100 (plus) Reasons to Become an Entreprenette

I often wonder WHAT made someone decide to become an Entreprenette. Do you?  When I graduated college and got a job in the movie business, I never thought for a second about being an Entreprenette. I was just going to work in the film business forever and find my fame and fortune there.  Even though I come from a long line of  entrepreneurs of all kinds (Fashion Designers, Linen & Sheet Designers, Factors, Shrinks, Dentists, Deli Owners and more I’m sure), it really never occurred to me to follow in their footsteps as I didn’t feel passionate about anything in particular at that time……except for perhaps a guy or two!

This famous photo shows JFK Jr in a coat from my Grandma’s Imported Linens and Children’s clothing store in NYC  –  Jackie shopped there a lot.

When I did have my Ah-HA moment – I finally understood the reason I was taking the plunge and what was so alluring about being my own boss. I love hearing others stories and thought you might too.  A big thanks to my Experts who contributed their stories to inspire and guide you.

We are a privately owned retailer specializing in our own brand of authentic handmade steel boned waist training corsets. Our corsets can be worn as outer wear or lingerie.
Vendor Contact: Shawn Reaves of Hourglass Corsetière | Phone: 4076971021 | Email:

My collections are inspired by my life struggles and achievements. Growing up in foster care wasn’t easy but it didn’t break me, it made me stronger. I use my struggles as energy to fuel my innovation when designing.
Vendor Contact: Rose Paulino of Rose Paulino LLC | Phone: 6465925189 | Email:

The LuLuwrap is a versatile, silk chiffon, wrap that can be worn 12 different ways. Endlessly stylish and easy to pack - each glorious piece can be worn over a swimsuit or paired with leggings and capris, as well as shorts and t-shirts, jeans, or that perfect LBD, to create sensational looks. Our unique prints are carefully designed to flatter and inspire. There’s a style for every woman from boho chic to glammed up party perfection.
Vendor Contact: Linda Mason of LuLuBdesign | Phone: 323.899.0383 | Email:

Nipple covers reimagined - Bra in a Box Nipcos come in a chic travel compact that allows for storage and portability like no other brand. Nipcos can be stuck directly onto the interior of the case preserving their shape and adhesive. Nipcos are the perfect fashion accessory for weddings, formal events, backless tops, bathing suits, yoga apparel and with any and all everyday garments for the ultimate nipple coverage and bra-free comfort.
Vendor Contact: Phoebe Horak of Bra in a Box | Phone: 2158838690 | Email:

My apparel line is cannabis inspired. We are breaking the stigma and wearing it unapologetically. For all cannabis users and supporters.
Vendor Contact: Brenda Magana of The Plug Apparel | Email:

Love Couture is a fun and comfortable contemporary line of hoodies, burnout tops, tanks and French Terry raglans in sizes XS to 3X. We use high quality fabrics and sublimation prints that don’t fade or bleed with vibrant colors. Love Couture tops can be worn from day into evening...dress them up or down:) We look forward to serving you:) Thank you for the opportunity!
Vendor Contact: Michele Gonda of Love Couture | Phone: 3109947335 | Email:

Our collection is about empowering and celebrating the woman in you. Our fabric is mostly silks, that make you feel like your the most beautiful woman in the world. Our wish is when you put on our cloths , you feel amazing, beautiful and excited to celebrate you. Our pieces are comfortable, you can lounge in them at home and wear them out. Each piece makes it's own statement. Our pieces are being sold in the 295-495.00. We are only doing small runs- and each piece is like a piece of Art.
Vendor Contact: Joan Marie Whelan of Joan Marie Classics | Phone: 646-244-1568 | Email:

GROOVY GLOBE is a line of eco-friendly t-shirts and recycled cotton totes created to raise money for organizations helping to improve the environment and preserve our planet’s natural resources. Designed to inspire & motivate people to do more to help our environment, our line consists of our logo t-shirts which are made of 100% organic cotton and our Statement Tees: PROTECT (the planet), RENEW (your world) and SUSTAIN (natural resources) made of 50% organic/50% recycled plastic bottles.
Vendor Contact: Candace Vadnais of Groovy Globe | Phone: 973.229.9426 | Email:

TreHouse is 2 small-town sister-in-laws with an overwhelming desire to create. We are a lifestyle apparel brand showcasing our southern roots, sassy sense of style, faith and our personal belief that there is NOTHING a little chocolate and sweet tea can't fix. We carry women's, tween, plus, & children's apparel. Mason Jar Label is clothing that preserves a vintage feel.
Vendor Contact: Brittney Herzik of TreHouse Embroidery | Phone: 9799667829 | Email:

