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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: 424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
Description: Rubber and Chemical Distributor
I got into the Rubber Industry by accident, really. My grandfather whom I respected and looked up to as a father mentor advised me to get my bachelor's degree in Chemistry. I found Chemistry to be quite interesting so I stuck with it and graduated. After college, I went to work for one of my vendors now, LORD Corporation. I learned a lot from LORD Corp. and eventually moved my way up the corporate ladder to sales. They would fly me out to places in southern California. I ended up calling on R.D Abbott and grew very close to the owner at that time which was Jerry Wicker. Jerry took me under his wing and taught me the ins and the outs and even pointed me in the right direction to new clientele. Eventually, Jerry grew older and became more interested in spending time with his grandchildren not running his business. This is around the time he was whispering in my ear he was going to sell the company. I got together with my close friend in the rubber industry Scott Kearns. Scott was working for Dow Corning at the time in the Silicone sector. I got with him to see if he wanted to buy the business with me and if brought Dow Corning on to make RDA their distributor I could get LORD to make RDA their national distributor and we could start our own rubber distribution.
Date Submitted: 2017-10-02 15:03:13

NAICS: 321 Wood Product Manufacturing
Description: Carpenter business
For me it shows me in a way. Growing up I always loved to build things. I went to school and became a teacher for 12 years but I realize this isn’t what I really want to do, I love to build things! So, in short that’s how I decided to get into this type of business, I love to do it. My initial goal is to do the job that I love and at the same time make enough to sustain an established business and make this go to a level to have it sustain a day to day living. 

Date Submitted: 2017-05-11 16:17:44

NAICS: 512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Description: photographer, director
3. When I first got into film work it really started because I had an attraction to it, as early as High School. I then decided to study photo/film in college, and I continued to pursue it after graduating. My initial goal then was to have a small production company while supplying small advertisement packages to local clients, however as time went on my initial goal now has grown and expanded so much larger. I feel that’s the great thing about goals… there continuous, never ending. I completed one goal and now I want to expand, having a business that let's do something I am passionate about and explore not only the world but myself, because of this business I created and pursued I have gained a great amount of knowledge and have grown as a person just as my business has.
Date Submitted: 2017-05-09 09:45:32

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Landscape maintenance and construction
He decided to get into this type of business because his father was a residential gardener. He knew how to do this kind of work and do it well, so he began working for a company with a similar field of work. After working for this company for ten years he recognized that, as hard as he was working he could work even harder for himself. He wanted to work for himself and make more income for his family.
Date Submitted: 2017-05-03 19:25:37

NAICS: 424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
Description: alcohol distributing company
3. I would have to say the bank - due to the fact that building. I’ve been in this business for many years and over the course of time i have figured out that the best way to deal with credit sis banks. This is due to the fact that banks are a more reliable source of credit because they are based on off the security of the market at large and not subject to the whims of the alcoholic beverage vending market itself.
Date Submitted: 2017-05-03 08:06:11

NAICS: 531 Real Estate
Description: Real Estate Agent
I was in management and sales for 30 years. Combined with my handyman business I needed a change of pace and my wife who is also a realtor suggested real estate. I had created a pretty successful business as a handyman my previous experience in management and sales helping a lot. However, I really needed a change in pace but did not want to lose out on what i had taken so long to build. My wife’s suggestion allowed me pursue other work that had a flexible time schedule allowing me to arrange my weeks in such a way that I can do both. So I guess what i am trying to say was my goal was to enter a career with a flexible schedule that could supplement my income while also drumming up business for my other ventures.
Date Submitted: 2017-05-02 20:34:09

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Plumbing Business
I was always into fixing things from a young age, my father was a hard worker and I think I got the mentality from watching him. I started working at a company and was making decent money and after I gained multiple years of experience with the whole thing, I realized that I knew a lot about the business and how things worked so I decided to start my own. It was a hard choice to leave the money I was making and a gamble but I think it was the right choice. My overall goal was to have a business that was honest, successful, and also profitable. I think that I have done all of those things with this business, it may not be the most glamourous job out there but it is something that I enjoy.
Date Submitted: 2017-05-02 09:35:55

NAICS: 531 Real Estate
Description: Rehab Homes and Property Management
"My initial goal, was to make money. I knew this could be a career I could go into, make money, and that it wouldn't go away. People need air, water, and shelter, and I knew that by selling a 'need' would work in my favor. Back then, commission was a lot higher, and money was more steady. Before 2008, real estate was not only much simpler, but more people were willing to buy and sell. Now it is much harder, but my initial goal has stayed the same. Deciding to get into this business took a lot of trial and error with other jobs. I had majored in business and still was unsure with which direction I wanted to go. I interned for Pepsi, and had a part-time job as a substitute teacher. After one year of my internship, I learned how to be a better salesman, and then realized I no longer wanted to try teaching. I was then approached with the opportunity to work for a bank, who added to my salesperson foundation. After working there for a little under a year, the opportunity of becoming a real estate agent came, and I jumped on it. It was the best decision I could have made, because not only do I love what I do, but so do the people I choose to hire."
Date Submitted: 2017-05-01 23:58:49

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Beauty Salon
I worked for the previous owner for a short period of time. After a short period of time the owner wanted to close up the salon. That is when I thought to myself, what if I were to buy and run the salon on my own. After discussing it with my husband and family we took the challenge and started my business. In order to get money to rent the location and continue with the business we took out a loan from our house to use as a financial support to start up the salon. My initial goal was simply to have a business of my own in something that I love and enjoy doing. Part of the goal included making a living off something that I am passionate about doing.
Date Submitted: 2017-05-01 00:16:02

NAICS: 531 Real Estate
Description: Real Estate Broker
I got into this business completely by accident. I was working as a paralegal and wanted to buy my first house. I wanted to understand how the process worked so I read a real estate book and took the exam to see if I would pass. In those days, there was not an education requirement like there is now. I received my license and put it in a drawer. I continued working as a paralegal. A year later, the real estate broker that had an office next door came in to see if we could recommend a bookkeeper. I was hired as a part-time bookkeeper for the real estate broker while working as a paralegal. The broker found out I had my license and started sending me to open houses. Before I knew it, I made my first sale. I loved it. I left the security of my paralegal job to work as a real estate agent full time. To be honest, when I started working as a real estate agent, my first goal was to pay my bills and eat.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 23:57:55

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