Many books on startups and business talk about how there are right and wrong reasons for starting a business.  So, we asked a handful of successful founders about their reasons and the thought-process behind starting their business.

Bree Porter | Dark Romance Author

My dream was always to be an author but I’ve never been much of a risk-taker so I chose to stick to safer career options. However, in January of 2020, I finished a book I had been working on and published it completely on a whim. Looking back I wish I had gotten a cover designer or editor at least, but if I had, I honestly don’t believe I would’ve taken the plunge and published. Beginning my business really began when my debut novel began to get traction and I had to decide: take the risk or don’t? I chose to risk it and I am thankful everyday that I did. Read more>>

Mignon Thomas

The thought process behind starting my own business was truly a passion and vision to help others make connections and clear clutter from their homes. I am originally born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. My upbringing and background have impacted who I am today because of my resilience and determination. When I was a little girl, living from house to house and in piles of clutter, I knew at an incredibly young age I needed and wanted to be in a clear and free space and if I could find that clear and free space it would ultimately help others as well. Moving to Houston has also impacted my life and where I became a butterfly with wings to soar in taking that step to make a difference for families. For everything has it’s own creative order and that is where I step inside a home for families helping them see a great home space reward. Read more>>

Coby Rich | Owner

The ultimate goal of starting Get Rich Productions was freedom. Being a cog in a corporate machine was draining to the soul. Going out on my own gave me a chance to turn my passion into my purpose. Building a production company from the ground up isn’t easy but it’s been so rewarding. I get to do great work with clients that have ultimately become family. Read more>>

Vanessa Fernandez Favreau | Chef & Co-Owner

I think the most difficult thing was to start over in a new country, with a new language. understand that the situation in our country forced us to physically detach ourselves from our home, our family, our friends, to start a new life, and not feel bad because of that, and turn that into an impulse to rebuild our lives. Read more>>

Laquita Lee | Owner, Founder & Chandler

My thought process, originally, was just to simply be more productive! Due to Covid, my department had been asked to work from home assisting online with another department. After about a week, there was not enough work to keep us all busy so I thought surely I can do something else in the meantime. I was thinking out loud “What can I do that could possibly also bring extra income”. That’s when my oldest daughter yells out ” Mom just make scented candles, everyone loves a good scented candle!” then she resumed her phone conversation. Every fiber in my body stood on end and I really felt a “This is it” moment. That very day, Burn My Wick Candle Co. was born. Read more>>

Sored Hall | Watercolor & Calligraphy Artist

I started doing art as a hobby right after my daughter was born. I needed a time to express myself and I wanted to be good at it. Little by little people noticed it and requested custom arts and also asked me to teach them, that’s when I realized I needed to start my watercolor and calligraphy business to sell my art and teach what I have learned on my own. Read more>>