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.

Randy Gomez | Director/DJ/Event Planner/Musician/Photographer/Sound Engineer.

In all honesty, every business I’ve started came out of, I don’t want to say necessity, but because it was just the next logical step in my growth & exploration into all the things creative. For instance, I started doing music because I already had a love for it & was into DJing & just loved rhythm, so I wanted to explore more. Start creating my music. I just needed an outlet. I was very depressed at the time & music was that candle in the dark for me if you will. Eventually, that led to sound engineering because I was making instrumentals & I was meeting all these talented artists & they trusted me & felt comfortable with me so naturally, I started recording their songs for them & it became a decent hustle & it was fun I was genuinely enjoying it. Eventually, that led to organizing small shows because, well, I was recording and befriending lots of talent & they needed a way to share their work so I took upon myself to find a way to give them a platform to express & The Mixer was born & it took off too thankfully. Read more>>

Cassandra, Kelly, Kathleen | Owners/ Planner / Chef / Pastry Chef

One of the biggest factors in starting our own business was the lack of creative freedom we had working under a previous employer. We wanted all of our individual talents to shine through our work and so we started KCK so we could bring our own style to our work. Whether Kelly is cooking and creating new recipes, Katie is finding new creative ways to decorate her baked goods, or Cassandra is finding out of the box ways to make events unique, we have created a company that thrives on creativity and uniqueness. Read more>>

Madicyn Reid | Creative Director & Owner of the Vanity Rabbit, LLC a Fashion & Beauty firm

I think like most entrepreneurs, the desire to start my own business came from a combination of wanting to work doing something I’m truly passionate about, while wanting to maintain control over my schedule and overall career direction. I’m constantly inspired by the men and women in my life I see building businesses, and making a successful living, while loving what they do. I was equally inspired by the women I saw finding joy in their lives at home, raising kids, loving their husbands and making a successful life. I realized my ideal was a marriage of the two, and the best way to achieve that would be through building a career for myself in the industry I’m truly passionate about; Fashion and Beauty. Read more>>