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Why It’s Never Too Late To Launch Your Own Business

Former chemist and mother-of-four Keri O’Shea was in her mid-40s when she felt the desire to “do something besides be a mom.” With co-founder Heather Durst, she launched her swimwear line Blu using a personal investment of $8,500.

By Dana Drori

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How The Sill’s Founder Turned $32,000 Into a Multimillion-Dollar Plant Business

At 26, Eliza Blank launched her DTC houseplant company with nothing but personal savings and a clever Kickstarter campaign.

By Dana Drori

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Tia Co-Founder Carolyn Witte on the False Illusion of Entrepreneurship

The 30-year-old CEO opens up about how she built a one-stop-shop for women's healthcare—and all the pivots and pitfalls along the way.

By Dana Drori

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Why a Supportive Family Is the Secret to Success Most Founders Don’t Talk About

Piglet founder Jessica Mason moved in with her mother to launch her bedding company—a decision that proved crucial both financially and emotionally.

By Anna Jornlid

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Why Spending Money on Childcare Was Imperative to Blueland’s Success

Founder Sarah Paiji Yoo opens up about the most important financial decisions she made—and the ones she most regrets—before launching her zero-waste cleaning line.

By Dana Drori

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How Bembien Founder Yi-Mei Truxes Built Her It-Bag Brand

The 33-year-old founder opens up about how she grew her side hustle into a profitable business from just $20,000 in savings.

By Anna Jornlid

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How the Founders of Birdies Raised $10 Million for Their Outdoor Slippers

In 2015, Bianca Gates and Marisa Sharkey invested $100,000 in combined savings to launch Birdies.

By Anna Jornlid