We reached out to some of our favorite entrepreneurs and asked them to think back and tell us about how they decided to start a business.  Check out their responses below.

Vivian Thwaits | Equine Gestalt Coach, RN, and Mixed Media Artist

the tools to help support them in combating compassion fatigue and burn out. As I started on my own healing journey, I began to see the archetype of the “wounded healer” in both myself and my nurse colleagues. The “wounded healer” is a term created by psychologist Carl Jung. The idea is that those that go into the healing professions are drawn to do this work because they perhaps are themselves wounded. I saw a great need to offer support to this community and it was non-existent. Read more>>

Shana Lipner Grover | Clinical Herbalist and Health Educator

From the time I began my studies in plant medicine, health and nutrition, I knew it was the right path for me. As my studies intensified, I realized how inspired and empowered my fellow students and I were and how people immediately had questions whenever I mentioned what I was studying. This quickly led to facing my fears of public speaking and offering classes. As many people have realized, facing your fears is one of the best ways to grow and empower yourself. Now public speaking is my life and lively-hood, empowering people to be personally responsible for their health. Read more>>

Tina Frantz | Founder

I thought it would just be so easy to start a home-based business while tending to a newborn… this was the sadly mistaken thought process behind the launch of Tina Frantz Designs. While a seed had been germinating for my handbag brand for nearly seven years, and exploiting maternity as the window of opportunity to finally bring my business to life seemed appropriate at the time, I clearly had no idea what I was in store for with motherhood. Not a single woman in my life had warned me! Read more>>

Farheen Umar | VIDEOGURU – helping businesses create AWESOME videos

Starting a business for me was part of the journey that I was on. After marriage and moving where my husband lived, continuing a corporate career became less aligned with my new life situation. However, I was not one to be satisfied with staying at home and not using my education or need for mental stimulation. Although I had an MBA and had worked as Brand Manager in a large company, starting my own business was like an exciting new adventure to me. I decided to explore documentary filmmaking as a passion pursuit and after completing a film certification at UCSD. Read more>>

Vanessa Dubois | Dubois: Freelance

Started as a hobby 20 years ago, photography quickly turned into a way to express my creativity. At the beginning of the year I decided to finally take the plunge. It sure was a bold move to go from passion to profession. But the universe showed me that I wasn’t getting any younger and that it was time for me to follow my dream to become a fulltime freelance photographer. Now fast forward 2 months and… it looks like it may not have been the best timing but even though this crazy quarantine is putting an hold on it, I do not regret any of my decision and I am becoming more and more passionate about my career. Read more>>

Elaine Reiter | Professional Exotic and Domestic Animal Trainer

I started my animal training journey when I was just a child. I use to watch anything with animals on T.V. Growing up children are frequently asked “What are you going to do when you grow up?” I repeatedly answered “work with animals, Flipper to be exact”. The adults would chuckle and say “that’s so cute”. I meant it. Eventually I was privileged to be offered a job as a show trainer at a local aquarium. As years went on I worked with all the animals including a majestic killer whale. I quickly moved up all the ranks as high as you could go. Read more>>

Joann Stabile | Owner and Executive Chef

I never particularly cared for working for other people. I always was a bit “bossy” even as a small child and grew up in a family of entrepreneurs so it just came naturally to me. I just put my mind to it and figured things out as I went along. I am still figuring it out! Especially in this strange time. It is important for me to be creative and flexible in order to continue to grow my business and be successful. Read more>>