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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: Hairstylist
This job was just to cut my daughter's hair and that’s all it was at first. It started turning into a job once my family and friends started coming to get their hair cut from me. Then I started dying hair and doing touch ups. Slowly but surely I started to look into coloring and cutting styles. I started going to classes for hair and asking how to get certain styles. I bettered myself to give my loved ones the looks they wanted. I never intended to start up a business from this. It's been growing over these past few years. It's taken a little longer because I have my normal job that I work full time. I don’t regret taking these classes. They have really paid off.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 22:42:49

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Vintage Inspired Clothing
I am a serial entrepreneur, in that, I have already started three businesses. The first business I started was many years ago when I was still raising small children. It was a fashion-related enterprise and it was tailor-made for a work-at-home mom. Since the early 1970s, I have always wanted to be in fashion. As a young girl I knew that someday I would gravitate to fashion as a part of my life. In the first ten years of my career I worked for other companies. I then started my own business after being inspired by my father who ran his own business. My first business lasted about four years. In my second business, I doubled that time working eight years. Currently I am into my third business which started in 2005 and I have been running it for the past twelve years. My current business has been the most successful because I haven’t had the combined responsibility of raising children at the same time. My initial goal was really to make a little extra money, while at the same time to pursue my interest in fashion.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 18:01:04

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: traditional japanese sushi restaurant
The entrepreneur used to work in a restaurant during his teenage years and South Korea. There he learned that he enjoyed the restaurant environment. When he moved to the United States he work in a sushi restaurant. The sushi restaurant that he was working for at the time was not doing so good. He saw things that he will like to change like, customer survives and food quality. The owner knew that he like the restaurant environment, and approach him to purchase the restaurant from him. He manage to purchase the restaurant with the help of his grandfather. As an entrepreneur his initial goal was to create an authentic japanese restaurant that make customer feel at home with high quality food.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 16:47:02

NAICS: 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Description: Fabrication Shop/Automotive Shop
In high school i had a 1972 Chevy Nova as my first car and it was always breaking down on me. And me being in high school i barely had any money to pay a mechanic to fix my car all the time. So i bought some basic tools and tried to fix my car myself. Slowly but surely I started to get the hang of it, my friends would ask me fix their cars for them. So i started working out of my mom's garage on the side until it was getting out of hand. I had so many cars at my mom's house i had to expand. In 2009 i opened up my own shop but still worked for the union as a welder. I never had a goal with this because it was just a hobby that i enjoyed and it is crazy to me that i was able to start my own business with it.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 16:22:41

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Women's fashion store
“I decided to get into the fashion business when my mom let me have a space on one of the walls of my family’s thrift shop. I had hung only a couple of outfits, it really started out just for fun. But then more and more people started buying, and eventually my parents noticed so they let me expand from the wall to take over the store and here I am.” “ At first I actually didn’t have an initial goal, since it was all for fun I guess I didn’t really think I would get this far, but then as my store started getting more and more popular I decided I wanted to open more stores across California, and thankfully I have already opened two more and I feel truly blessed to be where I am now.”
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 15:35:24

NAICS: 611 Educational Services
Description: Mixed Martial Arts Gym
The biggest reason that got me into this type of business was the initial investment that Martial Arts was beginning to have in this country. The UFC was booming, more and more people were rushing to gyms to sign up and get involved in this new sport that took the martial arts community by storm. I got involved in the early 2000s and I fell in love with it immediately after I understood the art much more. Having my own journey in the world of Jiu Jitsu it just was one of my goals to open up my own gym when I was to receive my higher rankings in the system of 10th Planet. The initial goal when I first got into business was what everybody wants when they start a business is to be successful. Especially in the world of Martial Arts I wanted a strong and stable academy that people would enjoy and come train for the love of the sport.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 11:30:11

NAICS: 812 Personal and Laundry Services
Description: Salon and Blow dry bar
I entered the beauty industry because of my mother. My mother being a hairstylist herself, involved me in all her work. I would assist her with her clients and learned everything she knew about the business. She later decided to open her own salon and became my mentor for the business. I attended beauty school to become more knowledgable in the industry and to know the services to provide. Getting the education and learning from professionals provided me with lots of information and tools needed in this highly competitive industry. I have now ventured this business with my mother for a little over 18 years and continuing to do something I ultimately love to do.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 06:48:49

NAICS: 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Description: diamond setter
3. The decision of the type of business was made back in Lebanon due to the fact he enjoyed working the job. The business was created when he moved from Lebanon to the United States to open his business. Enjoys crafting jewelry because diamonds are art to him, if one enjoys what one does and finds beauty in it, then the business is going to be enjoyable to manage. Initial goal was to work with something I enjoy doing while making quite a bit of money. With the money one can live a good life, while supporting the family, and expanding the business to make it more profitable. Also, working a job one enjoys and is passionate about while one decides how much one works is a nice lifestyle to live. Taking orders by someone else is off the book, always wanted to run my own business.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 03:24:42

NAICS: 445 Food and Beverage Stores
Description: Liquor Store
I went into this business because as a kid I always thought that having a place to stop by and hang out between school and my house would be very cool. As I kid I never wanted to go yet and always wanting to spend time with my friend. None of our parents would let that happen because school work is the most important thing and besides I didn’t want to go home and do chores all the time. So this really inspires me to open a shop where I dreamed about as a kid. Seeing this come to life was exactly like a dream come true. Sure it’s neither a flashy dream nor one that solves anything, but I still think it is a goal worth chasing. As an adult my goal is not like when I was a kid. It was more like I knew that when I grew older people would have to take care of me. So I wanted to make enough so I wouldn’t be a bother to anyone else. Having this store also made my schedule very flexible so I was able to spend more time with my kids.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 01:16:48

NAICS: 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Description: Family home and office furniture
My father had been related to this business for the past 15 years. Once I graduated from high school we would start our own furniture business. This was in October 2013. We started working for ourselves. I thought we went to fast but it went great ,finding the location. My initial goal was to get as many customers as we could so we had to start with low prices and give small items free with a purchase over $300.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 00:24:43

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