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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 started helping Cathy Sakurai with the LuLaRoe business after her and I connected on another level regarding similar situations due to our health issues. She understood where I had been and how she could relate so when I had asked her if I could interview her, she didn’t hesitate, in fact she offered. I already had some background knowledge of the LuLaRoe business because I had been buying LuLaRoe clothing for approximately two years. Since I had an understanding about the business already, I knew what was involved and what it takes to do a live through the group page, but I didn’t realize what extra technology or extra things are involved in promoting the business. Cathy Sakurai said that there was a gentleman who went to school for marketing and at the LuLaRoe training, he explained that it was all about the marketing concept of promoting and selling and he would sell more if he sold through the Facebook lives. Part of me is very curious about what he does for promoting and selling and is what we do in life all about selling ourselves? Promoting ourselves?

What was most meaningful about this project is that I have a greater appreciation for the LuLaRoe consultants because they are fighting the Facebook algorithms and if people aren’t commenting or boosting your posts by liking them, the consultants are nearly non-existent. They are also competing with thousands of other consultants and dealing with constant lack of inventory from the distributor. If they can’t order what the customers want, how are they supposed to keep them happy?? It’s simple, they can’t! After interviewing Cathy Sakurai, I also realized that at some point later in my life, I am completely capable of being an entrepreneur. In fact, Cathy had said to me that she would like to have me sell some clothes on her lives and she could picture me selling one day in the future. Maybe when my health is a bit more stable, I will investigate selling more, but for right now I need to understand more about what it takes to run a business, and the background logistics of a business.

Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 22:21:34

This project was very meaningful to me because it shows that you what an entrepreneur goes through. Like Mr. Silva said at the beginning of the semester that everyone only focuses on the success of the person, they never mention the struggles that the entrepreneur went through out his life in order to get to where he is currently at. That sometimes becomes very misleading to future entrepreneurs because they are not exposed or taught about the tough and lows that they may experience when starting a business. It’s ok to fail but make sure you get back up and tackle the situation from a different angle because persistence does pay off in the end. I would like to thank Robert Feria for being able to meet up and have this interview with me. I told him that I will post his social media on here because he though people will be reading this but I post it so you can take a look at his shop. I was also waiting for him to send me his NAIC tonight but he never sent it to me.

Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 22:44:23

The interview in itself was very meaningful to me. I enjoyed listening to Oscar's passion about his business and how being a lifelong learner helps him be the best at what he does. I learned that communication is very important in a business. I think it really helps you be successful because you will know how to meet the needs of your clients. Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. It is important that as entrepreneurs we are attending workshops, seminars, etc. to ensure that we are knowledgeable. There will be many challenges and having your own business is a lot of hard work but it is worth it.

This interview showed me how much education and business are related. In order to provide quality services/products an entrepreneur needs to constantly educate themselves on what they are promoting. Staying up to date with trends is really important because it keeps you competitive. I really enjoyed seeing how Oscar continues to learn to achieve his dream. It was meaningful to see how much hard work was put into his business and how rewarding this has been for him.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 23:44:59

The most meaningful part of this project was learning about the experience my friend Haily had in her early life. Right now she has no kids and is happily married, and it makes me admire her because she is loving her life with her successful business. I have two kids and I know how important and helpful it would be for me to have a successful business as well. I was able to see how her ideas came to light working at Pretty Kitty Salon. She was able to use the ideas of an already successful business and incorporate it into her own business. She gained cliental and didn’t infringe on any copyrights. I admire her ambition to be her own boss and work until she achieved that goal. It was helpful for her that her husband put in money so she can have a location. Even though The Babe Cave is in a small location in Upland, she has been successful and accomplished making more than $100,000 in her first year of business. That amount blew my mind. With no college degree, she was able to attain an enormous amount of money from waxing.
I was able to see how real, passionate, and honest my friend is while doing what she loves. She is passionate about helping others and making them try new things. She loves using natural and organic products so customers can learn to appreciate their body and skin. She gives tips and shows different ways to apply body lotions or serums to her customers. I love that she is not afraid to explain her ways to be successful. She wants everyone to succeed and knows that it is possible.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-19 17:47:50

