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.

Wesley Jones | Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer

It is challenging, always a lot of moving parts, and easy to feel overwhelmed. Not being afraid to ask for help, or for another opinion has been huge for me. No venture should be done alone, and It takes trial and error to find that process that works best. Especially for someone as crazy disorganized as me. I know the most important thing is to try. Falling on your face a few times, is okay. being an overnight success almost never happens, personally I know I still have a long (but very exciting!) road ahead. I belive following through is the most important. Read more>>

Jacob Williams

I have always had a very entrepreneurial mindset and am constantly working to be the best version of myself. A quote from Zig Ziglar I’ve always remembered is “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” I try and base all of my business decisions and ventures by starting with the question “How will this idea help others and make the world a better place?”. By starting with this question, it’s really a lot easier to motivate and inspire myself to take action. I luckily was able to find a way to align passion (golf) with my 20+ years of experience in the golf industry to found Golf Upgrades and become one of the founding members of the startup Golf Ai. Golf teaches essential character values such as courtesy, integrity, perseverance, and determination — I truly believe that if more people played golf the world would be a better place. Read more>>

Precious Miller Melissa Holman | Strengths Coach

The thought process behind starting our business was generated by a culmination of a few realizations. 1.) we wanted to have more control over our time and 2.) creating a stream of income for ourselves affords us the opportunity to build generational wealth. The most vital realization though, involves our desire to invest in human capital. We want to infuse the world with individuals and organizations who are empowered to bring their best in all they do. In our previous work with coaching students in higher education, we realized that Strengths-based coaching was a needed intercession for a wider audience. We had to extend this opportunity as far as we can reach. The problem we intend to solve is moving the world’s spotlight of what is wrong with people, and place a floodlight on what is right with them. We aim to inspire individuals and organizations to run along the road of authenticity. Creative solutions to the world’s problems are attracted to those who are brave enough to relish in their identity. Brood Performance is not your typical life coaching experience and this is by design. Read more>>

Jenny Farhat | Documentarian, Founder & Entrepreneur

The thought process behind starting Harvest Peace was to create a way to help the people who are being affected by the Occupation and Military Oppression happening in Palestine. The business was more of a second thought. It has been quite a learning experience. Read more>>

Douglas Brown | Wildlife, Nature and Landscape Photographer

Starting a business is hard work and time consuming. I have a full-time job which I am good at and enjoy very much. About 15 years ago, I started getting into hiking and climbing to improve my health. This hobby took me into more and more remote areas and exposed me to some absolutely incredible nature areas around the Western United States. I have always been a photographer but as my hobby took me to more and more places I began to take my photography more seriously to capture and share it with friends and family. This wonderful complimentary set of interests has put me on a path to capture incredible wildlife, nature and landscape photographs as I hone and refine my photography skills. In 2017, I made the journey to Idaho to photograph the Total Eclipse in the totality zone. From that trip I compiled a wonderful composite of the eclipse and sold enough of the photograph to seed my web based business. Read more>>

Angela Hansen | Pinstriping & Lettering Artist

Somehow I knew I’d eventually end up with my own business. The typical 9 to 5 job just wasn’t working for me and I wasn’t entirely happy with where I was at in my career. I wanted change, so I decided to be the change! I worked my butt off to practice my skills after work and on the weekends. I went to local car shows and grew my online presence. It took time, a lot of time in fa ct to get to a point where I could take the first step which was working full time at my regular job, to part time so that I could focus more on my own business. Read more>>