Deciding to start a business is an unusual decision.  It’s often considered irrational and yet for many it’s the best decision they’ve ever made.  So we asked folks to think back to when they were starting their businesses and to tell us about their decision making process.

Maegan Blau | Interior Designer

I have always been interested in interior design but when I became a wheelchair user, the design of my environment became much more crucial to my ability to live an independent life. I knew that no matter where I live would need to make adjustments to fit my physical needs but i have never wanted to sacrifice personal style to achieve functionality. During the process of remodeling our first home I took on the role of designer and project manager and fell in love with the process. I advocated for myself through my design plan. Read more>>

Jennifer Nielson | Speaker, Retreat Guru & Life Coach

My journey of healing from my own trauma lead me to creating a business to help others do the same. I have a unique perspective and training that has enabled me to help countless women find freedom and peace. I do this through retreats, one on work and group coaching. Read more>>

Casey Olson Designs | Web/Graphic Designer & Photographer

The original reason I wanted to have my own business is because I am a single mom and need a job where I can make my own schedule and be home with my kids when they are home. They are very important to me and my reason for doing many things I do. My very first company was a blog design company I started in 2009 when I was pregnant with my oldest. I immediately fell in love with helping my clients showcase who they are on the custom blogs I designed for them. Seeing them light up when I delivered their new blog design where they could start writing about their lives and being vulnerable with the world was EXTREMELY rewarding. Read more>>

Ashley Richards | Founder and CEO of E Squared Marketing

My entire career was spent creating and developing marketing strategies, and I loved working for large organizations, but it was not until I got pregnant with my daughter that I realized I was not ready to leave my newborn at home and go back to an 8-5 job. I have always had a passion for marketing, and I knew there was a way to have the best of both worlds, so I created E Squared Marketing. The business itself is named after my two kids (Ellie & Eli) and empowering working moms that they can have a great working life that accommodates motherhood is still a huge mission for my company. Read more>>

Yvonne Matejka | Realtor | DJ

The thought process behind starting my own business was for the ability to curate my own branding, expand my reach & have freedom. The goal of entrepreneurship is to have multiple streams of income doing what you love. For me, that’s helping others feel empowered through music and finding the perfect place to come home to. I’ve always been creative, so why not monetize that? Read more>>

Xochitl Avila | Rocky Point wedding Planner

When I decided to start my own business and give up a fixed salary and benefits from a company; It was when I understood that my growth was outside; that I could no longer grow in the company that I was and that my work had to be better valued. With a few months of savings and the support of my family, I decided to start step by step and thanks to the good recommendations of my past clients, I began to have meetings, close contracts and make my work known a little bit more. Read more>>

Lorissa Kyle | Owner & Artist

I knew I always wanted to be in the beauty industry but for a makeup artist sometimes the furthest we think we can go is freelancing. You are your own boss and just do your own thing but for me I wanted to do more than just that. I wanted to not only help women look beautiful on the outside after a service but to feel beautiful and confident after they left me. Here we are in 2020 and women are still struggling with confidence, for identity, and the feeling of beauty and I want to be a part of that change so I put most of my focus on trying to create an experience or products that will encourage them that they are gorgeous humans. Read more>>

April Nowlin | Business Growth Consultant

After many years of working in corporate organizations, I realized this was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I thrived on having new professional challenges on a regular basis and these environments did not provide that. Quite honestly, I was bored and I knew I had more to give to this world. I enjoyed the work I was doing but a few things were missing. Firstly, I didn’t like the idea of someone dictating how I could serve a customer nor did I care to have my income capped or financial increases dependent on others. Lastly, as a single parent, I desired to have a more flexible professional schedule to live the quality of life I wanted. Starting a business proved to check all those boxes for me. Read more>>

Charlie Mato-toyela | Owner: Blue es un Flutes

At first, as everyone probably does, when I thought about having my own business I was focusing on freedom and unlimited income! This is quite funny because of course it’s nothing like any of that! As business owners, we have more responsibilities now than even when I worked two and three jobs simultaneously! As far as money goes, we have to find ways to manage our business so that the amount of workload doesn’t become overwhelming and because of this, sometimes it means changing prices and availability of certain products. Of course a small change in one area will cause a large change in another. Read more>>

Albert and Vivian Toma | Photo Booth & Backdrops

We are both in the medical field and wanted to do something on the side that would be fun and different from our every day jobs. The idea came after our wedding where we had a photo booth, and we thought hey this would be a fun gig to do! Read more>>