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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: 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services
Description: Mobile Imaging (x-ray)
3. Starting a business was never in my mind. I graduated from a trade school as a X-ray Technician. When I started working as a mobile imaging technician, people would tell me the great work I am doing and how they are unsatisfied with the company. Also, they would tell me that I should start my own company since I was doing all the work.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 11:26:13

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Computer repair
I always had a passion for the IT industry. That’s what I was studying in school. I loved building my own custom PCs and I was also the one who everyone would come to for help if they had any computer questions. With my knowledge and passion I decided to open up my own business.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 11:10:29

NAICS: 425 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
Description: Resale computer components
I was managing a large clothing chain of retail stores in Canada. It was a great job with great pay, but I wasn’t happy. I knew clothes were not my passion and I had always been fascinated by computer technology. Remember in 1989 there was no such thing as Amazon and other big e-commerce sites. I had dug deep into learning about this technology and was convince computers were the future. Another big factor was I was tired of my hard work making money for someone else that day I decided my hard work would go to benefit my family and myself.  
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 10:34:49

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Mexican Restaurant
I decided to get into this business for an opportunity to keep going to school but it turned out I enjoyed doing what I did and decided why not learn and wait for an opportunity for it to be my turn and open a business.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 09:30:44

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: AC Repair and Install
We chose this business because we wanted a reliable and constant source of income. I wanted to challenge myself and find a way to use more brain power instead of body power. Heating and air systems get changed out on a relatively regular basis, so the income was expected to be constant. The job is also one that doesn’t seem to be going away in the near future as most people will continue to invest in and use their air conditioning systems for years to come. When they ultimately break down and need repairs or replacements, having a local reliable shop that can source the same parts as the big names is valuable. The investment in learning the business was small compared to the potential earning in the business. The initial goal was simply to earn more money with less physical work.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 09:16:08

NAICS: 423 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Description: Diamond Business
I was in college when I was wondering what I should get into. Initially I wanted to be a doctor but later I was very intrigued by business management. I worked with my friends’ fathers and smaller companies before I pursued my MBA. I was really influenced by one of my friend’s father. He was a diamond dealer and had a different outlook on life and business. I had not heard much about this business before getting introduced to him. Before starting my own business, I had a partnership with my friend. My initial goal was to start my own business and have a reputable name in the market. I did not want to achieve success by shortcuts but by hardwork and gain the respect. Influenced by friends father who was a diamond dealer. To start own business and get successful
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 03:26:14

NAICS: 624 Social Assistance
Description: Family Day Care Home
I decided to get into this business when I was on maternity leave at a pre-school where I used to be one of four teachers but since I had complications with my pregnancy, I was not able to return immediately to work so they found a replacement to take my position. That is when I realized I still wanted to work with children and a fellow friend of mine who had her son enrolled at the pre-school told me about opening a day care. She said who would be better qualified to take care of children than a pre-school teacher. So, after researching what was needed to operate and run a child day care I found out I just needed to attend a couple of seminars and attend a few classes since most of the information regarding children I already knew since I was a pre-school teacher. My initial goal was to spend more time with my child who was born as a special need's child while taking care of a few other children since my son needed special attention all the time and could not attend school. However, as time passed and my son got better, I started to get more kids to look after as I could pay more attention to them now.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 03:04:27

NAICS: 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Description: Auto Parts Store
The decision was made when I saw a void in the automotive parts area . That void was that the customer were not getting the real experience of going to an auto parts store. Most business, in the auto part industry, are not concern with serving you the best way possible. They are just focus on profit and making business with you. We ,on the other hand ,treat you like family and care about every single person that walks into out doors. My initial goal was to give our customers the best experience in terms of customer service and make sure they become loyal to our auto parts shop. I want to build trust with my customers and assure the people would choose my auto part store .
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 01:23:59

NAICS: 111 Crop Production
Description: Sunny Produce
Jose did mention that he never planned on buying a farm, growing crops, and selling them to stores. He said that he never ever thought about this business. He did mention how he did not even now what veggies/herbs/crops Chinese people liked using until working on the farm. He stated how his wife’s parents wanted to start this business and got their close friends and daughter to start it. He said that he was dragged along with it, since he was the son in law. He said that he didn’t mind it because he did like the successful outcome of it. He liked the checks but most importantly he was able to work with his wife and work on the farm which was also his home. So, he was never away from home.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 00:50:12

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: final mile delivery
My first business was wholesale, which means that I needed to ship to my customer a lot. It took several days shipping from city to city by UPS, FedEx and USPS and it is also costly. When we compared with Amazon, it was cheaper and quicker. Because Amazon moved a lot of packages through UPS, FedEx and USPS. So they gave Amazon a big discount and this was created the difficulty for smaller wholesaler like us to compete with Amazon. Because of this, rather than we competed with Amazon, we wanted to become the service provider for Amazon, so that we can make big success and continue offer the job to our employees. At the same time, we can make enough profit to support all our families
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 23:55:58

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