We reached out to some of our favorite entrepreneurs and asked them to think back and tell us about how they decided to start a business.  Check out their responses below.

Johnathan Mark | Chief Disruptor at Trill on Wheels

After discovering that my wife and I were expecting our first child, the need for additional income and legacy planning was more urgent than ever! We went on the path to create an experience that combined my passion for Houston Hip-Hop, intimate celebrations, and being “outside”. Trill On Wheels sat perfectly at the intersection of those core passions and after a year of planning and prepping, we launched to a reception that we never imagined! We’ve sold out every single week since launch with no signs of slowing down soon. Tours are booked months out at this point, God is definitely showing out! Read more>>

Mariana Mosqueda | Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

I would like to start off when I started in the Beauty Industry. When I was in High School I talked to my mother about going to beauty school. It was hard for mom and dad at the time, so I got a job to help them pay off beauty school. When I graduated high school six months later I graduated from Beauty school. I’m talking this was back in Mexico. After graduation I started looking for a job so I could help my parents since the situation in Mexico was very hard. There was a really Famous and expensive Beauty Salon called Marsil, it was the BEST there in the city of Salamanca. well guess what ??? They reached out to me offering me a good position… that was my dream!!! Read more>>

Sergio Ramirez | Sergio’s Antojitos, Also Known As “Lightning McQueen”

My thought process behind starting my own business was being able to provide for my family and there future. As well as not longer being humiliated and overworked by anybody. Read more>>

Candra Smith | Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

I wanted to provide quality mental health care for people in need, there was definitely a need. I felt like people needed to see someone that looked like them, understood them, and someone that provided a safe non judgmental space. Read more>>

Amanda Burg | Founder & CEO of Liberty Type

This business started accidentally! At the time, I was a news editor and journalist and really looking for a way to be creative. I started playing around on my laptop, designing logos for fictitious companies – until I realized I was staying up until all hours of the night. I started small, with an Etsy shop selling premade logos and small branding packages to small businesses. I figured if I was going to spend all of my free time doing this – I should at least try and make some money. I made my first sale just 3 days after launching and never looked back. Read more>>

Suzanne Paulinski | Growth Mindset + Productivity Coach

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a kid, I always had the lemonade stand on the corner and in college, I sold chocolate chip pancakes out of my dorm ($2/plate) just to make some extra cash. I loved making my own money. After experiencing a number of jobs in and out of college, I realized the only thing better than having my own money was making it my own way. I’ve never enjoyed being told what to do. I’m not saying I’m always right, but I much rather “live and learn” than follow directions. Read more>>

Jada Lynnette | Custom Wig Designer

Initially, I was not thinking of starting a business. Creating wigs was just something I loved to do for myself. I have always been infatuated with getting glammed up with different hairstyles! Eventually the hobby turned into a passion and I knew creating wig units was what I was called to do. I wanted to create a brand that makes women feel beautiful. 90% of a woman’s selfie is her hair. When you feel beautiful on the outside, it makes it much easier to feel beautiful on the inside. Read more>>