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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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I enjoyed this project because I was able to sit down with my mom and get to know her business a little better. I saw the business side of her and realized I have many of the same attributes of motivation that she does. I learned that I don’t want to be cleaning houses because as simple as it sounds it's very tiring and physically demanding. I also took away that being a people person and being active within your community can open lots of doors for you. My moms’ clients are all people she knew from church or friends of family.

It has given me the motivation to know that even my mom who does not know how to write an email or speak English fluently can still manage to run a business. With the help of my dad, her friends, and partner she can do it. I know more about business than she did but her own experiences and determination led her to be successful. This shows me that you can learn just as much through practice rather than just textbook information. Even though it’s great to see that my mom has a constant business I see that it demanding I think that if I was in her position I would hire more people to help my business.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 15:26:48

it gave me insight on how someone started a small business and overcame all the challenges and difficulties with starting a new business. it gave me some tips on things to look for when starting on my own good and bad; and something that will help to get ahead of competitors. It was pretty inspiring to learn about someone that started with nothing and continue to work hard and turn in to something great and big. it showed me that there is business opportunity everywhere.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 16:08:21

I think this project really helped me go into the mind of a working entrepreneur. Michael has a day job as a SPD which is essentially a surgical technician who sterilizes surgical instruments. He explained to me that he would go research on properties for sale and if it meets his standards, he would purchase the property with his own money. He would then renovate the place a little bit to make the property price go higher and then turn it around. Additionally, he also has rental properties which increased his income slightly to be able to purchase real estate and resell on his own time. I think this provided me with insight of what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Michael is so invested in buying and building properties back up that he would use his own money to purchase the property.
Honestly, I did this through the phone to the best of my ability. Because Michael holds a full time job, I was only able to talk to him for about 15 minutes during his lunch break and that is why some answers are quite brief. What I learned from him was that even though you work all day, it does not mean you cannot be an entrepreneur. No matter how small your company is. Even if it’s just yourself, and you invest your time and money in, you are considered an entrepreneur. For me, I sell my personal items that I no longer need on eBay and at first, I didn’t think much of it. But if you’re actually making money back, would that be considered a business? No matter how small or how infrequent I sell. I think I am working myself towards the mindset of an entrepreneur.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 16:15:47

This project helped me get a better understanding of what it is like to be an entrepreneur. It helped me get in the head of one and dig around a bit. The person I interviewed is a family friend and I’ve known him and his family business for some time. I never took the time to really ask him about it and any other advice he can give me. This assignment helped me better understand the workings of starting a business but also what you need to be aware of to keep your business standing. With trends always changing and a huge number of competitors, I learned that you must always be on your toes. The entrepreneur told me that to have a successful business you must always be willing to learn, to persevere through any hardships, and to work hard. One valuable lesson I learned from my entrepreneur was that although his family business was handed down to him, he had to prove to his family that he was willing to work hard. He said that he did not want his parents to think that he was not grateful for the opportunity. He wanted to showcase to his parents that they would have nothing to worry about once they retire and that he was not complacent and would turn his business into something bigger and greater than what his parents originally set it to be.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 16:21:35

This project allowed me have a clear vision in running a business. Honestly, I thought it would be very simple if you would like to fire a bad employee. In my thought, if an employee was not good enough to satisfied the require of a business or harm to business, the owner just sacks them and maybe pay the unemployment insurance for them. However, I have a different thought of sacking and firing employees after the interview. If sacking the employees is the last solution, Scott would let them down gently at the end of their currently scheduled workload. Then he explained the mistakes of this employees to others to avoid the mistake happen again. Furthermore, he created a lot of math problems in different levels and ask tutors working on them to reduce tutors gossip during slow time, or math challenges (have prizes if tutors can solve them).
This project is meaningful because I can learn some techniques from the practical environment, from the real persons, listen to their real experiences, their thoughts rather than from definition and theories. When I came to the workplace of the interviewee, I asked some tutors and students why they cam there. Most of them like to come to the center because they are helpful. For students, they can focus on studying and whenever they need help, the tutors and staffs are always happy to help them. For tutors, they like to work here because they are trained to work in professional place and they have so many fun activities that they can join while working there.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 18:00:50

