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Student Insights for Entrepreneur Interviews


Entrepreneur insights and perceptions related to their businesses were obtained through interviews conducted by students. Student insights and reflections regarding the interview process are shown on this page.

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       This project inspired me to follow my entrepreneurial dreams and goals. Jim gave me a lot of great advice that I can use in my future to help me succeed. Interviewing him about his business opened my mind and gave me a whole new point of view about becoming an entrepreneur. It wasn't easy for Jim to get to where he is now and to be so successful. Starting a business can be pretty risky, but he demonstrated to me that anything is possible if you work hard. He showed me that although there are going to be bumps in the road, you need to keep moving forward. Being successful is no easy task to accomplish. It takes a lot of determination and passion towards what you love to succeed.
The interview with Jim gave me an inside look on what needs to be done to run a successful business. He made starting a business seem easy. The hard part was actually being profitable. I learned about setting up the right team of staff members that will help my company grow. He also taught me that you must have good relationships with your customers and vendors. Your company's reputation is based on the quality of your goods or services. Having a good reputation with your customers is very crutial for a successful business. The company depends on the leader if it wants to become successful. Jim helped me see in the eyes of the owner, and it was a great experience to sit down and interview him.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-04 16:00:40

    The most meaningful thing about this project was the interview. The interview was difficult to do because the Entrepreneur I interviewed is not fluent in English. The interview had taught me a lot of things. Giving the questions to the Entrepreneur  that I interview before I actually had my interview greatly increased the likeliness of getting the correct answers I needed. The interview also gave me information and Experience if I ever wanted to interview another Entrepreneur. Interviewing to me is important because it can get me information to help me greater understand a business I am interested in.
    Interviews is a way to get information about a business. This process can allow me to look into many different types of business before I get into one myself. I believe this process is important because a business that I might be interested at first might not be my type once I look into it more. This process would allow me to dig into businesses for insight for a business that would suit me. I believe Interviewing is necessary  for a first look at a business that I want to get started into. Interviews are easy to do as long as the Entrepreneur agrees to be interviewed.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 00:36:55

As I was interviewing this entrepreneur, I was really shocked at how much I was able to pick up about a business. When I am in class and we are going over the lessons, its easy to read it and study it but when you realize what the real business world is like through people who owning one. It helped me seey the good and the bad part of owning a business. I noticed that many of the things we have studied in class are things that really are out there in the entrepreneur world.
All this information will eventually help me prepare for my future business.
I really enjoyed doing this interview because talking to real people with real businesses gives me great hopes that if they can do it, so can I.  
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 00:49:57

The most meaningful thing about this project was that I was able to get out there and ask questions that would benefit me in the future. I learned that you have to be willing to risk it all and possibly loose it too. I also learned how hard it is to start a business but in the end, if you do things right it will all pay off. You have to find the right time and place to come out with your business. This can either make you or break you. There are also so many step you need to take like for example, Write a business plan for your business to help you plan for the future. You need to believe in yourself.

This was a great experience for me. I was able to talk to people who own their own business and how they got to where they are now with their business. What more of a better way to get help or information on business then a person that has had experience in that field. But I was only able to pick one out of the three I interviewed. I enjoyed getting to know them and their business. I learned so much from them and hopefully these advices will help me in the future.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 12:20:28

I have learned that there is more to the business then just simply Oening and selling. I've learned that there is alot of work involved in starting a new business and maintaining the business, such as planning ahead and keeping up with the recent events which could affect the field of expertise. I have also learned that specializing in one business is not always a good idea and that it is better to adapt to the demands of the market. I have realized that if I want to be successful at business, I must sometimes study and excel at things which I do not want or intend to study but need.

I learned that I should work on being more perceptive. As in, I need to learn to deduce useful information from hearing a general idea. What I mean by this is that If I hear see that the price for electronics are falling, I should learn to use that information so that I can conclude that business for repairing electronics will be a bit worse as it is easier for people to replace their broken asset with a new one rather then repairing it. I think I should train myself to see information relative to how it affects my business and try to find as much as I can to how it would relate.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 18:07:27

This project gave me a wonderful insight into owning a small business.  It taught me all sorts of different techniques and tactics that are necessary to a successful business.  It gave me a look at the positives and negatives of owning your own business.  Many people think that is easy to start your own business, but it in fact is very difficult and most business fail within the first few years.  It takes trust, hard work and confidence in order for you business to be a successful one.  It also makes you see that sacrifice is very essential to earning money and getting work done.

