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1,308 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: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Work boots
The main reason was supplemental income. As the years went by I learned that this company takes very good care of it's employees and it's customers. The customer of the company is the best in the nation and I am proud to be a part of it.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 21:54:22

NAICS: 325 Chemical Manufacturing
Description: Recycle paint facility
I started this business because I thought it had a long term growth, potential and it was a niche market. I was in warehousing business before, and it was pretty common and many people were in it. However, we handled hazardous materials in the warehouse and it was relatively niche in warehousing business, so it answers that it is important to find a business in the niche market. My initial goal was just build a business up. As a matter of fact, this business came from my partner's idea. He got this idea because he was working for another company, which is our competitor. There were two recycle paint companies in california at that time. When he left other company, we started this company together. Now there are still only three recycle paint companies in california including us.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 21:41:17

NAICS: 488 Support Activities for Transportation
Description: pressure washing company
My initial goal was to go back into business for myself and have recently done that. I decided to go into this type of business as an extra form of income.  I also chose this type of business because I was already familiar with using a pressure washer from the time when I had my trucking business.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 21:01:42

NAICS: 238 Specialty Trade Contractors
Description: commercial/resident tile innovations
As I was growing up, my uncle gave me the opportunity to work in his company as an apprentice.  My initial goal was to have as much money as I can and have fun at the same time. The fact that I was doing what I love and getting payed for it at the same time, gave me that extra push for that good quality work that supplies me with more and more business.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 21:00:11

NAICS: 315 Apparel Manufacturing
Description: Fix's shoes and hand bags
My third question is how did you decide out of all the other jobs to get into this type of business, and what was your initial goal in the end?  Well I’ve had much experience in my business before I went into it.  I got into this business because it seemed like good money.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 20:35:55

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: japanese/korean fast food
Well my reason for opening up a fast food restaurant was mainly because my dad had one. I never really knew I wanted to have my own fast food place untill i had a falling-out with my dad and he fired me, so I was jobless and broke. It was actually my good friend Ken who told me I should start my business. I knew I could run it, it was just getting started that had me doubting myself. Thankfully Ken helped me by building the first restaurant and my friend Richie provided me with equipment which I later paid them back. My initial goal was simply to prove to my father that I could do it and to get money to pay off my bills.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 20:28:51

NAICS: 561 Administrative and Support Services
Description: landscaping services
I saw that there was a high demand in landscaping services, so i decided to take up this position as a landscaper so I saw a moment of oppertunity to make some money.I've always enjoyed taking something not so good and turning it into a masterpiece, i view my service as an art. I love what i do and i enjoy doing it.All in all i feel that a good job means a happy customer.A happy customer means good reviews. Good reviews means more business.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 20:15:30

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Engineering and CAD consulting services.
I worked at a consulting engineering firm for almost twenty-three years. I grew up there and, in a way, the company grew up with me. I found it to be a very entrepreneurial company in the way that engineers would go out and market work, win jobs and then carry out the projects.  I earned my business degree much later in life and graduated in my late thirties. I didn’t realize how much college would prepare me for starting my own business. I’ve since learned that there is a lot of writing involved. There’s writing to market work and prepare scopes, proposals and correspondence. College complimented my years of experience by providing the tools to manage all of the back office needs of running a business. While at my former company, I was on a long-term assignment at a client’s office providing consulting services. This was a project that I had learned about through my network before helping to write the proposal and interview to win the job. Although I had the backing of my company, I was working independently and doing a great job; my client extended my contract and later offered me a full time position. At that point I understood that I had everything I needed to start my business and go after the projects that I really enjoyed doing and get paid more to do them. My initial goal was to work independently for at least two years. Even if my business didn’t work out, I knew I would be a better person for the experience. I am now in my sixth year, thinking about expansion and generally really enjoying it.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 19:57:40

NAICS: 451 Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book, and Music Stores
Description: Sporting goods, Hobby store
I decide to get into this type of business because of my passion for skateboarding. I was skating for a long, I still skate till this day skateboarding just has been one of my passions for a long time. Then I got my first job in a skate shop where I learned a lot about business and how to run a business but that skate shop closed do to poor business and the owner of the shop was not willing to change with the times. At that time that was the only skate shop in the area and now people that skated had to go to other places to buy their supply so I saw that my area had a need for a skate shop that was local. When i open my shop at the time skateboarding was growing and becoming a lot more popular so opening my business was at that time was the right thing to do. My initial goal was just to give the local skaters a place to hang out and buy what they need to continue to skate.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 19:17:30

NAICS: 454 Nonstore Retailers
Description: EBay, Amazon On-Line sales and off-line
Someone had told me about buying items and selling them on-line and yard sales so i tried it and started making some money and loved it from that point on and have not stopped doing it. My goal at first was to pay my house note that is why i started selling.   
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 19:09:21

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