I’ll always be an entrepreneur at heart. I grew up with parents who always had a new business they were working on together. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time reading about women who started small businesses at their dining room tables and grew these enterprises into something incredibly successful. During college I took the inspiration to heart and started my own floral design business. Now days, I always have a new business idea churning in my brain. Hearing success stories of other people, never gets old and it’s always helpful to have role models. Here are a few of my favorite women entrepreneurs that I find inspiring:
Lotta Jansdotter 1 of 10Lotta Jansdotter built on her childhood crafting knowledge, design sensibilities, and her Swedish heritage to create a brand that now involves a line of books, fabric, stationery, candles and more.
Find out more at Lotta Jansdotter
Anna Mae Bread 2 of 10Shana Martin used her grandmother's bread recipe to start a successful line of frozen rolls that are now sold at grocery stores around the country. It started out small, with Shana getting her home kitchen certified and selling the rolls at local markets.
Find out more at Anna Mae Breads
Mary Helen Bowers 3 of 10NYC Ballerina, Mary Helen Bowers took her ballet knowledge to the masses by creating online ballet-inspired workouts. The Ballet Beautiful brand involves a website with streaming workouts, live workouts, private training, a book and more.
Find out more at Ballet Beautiful
Cath Kidston 4 of 10Cath Kidston opened her first store in London in 1993. Now, the brand has stores all over the world and her sweet English rose designs can be found on everything from wallpaper to iphone covers.
Find out more at Cath Kidston
Rosanna Bowles 5 of 10Rosanna Bowles started her tableware company in her Seattle home in 1982, inspired by her love of elegant table settings, meals and gathering together. Since then her business has won awards and her products have been featured in magazines and on television (including Oprah).
Find out more at Rosanna Inc.
Orla Kiely 6 of 10Orla Kiely used her love of bold graphic patterns to create her company in 1995. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, she was commissioned to create a collection for Harrods. Now her line has expanded to fashion, home and stationery.
Find out more at Orla Kiely
Margaret Howell 7 of 10In 1970, Margaret Howell began making and selling accessories out of her home. Her men's and women's clothing brand has been an English staple for four decades.
Find out more at Margaret Howell
Liya Kebede 8 of 10Liya Kebede found out that weavers in her native Ethiopia were losing their jobs due to a decline in demand. She created a line of scarves and clothing that is now created by these weavers in Ethiopia from natural cotton. The line is sold worldwide.
Find out more at Lem Lem
Joy Deangdeelert Cho 9 of 10Joy Deangdeelert Cho is an author, designer, blogger, teacher and consultant. She's authored books and workshops on blogging and small business and runs a highly successful design blog.
Find out more at Oh Joy!
Anna Bond 10 of 10Anna Bond is an illustrator based in Florida who has become known for her trademark floral illustrations that are always colorful and playful. Her line has developed into an invitation, stationery, and paper goods line that is sold at various boutiques around the world and online through her shop.
Find out more at Rifle Paper Co.
Top photo: Anna Mae Breads. All other photos from respective sources.
Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!
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