Many books on startups and business talk about how there are right and wrong reasons for starting a business. So, we asked a handful of successful founders about their reasons and the thought-process behind starting their business.

Eric Bergin | Founder

I had been working in the private equity real estate industry for a while and saw a need in the market for customers to have more institutional-quality services. From my previous experience, I had developed a skillset that I knew customers needed and formed 3E Management in 2016 to help clients get to the next level. Since the company’s founding, 3E has helped over 200 clients with fund, investment, and waterfall services; and has had over $26 billion of deal transactions over the last 18 months covering all real estate property types. Read more>>

Ariel Prosser | Photographer

I am skilled, I am ready, I got this shit! 17 years Experience managing various companies, businesses and paperwork for other people I decided to follow my family foot steps and start up my own stuff. Growing up I was surrounded by entrepreneurs; My aunt sold custom Barbie’s, My grandparents owned a singer sewing store, and My dad owned his own HVAC company. Read more>>

whitney peterson | Hair stylist

Covid hit in 2020, which led to me having roughly 2 months to sit home and reflect. That time made me realize that I needed to be doing more. I wanted to start focusing on what matters to me, and what brings me joy. I think most people had that same thought process during those times, and a lot of people ended up quitting/changing jobs like I did. It was by far the best decision I have ever made. Read more>>

Brittany Lillie | Brittany Lillie | Social Media Manager

A year ago, I had no intention of starting a business. I was spending all my time trying to find that perfect 9-5 job in the field I studied, Marketing. I didn’t realize how challenging it would be to land a good job in Marketing, but fortunately that was the motivation for starting SociallyHer. It was after my 3rd interview for a well known company here in Dallas. I was interviewing for their Social Media Manager position and I was so excited. This was a company that I loved and wanted so badly to be a part of. Things didn’t play out as expected. Read more>>

Samuel Chen | Electrical Engineer & Food Enthusiast

My mother is an amazing woman. She single-handedly raised two kids by herself; working long hours and yet still making time to cook nutritious meals. Every day when I came home from school, a delicious aroma would always waft from the entrance to welcome us home. Her passion for cooking was manifested into a bowl of Taiwanese comfort food and consequentially sparked my interest in creating a variety of cuisines. My first attempt at repaying my mom for her hard work and kindness did not go well as I burnt the entire meal. Read more>>

Dravin Nelson | Home Remodel/ Restoration Expert

I started my own business because I’ve always wanted to go above and beyond for the people (clients) I serve. Working for an employer always seemed to hinder my ability to perform the BEST service I possibly can. Read more>>

Joan Arciero | Certified Longarm Quilter and Creative Quilt Designer

I am a long time quilter and longarm quilter. I would finish a quilt top and need to have a back to complete the quilt. Most fabric comes in 45″ wide, which has to be pieced in order to fit the quilt top. I would be anxious to move onto finishing the quilt and still had more piecing to do! At that point, I discovered fabric that is 108″ wide, wide enough to match the size of the top without piecing!! Eureka!! than I had trouble locating the wide fabric. As I though about this issue, I realized other quilters would love to access to a store with only 108″ quilt backs and The Quilt Back Shop was started. Read more>>

taylar Ben | Mixologist

My thought process was I didn’t know what I was doing , where I would end up , or even how it would work out for me . I just knew I would want to make good signature cocktails and make People happy . I started my business after I lost my corporate job at that time didn’t know the first thing about starting a business or what I would need to do . Only thing I knew was if I could really put my mind to it I could do it and be successful and as creative as I wanted to be . Read more>>

Erika Gonzalez | Co-Founder, Eridion Glass & Lifelong Entrepreneurial Student

So many of us follow the path that we are taught is “correct” or “safe”. I was definitely one of them. The one that checked off the list requirements for a “smart, successful businesswoman”. For 20 years, I excelled at box checking – but on the path someone else had designed. So after college and grad school (check 1 and check 2), I kept on checking the boxes. Year after year, someone else told me when I was successful and when I wasn’t. Stressing over the next promotion, fighting with crippling imposter syndrome, reinventing myself every time I had a new supervisor, feeling a bit trapped but all the while telling myself “it’s like this everywhere”. Read more>>

