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Why Did You Start Your Business?

Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project. Each story is different though the reasons may remain the same. No matter the tale, the background behind each and every business is what fuels each entrepreneur and brand.

Why did you start your business?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sandy Sandy from LA wrote on May 18, 2016 at 3:10 pm:
Diana Goodwin saw a need in the marketplace. She's an advocate for swim safety, achieving results, and convenience for her customers, and started her business because there were few swim schools in North America offering this trifecta. She received full support from Dragon's Den (Canada's Shark Tank) and received a number of grants and backing as a result of this grand idea. She's a perfect example of a successful entrepreneur who saw a need, and took the necessary risks to make it successful. Perhaps that's what makes entrepreneurs so valuable: their willingness to take risks for a legitimate need.
Darren Campbell Darren Campbell from Australia wrote on March 28, 2016 at 3:15 am:
Starting a business always resonated with me from my early teens, but like many, I needed to find something I could be passionate about, which led me to the other side of the world to discover the very best of the best. In doing so, not only was I able to be exposed to amazing entrepreneurs, but more importantly it allowed me to find an interest that I would deem as not being a job or commercial venture but moreso an enjoyable hobbie - something of which is an important consideration when venturing down the entrepreneurial path.

The ride can be very daunting, but the most exhilarating and the life learnings you receive are second to none, allowing you to grow as a person wearing many emotional, physical and mental hats.

My advice for those who wish to seek a challenge and go down this path - believe in yourself and don't worry what others say or do - be persistent and and the success will come from doing those things that people are not willing to do.

Once again, don't worry too much about the commercial benefit, but the enjoyment factor!
David Hunter David Hunter from Chattanooga wrote on September 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm:
​I​ st​a​r​ted my business because I wanted to move to Chattanooga. ​A​t the time​,​ i was living in ​Birmingham and working with a friend at his website design company as well as selling merchant services on the side. I knew if I could find a job in Chattanooga I could start to build my business. I took a leap of faith and I moved to Chattanooga. I started working for a local merchant services company, and began to build my business at night. I later took job selling memberships for a local gym at night and on the weekends. This gave me more free time during business hours to meet clients and network as I tried to shift from working a job to working for myself. After about a year and half, I quit my gym job and started full time on my business. I barely survived during that time. A year later, I was staring to gain traction in my community. Once I hit the 3 year point, I was able to support my new family and have my new wife quit her job!
The number one reason

​I​ started my business was quality of life​. I wanted a business that would allow me to travel and set my own hours. I truly believe if you can survive the first year of working for yourself, then you can make it the rest of the way!
Barry Alexander Barry Alexander from New York wrote on August 31, 2015 at 2:34 pm:
As an opera singer who founded a public relations firm for classical musicians after retiring from performance, I knew I had a unique skills base, and no way of using it fully if I worked for someone else. I also knew that my goal of helping classical musicians better understand the process of professionally marketing their talents required showing them how to launch their careers by pairing their artistry with the marketing skills needed to run a small business. By partnering with one of my former PR clients, Cosmo Buono, (a Steinway Artist and Grammy-nominated concert pianist) who had his own piano competition that offered winners a debut at Carnegie Hall as the first prize, I was able to not only use that business model to create three more competitions for Strings, Voice, and Flute, but also found a consulting firm that offers musicians counseling, as well as business and marketing advice on how to get—and keep—a career. I’m happier than I’ve ever been because every skill that I have acquired over the years in the fields of music, opera, business, public relations, marketing, languages, writing, repertoire, and concert production is being used to the fullest, and I am able to create tangible success for our clients. In addition to my for-profit work, Mr. Buono and I also launched a 501(c)(3), The Alexander & Buono Foundation, that has helped more than three hundred classical artists further their careers. Many are studying and/or performing at some of the most prestigious universities, conservatories, and theaters in the world. I’m making a living doing what I love, while giving others much-needed guidance. To quote Gershwin, “Who could ask for anything more?”
Holland Gregg Holland Gregg from Skaneateles, NY wrote on August 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm:
Ever since I worked a summer job in a factory, I knew I could not work for someone else. My goal from the very beginning was to learn through experience and then jump into my own business.

I first jumped after my junior year in college (Colby College in Maine) and formed a rock and roll band in 1971. It was there that I learned the dynamics and felt the intensity of running a business, as crazy as it was. I did that for 6 years and then got a “real job” in ad agency and got married.

But I still felt like a caged animal.

I jumped again and started a video production company when I was 35 years old, with a wife and two young children. Ever since then I have owned and operated my own businesses and never looked back.

Driving the car is much more fun than riding! The highs are much higher and the lows are much lower, but it is “real life” and it has always been incredibly stimulating to me.

It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is a blast if you take your work and your customers seriously and don’t mind living on the edge a lot of the time.

My wife and I have owned and operated PATIENCE BREWSTER, INC. since 2002 and this has been an wonderful successful adventure from the very beginning, mostly because she is so talented and people love her work.
Erika Sheby Erika Sheby from River Vale wrote on June 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm:
I didn’t originally set out to become an entrepreneur. It all started with an idea of creating a baby sock that would actually stay on my baby's feet. I was a new mom and just had my second child. I was getting frustrated with my baby’s socks constantly falling off their feet and I couldn’t find socks in baby stores that were constructed well so as to avoid this nuisance.



