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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: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Barbershop
Well basically I had family who did this so I was taught the ropes. It basically was my main goal to be an owner and work for myself. I'm for the people so I want to be a service for people. I like to make people look good and it therefore makes me feel good as well. For example, when my customers come back and tell me their stories of their latest experiences like how they had a good weekend and met a new person or how they got this promotion or a new job because they say their hair looked so good that it then made them feel good and confident. That's where a big investment comes from. A lot of other barbers don't see it that way as far as barbering that when your customers come in for their haircut because they have that special event or special occasion coming up and you make them look good and ready for their event, they will remember that and will definitely be back for the next time. Another thing I like to do is give a free haircut for a customer's birthday and make them look real good. After that I've basically gained a regular client and know that they will be back for the next 11 months of the rest of the year.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-23 23:11:05

NAICS: 238 Specialty Trade Contractors
Description: Plumbing company
After I got out of the army airborne I had no real potential job offers that I could see myself in the future doing, and being passionate about. So I found myself at the unemployment office in search of something to feed myself and my family. I went through the job board and found a plumbing job. I remember they were paying five dollars an hour, and felt it was the most well paying job on the board. My initial goal was just to have a job, and I knew there was a future for plumbers cause everyone needs a plumber. Thinking back there really was no goal for me, it was just dumb luck. The real turning point for me was after I left my first plumbing company, and worked for a one man business. It was there a man named Dave Smith brought out my passion and inspired me to stay with plumbing. He once told me that plumbers get dirty, but they make a lot of good money. This is what got me motivated.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-23 00:33:31

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Chinese food restaurant
I started off as a child in late 80s. I would always go help in my parent's restaurant after school. I kept on doing this all the way to high school because I have obligation to do my family business. During and after college, I worked as a general manager at a Panda Express. It was a mind opening experience for me. When I helped my parents, I only had to do certain tasks since they always took care of everything. But there, I had to do all by myself. I had to work long shifts, sometimes had to stay there like 1 or 2 hour after midnight managing the inventory, covering up for my team mistakes and finally I got burnt out. And I did the most unprofessional thing. I just left the work by simply not going. I have to say this is the most regretful decision that I have ever made. My initial goal was to open restaurants at multiple locations which I am still trying to do. Since right now, my parents have retired and I am the only guy running this restaurant, I can’t give time to expansion.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-14 16:53:20

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Sells musical drum casts
I decided to get into this business because I was in the drum set manufacturing business for over 18 years and have a passion for music and drums. I realized that it was easier and more lucrative to just sell the individual parts to large companies, rather than a whole drum kit to an individual that may not have the money. Instead of a single person spending up to 10,000 I can easily sell small parts for like 185 dollars to companies that want 5 or 10 parts every few months. When I would sell a drum kit to a person, that’s it. They have their drums and that costumer is pretty much gone. Now these big companies constantly return to me for casts. My initial goal was to be independent and to make extra income. I also have two other business, so this fits nicely with my schedule.
Date Submitted: 2018-04-14 02:00:07

NAICS: 423 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Description: furniture reatil and furniture wholesale
The reason that i had decided to get into this type of business is because I was born into it. My father had started the business in 1965 and my brother had convinced me into taking over the business from my father instead of selling it when he has passed away. When my father had started and ran the business himself he only had one store and stuck to just that. When my brother had confronted me and asked to partner up with him to take it over i was unsure about doing it. I had wanted to go into another profession but with a lot of persuasion my brother had finally convinced me into it. My initial goal when taking over the business was just to be able to make a comfortable living and my brothers initial goal was to become rich. I didn’t think that i was going to be in this business a very long time but I knew that I would leave it when i wanted to but i will retire when i feel that the time is appropriate.
Date Submitted: 2017-11-14 22:36:54

NAICS: 315 Apparel Manufacturing
Description: Tailor/Seamstress
I’ve been in this industry for the longest that I can remember. I want to say that I was about 18 or 19 when I become a seamstress. I decided to start my own business because I wasn’t going to be bossed around by another person when I can be my own boss. My end goal is to be able to retire with the business making money by itself.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 06:54:47

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Gym
"I decided to get in this business for one simple reason. I saw an opportunity to help people by putting a great product out there bust still having a nice solid cash flow. I constantly went to different gyms because of the poor quality and was never satisfied with the product that was being put out there. This experience made me realize that there was a great opportunity for me to make some good money. On top of that, I can help people that are in danger because of their health. Overall, I took a big look at everything and just realized that it was honestly meant to be. I am very happy with how everything’s gone and very thankful for the fact that I saw an opportunity and was able to take full advantage of it."
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 06:41:26

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Sock brand company
I chose this type of business because in high school I was always updated with new clothing trends and after high school i worked in retail, so with my work experience and love for clothes i decided to combine them. I also just wanted to make money on my own and have more independence. My original goal with the business was to get celebrities to wear them and I can proudly say I accomplished that goal, it wasn’t easy, it took a lot of persistence and having to go to social events to get my brand out there.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 06:35:32

NAICS: 326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Description: Rubber Manufacture
I was an operations management major at Cal Poly Pomona and found a job opening for a lab technician at a silicone manufacturing plant in Walnut. Worked there through graduation and then promoted to lab manager. Enjoyed the work and goal was to get promoted within the company. Worked my way up through t he organization and then transferred out of state. Then came back to CA after being offered a GM role in a new organization in a complementary industry.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 06:27:31

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Chinese Restaurant
(3) I want to summarize my initial goals into two main aspects: a. Dream: I was eager to own my café or restaurant since I was in middle school. I would like to devote my spirit and taste into my own restaurant’s decoration, mission, and environment. What’s more, when I step into my “world”, I can strongly feel the sense of belonging and safety. The owner is kind of freelancers. I can have a lot of free time that controlled by myself. As you know, how lucky and happy to have freedom! I went outside with my families and always leant something new! b. Profits driven: Money, absolutely! Running a restaurant in Asian area is a good choice. However, it is also extremely hard to survive among so many competitors. Previously, I always passed by or dined in some hot and popular restaurants. I need to wait for a long time to be served. Seen from this scene, I realize that service speed and restaurant space could affect the customer rotation.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 05:03:31

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