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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: 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

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Authentic Mexican Food
I decided to get into this type of business because of many reasons. One of them was because many of my family members have restaurants and owning a business just caught my attention. Although that wasn't the main reason why. My mom had always cooked so many different Mexican dishes and I can just say that she inspired me. Little by little I started cooking the same type of dishes she would do and one day opening up a restaurant came to mind. Obviously I started to learn how to expand my cooking. Cooking was what made me want to open a business. Cooking was something I enjoyed and when I do cook I get in a state of relaxation. My goal was to experience the feeling of owning a business and opening it up to do something that i’m good at. I wanted others to get a taste of what i’m good at doing literally.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 04:35:37

NAICS: 311 Food Manufacturing
Description: Home Made Fudge Candy
Thirty years ago, my father acquired this company by a chance meeting. He happened to be surveying in the area, and the previous owner was looking to retire. My father saw an opportunity for investment, and a way to involve his family in his business. Although the initial goal was to see what profit the company could bring us, it ended up being a venture that most of the family has been involved in at some point in time. We’ve adopted others into this family, regulars who work with us at the fair year after year. I acquired the business from my father in his late age, and when I soon retire I hope that my daughter would take an interest in leading the company forward.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 21:27:43

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Ice cream coffee bakery
I never intended on starting my own business. When my son was 19 years old, he and a friend had an idea for nitrogen frozen ice cream. They thought they would get a chest, and deliver it on bicycles. I thought it was a glorified experiment, even though Andrew, my son, had gone to culinary school. After tasting his first batch of ice cream, I knew it was different from any product in the area. From then on, I knew I could start this business, make a difference for my family, and bring some happiness to my community.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 20:25:36

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: wholsale and retail for gold
I got into the business because I really enjoyed retail and I liked precious metals like gold and silver. My initial goal was just to be my own boss and have my own store. This goal was not easy and I had to learn the craft from the bottom up. I started working for various different people in the industry and tried to learn as much as I could with the hope of one day owning my own jewelry business. Eventually I saved up enough money to make my dream a reality.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 20:13:35

NAICS: 622 Hospitals
Description: Dental Clinic
I attended UCLA dental school and after obtaining a D.D.S. I decided to open a dental practice. My initial goal was to utilize my skills in treating different dental problems, but eventually my skills further helped diagnose patients with different disease that manifest in the mouth such as, diabetes, Periodontitis, oral cancer, and many other infectious diseases.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-26 20:11:58

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