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1,294 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: 531 Real Estate
Description: House or building rentals
3. Originally, I had no plans on working in real-estate. I came to this country for work and I had no where to go. I came by train with documents and I happened to get off at a rich neighborhood. Since I looked like I was homeless (which I technically was), people stayed away from me. I saw a man working in his front yard and he looked like he was about to pass out from doing yard work. I approached him and in the very little English I knew, I asked if he needed help. I spent the entire day working for him. He told me that he was in real-estate and that was his house, he noticed that I looked homeless, so he offered a place to stay at his home. I ended up working for him for “rent” and we became friends. I eventually got citizenship and he had more business than he can handle. So he ended up selling me 2 houses for really cheap. As soon as I paid them off, I realized that I had an empty house. He help me find someone who was willing to rent the house and showed me all the paper work and papers. I was happy, but then I realized that this could be my job. I needed something to make a living and this could be it.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-13 00:01:10

NAICS: 453 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Description: Tobacco Retailer and Gift Shop
I decided to get into this type of business when I was helping a friend out. A guy I met in Hollywood was parking cars for a living as a valet and I was a property manager with my company. He wondered what I did for a living and from there I helped him find property. It started out with one and then over time it grew to multiple properties. He was middle eastern and opened tobacco stores. I saw the potential in this business by observing how much money he was making. He also was able to grow his business from 1 to 14 different stores all over the San Gabriel and San Fernanado Valleys and later on opened 3 Mediterranean restaraunts. After seeing this success I then asked for his advice and thats how I got to where I am now today.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-13 00:00:02

NAICS: 238 Specialty Trade Contractors
Description: Plumbing and Pipe service business
After I got my first born; I decided to try working with my husband, who was working with his friend digging dirt for his cousin. This is how I got introduce to the work. He would make $80 per day, working 5.30 am until 8.00pm or even later. After 2 weeks of this schedule, I got tired of that, and realize that we  could do better than my friend’s cousin. In fact we decided to have our own crew. People’s envy made us work harder and it worked out. Within 6 months, we were running a crew of 5 to 7 workers, and was working 7 days a week, but I was still subcontracting. We would get a percentage of the contract. Then we decided to open a warehouse, where we were selling plumbing supplies. It was a bad investment, so we had to go back on the field, and realized that if we wanted to be ahead and make more money, we would have to go get our contracting license that we later got in late 2008. Even with the recession, we were still able to have a decent income.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 23:24:34

NAICS: 445 Food and Beverage Stores
Description: Pizza/Pasta Diner
My family was already in the food business. I guess I kind of just followed in their footsteps.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 23:23:56

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Produce Store
3. Previously a farmer he worked with different fruits and vegetables. Produce buyer, bought from wholesale for Dixie Market. His dream was to open his own store. He opened up the store and he wanted to “make friends” with people in the produce business along with his entire customer.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 23:21:15

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Mexican Food Lunch Restaurant
I decided to get into the business because of need. I needed to try and make a better living for my family. If the business was successful I knew it would put my family in a better place economically and I knew I would be able to count on them for support and help with the restaurant. I wanted a restaurant to cater to the large amounts of people out during lunch hour in the downtown district and I knew there wasn’t any Mexican restaurant around to do that. My goal was to make a restaurant that only served lunch. The amount of people in the downtown area who go out for lunch around the same time was very large and I wanted the restaurant to be able to provide delicious food for them and fast.  
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 22:30:39

NAICS: 451 Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book, and Music Stores
Description: Skate, Surf Snow board shop
I decided to get into this business because it was directly related to the activities that I am passionate about. I didn't have any goal. I just wanted to be able to make a living. And if I can make a living making flip flops than it fit perfectly into my lifestyle.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 21:11:36

NAICS: 623 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
Description: Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
I got into this type of business because my father was a resident doctor at Queen of Angels hospital 30 years ago and he still is.  He started his business in the health care industry creating a skilled nursing facility as well as expanding his expertise in the home health care and hospice care business.  From an early age, I did rounds with my father at the hospital and ever since then, taking care of the disabled and elderly has been my passion.  With a solid network already established, my initial goal was to expand our territory to other counties and provide our quality care to other elderly and the convalescent.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 20:14:22

NAICS: 213 Support Activities for Mining
Description: Eye Care & Examinations
I decided to get into this type of business because I wanted to make my own money. I no longer wanted to work for someone else. I wanted my name to stand for something great and I wanted to see a change. Also, i wanted to make a difference. Not only in the community but in the city as well. My inital goal in my business is to ensure that our children's will provide them with confidence to see into the future. Because we provide eyewear for our children, we are providing hope for the future.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 18:41:24

NAICS: 221 Utilities
Description: cleaning business
Worked for a cleaning buisness,worked hard but didn't make enough money.Was not able to live well with the income. Have my own buisness, and see if i  could make it on my own.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 18:18:01

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