Laura Tye | Dallas Newborn and Maternity Photographer

Before getting into newborn and maternity photography, I was a first grade teacher. I stopped doing that when my oldest son was born and wanted to find something to keep me busy but also something I enjoyed doing. I saved up to buy my first camera, did photos of friends for free to practice and slowly eased into opening a business. Read more>>

Gayle | Calligrapher & Artist

My thought process behind starting my own business was probably not as in depth as some others who begin creative careers! I have worked in a very analytical job in “corporate America” for the past 17 years and discovered calligraphy and hand lettering about 2 years ago. At first, it was something I’d do just for fun, just for me. Practicing daily brought me a lot of joy. But after a while, friends and family started asking me to work on little projects for them. It brought me so much JOY working on these projects, which were essentially custom commissions. Read more>>

DeJai Moore | Professional Photographer

The thought process behind starting my own business was basically finding out I actually have an eye for photography, usually I’d pick something up as most people do and get bored with it after a week or so then just leave it alone. Also not having to answer to anyone above me played a huge factor as well, I am my own boss. I love being able to make my own schedule and being able to do whatever I want whenever I want. Read more>>

JAROD THORNTON | Webmaster & Small Business Owner

I felt like my employment opportunities were limited and didn’t like the idea of working for someone else. I think that was really the greatest motivation in the beginning. I had lots of ideas and my first venture was PC repair. I found out I enjoyed working on my own devices, but didn’t want to be responsible for anyone else’s. Beyond this basic desire to control my own destiny, I really had no idea what I was doing. In fact, more than a decade later I still have days where I feel this way. There are days where imposter syndrome kicks in too. I’m not sure that will ever go away. But we’ve grown as a company largely due to the collective experience of our team and evolving as we go. It’s working! Read more>>

Sam Brand | Photographer

I’m just not cut out for corporate life or retail situations. I’ve tried both and felt caged in with the same clientele over and over again. Working on my own I’m working with a variety of people, and the fact that most are creative too, really makes what I do even more enjoyable. I get to take more risk and figure out more artistic ways to capture people I stead of just playing it safe and following a predetermined formula. My success is my own. Read more>>

Kali Chevis | Mentor & Community Influencer

I have been very blessed to have been raised by both my parents and grandparents. I come from a very tight-knit family where I was brought up worshiping every Sunday because my great grandparents were pastors. That special upbringing of family and faith laid a strong foundation in me and prepared me for the struggles that have prematurely transitioned me from thinking and acting like a child, to now living in my early adulthood years. Read more>>

Cordarryl Franklin | Basketball Coach/Trainer

I would say, the thought process behind me starting my own business was, I wanted to make a difference, & I wanted to give back to the youth coming behind me. I built my business on the basis of mentorship, & creating opportunities for others. The bonus was, it revolved around the sport of basketball. A sport that my older brother Cory, introduced to me, while we were young. I had to be 5 or 6 yrs old, when we were in the hallway of our home, on a little nerf basketball hoop. He was much taller than me, so he use to play with me on his knees lol. I’ve loved the game every since. Read more>>

Tamara Rodriguez | Nail Technician

The thing that motivated me most to start a business was the fact that I really didn’t want to work for anyone else. I’ve been working since I was 17 years old right after I gave birth young. It took less than a few years to realize following someone else’s rules & schedules is not what I desired. Every time someone would ask me from the time I was young what I wanted to be I would always respond with an entrepreneur. I simply just wanted to own my own business. I didn’t know what I didn’t know how but that’s what I knew I wanted to do. Read more>>

