This is how these entrepreneurs launched profitable businesses

Have big plans to launch your own business? So did these three entrepreneurs, and here is exactly how they made their plans realities. Whether you want to get funding from Kickstarter, or go on a show like Dragon’s Den, these women have taken those very different routes.  

Prepare to be inspired by these entrepreneurs’ career stories. You dream job could be right under your nose, without you even realising!


Emilie Holmes

Image Credit: Good & Proper

Image Credit: Good & Proper

Emilie Holmes was working in advertising when she had a business idea. She wanted to get it off the ground but needed help, so she turned to crowndfunding site Kickstarter and waited to see what would happen. Emilie, 29, has now been able to quit her job to launch her tea business Good & Proper

“I had never really introduced my business idea to the world and Kickstarter is great in that it makes you actually articulate what it is that you want to do and what problem you have found that you want to solve. I also had no idea if people were going to be interested which was a really scary moment. But you get people from all over the world giving money. Even if it is just a fiver it is sort of a thumbs up and their way of saying ‘good luck’ and ‘go for it’. It is such a source of support.”

Read the full interview here.


Lucy Mecklenburgh

Image Credit: Results with Lucy

Image Credit: Results with Lucy

We’re all pretty envious of Lucy Mecklenburgh right? She dazzles on our TV screens and we all want that body. Her Instagram is one account that I follow *stalk* regularly. But there’s another side to Lucy that you may not know about – she’s a determined, hard working businesswoman. 

“There will be hurdles and there will ups and downs but it will be worth it to see your business succeed. You have to work hard and be determined and not worry about the critics. It’s long hours and lots of sleepless nights to begin with, but it’s all worth it when you see people using your product which you have put your heart and soul into. When I started Lucy’s Boutique, there was so much I had to learn about business but I realised that the more I knew the more I could grow my business.”

Read the full interview here.


Rachel Lowe

Image Credit: Rachel Lowe

Image Credit: Rachel Lowe

Rachel Lowe has had a rollercoaster of a career journey. While studying for a law degree and working as a taxi driver on the side, Rachel decided to go on BBC’s Dragon’s Den with her business idea. The dragons tore her down and she left the den in tears. Rachel then went on to launch Destination London in Hamleys and it became the store’s top-selling game. Outselling Monopoly and Twister, Rachel well and truly proved the dragons wrong.

“Having the guts to bounce back when it hasn’t gone the right way, was a challenge. It takes a lot of courage to overcome adversity so it’s something I’m proud of. Also, when you are an entrepreneur in the beginning you are excited and fearless. It is harder doing it the second time round because you become more cautious.”

Read the full interview here.