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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: 236 Construction of Buildings
Description: General construction of public works projects
First construction is in the family, my father had a big construction company in Kuwait since I was a kid I watched my father start from a one man operation to a decent sized company. I went to college and earned a masters degree in engineering then I started working for other companies until I learned of the design portion of the industry. Three years later I started my own engineering consulting firm and that was a source of finding clients that will eventually lead me to my primary goal which is design and construction, and the year after that I started my construction company, which was my main goal since I was a kid.   
Date Submitted: 2011-04-11 21:45:54

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: 24 Hour Emergency Fleet Services
Family Trade, relatives in the mechanical work field. The goal in this is to become C.E.O. of the company.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-11 17:55:34

NAICS: 445 Food and Beverage Stores
Description: selling a beer, wine, grocery.
When I came to USA, I was not know how to speak English that much, and I worked in some liquor stores, then I learned the English there. After a few years I decided to start my own business and I found that to open a liquor is easy thing to start but after I started, I found it hard, there is nothing easy in this life but i continued in same way until now, I have a three stores yet. My initial goal was making a good life for my family,and let my dreams become real. Also I think if I  kept work in others stores not mine I could not do that.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-11 03:11:56

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Photography Business
I had a conversation with a friend and found out local people around my area were taking more family photos. I just had to jump into the business to take advantage of the opportunity. My goal was to set up a business that can make my team and me money.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-10 22:49:07

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Photography, Graphic Design, Post-Production Audio
The business that I am in is a combination of everything that I enjoy doing the most. Photography was my first a hobby and thought it was going to stay that way. A friend's company needed a photographer immediately to shoot photojournalistic photos for a large client. Graphic Design was something that I did well in high school but I never thought of it as a career. The company I currently work for (who I do photography for) needed graphic work done. So I took up that job and brushed up on Photoshop and Illustrator to further my career. Lastly I went to a trade school for Audio Production. I wanted to make a career out of doing something in audio and enjoyed the post production part of the program. By taking these three things I loved I wanted to create a business that would be fun for me to do.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-10 13:09:54

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: womens clothing store
Ha, well, as you know from our time working together in the homeloan business, crunching numbers and signing papers and faxing papers and all that stuff bored me everyday. Plus all the lies we had to tell and the cheating it was too much to handle, I couldn't even sleep at night but I had to for my kid you know not all of us can be so cold hearted like you huh. iwas looking for az way out years before but nothing was worth it. I'm a creative person I wanted to create something like clothes, shoes, bags, etc. so when the company went out of business I finally had a chance. I thought to myself for a while why not now you know. So I decided to pursue my dream and start my own business. Plus I really love clothes as you can see from my outfit. Don't you just love my shoes.
Date Submitted: 2011-03-18 18:44:02

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Skateboarding Clothing Company
WANTED TO WORK FOR OURSELVES AND PUT OUT PRODUCT THAT WE WERE HYPED ON RATHER THAN WHAT WE WERE TOLD TO MAKE. WAS ALWAYS A DREAM T OWN SOMETHING AND PUT OUT POSITIVE MESSAGES.  
Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 03:01:38

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Picture Framing Manufacturer
Well, before this business, I have been in this trade for over 25 years. I have worked for other companies and it was a great experience into learning the trade and managing the business. I know how to put together every frame we use, I know how to use every machine in the warehouse, when it comes down to it I am a worker for my own business too. I opened the business because it is what I know how to do. I had all the resources and techniques to get my own business up and running. My initial goal was to make money. Isn’t that everybody’s goal? I mean this world revolves around money and if you can use your skills to make it why not right? Without a college degree it is hard to move onto something else when this is your trade to make money.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-14 19:19:03

NAICS: 711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
Description: Mixed Martial Arts gym
I have been training in many different kinds of martial arts for the grater parts of my life and I thought it would be a smooth transition.  It gives me a place to train an I can make a little money along the way.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-14 09:20:08

NAICS: 512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Description: Rehearsal space for band practice
I got into this business because of a love of music.  That's pretty much it.  I wanted to provide a place for likeminded people.  There weren't any other rehearsal studios near hear at the time, so I thought it would be a good idea.  I originally wanted to open my own recording studio, but the high expense of starting one kind of stopped me.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 22:20:19

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