Well I would say that it helped me see all of the work that it took to put in the business. I remember when I was a kid I saw them working on the business when they first opened from everything to painting to getting the interior design work done, they put their hearts into the business and it showed. There were many a time were they would be working overtime and catering events in order to keep people happy. It was nice to see the business side of what they do and have a decent conversation about how the gears would grind.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 18:26:36

From this interview, I really grasped the elements of passion and the determination to be successful. The tone and expressions in which her information was delivered really stood out. I really grasped the importance of education and research. Prior to this class, I had a misconception about owning a business. I did not think of it was easy, but was unaware of the “guts” of owning a business. To hear a real-life small business owner deals and works with different obstacles in terms that are relevant to me gave me a different perspective of it. I have always known that working in the food industry is tough work, and balancing the work and ownership can be quite daunting.

During the interview, I began to see the possibility of being an entrepreneur. I have always worked for someone else as an intrapreneur, and a good one at that! But this interview provided the realism that made me reflect on the possibility. My passion does not lie with food or passion, so I would have to consider other options. It would definitely be a challenge that I’ve never faced before, but with the proper resources I suppose anything is possible. My biggest takeaway is the fact that if you can dream it and have the passion for it, you can achieve it. It really is one of those situations where you will get out of it what you put into it.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 20:54:20

This exercise was extremely meaningful to me because it was with my long time baseball coach and current boss. He gave me countless insight on the business I participate in myself. It showed me alot not only about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, but also how much he values me as an employee and a young man. I felt a real connection with my boss and would likely continue to work in this business for as long as I possibly can. I learned that entrepreneurship often happens by chance as it did for my boss, and it is important to think on your feet at all times.

I believe that with a good amount of work our business could be a front runner in the local baseball program industry and my boss truly put that in perspective for me. I valued this experience beyond any other because it showed me more about my own passion and my own love for what I do at my job. It truly solidified the fact that I want to Coach for a living in my life. Caira's will be a thriving business and I hope to be a huge part of it in the future if baseball is not my chosen route in life.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 20:59:42

I found this project quiet interesting because I didn't really know that much information about my fathers company; therefore, I see the weaknesses he has and how I can possibly help to better his company for success in the future. This project was fun because it brought many experiences that I would of never thought a simple project like this can do. The questions were very well developed that made my father actually think and it even put new thoughts in his head . This project also allowed us as students to realize what it really takes to start a business and that sometimes one may want to quit but if you do it may be for the bad of you. This also allowed me to see how a small business company can go from 50,000 in sale up to 500,000 in sales in a year by hard work and dedication. I think this projects will help open students minds to the entrepreneur world; therefore, they professor should continue to use this because in my opinion its a fairly easy project that allows students to get a looks at the world of entrepreneurs.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 22:07:04

This interview gave me a lot of good insights. One of them being that if you were to own your business, you be able to now your market well. For Vicente, he’s known the candy business ever since he was a child so he’s has life long experience when it comes to his family's business. What is key is that you must communicate with every aspect of your business. In Vicente’s case these include; customers, lenders, vendors, and employees. Communication is key and great communication means more efficiency. Knowledge in accounting is also critical when owning any business. An entrepreneur must be able to recognize if their products or services are making money but at the same time be responsive to their customer’s needs.
Another key aspect from this interview is that time is money. Several times during this interview Vicente mentions that technology and machinery can make business run more smoothly. A lot of their candies are made by hand and it is hard to find the technology that will actually be useful to them. He realizes that machinery is an expensive investment and it needs to be able to pay for itself over time. Efficiency will ultimately give you the competitive advantage, especially in the candy industry. Proper training is also important since it saves time for the business when the business could be doing other things to help them make a profit. You must also keep in mind that at any point in your business, government regulations can drastically change your business model for better or for worse.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 22:29:23

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