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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: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Made to Order Mexican Restaurant
I love the business, the mathematics of it. It’s fun. I’m 22 and the youngest franchised owner in the company and I started out working for the company 5 years ago and after becoming a manager my first year there, I fell in love with the job. I managed two locations and from there I knew what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to eventually own a [name removed], and at 22, I’ve made that dream happen by owning a [name removed] shop in West Covina at the West Covina Mall.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 19:54:08

NAICS: 236 Construction of Buildings
Description: Construction maintenance, repair, specialty gutters
3.  In High School I always wanted to run my own construction business; I thought “How cool would that be!".  I like working outside, with my hands, and did not consider doing anything else.  I knew I would have to get experience on the job to get all the hands-on experience I would need, so I did that for eight years as a carpenter, working primarily on building homes.  I liked the work, I liked the personal freedom, I liked the hours (I was home at a decent hour), and the money was not bad, either.  I did not have a formal plan, but I had a goal, and I stuck to it.   Besides metal and wood shops, I took two years of home building - called Building Trades I and II in High School; 3 and 1/2 hours a day.  We built houses from the ground up:  the foundation, framing, insulation, dry wall.  When we were done, the school sold the homes and used that money to do it again.  I also took a class in interpersonal communications when I was running my company in an effort to get better at talking with people, to make sure I was doing this right. What I found was I needed to be myself, and let that come through when I was talking with people. That means everyone I come into contact with every day. What I found was that I needed to be my own man, to be myself, and let my personal way of living carry over to my work. I found the job and my beliefs work well together.  I let my clients and suppliers talk so I understand what is needed, and in the case of suppliers, I rely on others to help me do a good job. This works out perfectly. One day I was on a job site talking with people and I ran into a gentleman carrying a thirty foot piece of rain gutter.  I offered to help (you just do not expect that type of help at a job site, it is not done!) and we ended up in a discussion of the business.  The next thing I knew this person told me he intended to retire and offered to sell his business.   It fit perfectly into what I was doing, so after investigating the profitability of the business, talking with competitors, examining what equipment I would need to do the best job, I bought the business and now run a construction and rain gutter business simultaneously.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 15:06:10

NAICS: 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Description: manufacturing/importing commercial office furniture
I was a rep for my uncle's furniture factory when I graduated from university.  I worked as a rep for 3 years, and then I see a real need for a company that can bring the inexpensive labour cost from Asia and package that with American designs and marketing to promote a line of afforadable office furniture to the market.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 10:32:57

NAICS: 424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
Description: Print T-Shirt Wholesale Company
I've been in the apparel industry for about 10 years. My brother actually introduced me to it. My initial goal was to make a big company and set up multiple retail stores, mainly souvenir/gift stores. Somehow along the way I ended up in wholesale.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 01:33:39

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Legal and Identity Theft Insurance Broker
My initial reason for getting started in this business was to gain the access of tax deductions. After that, I wanted to staff as big as an agency as possible so I can have a sales force/organization that pays my family and I a huge up-front commission, leverage income, and a residual income that I can will to my family. My goal in this business was to make a passive income of $100,000.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-09 15:05:06

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: family medical care
before i opened my clinic, i already worked in another clinic,and i get to know the current situation at that time. when i know how the clinic important they need, i decided to open. because at the year i open my clinic, The citizens of the countries to the medical health also do not perfect.If we want to have a healthy body, the medical examination is necessary. and the initial goal for me was to improve myself by opening the clinic and serivce for the patients.also, making money is important for me becasue i have a big family.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-07 17:24:55

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Quality workboots, accessories and apparel
“I made the decision when I was offered the opportunity to own my own business while working for the corporation. I was involved in the supervision and training of all California’s Locations in Northern and Southern California. My original goal was to get as far with the corporation as my abilities allowed me and build up a retirement for my family and me.”
Date Submitted: 2011-10-07 09:15:45

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Local Fair Services
I decide to get into the business when my father first had taken me to the fair and all i saw was the same food over and over again.  It was then when I decided that one day I would open my own concession stand at the fair with more outrageous food.  My initial goal was to give the customers a hot, delicious product that they would never forget after their visit to the fair.   
Date Submitted: 2011-09-26 02:38:41

NAICS: 922 Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities
Description: Bails bonds office
After I graduated with a degree in criminal justice it was time to find a job, and by chance I fell into the Bondsmen business. I took a part time job with a bails bonds company and found out that it was a very lucrative business. So after getting the hang of the business I started my own company with one goal in mind. “Too get rich”.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-21 22:38:56

NAICS: 221 Utilities
Description: Electric Company
I had many businesses before with other partners that didn't last long. Before getting into this business, I was a bit apprehensive. It took a long time for my co-partners to convince me to join them. At the end, I did join because there was a lot of potential going into the business. I saw that Power Plant would be built in an area that was being developed into a new community. The need for electricity was there.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-21 16:26:50

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