Readers often email us asking us for advice about new businesses they are thinking about starting and we often find that many of them don’t have a framework for thinking about a more fundamental question: why should or shouldn’t you start a business?

Below, you’ll find how successful entrepreneurs from across the city thought about this very question when they were considering whether to start their businesses.

Giovani Martelly | Photographer Videographer

I wanted to make a space where creatives like me can create and find like minded people around them. Read more>>

Chad Hoberer | Benevolent Overlord

In 2015, I started C. Scenic with my wife, Chelsea, and longtime collaborator and friend, Paul Warmus, using our collective expertise and knowledge gained from working in scenic shops since the early 90s to knock out the middle-man involved with being independent freelancers and provide work for other artists in the fluid and competitive industry that we had learned to navigate. At C. Scenic, our goal is to make cool stuff with cool people. Read more>>

Jessica Garrett | Photobooth

We started out Photobooth because of our wedding and wanted something special that we could share with others. Read more>>

Bre’Andrea Jones | Travel Business Owner

Many of times, people fear life changes because they are scared to “fail”. My thought process behind starting my own business was confidence and creating a life that other people without jobs obtained. Almost everyone who i’ve ever been inspired by are all entrepreneurs / business OWNERS. So i knew that if i wanted to be like them and have the finer things, i would have to do exactly what they did and branch out and create the life i know and believe i deserve. Read more>>

Brandon Rose | Chief Marketing Officer

I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey by founding RoseGold Apparel while I was still a sophomore at the University of Alabama. Back then, I faced the challenge of limited resources for marketing, which led me to delve into the world of organic digital marketing techniques, website development, SEO, and more, all self-taught. Read more>>

J. Kyle | Founder & Director of Re:BrandTheMan

As I spent time praying about how to proceed in business & what my niche would be, God told me that He was going to use me to help other heal from broken identities, just like he did for me. I knew that as a man who had struggled with identity and was at one point in desperate need of community, it was my God given duty to create a safe space and place for men to have as they were in the sojourn of identity themselves Read more>>

Sharron Gregg | Artist

I have a daughter and 2 grandsons. I wanted to establish something that,in the event that they wanted to get involved in the arts, they wouldn’t have ask for a seat at someone else’s table.I would build one for them. I was very intentional in the fact that I would eventually be leaving them something that would always remind them of me and still allow for creativity. Read more>>

 Vinh Le | Senior Partner

I entered into the world of entrepreneurship back in 2011 when a couple of partners and I opened our first Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise. Since then, we’ve open 6 other locations and are on track to open a couple more in a few months. There are pros and cons of opening a franchise. The pros are, you inherit the business model and the support of a larger corporation. The cons are, you are strictly bound by their rules and their growth plans. When I came up with the Social Oak concept, I wanted to bring an upscale adult only lounge to the area. Something that was missing. I also wanted to create my own concept with the freedom to grow it to other markets that makes sense. Read more>>

Nathaniel Ried | Doctor of Physical Therapy

While I was in college, I injured my knee playing basketball and saw first hand how one-on-one, hands-on physical therapy can change a person’s life. I was given my life back, able to avoid surgery, and I’m able to play basketball to this day. Read more>>

Tyler Meksavanh | Owner of T-Mex Automotive Detailing LLC

Ever since I was kid, I have always been around cars. Always around them, working on them, washing them, etc. I knew I wanted to start my own business but didn’t know what I wanted to do, then one day I just woke up and knew it was going to be related to something I love which is cars. At this time in my life, I was washing my car 2-3 times a week and I enjoyed that, so I knew auto detailing was going to be it. That’s when T-Mex Automotive Detailing LLC came to life! Read more>>

Maranatha Lee | Travel Agency Owner

From my earliest memories, the entrepreneurial spirit has been ingrained in me. As a child, I eagerly asked for candle and jewelry making kits for Christmas and birthdays, crafting products that I sold to family and neighbors. It was a bit of childhood genius, really—keeping 100% of the profits for myself. I used the money earned from these endeavors to fund our annual vacations with the church group, indulging in all the souvenirs I desired. Read more>>

Alshon Rose | Co-Founder/ Director of Business Development

We realized the importance of generational wealth and the importance of building our community. We wanted to create a business that would create opportunities for our families as well as our community! Read more>>

Ebony Graves | Founder of Dream Chaser Film Production

The inception of Dream Chaser Film Production was driven by my desire to connect like-minded individuals and embark on a cinematic journey without any constraints. Read more>>

Kayla Jones | Yoga Instructor & Wellness enthusiast

Creating Soulfull Haven has been an extension of my healing and my way of loving on my community through trauma informed work. I found yoga in one of the darkest seasons of my life with some digestive health ailments. It has not only aided in helping me heal but it brought me into mindfulness work, helping me connect with myself on a deeper level internally. Read more>>

Cassandra Robertson | Caterer, Recording Artist, & Vocal Coach

My initial thought process behind starting my own business was to attain the status of owner.

Born in Dallas, TX, I hail from a family of 12. I was raised by exceptional parents who displayed strong work ethics in their roles on their conventional jobs, yet, entrepreneurship was always demonstrated ,encouraged, and celebrated in our home. Read more>>

Jason Rutel | Founder of Creative Nomads

Before starting my own business, I worked for a comedian, serving in a jack-of-all-trades role. My responsibilities encompassed a wide range of creative and marketing tasks, allowing me to acquire diverse skills. These skills included negotiating with contractors, managing complex, long-term projects like theatrical releases, and quickly building trust and rapport with changing production teams. Read more>>