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.

Mcjordan Erhunmwunse | Fashion Designer & head designer of M.J.E Studios

First I prioritized knowing what I like, spending time with myself. I wanted to get a good feel for my identity first, before selling anything. Which is how I think any aspiring business owner should start off thinking of – What’s your voice, what’s your niche. Still at times when I feel stuck, I take a step back from my ideas and work, and I take time to simply live – taking a run, sifting through images I find inspiring, getting something good to eat, meeting someone new. It serves as a reset and even on some occasions leads to some inspiration. Read more>>

Alphonso Reed | Founder & CEO of ARPR Agency

The thought process behind me starting my own business was the fact that when I worked for and with different agencies I noticed that there were not a lot of opportunities for the “underdog”. What I mean by this is that it seemed to be almost impossible to be a part of the industry without having some sort of connections. There are those occasions where people get lucky, their hard work pays off, and they get their big break. However, I did not see that too often. The idea behind ARPR Agency is that I would start a Public Relations and Talent Management company that would give people who are not ordinarily exposed to the industry an opportunity to be in this world. For several projects that I have worked on I extended opportunities for interns to join my team so that they could get the exposure as well as the experience of what it is like to work as a stylist, MUA, assistant, etc. I wanted to be intentional about my efforts to give back and pull others up along the way. Read more>>