Starting a business can be terrifying. Weighing the pros and cons, the risks, and other considerations can be so overwhelming that often promising entrepreneurs stop before they even start. We asked some phenomenal entrepreneurs about their thought process behind starting their own businesses. Our hope is that by making the thought-process less intimidating we can help more folks think through whether they should take an entrepreneurial leap.

Carlye Tamaren | Actor, Dancer, Singer, Martial Artist, Director, Writer, Producer & Editor

I’m an actor and dancer first and foremost. I’ve spent so much time in rehearsals, on sets and in theatres my whole life – and after a particularly interesting movie shoot a few years ago, I realized, wait a minute, I don’t just have to inhabit other people’s worlds that they created, I can be the world builder! I know what’s good and what’s not, and how to make decisions and corral people. I helped me to dare to think of myself as the most all around artist that I could be. There are so many avenues in the creative world, why not learn how to be an even greater part of it. So I got really into directing, writing, producing and editing. I just went for it, I can’t explain. Maybe it’s my nature to be too intense about everything haha but it’s brought me into a world I had no idea had room for little old me. Every day, still, I have to push to be taken seriously as a female true multi-hyphenate. Read more>>

Krista G. | Entrepreneur and Model

From a young age I always had a love for makeup. I grew up with two older sisters and mom. They always put on make up for special occasions and work. I would always watched them while putting on their make up and told myself I can’t wait to get older and do my own makeup. My older sister would let me use lipgloss and from then I knew I loved lipgloss. I always wanted to start my own business but was very lost Where to start and how to start it. When the pandemic started and I lost my job I knew this was a perfect time to start my business. First my business was called “Lashes by Krista G.” I love lashes and love them even more because I have very almond shapes eyes. When I put a good lash on I feel so confident about myself. Later on, I started to realize that selling lashes wasn’t my passion. Being a model and student I didn’t feel like I was giving my business 100% of my attention when it was called “Lashes by Krista G. “My friend Georgina and I started to talk about starting a business together. Read more>>

Erica Schobert | Tufting Artist

Honestly, there wasn’t much of one. When I began creating rugs, I didn’t originally plan on making it into a business. I started by making rugs for myself and some close friends, and I got an immediate response on Instagram from people asking if I took commissions. I was a bit shocked by this at first! I couldn’t believe people actually took interest in this little hobby of mine so quickly, so I thought I might as well jump on the opportunity. Especially since I was one of the people who lost their employment because of the pandemic, I was super excited at the thought of becoming my own boss. Starting this business was a bit of investment in both time and money, and it was a risk I was happily getting myself into. I made my business official slowly but surely, and I am still figuring it out as I go along within this first year. Read more>>

Pryscilla Adame | Founder and chef at Han-grÿ

I wanted to create diversity with in cuisine, fresh seasonal and Fram to table. Read more>>

Lisa Howe | MSW and Certified Peaceful Parenting Coach

The funny thing is I didn’t set out to start a business at all! After I received my Masters in Social Work, I began working in hospice and fell in love with helping patients and families find closure with their lives and create a good death. When I became a parent a couple of years after that, I realized I knew I didn’t want to parent in the way I was parented but wasn’t sure what we should do instead. After spending many hours reading and researching, I stumbled upon Dr. Laura Markham’s work when my daughter was just a few months old. After reading her books, website, and taking her online course, I knew peaceful parenting was what resonated well with our family – it’s grounded in research and also intuitively felt right. My entire life I have been the go-to person in my friend and family circles for advice and support along with resources. I like to say I was basically born a social worker. Read more>>

Kandice Ellis | Entreprenuer

My main focus and purpose for starting my own business was to gain freedom and escape the idea of the 9-5 lifestyle being the only way to be make it. Read more>>