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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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The most meaningful thing about this project was i got to see the passion behind the entrepreneur. He made me realize how much work it takes to start up a business and to keep it going. He inspired me to open up my own business and follow me dreams. No dream is too big or too small. He made me realize that we all have to start off somewhere. This entrepreneur gave me great advice on what to focus on in starting up a business. He was very helpful and made everything clear. He also made it very clean to really put time into thinking if opening up a business in the area you want is really what you want to do, which is something i think everyone should think about before investing their time and money into a business.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 23:56:39

This project was very interesting and very helpful. As an entrepreneur you will face a lot of obstacles and challenges but having a clear set of goals can help you during those times. In life one has many dreams and aspirations but sometimes they seem impossible to achieve. You start thinking about how much money you are going to need and when you start adding everything you get really overwhelmed. Also you start thinking about the amount of time that is going to be required in starting this business, and if you already have a job its very difficult to quit and leave behind that steady paycheck. All these conditions can make it very hard to start your new adventure. But you have to slow down and take things one step at a time. One thing that he said that really impacted me was that you can’t let what can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. Don’t wait until everything is perfect, things will never be perfect. Start where you’re at with what you have. You might not have all the capital required to open, let’s say, a corporate looking business but you might be able to open a small kiosk at a local swap meet. Just keep taking the next obvious step and never give up.
Also that instead of focusing on all the negatives starts focusing on the rewards. As with any endeavor, opening a business will take some sort of risk, that is why doing your due diligence is very important in the development of you business plan. And don’t get me wrong sometimes even with all the research in the world you will still encounter hard times. But one of the biggest mistakes most people make is that the focus on the problem instead of the solution. Always stay positive but realistic and have an amazing passion in what you do.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-23 00:00:51

What was most important to me is the philosophy of a business; a philosophy really sets your intentions and goals to the people that are working for you. If you are being interviewed about your business, you should be prepared to give a long speech on what you love about your business and what it makes it so special. You cannot say what you are all about in just five minutes; that just means that you have not told everything about your philosophy. Their philosophy is using music to let you think differently and let your mind grow. I realize now how much this little business can do great wonders for individuals. It is pretty rare for businesses that I know that love their jobs to death and really care for the people that do business with them. Another important aspect that is meaningful to me is how a person starts out his /her business. There is a lot that goes on when thinking about starting up a company, examples would be: business planning, goals, financing, what to sell or what services to do, etc. I learned that if you really want to know what you want to do, you must ask yourself what you really love to do. Once you can figure that out, pursue that goal no matter what anyone else says. Even though you might run into problems, people every day find a way to overcome different obstacles.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-23 01:44:56

The most meaningful part of this project on a personal level was actually getting to know more about the business because the entrepreneur that I interviewed was a family member. I learned that his business is considered to be a small family business, because it is just him and his brother. Although, he is a close family member, I did not know he had just been in business for just four years, but then again he gets most of his business in San Diego. In addition, I thought his business just relied on working in air conditioning services like repairing and installing them, but he also does services in heaters. Before I this interview I believed that his business suffered for winter, because no cares about the ac when it is cold. But above all I learned that he is struggling with the internet, and throughout this business class I have been learning about websites that will become very help for his business, so I introduced him to some of the websites to improve his chances to get into the blue ocean and get out and stay out of the red ocean.
In the case of the entrepreneur side of things this project made realize that I need to start by having a payment history. The reason why I say this is because I only have one credit card, but the credit card is a student credit card and not from a bank. I am going to do what he advised me to do and try to get at least two more credit cards. In addition, I have been considering owning an animal clinic and I think that the best advice that he gave me was to actually look for internship jobs that I can get alone the lines of owing that type of business. I do agree with him that a person should be book smart as well as street smart. In order to be successful in life, sometimes you just have to dive in and take chances because just knowing the material can only take you so far. But diving in without knowing some knowledge can be very dangerous, so having both like he said is best. He made me realize that good workmanship and good costumer relation are the keys to have a successful business.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-23 18:42:37

During this interview I learned plenty of things which could and most likely will help me with starting my own business. There were multiple things I could have taken from this interview but the most meaningful part of this project is that I was able to talk to a business owner who was not just an business owner but a friend showing me and educating me on what I should do prior to opening a business in a calm and relaxed environment. It also helped that he was a friend because I knew he was being completely honest with me and not lying to make himself look better. So this project did not really feel like a project just more of a conversation I was having with a friend.
Some other things thats I took from this interview is that he made it obvious that you can not just go and just open any type of business with no knowledge on that business just in hopes of making money because that is not how things work. He also made it clear that technology is changing and promoting yourself is easier on internet and social media because majority of people now use the internet. Also providing a great service is important because you never want to lose clients and those clients are important and deserve the best. Lastly, even though these things are obvious I was cannot emphasize that you have to love doing what you do, own a business that you will make you happy and proud to call your own.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-23 19:01:40

