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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: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Gym/Fitness Center
I decided to get into this business by first working for this business. I started working here as an employee because I wanted to help people be healthy and live a long life without health problems that would prevent them from doing things with their families or other activities later on in life that they could not do if they had health constraints. My end goal was always to be a business owner because this way I can reach and help even more people. My inspiration was my dad who died at a young age due to diabetes. Working here I realized that I was able to help many people change their lives forever, and becoming the owner was really my ultimate dream. So when the door opened for me to be able to become the owner of my business, I didn’t hesitate and jumped right in as I knew that it was the opportunity that I had always waited for.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 12:33:39

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Income Tax Preparation Service
I was recruited and recommended by my high school bookkeeping/accounting business teach to work part-time for an franchise owner of the company in the city that I attended High School when I was 17 in the 1974 season. I attended income tax training classes after school with other employees in December of 1973 and worked from January through April of the following year. The tax forms were done by hand and calculations were aided by desk-type electric adding machines. I wondered at the time if I would someday own a franchise office. I became a franchisee in 2007 – some 33 years later.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 09:11:33

NAICS: 333 Machinery Manufacturing
Description: Room Design
This is a family business made from my dad. My dad needed it to put food on the table for his family, and worked his tail off everyday, sometimes he wouldn't even see his family, to make sure that they could eat. Well, all that hard work, and wear and tear on the body finally caught up to my grandpa and someone had to take the shop. So his snot nose son decided to lift the load off his pops, and take the whole company. It was hard, had to learn from the bottom, and work my way up. I wanted to establish that even though I was handed the business, I will out work anyone in here. Eventually I got my respect. Then my main goal, was to move the efficiency of how fast out products work, so that's what push me towards the technology. Once we dabbles in that, our times started increasing immediately, and with faster time, comes more money
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 07:55:15

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Teriyaki food/construction
Ive always had my construction company that provided for me and my family. Ive been in the landscape construction business for years and its worked out well for me. Ive always been open to any type of business oppertunitys. Later on i met a friend through church and he owned a couple of restaurants but he was looking for a partner to put in half the money to open a [name removed] restaurant, i was a little nervouse at first but i took the deal and we were able to open the most popular [name removed] there was. My plan was to grow with my partner and expand all around the us. Problem was as soon as he saw how much the restaurant was worth he started being shady and started pushing me out. I dont like to cause problems so what i did was buy myself out of the partnership.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 01:00:10

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Sells flameless candles
I decided to get into this business with one of my associates. Him and I had goals to bring something new to the market that we think the average consumer would enjoy and find interesting. At the time, the product wasn’t invented yet, which gave us the motivation and drive to work to get this new product out to the public. We thought since we had a fresh new idea at hand, we definitely couldn’t sit there and not let this happen. My goals were to own my own company, grow, sell, and eventually make a lot of money in the process. We thought that being innovators in our field, we would benefit from the profits due to the high demand for this new and fresh product.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 00:12:58

NAICS: 522 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
Description: Morgage Loan
No goals, and no particular reason when I first started working in this business. I started out answering phone as a Receptionist, later I’ve moved up to Data Entry position and to a Loan Processor. I didn’t have any goals at the time. I decided to start up my own business for better financial opportunity.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-24 21:52:26

NAICS: 453 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Description: Animal Feed Store
I decided to get into this type of business over 30 years ago. My family and I have always been very close and we have been in the dairy business for generations, so we wanted to start a business that we can all be a part of, so we decided to create an animal feed store. Everyone in my family loves raising animals, especially farm animals, we wanted to create a unique store with our own environment and pursue our passion. We created this business from scratch and come to think about it we did a really good job in keeping up with our competitors and having spectacular customer service. My favorite part of staring this business is that it has kept our family together and is growing even larger. We appreciate our customers and hope to keep succeeding.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-24 20:51:17

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Women"s Clothing Boutique
I have always wanted to own my own business. I have worked in sales before and I love clothes and fashion so it just seemed like a good idea. I first started off the business with my sister but she is always doing other stuff and so I just chose to do it myself. I think having a store is fun. It’s a small boutique so I can handle just about anything. I get to go shopping for the clothes i want to sell. I advertise the clothes online and sometimes when I can’t get a baby sitter I can bring my toddler and put him in his crib and work at the same time. I am my own boss and that is what I have always wanted to do. I figured having a clothing store for women who are my age would be easy. I know the types of dresses that look nice when I want to go out with friends we talk about it all the time. We wear different colors and styles to different events and its fun to able to give advice to my customers on what I recommend, Its like we are friends shopping together and I love that I am able to dress up for my job.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-24 20:49:44

NAICS: 451 Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book, and Music Stores
Description: Designing and Building golf clubs
I got into the golf industry by my father simply because he recommended it to me because I need to help support my family. My family was super poor, so I had to help support my family at age 14. I really didn’t decide to get into golf, but I had to do whatever I could to support my family, so I had no option at the time. Once I was at the company for a period I learned that I could make I big impact not only at the company but also in the golf industry as well. Once I had figured out how the company operated, my goal was to take over the company and do thing my own way and that exactly what I did.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-24 18:49:56

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Hair salon
What made me want to get into this business was working in a hair salon as a receptionist and seeing how dysfunctional it was. The salon I worked for was going under and knowing things that could’ve prevented that made me want to own my own salon on day.My Initial goal was to open a hair salon and do everything I can to make it successful and make it attractive enough so it catches peoples eyes as they drive or walk by.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-24 17:32:55

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