Thinking through whether to start a business – whether to take the risk, whether to go out on your own – isn’t easy.  So we asked some entrepreneurs we admire to tell us about how they thought through the process of starting a business.

Dayna Tames | Licensed Cosmetologist, Multi-Award Winning Lash Artist & Educator

I started Tameless Lash Artistry because I wanted to build a lash salon and academy where integrity and customer experience are top priority. I’m passionate about this craft and it saddens me to see subpar work and education in many areas of the lash industry. There’s a need for something different. This is why at TLA we focus on the artistry aspect of lashing and not the commercial side. Nothing is more important than the health and integrity of your natural lashes and every set of lashes created is thoughtfully constructed to meet each one of your specific needs. Read more>>

Kemora Reaves | Real Estate Agent

My thought process behind starting my own business was my children. I am manifesting that my business will create generational wealth for them. It has been a passion of mine for years to get into the real estate business. In the past year, I decided to release my fears and go for it. In addition, as a Black woman and the climate of our country and fighting for improved rights for people of color, my goal is to help as many people build their assets through achieving their homeownership dreams. Read more>>

Ramneek Mathur | Investment Advisor, Real Estate Broker and Life Strategist

There came a moment in my career where I realized, we are all “self-employed”. Even when we are working for a larger firm or company, we are in negotiation for ourselves and the value we can bring to the organization. When you think of the self-employed career path, the term “organization” is simply replaced with “market”. Once I had this mental unlock. It was less intimidating for me to imagine what it would be like if I created my own company. The key would have been for me to consistently deliver value and insight in whatever I decided to pursue. If I could do that, I was in business. Read more>>

Tommie Cochrum | Photography Studio Owner & Photographer

The decision to start my own photography business was simple yet scary. I have always loved photography, even as a child. And before I had my daughter, almost 8 years ago, it’s all that i could think about. I would day dream of having a photography business and owning a studio. So after my daughter turned a year old, I had the opportunity to stay at home with her and build my photography business on the side. Over the years my goals, style, and brand have evolved into what I have today. Read more>> 

Sky Nuttall | Photographer & Editor

I have always loved the idea of running my own business, and I couldn’t think of a business that I would love more than my own photography business! Part of my decision to start my own business originated with the desire to set my own hours as we began our little family, and the other part came from my love of capturing special moments for people and beautiful shots of nature. I first started working as a professional photographer with a neat company company where I gained a lot of experience and saw great business models. After we moved I decided to start my own business in our new location here in Arizona. Read more>>