Healing, & Self Care

What started as a hobby to heal and repair my problematic skin in a more holistic way became something much more. Prioritizing taking care of myself has opened up a new world of tending to my mind, body, and spirit. Every product that I create has some self TLC in mind that we all could use to nurture ourselves organically Read more>>

Bonnie Wilt | Wellness Retreat Coordinator, Fitness Instructor, Tech Consultant

My business Bonz Voyage was created on a weekend solo trip in between work trips in 2019. A quick back story – I have a corporate job in tech I have been working ever since graduating from college in 2016. Pre-COVID I was traveling nearly every week of the year – even on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Needless to say my job, like many corporate jobs, is extremely demanding and takes a lot of my energy away from friends/family/personal life. I had a realization that my life was completely being lived on auto-pilot from one work trip to the next without thinking about what I wanted and what actually made me happy. Read more>>

Courtney Morris | Owner of CourDiva’s Cards and Invitations

I have always had a love affair with paper, books, pens, and all things stationery related. I started making invitations in 2007 when I made my first set for a wedding. I became enchanted with creating products that set the tone for my customers’ events. My thoughts were, the invitation is the first glimpse into your event for your guests. So why not set the stage for what’s to come??? How did I start making planners and journals? As a child I always kept a diary. You know the one with the lock and key? Sure you do! My love for journals and planners therefore came quite naturally. The only problem I had was finding something that represented me. With this void, I began to piece various store bought collections together to get the look I wanted. As you can imagine I acquired quite the collection of planners and journals. After I couldn’t sanely make another planner for myself, I started making them for family and friends who loved the finished pieces and here we are today. Read more>>

Backpack Beatz | Producer, DJ & Radio Host

When I created No More Free Beatz, I wanted people to take my craft seriously. Everyone wants to get paid from their passion, producing music is mine. When I say No More Free Beatz, you should replace Beatz with whatever you’re passionate about. Free isn’t just monetary gain. Experience, opportunity, networking, among others are things that are gained. Read more>>

Valeria Rangel | DFWLUXPICNICS OWNER

The idea of owning my own business sounded impossible but It was something that I dreamed of doing. I was two months postpartum and battling PPD when I decided to start my own business. One late night while I was taking care of my daughter I was thinking about how this year would the first time spending my birthday as a mom. I wanted to do something special, I came across the idea of a picnic at the park. I wanted us to be safe and practice social distancing and what a better way than a picnic. I went onto Pinterest and started searching for ideas. I came across “Luxury Picnics” and I became infatuated with the idea of having my own luxury picnic business. Read more>>