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1,263 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: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: . We repair late model Japanese and European motorcycles
I’ve been in the motorcycle industry since I was a kid, and just climbed the ladder steadily. I worked all over the place, the Bay Area, DC, Denver but big places are the all the same, They are all about the numbers in which case I mean money. Customer service is pretty low on the priority list for big name dealers. Poor workmanship goes hand in hand with that program, as well as, they just end up pumping shit out that would not bring customers back. No quality. After seeing a lot of the mistakes big dealers were making, I wanted to prove that the little guy can do it better. Our shop prides itself on having long standing relationships with our customers and that requires high quality and great service.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 23:21:34

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Papa Pizza Pie formally Dalia's Pizza
Coming from a different country Beirut-Lebanon, where you are expected to do better and be the man who provides for the family is expected a lot from you. Especially our religion. We fail if we don’t succeed. We are really greedy when it comes to money. I knew I wanted to get into the food industry I always knew I wanted to be successful and have a business of my own one day. I first started as a delivery boy for a pizza place and that's when I decided I can be an owner too. I decided to go with the franchise and joined Dalia’s pizza and 4 years ago I decided to start my own Papa Pizza Pie and now I have 2 opened one in Glendora and one in Fullerton.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 17:30:14

NAICS: 112 Animal Production
Description: Wholesale on pet and pet products
I was passionate about animals and knew I wanted to do something I was passionate about. My initial goal was to become as successful as I could. That doesn’t just mean money, but to use my business to improve multiple aspects of life. That goal hasn’t changed
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 13:37:56

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Family owned and operated auto repair shop
I decided to get into this business because I had grown up with a father who was a trucker and was always under the hood of his trucks and cars fixing or changing something. So naturally I would ask questions and my father would teach me as he went along. I grew up with a curiosity and love for looking at an engine, analyzing it, taking it apart, understanding it, fixing it, and putting it back together. I worked as a mechanic at numerous shops throughout my early adult life and it was always a dream of mine to own my own shop. So when I saved a decent amount of money from years of work and side hustles I decided to finally look into buying my own space to operate my shop. When I first opened up my shop my initial goal was to break even with all the initial cost that came with opening up the shop by years end… that would not be the case.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 10:17:35

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Nail Salon
3. At the time that I was starting, it was the easiest and fastest business that I could get into. We came here from Vietnam with barely anything and needed to do something that would allow us to make a decent amount of money to start our new lives.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 08:36:57

NAICS: 711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
Description: Boxing Bootcamp Gym
I decided to get into this type of business while I was a general manager of a local gym. I exposed myself to the fitness industry and learned what it takes to maintain a gym. As I worked their, my initial goal was to open my own the gym.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 22:03:02

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Cookies and Pastries
Well this started off as I hobby. I taught myself how to do everything by watching YouTube videos. I lot of it though is basic baking skills the only challenging part can be decorating but once you experiment then you get the hang of it. I buy all the supplies from Michaels and I just started making sweets. A lot of it is just learning how to decorate and knowing what products to use and how to use them when baking something. I initially started making sweets for close friends and family and eventually thought that this can be something bigger and be turned into a business. It’s just something that started as a side business. 

Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 18:35:02

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: employment agency
I got hired through a staffing agency when I was 20. I got hired as a recruiter, I had no idea what recruiting was. The feeling of being able to help someone bring income to his or her household was rewarding. I became really good at recruiting and fell in love with the industry. I got involved with operations and sales in staffing. I thrived in it. I was 27 when I started my own business. My initial goal was to be in business to make money, be self-employed and help people by doing what I love and know best.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 17:23:53

NAICS: 424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
Description: Petroleum maintenance and repair service
After I finished serving my term in the army, I went to work for a petrolum service repain company called HB Covey. I worked my ass off to get good at my job so that I always had steady work. I gained a lot of associated who encouraged me to create my own company. I've also known that I wanted to own a company since graduating high school. I knew exactly the size I wanted the company to be and a certain image of how I would operate and manage my business. Since that time, work has always been constant.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 17:11:15

NAICS: 611 Educational Services
Description: Drug and Family Services
In some way or another I’ve always been drawn to this industry, first it was a vocational training program for many years. From there I worked with a nonprofit company called PHF Public Health Foundation, as an independent contractor. They worked with at risk youth incarcerated in the Juvenile System. I did classes for the youth and got involved that way. At one point the company I was contracting with was approached to put on Camp to Community Transition fair and they passed on it, saying it was too much work. At that time, I already had Motivational Systems, my small company. They asked if we could do it and how much it would cost, so I through a number out there, $250,000 and they came back and said can you do it for $125,000 and I said yes. It was a great opportunity, we scrambled to get everything together, but we had all the connections, and from then on Motivational Systems was on the lips of every probation officer in LA County. From there I met so many people in the “Family Service” industry and one person, who hired me to consult with her on a contract, later became a dear friend of my family and she convinced me to partner with her to do the PC 1000 program. Our goal was to save as many people as possible from drug addiction, as my partner had struggled with it in her early years.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 17:02:00

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