This project helped me get closer with my parents I had realized something I had not in a while. I used to get mad because my dad would just treat me as a worker and not as his son for a while and my mom too. I was like whats wrong with them but now I realized that they were being hard on me so that when my time came for the business I would be fine. I would also get mad because my mom would be in the office and m dad would be in his truck driving giving estimates. Meanwhile I would be in the sun working hard. This is me getting the experience and learning like how my dad did and mom. I wouldn't credit them as much but they work more than I do because they are on top of everything and everyone. They focus on many things meanwhile I just focus on one thing which is finishing the job and doing my work. All they are trying to do is get me ready and set when my time comes.
Also this helps me know what to expect now when I become the next owner. I have everything ahead of plan and also I know what workers to count on. I already have clients that will be there for me and a lot I already have a good relationship with. This helps me with more people and I already have everything established for me. Which I never realized. I do not have to start from zero like other people. I have many people on my side now like really important people that can help me in the future. The only real thing I have to focus on is maintaining that but also making the company bigger which means bringing in more money. And helping out the family more.
Date Submitted: 2019-04-19 15:16:24

The most meaningful things from this project was two things. How I got to ask questions to an actual entrepreneur and get answers from their point of perspective. I got inside advice of what possible knowledge I will need in the future and any problems I might face in the long run. By talking to the entrepreneur allowed me to see it in their view and how to run an actual business and have it compete in the real world competition going on among other businesses. This project allowed me to open my eyes a bit more to the real-world problems that businesses face and what knowledge I will need while running my own business, along with the problems I might face as well.
The last thing was that I got to help out a friend even in the slightest with their business and possibly have them find a solution to their problems. I have gone to their business since it first opened and I have been a regular ever since, and to see the business thrive is a good thing, and I am glad to help in any way possible for their business. By asking these questions, this allowed me to see if there are any solutions there, they can get to or work towards to fixing their problems in the long run. This project has been very helpful and informative on getting real answers from actual entrepreneurs and how they work on their business and competing in the real world.
Date Submitted: 2019-04-23 19:51:50

The most meaningful thing to me about doing this project was talking to someone who was A. Passionate about what they were doing, and B. made me feel that it was possible. Going into business and/or running your own business in my experience thus far has been very daunting. Not having an educational background in business or any hands-on experience in the home inspection industry that I know find myself immersed in, I felt like every decision and every move was a shot in the dark. There was no “guidebook” or check list that told us what we needed to do. There are so many layers to any given business- there are laws are requirements that are not only specific to your state and/or county, but possibly within your city and furthermore within your industry as well. Having the skills to perform the duties involved in the field is one thing, developing and running a business is a whole different ball game. Being able to speak to someone who has built a successful business and was so open about their continuous learning processes was really encouraging and inspiring.
The entrepreneur I interviewed is so passionate about not only the business he created but also the people he works with. It really stood out to me that he puts so much emphasis on the idea of “greatness.” Rewarding those who seek to work hard, being transparent and honest with not only their management team but their employees as well and being upfront with employees regarding their opportunities for growth seem like great, foundational principles to live by. This is definitely something we can apply to our own business seeing as we are wanting to grow and involved more people in the company. I also really admired his continual self-education not only within the industry, but personally reading up on other, big time entrepreneurs as well as historical leaders of empires and taking ideas that have worked for others and applying them to his business. The passion for self-growth and insistence on admitting and owning mistakes, being prepared to make sacrifices and accept failure at times will stay with me as a reminder that business is NOT always smooth sailing.
Upon completing this interview, I found myself feeling like more was possible. It’s been so easy to find myself lost among the roots, failing to find a clear path to the desired destination. The entrepreneur that I interviewed was very forthcoming about talking to others who have been down the path before, investing in the use of professionals who specialize in specific tasks, accounting for example. One of the tips in the link he provided on question #2 talks about dropping to do lists and putting the items that need to be done on the calendar to ensure they get done. I really loved this concept and think I will adopt it for our company right away. Keeping an eye on the big picture is important and it’s hard to weed through the smaller building block tasks that get you there. On the bright side, the smaller tasks are obtainable in a shorter period of time, bringing progress towards the big picture down to a level where you can feel productive daily. Step by step, the big picture goal will be achieved with persistence. Some altitude is always helpful.
This interview was such a wonderful tool. Although the entrepreneur I interviewed was not in the same field we are in, it was a great reminder that so many principles of business are universal and revolve around being a good human being. I saw so many themes that related to what we have learned thus far in this course- being humble, the want to make a difference, being upfront with employees about opportunities, incorporating related services in order to grow, applying knowledge that resonates with you from mentors to your own business, among many more. I look forward to applying more of these principles in my day to day routine to help maintain and grow our business.

