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1,278 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: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Caterer and daily meal planner
Well I didn't actually decide to go into this kind of business I actually kind of fell into it. I would cook for girl scout events where schools and other people wanted to pay me to cook.  And from there it grew and took a life of it's own where I was now getting paid doing something that I enjoyed doing eveyday.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-05 16:46:52

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Beauty Studio
I always enjoyed makeup and especially making women feel beautiful, which was my initial goal. I knew I wanted to do this since I was a teenager. 
Date Submitted: 2010-04-05 14:26:32

NAICS: 236 Construction of Buildings
Description: Construction / Framing
It was a natural evolution to own a Framing company in my carpenter career. The general I was building for gave me an opportunity start my own business. He was unhappy with the performance and business practices of my current employer. (The sub-contractor I was working for.) He came to me with an offer based on my reputation and his observations of my work as a foreman in the construction trade. His knowing that I could run, and run well, a framing crew gave him the confidence to back me financially. I applied for and obtained a C-3 Contractor’s License. His general contractor’s license limited him to orchestrate only three trades. In addition, his general liability insurance was limited to three trades as well. He saw an advantage in helping me to start my own business, and financially he was willing to help. The biggest help he gave was cosigning for me; and, helping to establish a credit line with the suppliers. He also made certain I had the capital to carry out day to day operations. My Initial goal was to make money in a trade that was fun and came natural to me; and, to build a business model that demonstrated what I have learned in the construction trade concerning the treatment of employees and customers. I wanted the people who worked for me to be satisfied with their job and the people I worked for to be happy with the work we did. How did you decide which type of business was best for you? Well, I wasn’t sitting around with money and business ideas. It was a natural progression to start a business in the construction trade. I started in construction stacking lumber for $6.00 an hour. Through hard work and diligence I learned as much as I could as fast as I could, and with a strong work ethic supplied by my father I was able to excel.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-05 05:54:28

NAICS: 512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Description: Owner of Music Producing Studio
Well, I started singing when I was really young. I had a natural ability for music. Music is in my bloodstream. I thought my initial goal was to pursue a career in singing but over the years I realized the difficulty of the industry was way too much. So then I started thinking of alternatives to take advantage of my talents. I then started writing music and producing. I fell in love with the art.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-04 23:34:36

NAICS: 312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Description: Water Filtration & Purification
Wanting to improve water quality in California. The goal is to provide excellent services, great products & focus on a positive impact on the environment.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-03 13:32:36

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Portable Power Tool Repair
"I was railroaded into business and my goal was to keep the company alive as long as I can."
Date Submitted: 2010-04-02 08:14:29

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Website hosting local Happy Hours
Like most adults over 21 and young adults turning 2, my employees and I were tryng to find a website listing all the happy hours and prices in our local restaurants and bars for us and our customers. Therefore, because we couldnt find any website, we then decided to create our own.
Date Submitted: 2010-03-31 17:02:23

NAICS: 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services
Description: Optometric Vision Care Services
I decided to get in this type of business because when I was in high school, my optometrist at the time encouraged me and told me that I should look into studying optometry since I needed to wear very special contacts because of the way my vision was. My initial goal with going into optometry was that I wanted to help other people be able to see well since I realized the great benefit of having improved vision through glasses or contact lenses.
Date Submitted: 2010-03-29 18:37:08

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