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.

Sara Rojas | Seller of crafts and home decor

I have worked since I was very young, but starting my own business in a country that was not mine, with a language that I did not speak and did not understand was my biggest challenge, the language was my main barrier and although I understood little, it was not enough. .. Learning to speak the English language has been the most difficult thing to this day and although my clients and friends are very patient with me, it frustrates me that I cannot communicate my ideas fluently Read more>>

Jamal Gaylor | Serial entrepreneur

I’ve always had an idea of working for myself and creating something bigger than myself. At first Reckless Ambition was just to create cool designs on garments but overtime it’s become more than that. We have built a community that’s ambitious about there goals. People really resonate with the message. So we are really creating a great business that’s going to be around for a long time. Read more>>

Crystal Nuckels | Owner & Artist of Petra Clay Co

I played with clay a little during the pandemic in 2020, but had a full time job and a baby so the majority of my time went elsewhere. In 2021, my husband was offered an amazing opportunity with his company which brought us to Houston and gave me the chance to stay home with our daughter. Read more>>

Karina Collante | NYS Licensed Esthetician, Certified Makeup Artist & Sugarista

That’s an excellent question! Well, after having gone through COVID-19, changing careers, and having a baby I definitely wanted stability and to gain some control of my new life. Shortly after graduating esthetician school I was confronted with the decision of whether I wanted to: A. Go work for someone or B. Read more>>

Cody Bennett | Custom car and truck builder

I’ve really just never wanted to do anything else. I’ve wanted to build custom cars and trucks ever since I can remember, there was just no other option for me! Read more>>

Jakayla Turner | Jakayla Turner | Licensed Cosmetologist / Lash Technician

My thought process behind starting my own business was very nerve-racking lol. I am a Licensed Cosmetologist, and I moved to Houston, Texas about a year ago and I did not know much of anyone here. In the process of moving here I kept telling myself I was going to start my own business as a Lash Technician. Read more>>

Cre Kirksey | Entrepreneur & Creative

I have always believed , I was meant to be my own Boss . I just had to overcome the fear of failure . Once i stepped out on faith and just started, now my business is growing and I’m learning how to create a blueprint for my children and others to go for what you want . Experience is the best teacher. Read more>>