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1,308 entrepreneurs were asked: "How did you decide to get into this type of business, and what was your initial goal?" These were their responses, which can help us to try to figure out what type of business we might like to start. Please scroll below:

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NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Spiritual Business Consulation
My goal has always been to help people! I got into this business when I started my first company at 30. It was a spiritual media company that had a top-rated podcast, thriving membership community, online magazine, and hosted domestic and international retreats. I am driven to share my knowledge and wisdom with people and be the bridge between what’s out there and their hearts. When my first company dissolved, my first book was already published and I stayed on the path and brought knowledge and events to the general public via experts in the spiritual and mental health industry. My initial goal was to help people. But as time has gone on, I want to help people help themselves. To inspire someone to be their own guru is now my driving force. I will always be in the spiritual industry!
Date Submitted: 2023-04-21 06:59:46

NAICS: 454 Nonstore Retailers
Description: Vending Machines Business
After I left my previous employment, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. For a long period of time, I took a deep dive and I asked myself several questions; what I like to do, what matches my personality, what are my weaknesses and strengths. I thought about different types of businesses, and I scored them, comparing my needs and their characteristics. I like analyzing, software so a vending machine business was fitting really well. Moreover, 15 years ago, vending became more and more popular. It was also a period of my life where I wanted to improve my health. I wanted to teach other people what I’ve learned. My goal was to found them the best products that are similar to others in the market but that are more healthy. My initial goal was to run a family business with my wife and my kids. But my kids were too young and I realized that I couldn’t control everyone and ask them to be part of my business. So I decided that it wasn’t the right time for it and I jumped into the vending machine business.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-21 06:57:38

NAICS: 561 Administrative and Support Services
Description: Packaging service business
Entrepreneurs in the packaging industry may be motivated by a variety of factors, such as a personal interest in the field, market demand, or a desire to solve a specific problem. I got the idea to start this business when I saw large profit margins and low overhead costs when buying packaging services for my previous business. I also have a background in engineering and manufacturing that lends itself well to the industry. The initial goal of starting a packaging business may vary depending on an individual basis, some may want to run a small, profitable business and others may want to grow their business by large and try to disrupt an industry. It could also be to create a sustainable packaging solution, offer innovative products and cost-effective designs. Whatever the goal may be, it is important for business owners to have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and a good business plan to guide them towards success.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-21 06:30:43

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Japanese Filipino Restaurant
We used to be a Distributor/ Wholesaler of seafood, and we thought maybe we should be selling retail to people if we have extra. Then we come up to opening a Poke place since we have fresh fish daily. In the beginning, this Poke place was not our priority, it was just one of our businesses that I don’t put effort into. It was like, okay to have no income. But then we realized it became popular because of the fresh fish that we have. We had to slow down with other businesses and focus on this and maybe expand because we saw the growth potential. Our initial goal was to sell fresh and organic foods to people. This is healthy and beneficial for customers because, for seafood, it does get tricky to know the kind of quality of fish and where to get it, so this is where trust comes to play. Poke is similar to sushi but we want to elevate this product and make it popular.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-21 05:45:08

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Hair Product Manufacture
I am drawn to the creative and entrepreneurial aspects of starting a business. Developing new formulations and packaging designs, as well as marketing and selling my products, would require a combination of scientific knowledge, creativity, and business knowledge. This challenge excites me and motivates me to work hard to create a successful business. There is always room for innovation and growth. By starting my business, I would be able to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies in the industry and have the opportunity to contribute to its development.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-21 05:27:52

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Small Ceramics business
I knew I wanted to make pottery, because that was my passion, but there is SO much pottery out in the world right now, it’s hard to make something that no one else is doing. Then I had the idea (at the time, just for fun) to put some of my favorite anime characters on some of my work. Very quickly based on the online attention the work received, I came to the realization that there were not very many people making that kind of work. The demand was very present and there was no one filling that gap. From there it was an obvious choice to move forward with the anime/ghibli designs. My initial goals were simply to do what I love while making enough money to pay my basic bills.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-21 04:30:47

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Tax Preparation Services
Answer#3: I decided to get into this type of business one day when I had a person do my taxes and they did them wrong. That year I had to pay the IRS more than two thousand dollars. I took a class on how to do taxes. Back when I started everything had to be do manually on paper, computers were not around. My goal was to help just my family members with their income tax filing. After the first year, family members started talking about it with their friends, making those friends come to my house asking if I could file taxes for them. I had no choice but to convert my living room into a small office. From there came the idea of charging to file their taxes and now I have been at it for over 30 years.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-20 22:39:13

NAICS: 311 Food Manufacturing
Description: Desert shop (chocolate covered strawberries)
During quarantine, one of my major pastimes was to spend my day scrolling through several social media platforms. On those platforms, I had noticed that a heavy amount of those posts were published by small business owners who had succeeded in rapidly growing their business. Seeing that many posts inspired me to play around with the idea of creating a small business of my own. In doing so, not only did I manage to create a better pastime for myself than drilling through my phone, but I also created an opportunity for myself to gain some income before I turned 18 and started applying to some jobs.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-20 21:02:58

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Hair waxing
The reason I wanted to become my own boss mainly stemmed from wanting to be able to eventually have a flexible schedule to spend more time with my children and family. When you look at 9 to 5’s there’s really no end goal and there’s a cap to how much you could make. With being your own boss, you could potential gain so much financial freedom and depending on how well your business does you could make major profit. While your business will be all consuming for a couple years if all goes well you can find the right employees to help manage your baby you can finally take some steps back to enjoy your life with this income that rolls in and work whenever you want to.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-20 16:53:13

NAICS: 323 Printing and Related Support Activities
Description: Screen print & manufacturing
I decided to go into clothing manufacturing and brand building when I came across e-commerce and drop shipping on Youtube back in 2014. My initial goal was to design logos and sell them on my online store without actually having inventory in hand or having to pay to make the clothes I was selling. I wanted to just middle man my own products/clothing via the internet and social media. I finally got the idea to take it to the next level and start manufacturing clothes instead of just providing logos.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-20 06:24:38

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