Are you thinking about starting a business?  If so, we think you’ll enjoy reading about how these seasoned entrepreneurs thought about the question when they were in your shoes.

Pam & Sara Brand | Food Bloggers & Food Photographers

When we first began Biscuits & Burlap, we didn’t really think of it as a business. Mom told me that she was trying to come up with a way to preserve and share our old family recipes in such a way that my brothers and I, and eventually our children and grandchildren, could access them. At first she was thinking about an online database, and then I suggested a blog. Earlyon she didn’t see the point of making such a thing public like that. Read more>>

Brandon Suggs | Ceo/Creator

Honestly it has changed throughout the years. At first it was just supposed to be a blog about discounts to local attractions and restaurants. Then it grew to be a community blog we started working with local organizations to feed the homeless, book bags for kids and Christmas outreach programs. Which led us to become our own non profit Live Life Half Price Gives two years ago. Then we included travel finding affordable ways for people to travel. We started hosting party buses to events like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Read more>>

Rachel Moncayo | Corporate Mindfulness Educator /Yoga Instructor

Back in 2012 when I left corporate to start my own business I was led by a vision and burning desire to share a unique formula for improved vitality and health that I had developed and cultivated on my self with huge success. At the time the formula was different from anything available to the public, especially in the Atlanta market. The formula, named: Move-Nourish-Mind® raised awareness to the need for a holistic approach to wellness including elements of exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. Read more>>

Shelby Adina | Fitness Instructor & Curator

My mother is a Georgia peach, straight from Atlanta, but I never truly knew the magic of the city until it became my home, 8 years ago. At this point, the culture and the carbs, part of my daily life, truly inspired my fitness career and the ways that I enjoyed movement. I started her fitness journey at a time when she was searching for so many things – love, acceptance, community. Fitness seemed to be the guide to lead her to begin to discover those things that sure enough, were already present in my life. Read more>>

Tiffiany Johnson | Owner of Hair It Iz Beauty Studio

The idea of starting my own business came about as a result a few different reasons. It was heavily influenced by the desire to work for myself-doing what I love to do, and positioning myself to be able to give opportunities to other upcoming hairdressers. I have been doing hair since I was in my teens, so the the idea of starting my own business was also an avenue to elevate and personalize my brand. Years ago, I made a commitment to myself that each year, I’d either learn something new, or achieve something new in regards to my business that would better it as a whole. Read more>>

Rita Patel | Travel Advisor

As an entrepreneur with a starting business in retail, then hospitality, restauranteur and a make up CEO it was time for me to step into my next venture Travel! Of course I still have my successful cafe in Suwanee, Georgia, which is 10 years strong but in my spare time, I’m not one to just sit around. I’m one of those motivated individuals that constantly has to be doing something, staying busy and keeping me on my toes. Read more>>