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.

Andrea Moxham | HubSpot Expert

From an early age, I knew I wanted to be my own boss. My mother ran her own company out of our house so I learned early on that you didn’t need to get a job and climb the ladder. Even in my very first job as a gymnastics coach at age 14, I always aspired to one day be my own boss. I continued to work for companies and in 2014, I started working for a marketing agency. I quickly realized the work I was doing was something I could provide directly to my own clients. I quit my job without a single client of my own and started from scratch. Read more>>

Samantha Jacoby | ZJBrandshop CEO & Founder

Starting a business has always been my dream. I worked for a start-up company remotely for two years as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and after graduation moved to New York City to work in their headquarters. The passion and excitement that filled the office every day was inspiring and helped confirm my desire to pursue a Master’s in Entrepreneurship.  Read more>>

Olga Sanchez | CEO

I have always been drawn by the infinite potential that a traditional handcrafted piece could become. Growing up with a father that was a Carpenter and great furniture maker, I became aware at an early age, of what a great finished and aesthetically wonderful product looks like. Between the peculiar smell of chopped wood and the sound of metal banging and forging, I grew up inspired and driven by the idea of the value-added product by simply doing a great job with passion and commitment. Read more>>