Readers often email us asking us for advice about new businesses they are thinking about starting and we often find that many of them don’t have a framework for thinking about a more fundamental question: why should or shouldn’t you start a business?

Below, you’ll find how successful entrepreneurs from across the city thought about this very question when they were considering whether to start their businesses.

Darrius Littleton | Entrepreneur & Business Consultant

The thought process behind starting Encapsulated Productions started with my background in marketing. I had a vision to help those that struggled to bring their ideas to reality. I always wanted to have a brand/business that represented my values and could be attached with to me forever. Read more>>

Mike Lutey | Owner & Adaptive Fitness Trainer

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and only knew it was a matter of time once I found something I was passionate about. It also allows me to instill core values that I feel is lost in some businesses. Read more>>

Damion Alexander | Health & Wellness Consultant

As human beings, we have the ability to live a healthier lifestyle by eating healthy, well-balanced meals, regularly exercising, frequently detoxing, and boosting our immune systems with daily recommended vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients. Many people I know have declining health, are battling sickness or illness, or have passed away due to health-related issues. So, I declared to change that narrative. After changing my own diet and lifestyle, I naturally lost 30-40 pounds of weight. Which leads me to believe that we can all make healthy changes, based on my own experiences. For the past 4-5 years, my lifestyle has been all about health & wellness. And, I eventually knew that I would start a business centered around this newfound lifestyle. Because, it had become very difficult locating “nutritious and delicious” foods, without the unhealthy additives and filler ingredients. And, the same goes for the health, beauty and household products that I use on a daily basis. So, I figured the only way to control what I consume and use is to create my own. Read more>>

Chimere Bacon | CEO | OWNER

When I started Boss Up Houston Network, it was meant to be a platform where small businesses, entrepreneurs, and ministries could promote, advertise, encourage, uplift, and build their brand. I felt that there was a lack in resources for many small businesses and especially start ups. I wanted to be the network that provides resources as well as promotion to get the entity to the next level. It has been a journey, but well worth it. We are now a full scale network that streams local, national, and international. We are steadily growing and hope to compete with major networks in the near future. Read more>>