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1,294 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: 453 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Description: Selling luxury lashes
My interest in makeup really grew during high school. I would do my makeup every day and became good at it. My friends would ask me to do theirs whenever there was a big event like prom or homecoming. After high school I went on to cosmetology school and eventually got my license. I was a freelance makeup artist for about 2 years when the curiosity of starting my own business started coming to me. I was already selling my service as a makeup artist, but I really wanted to get involved with the industry somehow. Then it just kind of came to me. My favorite part about doing my makeup was the very end where you would have you whole face completed, your eye look completed, and then lastly you would apply the lashes and the lashes are what really tied the whole look together. I love false eyelashes, I’ve worn or worked with so many styles coming from different competitors. I learned what I liked and didn’t like about each one and used that knowledge to come up with my own line of lashes. I saw that lashes usually had one band of lashes, but I always loved the dramatic look with multiple layers of the lash fiber to really create a bold eye. My initial goal with creating my line was to provide luxury lush lashes that catered to the demographic of makeup lovers who love a dramatic lash that’s also comfortable to wear and affordable as well.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 10:02:46

NAICS: 333 Machinery Manufacturing
Description: manufacturer of autoclaves
My two partners and I initially got into this business because our current employers were in need of an autoclave and all of the companies who offered to make one, charged way too much. We had the engineering education to create an autoclave and soon realized that we can create these autoclaves on our own. We also realized that if we can innovate it to cost drastically less to create, then we can make many sales to small companies who did not have the money to spend so much on an autoclave. It was very small in the beginning and the first few years we didn’t know if we were going to make it. We had one goal in mind and that was to make money. We worked hard and developed the company that exists today.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 01:57:41

NAICS: 453 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Description: The resale and wholesale of new and used industrial equipment
I did. It was there. I took some classes at the Cerritos [Community College] and couldn’t stand it, and I’d worked with papa and my grandfather since I was 14, so I just did. It was what I was good at, I liked the work, it was both a mental puzzle of solving people’s problems, with the hands on work of repairing and install machines. My goal, my goal?? To keep the business going. The changes at the time were huge. The cold war was winding down, civil defense was leaving the area, and huge machines were no longer in demand. So I learned how to use relays and electro-mechanical components, how to program PLCs. And now none of it works, it’s all about wholesale of new products, nothing used, which is where the money has always been.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-17 23:53:28

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Sign manufacturing
Back in the old days, I don't have any goal. To be honest with you, all I wanted is to make a lot of money and give my family a better life. In the 90s, China grows so fast, you could make money very easily. The sign industry just starts, and not a lot of people are paying attention to it. With limited of starting money, I choose to do this.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-17 22:07:02

NAICS: 445 Food and Beverage Stores
Description: Hawaiian Restraunt
I grew up in Hawaii and my family eventually migrated to California. Within the first few years in California, I realized that it was extremely rare to find a good (if any) Hawaiian restaurants. If I were to find a restaurant, it would taste unauthentic. My brothers and I decided to become investment partners and open our very first restaurant in Laguna Hills in the early 2000's. As our restaurant became more popular, famous surfers, skateboards, and influncers began visiting our restaurant. Word quickly began to spread and our restaurant would become extremely busy during lunch hours. Our initial goal was to bring something we had back home to California. Hawaiian food was (and even now) is so rare in Orange County. My brother and I thrived upon the success of our childhood food that we brought to our new home.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-17 22:05:50

NAICS: 551 Management of Companies and Enterprises
Description: Financial Institution
My initial had been to focus on nursing school and use this job as income while going to school. There had been part time positions and I was hired for part time. As I continued to go to school and be presented with new opportunities in the company, I began to grow a passion for job I was doing.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-17 21:35:16

NAICS: 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services
Description: CHAP accredited Certified Homehealth Agency
I had young children and wanted to create my own work hours while generating income. My initial goal was to work from home and stick to basic caregiving where I would go and take care of ill elders for the time they needed help. But then I grew popular and as the demand for my services grew, my personal space become too open to the public
Date Submitted: 2019-03-17 19:14:43

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Star Certified Emissions Testing Station.
I decided that I wanted to own my own vehicle emissions testing business because I was already a smog technician that was working for others. Being a smog technician and working for others guaranteed me a stable income. The regulations for cleaner air in California have only become stricter over time. Vehicle emissions testing in California is not going to go away any time soon. I realized that if I was to continue as a smog technician that I would rather work for myself instead of being under the yoke of another. My initial goal was and still is to make money for myself and to build a business from my own fortitude and guidance. To be a successful entrepreneur, a person must sacrifice and invest more of their own time into making it successful versus the person that works for someone else. The ending result though is a sense of pride that you work for yourself.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-17 04:34:09

NAICS: 315 Apparel Manufacturing
Description: Apparel suppliers to Department stores
3. I got into this business as a mid-life crisis. You know I came to the U.S. went to school and got my degree in economics. I thought that’s what I wanted to do so I worked with taxes. Eventually I got to that point where I didn’t want to do tax work anymore so I stopped. I had my mid-life crisis and I got approached by a former business partner and we went into business together. He was the one that got me into it. He had already been looking into it and I just joined because I saw an opportunity to do something else and now over 20 years 9later here I am still doing it. I work with my wife now and I am much happier now than I was doing C.P.A work.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-17 00:48:35

NAICS: 315 Apparel Manufacturing
Description: Manufacturer of luxury golf bags, purses, backpacks, and luggage
I decided to get into this business because I had the experience in the industry. I had 15 years of experience so I saw a unique opportunity and started. I think what helped was the fact that my parents are business owners also so I wanted to start my business as well. My initial goal was to diversify outside of manufacturing. I liked the idea to go into the sports industry and provide quality bags for golf players because I enjoy golf myself. I also wanted to create a brand that will deliver quality handbags for women. I want to eventually compete with Michael Kors. I want our brand to be known for our customer service and top quality. I know we will get there with time.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-16 20:51:58

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