Are you thinking about starting a business? If so, we think you’ll enjoy reading about how these seasoned entrepreneurs thought about the question when they were in your shoes.

Vanessa Pacheco | Custom Tumbler Maker

My thought process behind starting my own business was a huge blank if I’m being honest! Just like many maker businesses, it started off as a hobby. As a kid, I loved crafting and once I found out what a Cricut was and seeing everything that I could potentially make with it, I was sold. It started with engraving, making signs for home decor or party events. Basically how every crafter starts sitting at their kitchen table, covered in scraps and excess vinyl you didn’t realize you could save, scissors buried under mounds of failed projects because you didn’t click on the right bubble to mirror an image. Read more>>

Nathalia Clariesse | Master Lash Artist & Lash Educator

When I was just a sophomore in high school back in 2015 I already had 3 jobs. One in my high school cafeteria, Subway & Baskin Robbins. I’ve experienced every kind of 9-5 horror stories.. from customers fighting a minor over a sandwich, leaving me alone in the store as a minor working by myself for long shifts, you name it!! But I didn’t know any better though since I was just a kid that was willing to work just to make money & they over worked the heck out of me until I graduated High school and pursued my Esthetician License. I think that’s when my passion really started and it opened my eyes how my 9-5s were holding me back to freely express my creative skill. Read more>>

Risa B | Creative and founder of Paddle for Peace

It always starts with an idea and from there, I turn that idea into a plan. I am a creative and I am always thinking of ways to improve something or make something new. When starting a business, it’s important to identify the “why” aside from making money. If anyone starts a business for a quick buck, its not likely to last. You have to ask questions like, am I going to start this business because I’ve identified a gap somewhere? Or do I need a product and its not on the market so I created my own? Read more>>

Kristen Lucek | Gym Owner

I wanted to start my own business because I had been in the fitness industry for 9 years and figured it was time to open my own studio! I also am a single mom so I wanted to create a life that I could do what I love while simultaneously spend time with my almost 4 year old daughter. Read more>>

Asha Dickens | Reiki Master Teacher, Herbologist and Birth Doula

I never set out to start a business. It all came to be serendipitously. In 2016 I experienced a series of personal challenges involving my health, family member’s health, my career, my relationship and more. It was the kind of year that can lead to deep depression or an awakening of sorts. For me it was a little bit of both. Read more>>

Cynthia Diamond | Paranormal Romance Author

I’ve always written as a hobby but never took it super seriously. It wasn’t until around 2013 that I decided to take the plunge. I was a costume design major and had worked in the field for a few years. But the stress of the job was taking its toll on my mental health, and personal life. So I left. And for a while, I felt adrift in what I wanted to do with my life. I had a day job that paid bills but wasn’t very fulfilling. I felt a bit like a failure. Read more>>

Andrew Britton T | Second Generation Farmer

Island Harvest was founded in 1991 by my father, Jim, as a farming company in Kohala, Hawai’i, but it wasn’t until early 2021 that our organic macadamias products started hitting shelves! So although the company is over 30 years old, we’ve transitioned from a farm wholesaling in-shell nuts to becoming a brand offering single-origin macadamia products for individual consumers nationwide. Read more>>

Kevie White | Cottage Bakery Owner

My thought process was a bit skewed. I have been baking since I was very young and everyone kept saying you should open your own shop. I love your cakes…cookies…. candies… Through most of my life I have been a full time mom with a houseful of ours and the neighborhood kids. It was wonderful! I baked for our family and every event at school and other events. As the kids got older and I started working outside our home, I baked for every occasion at work and supplied many goodies to charitable benefits. Read more>>