Becoming a business owner is not as simple as it sounds. Just ask any successful business person and you’ll see that it takes a whole lot of grit, patience, business sense and even a good dose of luck to turn entrepreneurship dreams into reality. And through it all, you have to battle that pesky little question constantly niggling the back of your mind: Am I really cut out for this?
The good news is, feeling scared or apprehensive when you first set out to open up a business is totally normal. You could be a highly talented digital specialist, cook, web designer, or (fill in the blank), but running a business centered around your specialty is another beast in itself because it means you’ll be doing less of the labor you’ve worked so hard to become skilled at and more of the managing and oversight, which may be qualifications you don’t necessarily have.
If you’re a would-be or going-to-be business owner who’s questioning your ability to domineer the reigns of a business, you’re not alone—lots of first timers experience the jitters when it comes time to put their money and talents where their mouth is. But several thousand others with no business experience whatsoever take the leap into entrepreneurship each year—and go on to make a raving success of themselves.
Take celebrities for example, artists who spend years, even decades perfecting their artistic talents for a living—people who you would expect to be least likely to know the first thing about running a business operation. Surprisingly, many of them have ventured beyond the confines and comfort of those talents to dapple in entrepreneurship—and succeeded.
So if you’re still not sure you’d be a great businessperson per say, because you’ve never run a business before or don’t know the first thing about what a P&L is (or even what it stands for!), shake off your worries and get ready to draw inspiration from our list of successful entrepreneur celebrities. If they can figure it out, surely you can too!
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
These twins took the 90s by storm with their adorable appearances in the then-hit TV show, Full House. But today, they’re still not a forgotten sensation, having left their imprint on their own lines of fashion and even makeup brands since 2006, when most people their age were still trying to figure out college.
One of the most prominent names in rap and hip-hop, Jay-Z, also known as Shawn Carter, is an entrepreneur too. As a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella empire, the artist’s company has its hands in everything from movies to clothing. Additionally, he owns a music streaming service called Tidal.
If you know Victoria Beckham, it’s probably because you were around when she was rocking the stage as a Spice Girl, a major British singing group. Known for her talent and beauty, Victoria branched out into entrepreneurship in 2009, when she launched her own boutique. Today, her brand is known throughout the U.K. and across the globe.
He may be known for his prowess on the basketball court, but player Lebron James has taken his passion for sports to another level with his side hustle as an entrepreneur who’s launched his very own sports marketing business. James just proves that if you love doing something, stick to it…and then find unique, out-of-the-box ways to make money off it.
This beauty is most known for her appearance in movies like Fantastic Four, but it didn’t take long for her to sprout her entrepreneurial wings and take the world by storm through her all-natural product line, Honest Company, specifically designed for babies. This brand is a raging success because it boasts using only the most natural ingredients in its line of baby products.
When you think of someone who’s branched out beyond just their artistic talents and done it all, Jessica Simpson fits the bill. Actress, singer and reality TV star are just a few of the titles this starlet has held. But beyond that, she’s also started her own shoe line, not to mention her own clothing and cosmetics lines, diving head first into entrepreneurship.
This popular blue-eyed, blonde haired Friends actor is more than just a sought-after onscreen beauty known for her amazing acting. She’s also co-owner of Living Proof, a hair care company, proving once and for all that you don’t have to be master of just one trade to find success in others.
America’s heartthrob from his early appearances on the smash-hit series ER, Clooney is just as talented offscreen as he is on. Aside from stealing the hearts of women across America, the actor once owned his own tequila company and sold it in 2017 for just around $1 billion, proving that even those not skilled in the trade of business can make lucrative business moves.
As you kick start your own entrepreneurship dreams and look to fuel your confidence at times when every hurdle seems insurmountable, whip out this list of your favorite celebrities. Yes, they may have the celebrity status and bundles of money that you don’t, but some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs were dirt poor unknowns and still went on to succeed (see our article “How 9 all-time famous entrepreneurs went from rags to riches)—so don’t let that deter you. Instead, focus on the fact that these celebrities, like you, didn’t necessarily come from a business background, but they still succeeded in the name of business—and you can too.