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1,253 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: 442 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Description: oil paintings and frames
I was raised into this business by my family, and my initial goal was to expand the business.  Attempt to make it bigger than what it currently is . I would say it's a family business, sort of a small family franchise.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 22:21:37

NAICS: 311 Food Manufacturing
Description: Pizza Delivery Company
I was driving to do this solely to create a legacy.  A legacy for my children, and my children's children.  I want to put my children in a position where they will have something to fall back on in the future.  Something that they can rely on to help them in their goals and paths in their lives.  My goal is to create 6-8 companies to generate over a $100,000,000, yearly,  and allow me to give back a quarter $1,000,000 to my community yearly.  I want to be able to give to my country.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 22:17:54

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: coin op Laundry
After trying several other businesses I decided to weigh out the pros and cons of this business. I took time to research the business and analyze how much work and family time would be affected by this business. I thought of all the possible ways this could benefit my family.I decided that the laundrymat was the best for me and my family. My goal was to buy and not work for anyone.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 21:59:51

NAICS: 423 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Description: Musical instruments wholesaler and repair
The reason I got into this business is different from the reason I started this business.  It was a fluke that I got into this business, back in 1969 when I graduated high school.  I started working as an apprentice because it was cheaper to learn how to fix my saxophone than to keep paying for repairs and maintenances.  Back then I was going to be a famous musician.  Years later I found myself working long hours, being harassed, and not getting paid on time so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try and run my own business.   I opened my business in 1988, with the idea that even though it’s a lot of headache at least I’ll know when I’m not going to get paid on time.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 21:38:20

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: a place where you can get sweets and drinks.
I was working for twenty years in as a factory supervisor when i lost my job i wanted to work for myself. So I decided to open up a candy shop I've always wanted my own candy shop.   My goal in the future is to be able to open more stores.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 21:22:43

NAICS: 524 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
Description: Auto,Home,Commercial Insurance.
I always want to have my own business and I never had the change to do it,becasuse I always work full time. When I got Lay-off that is when I decided to star my new business. My initial goal was to be Independable.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 21:22:22

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Barber shop
Well I migrated from Mexico when I was around 15 yrs with my parents and my brothers and sisters. I had a friend that got into a barber school in Los Angeles and he pushed me to attend with him also about 10 yrs after I got here from Mexico. Around the time I started I was about 25yrs old and at that age there was many teens getting into trouble or gangs and by joining the school it to many hours of my day and that kept me from getting in trouble or end up locked up or dead like many others that I grew up with in East Los Angeles. Once I started cutting at school I noticed I started to like it and I was actually good at it. School took about 9 months and once I was done I took a state test so I can get my license and I passed. Until this day I am gradually thankful to my friend from child hood that initially pushed me to attend . My initial goal was to just to cut hair for others and make it a living and never actually thought about opening my own barber shop. I wasn’t aware of any of the paper work or license to actually open a shop. And to add on top i wasn’t a very experienced barber but with time I started to get better until I finally decided to open my own shop in the city of Alhambra. I saved about almost everything I earned in order for it to be possible. I never actually knew exactly what I would up doing for a living.Than being a barber came along and it was a great job.Than of course opening my own business location specially when I never thought it be possible.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 21:02:21

NAICS: 524 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
Description: Sole provider of diagnostic imaging/radiology technology
How did you decide to get into this type of business, and what was your initial goal? It was amazing to find out that the owner/CEO I interviewed had no prior intentions of becoming involved in radiology. In fact, our initial intentions were to be a dentist. Never in his wildest imagination could he have seen himself running and owning a major radiology/imaging center. The man who runs the half-million dollar a year company had an initial goal in mind, which was to basically work for a large corporation that would take care of his family, so he would be able to eventually retire off of the compensation and benefits because of time spent with company. Additionally, the man is now in control of 10 employees with a network of over 300 doctors, lawyers, attorneys, and much more within certain counties and different industries. Moreover, the company is not satisfied with his achievements it’s made thus far. In fact, the corporation plans on taking its network and creating a chain of imaging centers throughout the United States.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 20:58:53

NAICS: 315 Apparel Manufacturing
Description: graphic design
  I am a graphic designer and have been drawing and painting for almost my whole life. I’ve worked with other friends in this business and decided the next step would be to try it on my own. I wanted the freedom to create my own entire line of clothes with all my own ideas. My initial goal was to create a brand I liked and consumers would like. I really started it ‘just to do it’ rather than trying to make a certain amount of money or expand to a certain point, I’m always trying to meet goals but money, size, or status wasn’t the reason I started.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 20:46:52

NAICS: 611 Educational Services
Description: Grade school tutoring services
3.1.  My youngest son has Attention Deficit Disorder; I had found some very good software programs that he could use to help him with his math problems.  The program made him do each step correctly before it would let him go onto the next step.  I wanted to help other parents and students by setting up a learning center with computers loaded with these programs.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 19:48:04

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