Georgette Bird | Director of Operations/Realtor/Bird Nest Team Leader

I wanted to decide how and where I spend my time. It is important to me to have the opportunity to make as much money as I want. All of the full time jobs I had in the past had caps on my earning potential and you could only earn raises as a small percentage of your yearly income. I was tired of following other people’s rules whether I agreed or not. I wanted to be able to schedule my days and evenings to accommodate not only my clients but also my family’s needs. Read more>>

Soniqua Adaway | Baker & Owner /CEO

My grandmothers taught me how to bake when I was younger. Through college I used those skills to help support my sorority Zeta Phi Beta sorority Inc with bake sales. A lot of my friends actually loved my sweets and would tell me these cookies would sell like crazy. So over the pandemic I started to thinking about the obvious. I wanted to start my own business but what should it be and what should I do ? What should I sell? Funny thing I was making cakes , cookies etc. Using my family for taste tester. Read more>>

Taylor Vinson | Creative Entrepreneur

I’ve always wanted to do something that was impactful and allowed me to express myself the most. I’ve thought about so many ideas but I decided to start with candles because they are something that has always made me feel more at home with myself. Lighting a candle has been a great part of my self-care routine and I know it’s the same for others. With Taylor Rachelle though, I wanted to put an extra emphasis on feeling good and expressing yourself. We’re not just another candle company. Read more>>

Ditty Bhatti | Gluten-Free Baker

“Necessity is the mother of all invention.” After my oldest son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, we eliminated everything that had gluten from our house. It was a sad and scary process, but it was nothing compared to watching our child suffer and not knowing the reason why for so many months. So, getting rid of gluten was a bitter-sweet moment. I think we had rice, beans, and a box of date-based granola bars left in the pantry. Read more>>

Sterling Sirr” Woods | Woodworker”

As many businesses do, it started off as more of a hobby. I like working with my hands and building things. I work in IT so getting out and crafting, and building with my hands was what kept me sane. The more I made the more people would remark on the quality and craftsmanship, so with a push from my wife I finally decided to take my hobby more seriously. Read more>>

Olivia Welch | Birth and Postpartum Doula

I come from a city in Nevada that offers very few choices for women who want to have a holistic pregnancy and physiologically natural birth, so when my husband and I moved to Texas I quickly started looking into the choices available here. I was absolutely amazed! There are birth centers, independent midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, chiropractors, holistic medical providers, and more. Read more>>

Parul Nagpal | Food Blogger

I was an IT Engineer back in India. When I relocated to the United States after marriage, I had to sit at home unwillingly. Cooking has been my passion always, so I started shooting & posting videos and photos of healthy cuisines with detailed recipes on my Instagram page, which I used to cook during my Weight-loss journey. Positive feedback from several people boosted my confidence and gave me a direction to channelise the efforts. Gradually, I expanded the network & became a food blogger with an intention to preach “healthy is not boring”. I have almost 400+ recipes on my Instagram handle <shecooks.healthy>. Sooner or later, I will publish my book about mindful eating. Read more>>

The Carwell Sisters | Owners of Light In Truth Apparel

Our thought process behind starting Light In Truth (L.I.T) was to create something that we could watch God grow. Starting this business was a tangible accountability partner for us. We wanted to create something we could look back on and see how far we have grown in christ. The goal has always been and will always be strengthening our walk with God. This business is truly a reflection of where we are in life and hopefully we can inspire others on this journey. Read more>>

Kaylin Nikole | Content Creator / Micro Influncer

Well, I started in Charlotte,NC making candles during the rise of COVID. I designed the labels, promo, marketing and of course the actual candle. I saw how black owned virtual businesses were booming but the marketing and customer service was lacking. I fell out of love with candles despite the money but fell deeper in love with content creation. My degree is in Public Relations and I always held the social media chair positions in organizations . So I knew I could lend my services to other businesses and brands. That is what birthed Kaylin Nikole Consulting! Read more>>