Date Submitted: 2019-04-24 14:59:27

The most meaningful thing about this project was being able to talk to someone who is not only very passionate about what they do, but also we had a lot more in common than I had originally thought. I know the person through mutual people I follow on social media. They would always share her stuff and everything she would post would look so amazing! She seemed nice but since it's really hard for me to talk to people, I was extremely hesitant to reach out to her, assuming thought the worst situations. But of course, I was just overthinking the situation and she was nice enough to take time out of her extremely busy schedule just to answer my questions and I'm glad she did because I learned a lot from her!

I reached out to her because I myself am Vegan. And just like her, I get fed up with the little options they have when it comes to sweets. If I'm craving something I either have to make it myself or drive to La or Orange County just for something sweet. I've been thinking about opening a cafe or bakery that offers sweets, mainly donuts cause I love donuts in our area. One thing that really stuck out to me that I didn't think she was gonna talk about is burnout. I think it's very important to know our limits especially when it comes to working. Personally, every job I've had I worked nonstop, never taking a break and find myself very bored and tired of it within a few months. I think once I start to pursue my career it'll be important to slow down and not overwork myself.
Date Submitted: 2019-04-24 21:24:45

Some of the things that were most meaningful to me were that after hearing the advice of an entrepreneur who is currently managing the same kind of business I want to begin gave me that extra push of motivation that I needed in order to begin mine as well. It made me realise that there is no need to stay stuck in a job where I am not happy with, rather I should follow my dreams and begin a business where I do see myself enjoying. It was surprising to find out that I can somewhat relate to the entrepreneur. As she mentioned she had low self-esteem and had no support from her family to follow her passion. This is something I am currently living as well, but despite these challenges I have realised that there is no need for the support of others, as long as I truly believe in myself. I should leave all that negativity out of my life and rather focus on my life and focus on what truly makes me happy. After all, there is no need for me to please others.
    Another thing that I found meaningful is the kind of passion that the entrepreneur has towards her business. Her passion instantly reflects on her work and due to this she has been able to thrive in her business. In order to succeed in a business, I should not only focus on what I want but also focus on what the customers want and expect from me. As she mentioned, one of her goals is to make a difference in every women. Every business has their own purpose and it is not just about making money, there is a reason behind every business. One day I hope to reach to the point where future aspiring entrepreneurs get inspired from my success, just like how I was inspired from this entrepreneur. I admire the kind of work that she put out into her business.
Date Submitted: 2019-04-24 22:29:17

This project was a little short for me. My person I interviewed happened to be my girlfriend’s dad. Since he is Persian I got the intention he thought I was trying to bee all up in his business. I felt he was being short with me. I tried to get details out of him as much as I could, but he was not having it. As for the project I like that I was able to go into his mind as a business owner to get a glimpse of how his everyday life works. I feel like the little thing matter when it comes to owning a business. Making the phone calls the follow ups and having a good reputation for a business. Good customer service will help the word spread and attract people witch will lead to money.

The reason why I liked this project is because I want to open a bar one day. I feel like people will always want to party and have a drink. A bar will be a profitable business if ran correctly. Just getting an idea of how business will run lets me know the hard work its going to take to start up. Especially with the start because that’s going to take a lot of money and a lot of time in the beginning. With great sacrifice there is great reward. With the proper knowledge of the business world and great resources failure is not an option.
Date Submitted: 2019-04-25 08:37:26

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