Choosing Entrepreneurship

Thinking about starting your own business? What does becoming an entrepreneur really mean? Before you invest your time, energy and savings into a small business, find out about the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship.

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Choosing Entrepreneurship

Thinking about starting your own business? What does becoming an entrepreneur really mean? Before you invest your time, energy and savings into a small business, find out about the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship.

To the outside observer, it may appear as though Dominique Reighard-Brooks performed a professional 180 with her 2014 career change. But she finds plenty of crossover between modeling and moving. (Credit: Kristen Yates)

How 1 Woman Strategically Used Her Talents to Go From ‘Top Model’ to Top Entrepreneur

Talk about a career change: Dominique Reighard-Brooks started on “America’s Next Top Model.” Today, she co-owns E.E. Ward, the oldest black-owned business in America.

Social entrepreneurship is a term used to describe entrepreneurs who start businesses with a goal of solving a social problem. (Credit: Greg Rakozy on Unsplash)

How to Start a Socially Responsible Business

When it come to social entrepreneurship, successful startups Warby Parker, TOMS and Casper have proven that you can build good into your business model.

April Chen (right) and a team member at her pop-up in Boston.

For Young Entrepreneurs, Starting a Business Is a Juggle

April Chen, a recent graduate of Babson College, looks back on balancing a startup business with student life.

Laura Stachel of We Care Solar.

Starting Over In 2019? How To Overcome Painful Career Setbacks

There’s no reason to fear change. Laura Stachel of We Care Solar describes how a devastating disappointment led to the most fulfilling chapter of her life.

Two-thirds of funeral directors are self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Credit: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

What’s the Best Small Business to Start, If You’re Just 1 Person? The Answer May Surprise You

If you’re interested in becoming a solo entrepreneur, check out this list of highest-earning business ideas.


How to Seriously Make a Difference Through Your Work

Sure, you could have a safe and secure job in any old profession. But if you’re looking to make an impact, consider starting a social enterprise.

Feeling Lost, She Quit Her Corporate Job, Started a Social Enterprise and Reinvented Her Life

Kate Curran took a series of calculated steps to make a midlife career change and rediscover her purpose.

I’m an Artist. But That Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Run a Business

There’s actually a lot of overlap between the creative and entrepreneurial worlds, writes April Chen, a student at Babson College and co-founder of Gentle.

The Muse co-founder and CEO Kathryn Minshew (pictured), and WayUp co-founder and CEO Liz Wessel talk with PolicyGenius about the challenges, opportunities, and excitement of being a female CEO in the tech startup world. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

3 Women in Tech Spill Sure-Fire Tips for Startup Success

The female founders of The Muse, WayUp and Policygenius share their best advice, including: “It takes grit to be great.”

Alexandra Clark, founder of Bon Bon Bon

How to Design Your Life and Business for Success

The owner of Detroit chocolate shop Bon Bon Bon says entrepreneurship has allowed her to pursue her passion and design the travel-filled, dog-friendly life she wants.

Samantha Stephens of Oatmeals

In Just 6 Words, This New York Food Entrepreneur Revealed the Secret to Success

The owner of Oatmeals, a New York City oatmeal restaurant, says the growth of her business has been the realization of long-held dream.

Melissa Moo Harkins, founder of MooMotion

I Was Uninspired at My Wall Street Job. So I Quit. Here’s What Happened Next

MooMotion’s Melissa Moo Harkins, who makes clothing for female triathletes, says she’s thrilled she ditched a Wall Street career for one that lets her help women.

Startup Ideas for Budding Business Owners

Our friends at Funders and Founders have put together an infographic that lists several useful (and fundable) venture ideas.

James Waldinger

Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business?

If you’re having second thoughts about being an entrepreneur, James Waldinger, CEO of Artivest, says to let passion be your guide.

Jennifer Walsh

When In Doubt, Go For It

Serial entrepreneur Jennifer Walsh says don’t let fear stop you from trying.

Other Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA has an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations through which the agency provides services to entrepreneurs across the U.S. Find an office near you here.

Women’s Business Centers
WBCs are outposts of the SBA that assist women in starting and growing their businesses. There are approximately 100 educational centers nationwide.

SCORE provides workshops and mentors through more than 320 chapters in the U.S. that together offer a network of more than 11,000 volunteers. It is supported by the SBA and has been helping entrepreneurs for nearly 50 years. Find a chapter near you here.

My Own Business
My Own Business is nonprofit organization that provides business courses to help aspiring entrepreneurs start companies.

Chic CEO
Chic CEO offers lots of free resources and practical information to help women start businesses.

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