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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 admire there struggle together because they made mistakes and tried this and that and finally at the end they are living proof that it is not about how many times you fall it is about rising every time. They really were at a cross roads after they were scammed by the dry cleaning owner they bought the business from but they kept at it and literally found their way to each other, their passion, and most important they know their purpose for being in business.

A great insight that I gained was to not be afraid to “just do chicken”. My husband and I want to start our own general contractor business and my husband specializes in Modular building but all this time we have been thinking that we don’t want to peg-ourselves to a specific mold. We want to be versatile and the interview made me rethink the advantages of being the expert in a specific area.
How important genuine networks are and how they can be such an intrical part of being in business just like the veins that support the blood in the body. If you have a strong relationship it can decrease or ease the pressure of always having to be searching for the next job. Business reputational credit with vendors is even more important than financial credit. Financial credit is easier to obtain because all based on numbers were your reputation is subjective and less predictable by any formula you just always keep your work honest, your prices, and guarantee your work.
The most important aspect of being in business is to be in business for the right reasons. Having the support of your family and maintaining a balance between work and quality of life is literally the heart of the business. There is so much truth to the saying, “if you do what you love then you will never have to work a day in your life”. I hope my as my husband and I embark on our journey we are standing by each other and supporting each other too.
Date Submitted: 2014-10-23 23:46:33

The things that were most meaningful to me about this project were noticing the time involvement, and the availability of manufacturing goods in the southern California area. I didn't realize how many raw textiles were so readily available to us in the surrounding LA area. It's amazing to see how many different products are made and what goes into the design, production and manufacturing of each bow, sweatshirt, t-shirt and blanket.

The time involvement is huge. Everything is on you; from order entry, to vendor relationships all the way down to the manufacturing of each individual product. Every single new design. This all comes from not only running the business, but keeping the innovation alive while you have so many things already taking your focus away from the many tasks that are demanding attention. Getting a business partner does seem like it would help to make the business run so much more smoothly. Just being able to lighten some of the load and clear time to really focus on the innovation and entreprenuership aspect of the business.
Date Submitted: 2014-10-23 23:53:10

What it takes to start a business is what was the most meaningful to me. Doing the research of what you are getting yourself into when becoming an entrepreneur is very critical and should have a lot of time to fully think things through. Assuring that you are handling any kind of legal document filled out correctly, to be up to date of anything that you are working on. to know what exactly is going on in your business. As the boss you want to ale sure that you know absolutely everything that is going on when you are not there on site or anything else that matters. Treating your business as if it is your baby, to give it the time and care it needs to expand and to have the proper growth for it to be creditable. As a company it is best to be known as professional as possible.
To never give up in any circumstance, It is best to have your head held high and to not let anyone or anything take control of what is your because you have started it from scratch. When becoming self employed you have a lot to handle and to make sure that duties are done properly and efficiently. Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone because your comfort zone can possibly be holding you back. Always looking for a new and improved way to have your business at a constant growth but at a pace that it can be handled. Never spread yourself too thin because when times like that happens it doesn't end in the way you have hoped. To take your time and to thoroughly think things through. And to have a great team by your side to give you and your company the support it needs and has the best intentions for your company.
Date Submitted: 2014-10-23 23:56:22

I thought the most meaningful thing about this interview was that the owner took the time to accept my request upon interviewing him. I know he's a very busy person and that him taking the time to interview only means his business is coming second. Giving me all this advice to help me prepare myself to becoming a business owner myself really helps. Seeing his motivation helped me bring mine up. It made things more comfortable knowing how something can turn out.
Date Submitted: 2014-10-22 19:53:05

This project was very helpful to me because it gave me a sense of reality on how it's going to be running a business. I knew at a young age I wanted to be my own boss and make my own decisions. I am aware that it's not going to be easy and that will require a lot of hard work and dedication. I am confident I can accomplish my goals using the advice given from the interviewee. The most meaningful piece of information from this project to me was learning how to run a project from a real life entrepreneur rather than reading a book and getting pointers. Im more of a hands on learner, I have to be there and hear it to learn from it. I met up with my interviewee; with this in mind, I think thats the best way to do it. This is because I could feel his emotion and see his expressions on his face with every response the interviewee gave me.
I am a good listener because I can listen to someone talk, I like to listen to any type of advice someone can give me; therefore, this project was perfect for me to obtain some knowledge about my future profession. The whole project was meaningful to me. Question number 8 the interviewee states never to give up, he also said states that he has failed once before. I thought about this a lot after the interview, in a way it makes me feel better about not succeeding my first time pursuing my dream to become an entrepreneur. I learned that its normal sometimes you wont succeed but all you can is just get back up and try again, eventually you will succeed. When plan b doesn't work there are still many other letters in the alphabet.
Date Submitted: 2014-10-29 16:37:27