This project also taught me things such as how to handle diversity.  Dealing with change and issues that come out of nowhere are very hard to deal with and can be a huge downfall in a company.  Treatment of employees is also a very important.  Happy employees will always work hard because they know that they harder they work then the more perks they receive.  Employees will also trust one another and that will help increase production and production time as well.

Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 20:19:09

The most meaningful part of this project was that I was able to interview my fathers boss which is also a family friend that I haven't really meet before. I enjoyed talking to him and getting to know him as my parents do. When I was talking to him I felt like he was giving my advice instead of just a person helping me with my homework. He gave me a lot of advice that I can use in my life not just in business. He was always there when my parents needed someone and know I know why he is such a good person. I am glad I got to know him not only has a successful business man but a good friend of my family.
The other meaningful part of this project was that it made me realize my goals in live and that I need to go through with them. I realize that my gaols in live are to be happy in whatever I am doing and helping others. I can achieve this goals be starting a business in what I like and help others with the same interest as me. I learned that starting a business is not easy but with a lot of hard work and dedication it will pay off. I also learned that am going to have to go through a lot of obstacles. Once I know my gaols and passion in live I can do anything with a lot of hard work.
   
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 20:28:31

There were two things that stood out to me the most as being the most meaningful while I was doing this project.  Those two things were the advice she presented me with and the challenges she faced.  The advice stood out to me the way it did because some of it that she gave me were very helpful and they were things I have not thought about before.  Something she said was that I should never give up.  This advice she gave me was something I thought about before, and had no intent of doing, but she also said that things will get hard and you just have to work through it.  This was important to me because no matter what I do or how hard I try, the way I planned out my business in my head does not mean that it was run as great and smoothly as it will, and I have to be prepared for that and not get discouraged.
The other thing about the interview that stood out to me were the challenges she faced.  Because she was a real estate agent, she will face different kinds of challenges than I will for the fact that I want to open a clothing store.  Although that fact is true of our different types of challenges, we have some that relate.  One of them is the economy.  The economy is not as good as it used to be, and people aren't looking to buy clothes as much anymore because the basic necessities are a better investment for them.  Another challenge she faces and I could face is the surrounding competition.  Other stores have nice clothes and have been around and more experienced longer than I have, and with my business coming in, people could have already made up their minds about where they want to and like to shop.  With all these reasons to back out of my decision of wanting to start a business, I stand firm on what I want to do with my future, and I can't wait.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 21:46:50

I learned to take advantage of the opportunities I have by being in school. The more I know the more successful I can become in which ever business I choose to dabble in.I learned that starting a business can be fairly simple but keeping a business is a challenge. In order for me to do well in my business is by having as much knowledge as possible. I should research other people who do what I plan on doing, check to see what locations work for that business, and
know what consumers are looking for. I also know that the most important key to any businesses is our customers.  Customers are number one!
I also learned that I should choose a business I love. The more you love doing what your doing, there is more passion behind your work. Also when you love doing that business, you are more willing to learn and grow from the ups and downs of your business. When you love working, your customers feed of your moral. When you are happy, your customers are happy. Also be prepared for any challenges in life. The economy is always changing and that effects most businesses. Stay well informed and have backup plans for when your other plans do not follow through.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 22:33:51

I feel like the most meaningful part about this project was that I now have a way different insight of what it is like to have a business then I thought I was going to have. I think I learned the most about what the best way to go into a business is, and by going and working at the business that you are interested in and doing every job there is that you can possibly do, from the bottom up. Which makes perfect sense to me, but I also figured before this project, that since I love gardening in my backyard and that I love to cook, that having a farm and a cafe would be the best way to live my life.  Which it still might be, but I have never worked on a farm and when I think about it, I don't really know half of what it takes to get one started, and I have never worked in a restaurant, so I don't really know what it takes to make one run smoothly. This is something that I am definitely going to do before going into any business. Whether it is a farm café or something else. I definitely want to get a feel for whatever I will be thinking of investing my money, time, and energy into.
Another thing that I will definitely take with me is the fact that you need to work hard but know when to relax. I think that is extremely important and maybe one of the best pieces of advice I could have been given. I am one of those people when I get an idea in my head and I am excited about it, I can’t stop thinking about it, to the point where I will wake myself up at night by my own thoughts. So I thought that it was very interesting that he had told me to know when I relax and when to work and that it doesn’t necessarily mean when you go home the work is done, but there has to sometime be a point where you can stop, take a break, breathe and relax. I think that it is also good to apply this advice to life as well, but not limited to just business. There is work, there is play and there also needs to be time to relax.

Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 22:40:39

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