Our designs are made with recycled materials. We want our clients to feel stylish while caring for our planet. We have one planet and it's in need of caring love. We need to hold ourselves accountable for the total impact we have in the world, for the current and future generations. Through project "Styled for Mother Earth", M.Arts wants to make a statement that taking care of our planet is everyone's responsibility.
Vendor Contact: Mayra Ocasio Cuadrado of M. Arts by MOC | Phone: 5209791072 | Email:

This collection doubles as lingerie or cover-ups. Most fabrics are stretch lace or mesh with chiffon. We're proud to say that we service sizes XS - 3X. We manufacture in the US. The wholesale costs range from $70 - $120/item. We have 10% discounts and free shipping for orders $800 or more. We allow mixing of sizes. You can view download our line sheet with this url:
Vendor Contact: Nyki Allen of Gyv Me Body | Phone: 8555504100 xt. 1 | Email:

We are a Miami based art & fashion design company. Our classic round neck cotton blend t-shirts are made with the finest material to satisfy our customers need in all the four seasons. T-shirts have front print detail that can be also match with our scarf designs. Please refer to our website to see all the available models.
Vendor Contact: Elnaz Torabi of Elnaz & Mario Designs Inc. | Phone: 786 865 8888 | Email:

Kaleidoscope Blue is a custom textile that makes it's own statement! You will definitely get noticed in this bold, beautiful print! Kaleidoscope Blue transitions easily from work to play, season to season!
Vendor Contact: Laura Jackson of Ms. Jaxn Designs | Phone: 2018923434 | Email:

Pattern, texture, mohair, silk, alpaca, and Swarovski Crystals are some of the materials used in my modern handmade designs. The goal? To appeal to your sense of sight and touch with eye-catching couture. I am submitting two items today, the Ebony Chocolate and Majestic Peacock Infinity Shrugs . These luxuriously soft items can be worn as a top (shrug), cowl, or hooded cowl. Pricing is based on size S-XL (wholesale $314 - $424). Other items are available. Thank you for your consideration.
Vendor Contact: Monica Sadler of Monica Lynn Sadler | Phone: 609-444-9293 | Email:

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Written by Sarah Shaw

There are 13 comments

  • Lisa Illman says:

    These are great – I could relate to so many of them!
    Thanks for posting,


    Lisa Illman, President
    Kritter Kommunity, LLC

  • Matt Seiling says:

    9-5 Just doesn’t cut it for me. My wife and I have such big dreams: adopt a girl from China, open a full size “ranch” so we can look after kids that aren’t wanted. Everything takes time and money, and with a job, you don’t have either.

    All these things have driven us to do everything we can to succeed, and the response from people that have dealt with us has been awesome! Everyone appreciates someone that will look after them, even when money isn’t exchanged… rest assure, eventually it will.

    So my best tip is to make sure you give your best service to everyone, not just the people that pay you, you never know what might happen with it in the future.

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  • Lisa Tener says:

    These tips are great. Of course, as a book writing coach, I’m partial to number 16–the entreprenette who became an author! Even a seasoned entrepreneur can get lots of useful tips from here. I found the “Don’t outsource” tip interesting and somewhat controversial. I think it’s true that one shouldn’t outsource too soon or too much and that one should always weigh whether outsourcing a particular task will bring in revenue or save enough time to justify. But once your business grows, strategic outsourcing becomes key to growth.

  • Thank you for sharing your stories. I will take your words of wisdom to heart as I transition my business to full time.

  • #75 is my favorite reason (taking control of your destiny). IMO, “job security/stability” has become a myth. The only job security there is these days is what you build yourself, ie, start a business.

    With the economy being what it is today, it simply amazes me that more people don’t turn to entrepreneurship instead of looking for a job — especially as it can be so cheap to start one nowadays.

    Just my 2 cents; great post!

  • Isas says:

    Great Post, I’ll be definitely coming back to your site. Keep the nice work up.

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  • Some very inspiring stories. I think being an entrepreneur is the truest form of expression. There are a lot of rewards available to those willing to take risks and work hard.

  • Anna Robeson says:

    It is great to read so many inspiring stories.
    I would also like to transition to entrepreneurship and these examples have made me feel more confident.

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