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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: 315 Apparel Manufacturing
Description: Manufacture Ladies Fashion Clothing
I got into this business 35 years ago as a designer but this company began as a combination of teaching the business idea and a desire to combine forces with my daughter to create work for both of us.  
Date Submitted: 2010-04-14 19:14:59

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Auto Mechanic
Well I always had a passion for cars. When i was little i remember my dad taking me out to work on his '58 Mustang. He showed me many of the things that I still use today in my shop and his knowledge was my first lesson. But ever since then I knew I wanted to work on cars but i did not want to work for someone else. Which is why I opened up my own shop!
Date Submitted: 2010-04-14 17:39:03

NAICS: 517 Telecommunications
Description: Network, Telecom, Surveilance, Access Conrol, Service
I was working in the field for about 20 years and decided that it was time to start my own company in the same field.  My initial goal is to have a substancial amount for retirement and provide a comformtable lifestyle for my family.    
Date Submitted: 2010-04-14 00:03:18

NAICS: 814 Private Households
Description: Day Care
My reasons for getting into the day care business is my passion for loving children, being a part of the development of children, having an impact on their future school years and also being a big part of their childhood memories.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-13 21:15:59

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: We provide full service document solutions
You know what? I’m going to sound like a fly by night, but I was having a late night snack with my best friend Jung at a Denny’s and we were talking about striking it rich. We threw out many different ideas, some of which I am unable to verbalize on a public interview. I declared aloud that I am going to launch a small notary service company while looking for a full time position at an established company. With my background in financial services and already having a notary license, I decided this was a perfect fit for me at the time. Don’t get me wrong, I still feel this is a perfect fit for me. There was something in my heart to disprove everybody that I am somebody and that despite all of my personal challenges, I can be successful. The next day, I drafted an initial business plan and began to research for the next several months. In June of last year, I officially launched the business.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-12 23:55:25

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Portrait
I decided to get into this business, because we started the business at home, and began to grow, this job is rewarding and exiting to meet and work with people.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-09 15:23:18

NAICS: 711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
Description: soccer club
I decided to make this soccer club because soccer is my passion and I really enjoy teaching soccer to players that want to learn and increase their knowledge of this beautiful sport called soccer. But the biggest reason is that I wanted to make a club for all those low income families that have kids that want to play soccer but do not have the financial means to pay for an expensive soccer club and provide a save and productive environment for players and keep our player of the streets.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-08 23:54:50

NAICS: 561 Administrative and Support Services
Description: Janitor/Housekeeping Business
I decided to get into this business because there is always a lot of work here and there are people who are always busy and want someone to clean their houses or buildings for them because they just do not have time to do it by themselves. When I started this business, I was told that it was not going to be easy to start it because there was a lot of competition, but the necessity to earn money and support my family made me go into this business. My initial goal was to do a good and quality job and to make my customers thank me for my work done.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-08 23:52:48

NAICS: 445 Food and Beverage Stores
Description: Online Wine Retail Store
Well, this business (wine retail store and e-commerce website) is a by-product of my existing business (Italian restaurant).  I always look for opportunities to grow laterally or vertically, because that is always the easiest place to start.  It is easier because you have an advantage, you don’t want to start learning something brand new that you know nothing about.  People have a lot of opportunities always in front of them that they don’t recognize, until they discover it within their own backyard.  And for us, we had a large wine inventory and we were in the restaurant business.  It was born from thinking of ways to capitalize on that.  Well, let’s start moving into that business; we already have knowledge of it.  That is kind of the way it started. The initial goal was simple; I just wanted to succeed.  It wasn’t necessarily that I wanted to make X amount of dollars.  It wasn’t about that. I had an idea, it was almost like a game.  I wanted to create a business that obviously creates a profit, because that is the measurement of success.  But there are other measurements of success too.  Growth, volume, market share; those are all challenging.  The goal is to grow at a pace where the business is progressing and it can continue to move forward, and it’s not out of control and can continue growing.  It has to be a stable business, anybody can have rapid growth, but the difficult part is sustaining it.  Sustaining your business is key.  I always like to grow in a controlled way.  We move forward, we know what we have, and we already know the next step.  We get everything in place; all of our assets in place so that we can get to the next level.   What is the ultimate goal?  Well, the goals always change.  The goal is always success, but it’s not like I said that I want to be number one in California.  That has nothing to do with it.  It’s really hard to quantify anything like that.  So I thing the goals constantly change.  But a lot of that goal is simply to succeed and accomplish.  It may be at slower rate or it may accelerate quickly.  The market may welcome my business and all of a sudden I have tremendous sales.  Now, what you thought was successful is no longer successful.  A business may blow that out of the water in the first three days.  If my business breaks my yearly goals in the first month, it’s not like I am just going to give up and be satisfied.  So I have to adjust my goals accordingly.  Now that I have this base, where do I go from here.  If the business has done this much, let’s take it to the next level.  Let’s do maybe 20% or 30% more there.  Let’s expand our market share, let’s expand the number of products we are selling.  That is how I go about it.  If things don’t go as well then I thought, then I look at what I’m doing.  If the business is not doing as well, do I have excess costs, too much payroll, or too many expenses?  I adjust along the way.  Ultimately, the goal is just to succeed and generate a profit.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-08 23:49:17

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Mexican Restaurant
The reason why i got into this business is because my brothers were in the food industry. We are 11 brothers all together no girls. so i just followed on they were doing it. When i first came in this industry all i thought was making money and making alot of it. And i did..And i am...
Date Submitted: 2010-04-08 23:44:53

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