I really enjoyed this project and I also feel that I was able to get a lot out of it. It gave me a better understanding for what owning your business is really all about. It made me realize that having your own business isn’t always going to be easy but if its something you enjoy and are passionate about it is worth it. It helped paint a picture of the good, the bad and the ugly. It also gave me the opportunity to get some helpful insight from someone who in fact owns his or her own business. They were able to share with me their personal struggles that they have had to face within their business which I feel has made me think about struggles that I may possibly have in my own business. I feel that it was very important that both the success and the struggles was shared because I feel like sometimes people tend to ignore the negative which I believe should be looked at to better prepare oneself. Also due to the fact that I interviewed a family member I felt like they were able to be more honest with me then maybe an outsider would have been. I also feel that this allowed me to have some sort of stepping stone for when I decide to start my own business I wont go into it blindly I’ll have some sort of idea.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-23 21:17:45

I learn a lot from the interview. Most of people when the chance comes, they try to wait, wait for other people success and to be a witness. They are afraid to lose, afraid about the new thing which they don't understand. Never totally believe the non professional people's idea when they give any opinion about a new professional thing. Going into it and use our eye our wisdom to judge a new thing not just listen.

Second when we prefer start a business. the direction is important. Because right direction will lead to right successful. And focus on it and work hard. Non business is easy to do, don't have lucky mindset. Focus it and do it always the good attitude.
Third one is learning to leverage. Ourselves only have 24 hours, we can not do everything professional. we need to learn to leverage other people's power to build our business. Finally, learning to grace everyone, which can help us keep going forever.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-23 23:56:13

I would have to say the interview was a great assignment to do. I had a couple of entrepreneurs to choose from but glad I chose the the one I did. I got more insight to the family business, and more understanding as well. One thing that really stuck out to me was the leap of faith the entrepreneur had to take. She left the military with two kids and went back to school to pursue what she wanted to do in life. She is a complete underdog in the system we have in society being a single mother of two kids while going to Law School.
This was pretty inspirational to me. I felt inspired while talking to my entrepreneur, because of her story and struggle to rise to her career path of choice. I think this interview helped to not be afraid to take a leap of faith and travel the world looking for ways to do business. I want to stop thinking about all the reasons that I can't or shouldn't go, but instead focus on why or how I can travel the world and do what I want to in life. My entrepreneur's story is inspirational to anyone thinking they can not do what they want to in life especially in America. This is the reason I felt the question on how the entrepreneur got into the business was the most meaningful to me personally.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-23 07:52:48

The most meaning information from this interview was thinking back and looking at what I am doing right or wrong. The person I interview is my boyfriend as he now has more then 3 hookah lounges and I have 1 hookah lounge. I was able to reflect on the information he provided to better understand my business. I’m fairly new to this business and there a lot that I still have to do to improve and his insight helped a lot say like payroll and having a good relationship with my employees is important. I also learn that I have to understand the demographics of my business area. To have the right pricing based on the average income of the city.
I think that saving money for unforeseen expense is also very important as a business owner. Because things happen such as a restroom not working properly or maybe the music system speakers blow out. Then that would be an unforeseen expense. One important think is having a good relationship with the city because having to renew license can be tough if my business has a bad history. That also goes to dealing with landlords because there the ones that rent the location out to you. So having a good relation with them so I can continue to lease the location for furthered business is important. I also learned that having legal documentations is very important because it can save me from some issues that can come up with employees or cities or even landlords. Overall this interview was a success.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-24 15:13:30

I was very exited to go on my journey to find an Entrepreneur too interview him/her on race horses and the business part of it, since its been something that I wanted to do for a long time I was full of hope and ready to ask as many questions as I can, when I arrived at the race tracks I realized that not everyone is very nice and opened minded on sharing with a complete stranger there story, I asked several people with no luck until I came across a young person unloading a few horses, that arrived from Oklahoma, he was more than willing to help me with my project, and he did, we walked over to his horse barn and started the long conversation on horses and how his family owned many horses in California, and other states, he told me not to be upset with the people that did not want to help me with my project, he explained to me how hard and exhausting this field of work was, he went on and told me how many people dint get paid very much, making me understand that they are not mean people they are just tired.
Another meaningful thing that I learned is that the majority part of the start up money came from his and his family savings, he told me that one must save money in case the owners that don't pay their monthly bills, the money will come out of your own pockets to pay the vet bills and the workers.
I realized that maybe this is not the right business that I want to embark my self in, I know understand that there is more to operating a horse racing stable, its a very hard and demanding stressful environment, the care for the horses, and the dealing with pushy owners makes it a high risk environment that I am not looking forward to be a part of.
Date Submitted: 2015-04-25 23:09:41

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