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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: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: eyebrow waxing, and beauty, cosmetics
At the begining I was a stay at home wife and I would just take care of the kids and my husband. When my kids grew I decided I wanted to begin my own business and do something that I can help women in their appearance and something in which I can have fun. So then I decided to begin a business like the one I have at this point I wax eyebrows and sell cosmetics such as shampoos, hair dye, hair treatment and other beauty cosmetics.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 22:41:02

NAICS: 334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Description: E-tailer
Before I started this business, my work was selling video tapes, CD, DVD. Therefore, it is naturally transfer to this business. My initial goal is survival. I don’t have money at that time; it is the best way for me at that time.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 22:05:20

NAICS: 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Description: heat transfer/pressing
I own another company selling rhinestones from affordable ones to Swarovski crystals, and people started asking for templates to place on their clothes. I started researching and it was easy to produce the stickers and I saw an opportunity. My initial goal and still is a goal is to be innovative in order to increment sales and clients.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 21:39:26

NAICS: 531 Real Estate
Description: Real Estate Sales/Property Management/Investments
I decided to go into Real Estate because I previously had a hairdressing salon and had a large clientele.  My wife thought I could use that to my advantage and try to sell houses.  So I got my license and initially worked real estate part time.  As I got more successful I worked less and less in the hairdressing salon and eventually opened a real estate office and closed my salon.  My goal was to be able to support my family.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 20:57:46

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Health education and pharmacy dispensary
I first thought that pharmacy was only for dispensary purposes. From my past career in the health industry, I felt that there is a need for quality education in pharmacy.  Diabetes education was lacking in the way that it was taught rather than a two-way street.  Diabetes education needs to be more like a conversation than a class and so I felt inspired to have a facility that is devoted to diabetes education.   My initial goal was to start a business that would make a profit while making sure it would make a difference to helping people.  We were a part of healthcare but not in the pharmacy business.  As patients came in for our services, they would get better.  We did not even consider reimbursement at first. Over time we develop a good reputation that everyone would know that my business equals good education for your patients.   
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 20:42:40

NAICS: 711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
Description: Children's Entertainment
I was always good with kids; kids always have fun when I'm around. And I though this is a good place to make some money and then I started and it turned into a business. Then my two kids came along and I continued. Its not only a means of income, it’s a survival now. I was going to originally be an actor and then I got into performing for kids because it was doing so well, I just continued doing it. I started by passing out fliers on peoples cars, people started calling. It was good pay, so from there I started an ad in the penny saver. And I remember I had to shell out 800 bucks because I paid for two or three months to see how it would work and I made the money back in one weekend.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 20:27:27

NAICS: 531 Real Estate
Description: Property Preservation for the Bank
I chose this business because the housing market crashed and the homes needed to be maintained. My goal was to build my business around this demand.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 20:15:15

NAICS: 423 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Description: Cosmetic perfumes wholesale
This business was started by my parents back in 1990s. My parents got into the cosmetic industry because my mother loved the smell of different perfumes. Her love for perfumes started to grow, and she thought that the cosmetic industries would make a lot of profit. Thus we started a cosmetic business.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 17:13:35

NAICS: 336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Description: Turbine Engine Components
Growing up in Mexico education was very important to me but when I came to the united states and enrolled in school I took up machine shop because that was something I really wanted to know how to do. After I ran out of money I decided to look for a job and what I knew how to do pretty well was work with metal. A friend told me there was a small machine shop hiring not too far away so I went in to talk to the owner and he said he would give me part time to see how well I did. I wasn’t planning on working there too long but as soon as I stared making some money I decided to stay. I was stupid because I thought making minimum wage at the time was the greatest thing. After about 10 years working there the boss decided he wanted to sell the business because it was too much work for him and he was getting too old to run the day to day operation. He offered to sell it to me for less than he would sell it to someone else so I decided to take a chance and use my savings to buy it from him.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 15:55:43

NAICS: 334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Description: Manufacturer of external hard drive
I am always interested in electronic, and I studied Electronic Engineering at Cal Poly. While I was studying and working part time at a consumer electronic retail store as a technician, I realize how much I can possibly do in this industry. When I was working, there was a moment, I felt like I have a image of key to a door, and what’s behind the door is a dreamland. So I worked and gained some experience and clientele to start a business on my own. My initial goal was to make money and have independence to create new idea. For the first year, my goal was to meet the ends. The first year was hard to keep my head above the water. My second year, my goal was to make profit at certain percentage. And I set up a goal each year to commit. This is my 12th year, I still think it is not easy, and not every year that I can meet my goal, but I still try.
Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 23:52:00

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