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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 loved the fact that I talked to Tyler in a way I have never, ever done before. She is a true businesswomen even though she may not seem like it. Off the record, she was kind of nervous because she actually isn't running a huge business and thought I should have chosen someone who runs their business for a living. I am happy that I chose her though because I don't get to talk to her that often.
She is so smart!! That was something truly meaningful, I don't really like photography like her, she sees the camera as something new each time she takes a picture. I would never pay like $500-$700 for a camera, because I do not actually care for them. This was a weird experience because she lives too far away from me now to have met up in person, but I heard her voice through the phone. She said a lot of ums, like she didn't know how to answer a couple of questions but I pried them out of her, and all in all it was cool seeing someone answer questions they themselves have never been asked before.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 16:13:38

What I learned about this project was two things. The first main thing I learned from this project is was that he talked about customer service. I believe that customer service the number one priority in any business. Without good customer service you do not have a business at all. Also, I believe that every customer and you must treat every customer and see what their needs are. This comes into play with our projects because you must adjust to the customers’ needs. By adjusting to customers’ needs your able to have good customer service. When I did have my own business as a computer repair person I believe that I did satisfied my customers’ needs and I had good customer service. I did not continue with my service because of work and school.
The second thing I learned from this interview was that even though you go to school technologies changes all the time. He stated that it is hard for him to go back to school because he is the only at his business. The take away from this is that even though you have your own business priority should be school. As for me I do work full time and I know it is hard to go to school full time as well. I think that the more you the more experience at school the better you get in at your job. Also, having a business without any employees and trying to go school is very hard. However, by having a degree and your business does not work out you can get a job as an IT worker
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 16:22:22

This interview rekindled my passion to someday become a business owner. The entrepreneur I interviewed was my former boss 5 years ago. He believed in me so much that I was his main manger at the age of 17. He already had told me some of his answers many years ago but a review did not hurt. This project helped me in the sense of opening the door at a internship with him. Albert and I had an open and honest conversion regrading this answers because he told me everything he went through in becoming a successful business owner.

He told me about his failures, success, and challenges. He had more failures then successes, he was close on losing everything but always kept his dream alive. He told me to please listen carefully to his last point which was “Remember to keep the dream alive” this is why I see him as an inspiration.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 16:48:18

Being an entrepreneur is not an easy career choice. It used to be that when you said you were an Entrepreneur it meant that you were unemployed. These days, being an entrepreneur is a hard "job." Being that my interview was with my husband, I have a different sense of meaning, this business he has been doing for over 20 years is his life. Its evolved and that is exactly what a good company does, evolve, based on your industry, your market, your clients. What is most meaningful to me is that he puts his heart and soul into this business, and he is always at work. Even on vacations, on the weekends he's never out of the office as long as he has his cell phone. As young entrepreneurs develop I think this is a quality that weighs most heavy on them. You can't stop working at 5pm.
This company has been part of our lives since my children were in grade school, they've grown up around it, they've grown up in this industry. My son even works with his dad and facilitates classes for the younger students. This business has given us all a better sense of who we are as citizens, its given us all a better sense of compassion for the well being of others.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 17:02:00

I think for me the greatest insight was learning how to assess your future customer's needs and being a head of the game. At the end of the day, we all have needs and until the next new thing comes out, we become invested into the product. When I interact with a business, either because my product was defective or I needed outside assistance to my issue, I always gauge out how their service representatives interact with me. If I feel they couldn't take the time to understand my needs, I'd be looking elsewhere on that same call. There's no substitute for quality.
I think the other thing I took away from was how Robert's maintenance service was a stroke of genius at that time. It seems like it would be a no-brainier now-a-days, but he didn't have the technology that we rely on today when he started. He took the initiative to create something that seemed to be the right thing to do. He was always actively trying to improve every time he went out to the job-site. It makes me realize that many of the apps and services that I use are always trying to improve the user's experience with every use.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 17:11:15

