2017 Small Business Essay Contest (Ended)

>> Winners announced at the end of this post! <<

I’m giving away $1,750 in cash prizes to three small business owners this holiday season! Read on to hear the “why” behind this decision and find out how to enter the Boho Berry Small Business Essay Contest!

As a small business owner, I totally understand the struggles that come along with trying to build the business and life of your dreams. When I started out back in 2015 I had a tiny budget, so I was pinching pennies and DIY-ing everything I could in order to grow my business.

This blog that you’re reading right now? I created it all on my own (through lots of trial and error) without the help of a web designer or web developer.

All of those photos on Instagram? I learned how to take great pics with my iPhone instead of buying a fancy DSLR camera.

Those 150+ videos on YouTube? Those have all been recorded on my iPhone and edited with the free video editing software that came pre-installed on my Mac.

When I say that I DIY-ed everything… I mean everything!

I learned website design, running an online store, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media and email marketing, photography, video editing, and more on a shoestring budget.

Starting and running a small business is no small endeavor, and I want to salute every single one of you out there who are on this entrepreneurial journey. It takes GUTS to go out on your own with a dream and turn it into an income for you and your family.

I have SO much respect for small business owners, and that is why I want to give back to our amazing community this season.

Almost a year ago, I shared a post about how to organize your goals. Within that post, I showed a Trello board that I created with all of my big goals organized into categories, my favorite being the “Pay It Forward” list.

Even though I couldn’t afford it at the time, one of my goals was to support a small business owner to the tune of $1,000.

I can still remember the struggles of being a newcomer to the business world, and how much $1,000 would have meant to me at the time.

One thousand dollars would have meant the world to me, as it could have helped me cover anything from website hosting, to product supplies, to much-needed software to grow my business.

Just last week, my friend Lisa Jacobs hosted an affiliate contest for sales of her Your Best Year 2018 workbook. I was happy to participate because I absolutely LOVE this workbook, and it’s one of the highlights of my year to immerse myself in it’s pages.

The grand prize for the contest was $1,000 (kismet, anyone?), and when I realized that I was in the lead, an idea was born. I decided right then and there that if I won, I would pay it forward.

When the contest concluded and I had secured the top spot, I discussed the idea with Mark (Mr. Boho Berry). As always, he was incredibly supportive, and we came up with the idea to run this essay contest.

I’m beyond excited to see all of the entries over the next couple of weeks. Being successful in business is a long hard road filled with countless hours of passion and grit, and I can’t wait to help not one, but THREE small business owners get a little bit closer to that dream come true.

If you’re a small business owner who could use a little extra help this holiday season, I would LOVE it if you would enter our essay contest. 

In addition to the $1,000 grand prize, I’m giving an additional $500 and $250 to the second and third-place winners. Winners will be chosen via a public voting system, so be sure to share your entry with friends, family, and all over social media.


Thank you SO much for all of your entries! I truly enjoyed reading each and every essay that was submitted over the past two weeks. The voting period is now over, and I’m SO happy to announce the top three small business essay contest winners!

1st Place: ($1,000) Sandra of Wundertastisch

2nd Place: ($500) Fabiana of Sulk Crew Shop

3rd Place: ($250) Christina of Christina77star

Congrats to the winners! I’ll be reaching out to you shortly to deliver your prizes!


  • Access to the Tribe Resource Library, chock full of FREE printables. New printables added every two weeks!
  • Admission into the Tribe Facebook Group, where we support and encourage each other daily.
  • An invite to my monthly Live Q&A exclusive to Tribe Members!
  • A 10% off coupon for Boho Berry Paperie for each month that you remain a Tribe Member.

You will also receive the Boho Berry Newsletter every Friday -- chock full of motivation, inspiration, updates and more!

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