In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs. If you've ever wondered what it's really like to start a company, you're in luck–our Makers are happy to share an inside look. Most of our Makers were everyday folks with a great idea—that became a business. Get a peek into the world of eight entrepreneurs about the challenges, rewards, and always-unpredictable path of building a company. We're constantly inspired by the business innovations and achievements of our Makers and thought you'd also enjoy hearing their honest answers.
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to reach out to a few of them and get their answers to our burning question:
What's the most surprising part of starting a business?
Click each image or business name to learn more about them.
"Everything! I didn't understand at first what building a brand was, I just wanted to sell some jars of some great stuff that really helped me and my clients. However, once I 'got' it, I was amazed at how detail oriented you must be on everything. It's exciting and overwhelming at the same time." –Brenda Stansfield of Clear My Head
"I thought I would run out of ideas, but they just keep coming." –Leslie Scott of Walton Wood Farm
"That the possibilities are endless. No matter what you are making you have no idea of the scale and opportunities it will bring along until you are in the thick of it." –Andrew Sanderson of Modern Fuel
"Businesses are so intricate. There is so much that can be done to help grow and optimize a business, so many routes to explore, and it has been enlightening to look under the hood. It was never something I put much thought into beforehand." –Megan Gutman of 365 Lacquer
As much as you can try to prepare for every contingency and eventuality (and you should!) you can’t anticipate everything; and not all surprises are bad ones! Help will often appear where you least imagined it, and unanticipated disappointments or obstacles are inevitable and unavoidable." –Jonathan Newman of élé INSIDERS
"I thought a business was supposed to make money but so far it mostly just costs money!" –Erik Olsen of Whirly Board
"How invigorating it is. Going from idea, to prototype, to product launch is such a cool adventure." –Vanessa Ellingso of Möbi
"How much a small motivated team can accomplish with very limited resources. Also, how many decisions you have to make on a daily basis, often without the time to do the research you might like to do." –Firdaus Bhathena of Bevy