In Forbes recent issue, America’s Richest Self-Made Women, actress turned businesswoman Jessica Alba has made the list. She is the co-founder of The Honest Company whose brand is worth an estimated $1 billion dollars. The Honest Company is committed to creating natural and eco-friendly baby and household products.
On their website, Alba stated:
“When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been,” she says. “It’s the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing. I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.”
Although the company originally started off by only selling diapers it has since expanded to selling dish soap, kitchen cleaner, detergent, nipple balm, multivitamins, and also nursery furniture. The Honest Company’s revenue has seen a huge increase since it’s opening as well. In 2012, the company made an estimate of $10 million, and in 2015 is now worth $250 million.
80% of their revenue comes from their monthly subscription service. But besides that it was pure dedication on Alba’s part. As a kid she struggled with bad allergies and chronic asthma. When she became a mother in 2008, she was dedicated to finding eco-friendly products for her family.
In her interview with Forbes, she said:
“I felt like my needs weren’t being met as a modern person. I want beautiful design like everybody else. But it shouldn’t be premium-priced, and it should, of course, be safe.”
This lack of availability fueled her ambition to start the Honest Company. As a co-founder Jessica owns 15% to 20% of the company, which equates to 200 million dollars. She praises her over 5 million followers on Facebook and Instagram for most of her success. If Jessica Alba can be successful outside of her known field (acting), then it makes me wonder, what is to stop other women from becoming successful outside of their comfort zone as well?