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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: 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

NAICS: 115 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
Description: Cut flowers, growing and shipping. Domestic/International
I bought it from one of my suppliers, and it was a good opportunity to grow as an entrepreneur.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 00:06:20

NAICS: 451 Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book, and Music Stores
Description: Manufacturing of toy components
As a young r/c racer and employee of a hobby shop, it was almost pure nature that I would have to venture out on my own with my passion. I knew I could take what I've learned with my experience as an employee, and turn it into something that can be better and appeal to customers. My initial goal was to do whatever the hobby shop I worked at was, and do it better and make more money. From there, I stayed motivated and passionate and gave it 100%.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-12 20:06:53

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Massage and holistic remedies
Love working out and staying healthy. Loves doing healthy things for the family
Date Submitted: 2011-04-12 16:24:43

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Fast food industry, multiple locations
I grew up in a family restaurant, and I wanted to stay in the food industry.  I believe that the demand for a restaurant is always there.  A person eats in the morning, and they will be hungry again in a few hours.  Unlike retail, if a person buys a shirt or a cell phone, that person won’t be back for awhile for another purchase.  While I was in college, I was looking into low cost successful franchises.  At that time, Subway cost only $40K to $100K to build.  After graduating from college, I worked in an office setting for over 10 years, before deciding to get back into the restaurant business.  When I opened my first store, I knew 1 store would not be enough for a comfortable living.  My initial goal was to have 3 stores.  We opened our 3rd store within 15 months.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-12 13:10:32

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Auto Body Repair
I grew up with a desire to fix stuff. Bicycles, motorcycles, and cars are what I liked to repair when I was a kid. I was passionate about it and eventually got into the car business. I purchased the business I now own from whom, at the time, was my boss. He was in the retirement age and wanted to get out of the business.
Date Submitted: 2011-04-12 12:49:08

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