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1,278 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: 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

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

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