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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: American burger stand
I used to own a couple candy/chocolate stores before this burger stand but unfortunately, they didn’t run as well and I had to shut them down. I noticed and saw where the economy was headed and I realized that the candy stores I had were a “want” business and not a “need business.” People don’t have extra money for things they want, like candy, but food is something that they need. My initial goal was simply to find a way to keep a roof over my family’s head and put food on the table, but I also want to play by my own rules, I like having creative control. Food is literally something that people cannot live without, so if I can do everything I can to make the highest quality and the best tasting food, and still be able to comfortably support my family, then why not?
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 07:33:36

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Automotive Paint alternative coatings
I initially got into this business in the late 90s re-selling stickers online. It was just a side business for additional income. After about a year of it being successful I bought a plotter and started printing bulk decals and even starting designing some of my own. It took off and I also started doing bigger jobs like for advertisement. After about 5 years I decided to partner up with a industry friend and we started doing commercial wraps on vehicles. After 1st year doing vehicles I was able to match my work salary and quit my day job to focus the vinyl wrap industry. As far as a goal, Initially it was to make 100k a year. My partner and I doubled that by our second year. After that my goal was to just make more money and do it with less effort. That required me to be open to the idea of constantly be open minded and learning. Even now 14 years in business I am always looking for new techniques and or tools for the industry. Cars change dramatically now from one year to the next. Very crucial to apply this or you will find your shop to plateau very quickly.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 02:43:21

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Hair Salon
I wanted to do something that would love to do every day and when I was a little girl I would always want to do my mother or sister hair for special occasions and it just stuck with me ever since. My initial goal was just to get into this type of industry but believe it or not I had never thought to myself once that I would be owing my own business, creating my own schedule, calling my own shots and deciding what my prices were going to be. It has all been surreal to me even now I look back and think what was my initial goal because too me its changing week by week and I am enjoying every moment of it.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 02:19:06

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Authentic Mecian Seafood
I decided to get in to the business because i knew that i was good at cooking and people enjoyed my food, i also needed a way to support my family. My initial goal was to live the american dream and be comfortable with my family.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 00:45:39

NAICS: 721 Accommodation
Description: Hotel and Motel
I decided to get into this type of business because it was introduced to me at a young age. Because it is a family business, my father would always have me help out at the business after school and as he kept on trusting me to do more and more with the business, I grew to enjoy the line of work, in which my boss is myself and the customers. With age I also grew an aspiration to make the businesses greater than what my father made of them. My initial goal with running and managing the businesses was to make a living with it in order to take care of my newly formed family, which was my wife and expecting child, at a young age. My initial goal also had the slight indication to take the business to a new level, but at the time it was not my main concern.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-25 23:43:39

NAICS: 561 Administrative and Support Services
Description: mowing lawns, turf care
I decided to get into this business because I had previously worked with a larger landscaping service. I knew that I could make a lot more money If I went out on my own and take a leap of faith. I also decided to get into this business because I could hire my family members if they did not have a job or if they just needed a little more money. My goal when I started my business was to provide customers with service that was not only cheap, but provided the best service available.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-25 23:08:39

NAICS: 522 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
Description: Mortgage Loan Brokerage and Originator
“So it was an accident, I think I told you once but I was supposed to be a doctor. I was in pre-med at UC Irvine and I had applied and had been accepted into medical school. I came home for dinner once with my family and my father was about to close a mortgage brokerage he had, We were just talking about it over dinner and he was telling me how he couldn’t seem to make money at it. So I told him, I was 20 years old at the time, to let me run it. I told him if I made money at it then him and his partners should give me one third of the stock of this corporation. This was 1986 and in six months I had made several thousand and I got one third of the stock.” “So I then decided to pursue that as a way to pay my way through school. Changed majors, didn’t go to medical school, went into economics at UC Irvine and then off to real-estate development with an emphasis on real-estate finance at USC graduate school. This mortgage company paid my way through the whole thing. It was accidentally working at. I wasn’t working at it full time and was working at it haphazardly but I was sometimes making eight to ten thousand a month in my early twenties.” “So then I decided to go build homes and kept the mortgage company going. I made some money building homes but the mortgage company kept making me more money than me being in construction. So after eight or nine years of fighting against going into the mortgage industry full-time, I realized I would probably do better if I focused my efforts on that side of the industry. So I went full-time into the industry and my career path and business accelerated from there.”
Date Submitted: 2017-10-25 23:05:29

NAICS: 453 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Description: Jewelry Store
I got into this business because of my parents. When they came to America they wanted to own their own business and ironically, they both hate jewelry but they decided to open a jewelry store because they saw it had a lot of potential. The initial goal was to make as much money as possible and then get the F*** out and get into real estate and make passive income through that. However, they did that and Inherited the business and now I'm on track to do the same thing. The reason for getting into real estate though is because gold is a cash based business and its better to invest in real estate because that’s where income is made without trying. You can open an apartment lot one time and make millions and hire employees to manage it for you.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-25 21:31:45

NAICS: 424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
Description: vaporizers and juice retailer
I decided to get into this business because I saw this as an opportunity to get into something that I thought will in the near future, blow up into something big. I personally do enjoy vaping and feel it is a better alternative than smoking cigarettes and if I can move people away from smoking I feel I am changing their lives and their family's lives from the second hand smoke.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-25 17:49:34

NAICS: 424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
Description: Cannabis Extracts Wholesaler
My initial goal, I haven't met yet but my initial goal is to own, operate and manage my own dispensary. I'm still working on that, though. How did i get into the business, mainly being a partaker in the act! i'm a weed smoker, that's a big thing around me. I also have a medical background, i'm a registered nurse so being in that field, you see the medical and health benefits that go into smoking marijuana so that is particularly important to me. So my initial niche in my market or industry is medical,, RSO. We focus on the healing properties, some of the things that are going to give people a more quality life. And that is definitely something i'm passionate about.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-25 16:52:16

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