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1,278 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: 323 Printing and Related Support Activities
Description: Mailing and Printing Business
This business is a family owned business, therefore I was brought up into it. My dad began to train me when I was just a teenager. I began to learn the basics around the business. My father had told me that he wanted me to eventually take over the business, seeing that my twin sister didn’t have much interest in the business. I had no issues against taking over the business, it was something that kind of excited me. My father was the one that initially opened the business with my mom. They hired and trained me until I had a good understanding of the business; then they promoted me to be the owner of the business and my father stepped down. My mom went to find a job at a bank. My goals for this business was to take over it successfully and to streamline it so it can become more profitable.
Date Submitted: 2022-04-22 01:43:01

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Online women's clothing store
I got into the clothing business through my interests in fashion throughout my life. I loved creating and designing and was always an entrepreneur. My initial goal was to make clothing pieces that I could wear myself, and once I started doing that a lot of my peers would ask where I got it from and how they could purchase it. I started off by creating every piece myself then it grew to the point where I needed to find a manufacturer and outsource. The first items I ever sold were sweatshirts, I designed them myself they were cotton but had satin lined on the inside of the hoods and rhinestones on the chest to give it more of an expensive feel. They sold so well I was able to create the design in six different colors before creating other types of clothes.
Date Submitted: 2022-04-21 21:04:04

NAICS: 114 Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
Description: Aquaculture fish, processing fish, sales
I was in the site management team for two new factories, during that period, I met a lot of experts in the field of animal nutrition, fish farming etc. Those people brought me into a completely new area that I’ve never been digging into it before. I see chances on the booming cold water fish market. It only took nearly 2% of the whole annual production volume in China, which generated more than 12% of the market profits. And import volume took 70% of the 2% by the Year 2015. I saw a huge business opportunity in some data, and that's one of the reasons I got into this business. My goal is to increase our market share, which will increase revenue. I can see this as an opportunity, and I think it's doable.
Date Submitted: 2022-04-21 07:42:13

NAICS: 111 Crop Production
Description: Flower Shop
I decided to get into this business with the love of designing flower arrangements. I have been in the industry for about 38 years. I first got into this industry because of my friend who worked at a flower shop and with the help of her getting me a job. I had no idea that I would like working at a flower shop. At first I started working at an arcade, a pharmacy, and even restaurants, but I realized that it wasn't something I enjoyed doing. When I started working with my friend, I started off as a sales person. As I kept working there I realized that I wanted to start making arrangements, not just clean the flowers and help customers. The owner was mean and unapproachable but one day I made this one arrangement. My manager asked if I made it, even though I thought I was in trouble I still said yes. Unexpectedly, my manager complimented my work and said I had potential to start designing. Hearing someone say something nice who isnt can mean so much more. My initial goal was to open up my own business. After asking my husband if it was a good idea to do so, he disagreed but instead of agreeing with him I still did so.
Date Submitted: 2022-04-21 02:42:58

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Private Catering and Industrial Catering
This is something I had always done for my family, planning and catering parties and weddings, I found that I was good at it and enjoyed it. Slowly I began to get paying customers, working on off days between my regular jobs as an employee. Then, the more experience I got working for large corporations managing restaurants like Chevy’s, Manhattan Bagel, Jamba Juice, and Famous Dave’s BBQ, I learned all the time and effort I was putting into running these businesses, I can do the same for myself, and earn the revenue for myself that I was making for other people. It took many years to get to where I am now, slowly building my business and expanding over the years. Building up clients’ trust and networking, I was able to expand into industrial catering, providing the meals for inpatient hospitals and lodge facilities.
Date Submitted: 2022-04-19 22:40:51

NAICS: 519 Other Information Services
Description: Software Testing Company
Even before I dived into this business, I was always very positive about making my career in the IT sector. Especially, the whole concept of quality assurance was something that grabbed my attention as a beginner. I started my journey in 2006 as a Quality Analyst, and it happened to be the turning point in my life. I worked in this industry for over a decade serving various positions and claiming multiple opportunities to learn. All the experience that I gathered from these years helped me to get a grip on manual testing, automation testing, tools, technologies and made my way to digital transformation initiatives. At present, I am serving my position as the CEO of BugRaptors, an independent software testing company that works at achieving Quality Assurance benchmarks for digital solutions. The long-term approach with BugRaptors was all about the quality revolution in the highly competitive digital environment.
Date Submitted: 2022-01-07 07:19:12

NAICS: 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Description: Auto Center/ Dealership
Well the reason I decided to get into this business is because of the immense passion have for cars, this is what ‘drove me’ per say to want to bring happiness to others when purchasing my product. I wanted to share the happiness with my customers when they made the purchase. Personally I was tired of working for others and living their dream so I decided I was going to chase my dream of working with what I love and enjoy, this being cars. My initial goal was to start my own business and improve myself. Not only was I living my dream but I was also able to generate jobs for my family and many other people. I saw and continue to see my initial goal as a win-win situation.
Date Submitted: 2021-10-24 09:03:50

NAICS: 814 Private Households
Description: Domestic Services Agency
My business is a family business. My mother immigrated to America in the 1960’s from Honduras, and upon arriving in America she found work as a seamstress. After a while, she found a group of friends who all worked for wealthy families as housekeepers. Understanding the need for better opportunities for her new friends, she decided to help them look for other opportunities in better households of other wealthy people. This all came together in the perfect time and thus, her business was born. As I was growing up, I always saw my mother doing her best to try to help anybody who wanted a job, and she would give them the training and opportunity to better themselves for employment. This really stuck with me. When I was 23, I started working for the family business. My initial goal was mainly to help take the workload off my mother and learn from her to one day take over the business. I had grown to care for the work that my mother was doing for all these wonderful women coming to America looking for a new life. She truly saved lived, and I am here to keep up her work.
Date Submitted: 2021-10-22 06:45:55

NAICS: 454 Nonstore Retailers
Description: Consignment/ Buy/ Sell/ Trade/ Trendy/ Clothing
I feel like I always had a passion for this type of business that being said I was able to connect with the younger generation such as my children being some of my connections. My children are around the areas where fashion is hot and thriving, giving me more of an opportunity on where I should focus my business to always improve and also strategizing when also purchasing clothing from individuals that will come in and sell. My initial goal was to mainly sell rare vintage clothing items but my business thrived in many different areas giving me an opportunity to succeed in all areas when owning a consignment store. They thrived when individuals would come in and sell clothing that they were completely clueless on in which these pieces were uniquely different and the customers loved the fact that they would come in and find different clothing at such a good pricing range.
Date Submitted: 2021-10-22 05:57:41

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Tax Preparation and Insurance
You can say that my passion is numbers. I have never been that good in math, but I do understand how to do the calculations. The reason why I decided to get into this type of business was to help my Hispanic community and that’s why I look for a location predominant with Hispanics and Latinos. I know that this type of business was high in demand and very few people had the education to do this type of business correctly. My initial goal was to apply all by education to help my community and continue learning, since the type of business we are in is ever changing, there are always new laws and regulations that we have to know in order to do our job correctly. I love learning new skills and gaining more knowledge. Why? Quite simply because I love knowing new things and knowing I can help someone with the new knowledge I learn, which is worth it.
Date Submitted: 2021-10-22 05:42:55

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