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1,294 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: 238 Specialty Trade Contractors
Description: Vehicle Emergency Warning Lighting Systems
As a customer, I have an unmet need. I decided to go into business to met my own needs and gain extra cash at the same time. Here is the story. One of my jobs as an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) volunteer was to patrol the neighborhood. The first thing I have to do is to place emergency warning lights on top of my vehicle. Sinc ethis is not an "official" position with the fire or police department, I will have to find my own source of vehicle lights. I looed at Ebay and found a manufacturer in Taiwan that produce quality lights at an affordable price. The problem is that the manufactuer would not sell to individual buyers like me. These manufactuerers are contracted to sell their products to the gray market. In a gray market, the manufacturers produce products to be sold in the third-world market. Consequently, prices are considerably lower. I immediately saw a business opportunity. Why couldn't I capture a part of this market and import some of these products to the United States? I started contracting with the manufacturers. Soon, I was making thousands of dollars each week from the sales of these emergency warning lighting systems.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 00:11:46

NAICS: 314 Textile Product Mills
Description: Drapery/Fabric wholeseller-retailer
I grew up with this kind of business, so familiarity is my main reason. It is for me to own a business of my own that i know rather than buying a business and not knowing what to do with it, because that is how you lose money and start having troubles at work and home. My goal from the start is to provide the needs of my family as well as giving great service to my customers. Also to take my family for a vacation wherever they desire to because family is one of the biggest part of my life.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 23:46:49

NAICS: 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Description: Upholstery Manufacturing
I had worked in this field for 15 years, I've seen my former boss make his profits from my hard work. So I decided that no one was going to get rich off of my hard work.  That was what motivated me to open this business, I wanted to enjoy my fruit of labor.  My initial goal was to be my own boss and make enough money to support my family.  My new goal now is to make this company grow and evolve with the new trends.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 23:28:33

NAICS: 561 Administrative and Support Services
Description: gardening
I wanted to work for myself and to stop working for someone else. My initial goal was to grow as a business and have lots of work and have an increase in just me working I wanted to have employees. At least two and that’s what I have now. I basically wanted to excel in life.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 23:13:46

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Framing and matting, art gallery and interior design
3. When I was looking for a business I spent a day or two researching. I tried out a lot of different avenues and when I tried framing and matting artwork I love it. For three reasons. It was creative and I got to express myself, it was lucrative and a very good source of income, and it was clean, I didn’t come home dirty.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 22:40:39

NAICS: 442 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Description: Furniture Store
At the time this type of business was doing well and I was in need of a job. It became appealing to my husband and I. In the beginning my husband and I didn't have enough money to lease out a store for our business. So our goal was to own our own store. We began our business by manufacturing mattresses in our backyard until we saved up enough.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 22:33:51

NAICS: 531 Real Estate
Description: Real Estate
I decided to get into this business because I wanted to be an investor and I really wanted to own lots of property.  My initial goal was to sell homes to other people.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 21:46:50

NAICS: 321 Wood Product Manufacturing
Description: pruning, removal, and planting trees
I decided to get into this type of business because I wanted something small and independent. I saw something I can run and it was family related. I was happy about starting the business my father made. I was also excited to be a small business man. My initial goal was to have a business, run things, make a difference, and wealth for my family.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 20:28:31

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Fixture Refurbisher for Grocery Stores
I got into the business because my father and brother offered me "an offer i couldn't refuse". I grew up working part time in the family business but went to college and then into practice and earned my CPA. Due to family issues, it became evident that my father wished to sell the business. My brother had extensive practical knowledge but not much financial background.  I was the opposite.  We decided we could do it together and over the past 21 years have grown the business 8 fold. My expectations were that owning my own business would allow me to establish my own schedule and provide a great living for me and my family.  The business has provided a great living, but i learned very quickly that I don't control my schedule, my customers needs control it. When i learned that, the business did much better.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 20:19:09

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: General Electronic Appliance Repair Shop
I've decided to get into this type of business because I have noticed that every household has a minimum of 2 cars and so the the market for this business would be huge. My initial goal was to become the best electronic technician.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 18:07:27

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