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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: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Art/Technology visual communication
I decided to become a graphic designer and enter the industry because I love art and photography. I like the fact that I can combine both art and photography and design unique types of visual communication that reach all types of people. I can create things that are imaginary and visually pleasing. My initial goal was to work for a large company and become a lead designer, but over time I felt that I was not given enough opportunity to .express my creativeness in any of the projects I worked on. I eventually started my own free lance business in 2008 and hired two employees when I felt that I was being offered more projects than I could handle on my own. I feel that my profession allows me to think outside of the box and express myself in a manner in which I am happy and free. I also decided to start my own business because while working on my bachelors degree in college I was inspired by my professors, I saw how much they enjoyed doing what they loved and the great income they earned. 
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 19:10:14

NAICS: 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Description: Spring Manufacturer
It wasn't much of a decision to become a spring maker; I was just next in line to take over the family business. My initial goal was to just make enough money to provide stability for my family.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 19:00:39

NAICS: 453 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Description: Flower shop
          Growing up she was a very artistic girl, she either wanted to pursue graphic designing or floristry. Having a family background full of florist also pushed her into the flower business. Taking many flower design classes throughout her life, from Japanese floral design as a kid to flower classes at many cal poly colleges. Her main goal was to just have a taste of floristry, but as time went on she developed a more substantial liking for flowers, so that is why she decided to follow the floristry business.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 18:44:24

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Health food supplements
I saw a need for a nutrition store near the 24 hour fitness gym. I’ve learned that nutrition shops do better if they are closer to any gym. I always get customers from the gym big or small, weather they are looking to put on size or trying to lean out. They just want a little extra help during their workouts. My initial goal was to eventually open two or three more stores, retire, and have it generate income.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 17:17:16

NAICS: 512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Description: Television/Movie Design and Construction
I first got into this business from my friend, who was in the movie and television industry for many years. He had always wanted to start his own company, so we decided to start one together. We both had business backgrounds, and I had several years of management experience and great organization skills. We started off with a few contracts and several employees to test the waters first. Once that worked out, we officially formed the company and went full time into the industry. The initial goal was to be independent and to be our own bosses.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 14:08:01

NAICS: 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services
Description: Medical Clinic
I wanted to help people. When I went to medical school and decided to open my own office. My initial goal was always to be a doctor to help people.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 13:54:12

NAICS: 442 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Description: Mattress sales
Well, I’ve always believed that you stick to what you know. Coming out of high school I got into this business kind of as a stepping stone to something else. Then I realized that I was good at it and decided to stay in it because it was something that I enjoyed doing and it was something that I felt that I was good at. My initial goal was to build a business. I had worked for other people before and my initial goal was inevitably to be an entrepreneur and own my own business. In owning my own business it was my goal to have that business thrive and someday maybe turn it into multiple stores.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 13:46:33

NAICS: 519 Other Information Services
Description: E-book publishing
I owned the rights to six books published in the 1990s and wanted to make them available again. Also, my publishers only want one book a year, and I write more than that. E-book publishing, acting as my own publisher, offered me a way to do that. Self-published E-books offer writers a much higher royalty rate (70% as opposed to 18-20%) plus the ability to publish immediately rather than waiting the standard year to 18 months that traditional print publishers require. The initial goal was to build a community of readers who would buy my books as they became available and to broaden that goal with each new book. Ultimately, I was hoping for a substantial revenue stream.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 11:42:05

NAICS: 335 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Description: After-market automotive light bulbs
I decided to get into this type of business orginally came out of my hobby of fixing and modifying cars. It is a subject that I have invested a lot of time into ever since I was a teen. So I have aquired a lot of knowledge and experience in after-market automotive car parts. My partner had the money so he asked me to join and be the operating manager, and I agreed. It was a very easy decision for me because I knew a lot about the after-market automotive lights business and I also already knew a lot of people who are in the business, such as the managers and the warehouse workers that work in one of our vendors. Our initial goal is to make money, as simple as it sounds. We wanted to expand our business and make money selling products and services that we knew a lot about.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 10:05:22

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Software Quality Assurance
To establish a resource center for software quality assurance pros and those who use them.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 08:11:37

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