From speed dating host to flipping perfume on eBay, Nicole Buergers is no stranger to side hustles. But when she got her first hive and started beekeeping in her backyard, something clicked. Harvesting hyperlocal honey and introducing Houston to new flavors was her real passion, so it was time to quit her full-time marketing job. “I just held my breath and did it one day,” she said about her decision to “run in the fields with the bees.” Launching her cleverly named Bee2Bee business was no easy feat, however. She needed money to get things up and running, but where can a small biz owner find the big bucks to bring their vision to life? See how Nicole found funding and financing and adjusted her business strategy to turn a profit.