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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: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Coffee Shop
My parents and my wife's parents are business owners so I've always known that I've wanted to start up a business because I've grown up helping my dad run his business. Initially I didn't know anything about coffee or how to own a coffee shop but I knew I wanted to own a business in general. We also got lucky because the space in which we opened our business landed in our lap. Everything was built from scratch.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-26 05:30:51

NAICS: 522 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
Description: Apparel and appliances export
My husband and I studied International Business in Mexico couple of years ago. Once we graduated, we got a nice job in the international airport of Mexico city in the import-export area. We learned a lot, got a lot of experience there and made connections with important business people. There, we learned that clothes, electronics, and appliances were the most imported items. Once our contract ended at the airport, a lot of companies such as FedEx and UPS offered us a nice job in their company, but we decided not to take them because we already had experience and connections with people who would help us establish our own business, so we took the risk and opened our business. Fist we started in Mexico City, we imported electronics and appliances for about three years. Couple of years later my husband and I decided to expand our business outside the country; we moved to Los Angeles area and it was the best decision we would have ever made. Even though we started from the bottom and do not have a fiscally company established yet, our company has significantly grown. Now we export mostly clothes to different countries such as Africa and South and Central America and our main goal is to open a warehouse.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-26 05:29:29

NAICS: 711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
Description: Fine Dining and Musical Theater
My father was the one who started this business. He was originally the head of the music department at Citrus college, and held the position for some forty years. His talent for training performers and his desire to work despite being almost ready for retirement caught the attention of one of his friends, an entrepreneur, who asked my father if he wanted to go into business with him. After a lengthy discussion, the two of them agreed to use an old abandoned gymnasium as the location for their theater. My father would provide the show, where as his friend would provide the food and management. The ticket prices would be split evenly between the two. Eventually my father’s friend decided to retire and my family bought out the entire place and kept it running ever since. As for me I went to college for a sociology degree, and later transferred to USC with a recording arts minor due to a change of interest. Later I moved back to my old original home town to attend Cal Poly in restaurant management. After I graduated I went to work with my dad as a buss boy. I originally thought that I had deserved a higher position given my background but dad wanted me to start from the ground up, presumably so that if I proved to be someone worthy of inheriting the place, I would know how all of the available positions at the business worked. Over time I would also become a waiter, and all other positions, and eventually I became the manager. Thinking back I find my story somewhat ironic. Even though I was a long time music fan due to my family background, I never wanted to perform or even intend to get involved in this industry, yet somehow it became a lifetime commitment that I very much enjoy doing.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-26 04:45:30

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Ice Cream Shop
Ever since I was seventeen, I worked as a part-time at different places till I was twenty-five. I would go to school in the morning and commute to work right after till late at night. I go through this routine about four to five times a week and at that time; I enjoyed working a lot more than I did in school. After my third past-time job, I realized with the different experiences that I have. I am able to take care of a store by myself and very enjoy it. That was when I found my passion in my career. Even, I was exhausted after school and still had an eight hour work shift. I was not tired mentally at all. That was when I knew, I had to open up a store in the future. That being me to where I am now, with the dessert shop. My goal is to franchise my brand to everyone would be able to enjoy it.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-26 04:04:45

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Handmade Accessories
I love creating, it is my passion. The idea for my business came one day while I was creating clothes for myself. I have been creating my own clothing and accessories for some time now so I thought that it would be a great idea to share my creations with others. That’s how my store came to life, then I went to my first art walk and opened my online store and it was a hit. I plan on eventually opening my own storefront, but for now online and art walks is where you can find me and it works for me. My shop is still not where I want it to be, It is still a work in progress. I have to expand into other areas before I actually open the storefront and take that big step.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-26 03:21:50

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Small Cafe
I was a cook for 30 years and then the business moved to another location. Luckily, I learned inside from my employer as to how to manage a business and after they closed their business I was inspired to open my own. I have continued my passion ever since and even though it does not make me rich it does pay my bills and allows me to have a sense of freedom I cannot get anywhere else. I really did not had an initial goal per say I just wanted my autonomy.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-26 00:09:16

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Hair salon
I actually got into the hair business because i don’t like to go to school so i went for a trade. Then i realized that i had the gift of relationship so i just capitalized them both. So through all of this i learned that genterciety has been one of the biggest things i learned. I believe that generosity is missing in business, a lot of people won't be generous until they make the money, but if your generous on the front end, then you’re actually enjoying your job and business more.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-25 20:54:41

NAICS: 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Description: Sell and install vehicle accessories
When I started this business it was not because I liked cars and trucks, it was because I did not have a job at the time and I needed an income. It was hard for me to find a decent job, me being Mexican. One day I was at a party were I met a guy whole worked at a warehouse that wholesaled auto accessories and other car parts. I talked to him on how it worked in order to be able to buy at whole sale price. I then thought about selling the accessories at my local swap-meet, because I knew there the type of customers i could target. There were already sellers who were selling tires, even a tinting guy. So in my mind I knew I needed to open up business there. I did little more research locally of who was in this type of business and at the time there was not a lot of business selling auto accessories. I then went on to open up my own business. I went on to open my own business not knowing how it would turn out, thankfully everything has gone well, and I know how a shop as well which has been open for 5 years.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-25 03:39:08

NAICS: 484 Truck Transportation
Description: Trucking Transportation Company
I was getting tired of my previous job, and a partnership opportunity came up. I wanted to try something new and risky. Don’t be afraid of trying something new like I did. Getting into this business was difficult at first, because I knew nothing about import and export and also had no idea how to run a business since I had never done it before. I decided to take the risk to give it a try in order to experience something different and hopefully make money off it. I hoped to make relations with my customers, employees, as well as my business partner. My initial goal for the company was to make the business survive as well as provide people with jobs, and of course make some money from the work.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-24 20:43:46

NAICS: 551 Management of Companies and Enterprises
Description: Financing and Investment
3. My father, Romeo Sr., established this business. Initially it was a Credit & Lending Corporation until 2012 where it changed to “Role Finance & Investment Corporation.” He was always a hard worker and wanted a better life for my family so he started and built this empire from the ground up. My father always liked being in control and taking his life into his own hands. He only went to college for one year and wanted to pursue civil engineering. He could not afford to go to school so he worked on a farm for half of his life. After he earned enough he decided to establish his own business in the heart of the city that we lived in. When he passed away in 2005, it was my responsibility to take the lead of the business and be the president of this corporation.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-24 04:51:11

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