I learn a pretty good deal on this project. I learn that it takes aloud of energy to run a business. How much a single person has do to at the begging when starting out but if you persist you can make you gold. Every business has there problems how people handle theme, the business she is has a lout of competition but she did not give up it. To learn to take advantage of the opportunities I have and make the most of if. This was the first time I had a talk with my aunt this serious, I toed I now her better but I was wrong witch I’m glad. The one thing I find out and that I don’t want to follow is that she does not want to spend. She is compturbol doing what she is doing. For me I would have expanded a long time ago. I also learn to aprisheit that I can speak two language that are going to be helpful and also that I want to learn two more language.
Date Submitted: 2014-10-30 15:39:42

This project came to me in a positive way. Having a chance to interview an entrepreneur in the reality is a great way for me to think about how business is going and how to set up an own business. It went far beyond my expectations on an interview. The company and the owner has so much positive energy, I was really impressed by it all. It went way beyond my original thoughts; it was enlightening and informative. I learned a lot in the few hours I was allotted for the interview and much of what I learned will help me in my own pursuit of my business goals. To me it’s a good opportunity and a good way to preparation for my business goals.

All of the questions in this project are very helpful for me in many angles to prepare my business goal. Besides the getting more knowledge from this interview, I also landed a part time job through his interview. The owner is so nice and he is willing to help me in any way to understand clearly about starting a small business. I never expected that everything would fall into place this way. I feel I am lucky, so lucky to have an opportunity to learn and grow my skills using my current knowledge and getting paid for it all on my schedule. WOW! I believe in being positive, to live positive and follow my dreams. It truly is a land of opportunity here in America.

Date Submitted: 2015-03-31 16:23:38

The most meaningful to me about this project was seeing first hand what type of buisness and relationships you can have with the people you work with if you have trust. I went to the salon to ask her if I can do this project on her and told her that it was mostly based on her buisness. She agreed and even offered me a free haircut because she noticed my split ends. I kindly declined and we then discussed what day would be best for her to be interviewed. In just the short time I was there perhaps ten minutes because people and customers kept interrupting. I noticed that the majority of the customers that came in were regulars. They would be like "hey Janet, Daisy will be in short she just went across the street to get a drink" I was astounded by how comftorbale they all were with each other and how they just started a story from were they last left off. I would love my buisness to fell that family oriented.

What I also got out of this interview is that having your own buisness takes allot of hard work and dedication. I just can't say"ok I wanna have my own tattoo shop and ta da in a few easy steps I'll be done." I have to do allot more research than I want to and really put my all into and not get stressed over every little thing. I have to have trust in myself and my buisness and do it the way I want to and not the way others want me to. Another thing I would have to do, if I were to ever own mown buisness is put out all the negative people in my life because I have allot of those. I have people constantly tell me that I can't and won't ever succeed to anything, that they don't even expect much if anything form me. Those are the type of people I need to cut from my life because theres days were I'm just like " you know what they're right I won't ever amount to anything so why am I even trying" I let there words get to me and I don't like having others put me down and I especially don't like putting myself down so I do have those moments were I'm just like " I don't care what they think I'm doing this for me not them!" and I Ignore them but theres just times were there words are just to much to handle and I end up getting discouraged and giving up on myself for awhile. I learned that regardless of what they say I should not have those type of people in my life. I should just cut them from my life now so I can have more faith in myself and follow my dreams without the voices around me telling me I can never do it.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-06 19:32:00

The most meaningful thing about this project to me was the fact that I got that one on one talk with someone I actually look up to and is doing what I want to be doing. Anyone could go online and look up what it takes to have a successful business but what you don't get is that personal relationship and personal stories told to you. With this interview experience I learned you get much more motivated this way because you see how successful they are doing and you want to follow in their foot steps. The entrepreneur I spoke to told me all about his struggles at first and how he was broke but was determined to get himself in a better situation and started his company with only $100 dollars. That got me so inspired and helped me believe that it is possible for me to be very successful if I just work hard enough.

I also learned a lot of meaningful information like how important it is to have a hard working staff you are close with, how to establish my credit, what to know about business before starting a company, and the challenges a business faces to name a few things. However, the most meaningful part of this project all comes back to that personal relationship. The entrepreneur I interviewed emphasized that a lot for a reason. If you surround yourself with successful people and mentors you too will become successful because they will guide you and help you make smart business decisions. If I just hang out with lazy people I will not be motivated and be happy where I am just like them but I want to do bigger things with my life. I do not want to be average and this interview helped me realize thats all possible and the advice I should follow to get there.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-12 15:36:26

What was most meaningful to me was the entrepreneur himself. As he speaks, he was very proud of his accomplishments. His eyes lit up just talking about the works he has done. Even though there were hard times but he never gave up and still continued until today because it is a job that he loves. He is very admirable because he was able to pull through when the economy went bad back in 2009. He was able to separate work from home. He never once told his family how bad his circumstance was and he never took it out on his family.
What was also meaningful to me is that I got a chance to get a little closer to the entrepreneur who is my distant uncle. I used to see him often but I have never had the chance to really sit down and talk to him about his life or career. It feels great to know that someone in my family is successful but still humble. He is a very humble and admirable person. He might have just become my new hero. He is someone that I now look up too because this project let me know who he really was.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-16 18:09:22

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