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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: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: [custom] handmade accessories/jewelry shop
Originally, I had always made my own accessories because I actually didn't like to see other people with the same accessories that I had. [Selfish, I know.] I realized that I could make a little money off of it here and there because my coworkers at the restaurant that I had been working at would constantly ask me for something unusual,and they would pay me. I tried three times selling at small local fairs, and I did well at those events. I decided to bring my work onto the internet, and although it has only been about 5 and half months, I'd say that I have had better luck than many on the same host site that opened shops around the same time that I had.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 19:23:57

NAICS: 236 Construction of Buildings
Description: Electrical Contractor
I wanted to get into data; but I knew that going the electrical route would open the doors to both trades.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 23:56:58

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Automotive Services
3. The reason I went into automotive was because I have always had different cars as a teenager and a young adult that were not in the best conditions. I really could not afford to have them repaired at an automotive shop so I learned to fix them myself. It was something that I enjoyed doing, problem solving. I worked for someone else for many years and wanted to be my own boss and have contact with people because I like communicating with people.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 23:52:42

NAICS: 423 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Description: Loan Servicing Software for Consumer
Well as you know me and my wife needed a job to get by after the war and support our family. So we needed a business both of us can operate that is beneficial where I work the sales and my wife works the finances. At the time an old friend of mine from the war mentioned a possible idea of running a small building by servicing software for the consumer. At the time it sounded great. But during the fifties, there was no software so I sold typewriters. And my goal was to sell as many as I can, before my competitors can.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 23:46:05

NAICS: 325 Chemical Manufacturing
Description: Auto Detail Products/Industrial Adhesive
Well,I started about 16 years ago when I needed another job becuse i had a son and another on the way. Before i was working as a cameraman in a show on a spanish network similar to Cops. then i want to a trade show and i saw a gentalman selling a simial adhesive called Pasco Fix. He said he was looking for a spanish speaking person to help him out. So he showed me the pitch and I started working at different shows.Then people would by the product but I thought it was a bit too expensive. So then i decided to branch off and do it my way. I found suppliers for every componet at a cheaper price and now anywhere I go People recognize my product and they love it!And now I get repeat business and I also supply it industrially and retail to the public.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 23:40:25

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Barbershop
The first job I had was sweeping the hairs off the floor of someone else’s barbershop. I enjoyed the environment of the barbershop and decided to go to school to become a barber. After working for a couple of years as a barber and my clientele grew, I decided to open my own business. My initial goal was to financial support my family because I had a family young.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 23:16:16

NAICS: 623 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
Description: RCFE Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
I got into this business because of my previous work history and background as a professional nurse. In addition to working at the hospital, I decided to get into this business to continue my services on my own time. My goal was to provide home healthcare and assisted living to the elderly. I did this by providing them a home-like environment that is not institutional like traditional elderly care facilities are.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 22:35:20

NAICS: 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Description: precision machining
My first job was at Jiffy Lube. I was a very hard worker and a quick learner. After a couple months the two other guys that worked with me got fired and I was the only one left. I was the only employee for over a month and I was doing a great job, but my boss refused to give me a raise so I quit after some time. I had always loved tools, and motorcycles. A little while later my neighbor Chuck was in his garage and I asked what he was doing. After our conversation he told me I could come down to check out his shop. A short time later I started working for him. I quickly became his right hand man; I knew how to do everything in the shop. The only thing I didn’t know too much about were the finances.  After a while of managing the shop I wanted a raise but Chuck refused, so I left and decided to start my own shop. My initial set of goals were to make a lucrative business, create my own product line, and be financially independent. My goals remain the same today.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 22:22:34

NAICS: 442 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Description: Window and Blind Cleaning
I got into this business after graduating from college because I hated working in the corporate world. I saw that I could potentially make equally good money by owning my own business. I moved to southern California purposely because I calculated I could make a lot of money cleaning windows year round in a large metropolitan area. My initial goal was to grow the business to grossing $500,000 in five years. The most we have ever done was half of that, but that alone has been good enough for a decent living.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 22:18:12

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Auto tunning and repair
I am interested in everything about cars from remodeling to upgrding to repairs. My initial goal is to sell new products at a lower cost to my customers. Use my auto tunning skill and best products to help my customers get their "dream" car.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 22:17:28

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