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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 found this interview to be very meaningful. For about two years now I have thought about opening my own hookah lounge, and having the opportunity to interview the owner of the lounge that I usually go to, and it really meant a lot. I was given the chance to sit face- to-face and talk to the owner. He answered my questions but he also gave me some advice. He told me that since I’m thinking about opening my own lounge someday that it would be good if I learned about how the lounge works and that he might end up hiring me for a job. This project really benefited me.

Another thing that I found really meaningful was the project itself. The questions that I provided to the interviewee were questions that will benefit me greatly. While talking to him, I learned that he only attended Mt. Sac and that he had learned so much from the business classes that he didn't transfer to a university, and now he has four lounges that are opened. We spoke about how one must be determined and put his or her full time on their business in order to make it work. He was telling me how it’s a full time job and how his experience was.

Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 11:04:00

The most beneficial and meaningful part of this project was learning about what it takes to run a successful business. It does not take just the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the job or task, but you must also have clients who are in need of your services and value the work that you put in for them. Accounting is not just a number crunching job but rather people are trusting you with their finances and leaving it in your hands to make sure that all of their information is accurate and submitted in a timely manner. You are in a situation where you could potentially miss enter a number and could in turn cause the whole form to be wrong so you must make sure to be precise and diligent in your work and have the time management skills to pay full attention to the work you are doing so you can in turn have happy clients and a successful business.

This assignment was meaningful because I had someone take the time out of their busy schedule and day to help me. They were willing to sit down and give helpful tips and information that will be beneficial for me down the road to learn what it really is like to have your own business and what you need to do to make it a long lasting and successful company. They provided facts and examples that I may not have thought about or contemplated on my own and opened my eyes to possible situations that may arise further down the road. It is very nice to see and have someone so willing to help a possible upcoming entrepreneur and for them to be eager to help you and answer any questions you may have or anything that they think can be helpful.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 15:05:11

What was most meaningful to me about this project was getting the opportunity to talk to an entrepreneur about the way he does business. He definitely had some different methods than what we have learned in class which was good because I got a different perspective. Is not often that entrepreneurs purchase not only their business but the property that their business is on. A good point that he made to me is that if you rent your property the building owners can shut down your business at any time so they ultimately have control. You could have your business there for years and if the owner sells or does not want to rent to you anymore you can lose not only your business but your clientele and everything that you've built.

Interviewing an entrepreneur was very interesting and it makes me want to interview more entrepreneurs to get different perspectives. The interview did not go like I had imagined it to and what I mean by that is he did not give me that answers that I expected from a restaurant owner. I expected a restaurant owner to have a great passion for food and hospitality. Not that the food is not good or the service is bad but he saw this business as more of an opportunity. He is a businessman he has multiple businesses and this BBQ restaurant is one of them. Like I said I would like to interview more entrepreneurs this way I can get more information and different tips. This interview has definitely inspired me to open up my own café one day.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 15:37:26

One of the most meaningful thing to me about this project is that I was able to learn a lot about a small business outside the classroom. By doing this project, I was able to get more inside point of view as well. The person I interviewed for the project I have known them for my all my life. I was able to sit down with them and ask them the questions and they told me everything I needed to know and more. While asking them the questions, I was able to get the real side of owning your own business. They told me about the headaches and all the planning that goes into the business and one wrong move can cost you a lot of money.
Another thing that was meaningful about the project is that it is preparing me for when I own my own small business. All the stuff we learned in class is true and was able to see it in the real world. I was able to understand all the information they were telling me. By know all the information it will help me get a good start on my business. By knowing all this helpful information, I will know how to get investors and have a thriving business. If all the information I learned is put together properly everything will work. I was also able to get valuable tips on what to do and what not to do. This project was a great experience for me to learn a lot of information about running a small business.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 16:10:41

As an entrepreneur myself it was extremely helpful to my future endeavors to interview [Name Removed] and get his insight on how he started his business, what important components are essential when taking care of your business and hearing some of the mistakes that he made along the way. Knowing that no one is perfect and that it takes a long process to create a successful business motivates me.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 17:53:05

I learned what a good friend of mine had to do to accomplish what he has so far. The business industry isn’t for the weak and scared, I have to be strong and hungry, by hungry I mean demanding and focused. I know I can accomplish what I desire if I keep my eyes on the prize. Hearing his answers he had for my questions made me realize that our paths to success are very similar, the only difference is the route we choose to take to the destination we are trying to reach.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 19:03:44

A few things that was the most meaningful to be about this project is how I was able to get a first hand look in the business world. I was able to actually ask questions and get to see what we're the ups and downs about being a business owner and get to see first hand if owning a business is something I would really be be dedicated and happy doing. Lastly I was able to see some of the benefits you can receive from running and happy and successful business.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 20:11:20

The most meaningful things I have come across this project was that I knew a little bit more about the family business and I learned how they operate. I one day plan to take over the business and reach levels that we haven’t reached yet. I plan to study business and computer development. This project has taught me that along the way that everything changes and if you stay the same you will always be behind, my goal is that I learn everything I need to know about websites and computer graphics etc. Being a part of an entrepreneur may be a lot of work but I believe in the end it will pay off.

This project was meaningful to me because it also taught me that making money isn’t as easy as it seems it takes a lot of energy and consistency. I hope to one day be like my father and be my own boss that way I can control everything and make more profit. I also learned that failure is your education my father failed more than he came to America with very little money and worked wherever he could. Business doesn’t have to be overnight it may take years to accomplish as long as you keep going forward no one can stop you.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 20:17:16

The most meaningful part of this project was being able to pick the brain of a successful entrepreneur. This opportunity gave me a true insight into the life of a true businessman. I feel that this project really helped to incorporate a lot of what we have learned in class and how the information we learned ties into real life scenarios. This project also helped me realize how much time and effort really goes into running a business and ultimately how important it is to know all aspects of your business and to stick through any struggles you face. My first initial impression of starting a business was that it would be easy to start it up. I thought that I would not need to put long hours into the start up because I was the owner, however, my entrepreneur changed my view on this because he told me he how much time it really takes and how his life has been dedicated to the business from the moment he started. I understand now how much hard work and effort is truly needed to run a business and feel more ambitious and ready to start future endeavors of my own.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 22:19:52

This project was interesting because I learned about a new business. I had the opportunity to visit the shop and I was explained in details the process of manufacturing of at least one product to the delivery to the clients. The owner also explained in details what it takes in order to maintain the facility under sanitation laws and what is needed for the employees for protection while they operate machines. I was also impressed how the owner have learned all the aspects of the business.

My personal experience was very meaninful because I have known the owner for many years working in a legal office and in a matter of a few years he became an entrepreneur in a field that was new for him only because he said he believe in his friend's dream. The main reason he got involved was to be an investor and not to learn the operation of this type of business, at this moment this is his main source of income and he said that
he was not prepared for what he has gone through but the experience has been worth it.

Therefore, I believe that you can do whatever you want with effort and perseverance.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 23:34:56

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