I learned what I need to focus on before I start my business. I would love to have my own staffing agency some day. The advice and information from my entrepreneur is something I will always keep in mind moving forward. I now know what classes are crucial. I have a year left in school and I will definitely be paying close attention to the topics he mentioned. I also now know the journey that goes along with not only starting your business, but maintanining it as well. It doesn't just stop there. I realize you have to be innovative and keep thriving. I am so grateful for this project. It was such a great experience! I would have not ever asked him on my own all these important questions that will help me.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 17:23:53

The most meaningful thing to me about this project was getting insight of an entrepreneur. In my case I chose my friend’s mom that I have known for a few years and has started her business since last year. So personally, for me I do not know that many people in my community that has started from nothing and has worked their way to the top. I just think that it is cool to see someone I know just go for it and start their own business straight from home. That is exactly how have started my passion and my business. I started designing clothes when I was nine and I started right in my living room. What I really liked about Monica is that she is a small business and that is exactly how I want my business to be. So I liked that I was able to get insight as to how she started and why she started and what she has gone through so far in starting her business.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 18:35:02

The most meaningful I got from this project is how some great simple questions can give you an insight in becoming an entrepreneur. I would love to take the questions and ask entrepreneurs that is more related to what I am achieving for. However, this project and the person I interviewed is a great start in thinking what I should be planning. For example. if I am planning to open up my own dietitian practice with personal training then I need to consider what challenges I will be experiencing and how I should approach each challenge. I should also look into what tools and business information I should be using to successfully thrive in my business. Another point that made me think about, is topics I want to study that I believe that would help me in the future. That way in the future, I do not look back and say, "Oh I should have studied this". I will be well prepared and make my business successful.
I really enjoyed learning from a person that I knew who opened up their own business. Knowingthe person more and what they are doing to be successful can be really be used as a network opportunity in the future, or as a mentor. It also gave me practice in asking questions that can really help me when I potentially interview someone in the field I want to get into and can possibly give me an insight on weather or not I still want to open by own business. I also liked the opportunity to get advice and take that everywhere i go. I will never give up and I will dream big.

Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 22:03:02

The entrepreneur I interviewed is the mother of one of my very close friends, Michelle, who I have known for a few years now. All this time I never knew what exactly her mom did for a living. I knew that she was a cosmetologist, but I didn't know that she had her own nail shop. To learn about her business in intricate detail was eye-opening as a business major, but I feel it also brought me closer to Michelle and helped me understand her and her family more. I understand now why owning a business is like a 24/7 career. Her mom is always checking in on her store early in the morning, late at night, and even on weekends to make sure everything is running smoothly.

This project granted me the opportunity to have an insider, realistic perspective on being an entrepreneur in Southern California. An example of day-to-day adaptations an entrepreneur must make is when one time Ms. Tran's shipment of aluminum foil nail wrappers did not come in on time. She desperately needed them the next day for her clients. So Michelle and her little sister Danielle helped their mom by staying up all night to make enough aluminum foil wrappers in order to survive the amount of time it took for the next shipment to arrive. It showed me that obstacles like that can occur at any moment and that instead of freaking out Ms. Tran found a solution and turned to family when she needed their help.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 08:36:57

What I found most meaningful in the interview with Alfredo Vazquez was his obvious pride and joy that came from speaking about the journey of owning his shop. He was more than willing to sit down for an interview and was very helpful in answering all my questions. While I am not at all familiar with the auto repair market nor am I interested in going into the field, Alfredo to me personified what an entrepreneur is all about. He was someone who believed in his skills and intelligence, so much so that he was willing to devote his livelihood to his vision. He overcame the hardship of gaining experience, cliental, financial resources, and eventually the open market. He has operated his business for almost 15 years and now employees two of his three sons who also are pursing careers as auto repair technicians/mechanic. By this I mean that entrepreneurship while focusing on the actions an individual takes, it more importantly assesses why the action was taken. Someone who uses their passion, intelligence towards the pursuit of greater opportunities. Believing in oneself and one’s ideas are the qualities of a good entrepreneur, the knowledge, experiences, and pride that comes with pursuing those goals is the true measurement of a great entrepreneur.

Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 10:17:35

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