I used to watch the show “Quirky” on the Sun-dance Channel a few years ago. While the show no longer exists, the company certainly does. The way Quirky works is you submit your idea on their website. You then need to secure 200 or more votes on your idea and then it moves to the next level for product review. During the product review, Quirky determines if they want to produce your product (for which the creator would receive a royalty on). Well, I DID receive the 200 required votes (along with some great feedback). However, Quirky later informed me that they do not produce any type of apparel.



After being discouraged for maybe a minute, I decided I would pursue my sock idea on my own. I researched various sock manufacturers and worked with them on the design, fit and packaging. I came up with a logo, created a website and put together a business plan and strategy for launching my new company. I found a void in the marketplace and took it upon myself to fix the problem and come up with a solution that I knew other parents were looking for. That’s when I became an entrepreneur and created babyfitFOREVER.




Enter babyfitFOREVER, socks designed specifically to meet parents’ and babies’ needs – the need to keep baby feet warm and to save parent’s time from searching for missing socks or having to go to the store to buy new ones! My desire to provide products that are stylish, and most importantly fit, led me to expand the babyfitFOREVER product line to now include children’s gloves for ages 3-5. My goal is to continue to build upon the babyfitFOREVER brand and introduce new and exciting products to consumers.
Jerry Mastrofilippo Jerry Mastrofilippo from Allentown wrote on May 19, 2015 at 11:56 am:
Jerry chose to start his own franchise so he could take control of his own success and build a stable future for his family. Jerry has a unique perspective unlike any Window Genie franchise partner before him; 10 years of working for and growing with a business he would eventually venture out and start himself!

We love Jerry’s story! For the last 10 years, Jerry worked as lead technician and field manager for Steve Sarafin… Steve is the owner of Window Genie of NW New Jersey. Steve opened his franchise in 2000 and has held the title of “sales leader” almost every year since… so what we’re saying is Jerry came from a very successful franchise under great leadership. We’re incredibly grateful that Steve was gracious enough to give an amazing, indispensable employee his blessing to branch out on his own.

Having seen first-hand the potential for growth, success and an attractive work-life balance, Jerry said he chose to branch out on his own so he could build a stable future for his family. “I worked for Window Genie’s top earning franchise location for 10 years; I learned from the best. While I had a great boss and enjoyed the job, I felt ready to be my own boss. Since getting married and having kids I wanted to find a way to have my own say in balancing work while still being able to be there for my wife and kids as much as possible. Being my own boss and working in a field I have a great deal of experience in allows me that opportunity. I’m grateful for everything I learned while working for Steve and hope to earn as much success as he did as a business owner.”

For Jerry, Window Genie represented a chance to live out his dream of being his own boss without the risks of going it alone. “The service industry is dear to me, and Window Genie’s stellar reputation in the field conveys a great deal of credibility,” said Jerry. “I knew that starting a business backed by the Window Genie name would let me get started on the right foot. Steve’s experience working with the franchise system was always positive, he assured me I would always receive the support I needed from not only the corporate team but fellow franchise partners. That makes a huge difference and has put my mind at ease. I’m excited to branch out on my own and see what I’m made of.”
Nicole Royer Nicole Royer from Saginaw, MI wrote on May 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm:
Starting a business has always been the most natural thing in the world for me. When I was young, I would build simple businesses, like a paper hat shop, and sell them to my family. The older I got, the more complex, like creating a babysitting business with a website (in the early-mid 90s) that put together discount date night packages for couples. Since the early days, I just kept building businesses.

When I went to college, I still worked full-time as a temp marketing assistant, as well as a freelance event planner. A few years in, I realized that college wasn't for me - I needed more hands on experience. I sought out mentors and learned business from the best, who in turn had me help their struggling business investments.

For the past 12 years, I have put my heart and soul into building businesses from every industry imaginable, from the obscure to the mainstream. Not only have I created many of my own, but I have helped over 100 entrepreneurs successfully build businesses that withstood the typical start-up failure rate. I couldn't imagine doing anything else!
Betty Wolfe Betty Wolfe from Jacksonville, Fl wrote on May 6, 2015 at 4:58 am:
After turning 40 and seeing what seemed like rapid skin aging, I became interested in which ingredients would provide the best results. Over the next year of researching product ingredients I discovered how much I didn't understand about how the skin works or how the different types of ingredientswork together. I worked with advisors, a pharmacist, and a chemist studying product development, I finally decided to create my own natural range of products featuring botanical extracts. More than our unrelenting passion for our products, Total SkinCare Solutions offers a commitment to customer advocacy and education.
bikini pressure washing bikini pressure washing from Lakeland wrote on May 5, 2015 at 7:36 am:
Hi my is Ashlee. I decited to open my own business because I am I stay at home mom with 5 kid's. I take the older ones to school at 730 get in the car line at 130 to pick them up from school meanwhile I have my two year old with me all day.I needed a job that would fit my schedule between the hours of my kids were in school there is a another successful business in Lakeland called bikini bottom pool service that has been successful for 15 years .with that being said I thought well my business for sure would be a hit so I filed for my business license claim to my name but my pressure washer and this is my first month of being in business did not take off like I wanted because I have no money to advertise to show people of this new business.I have plenty of experience pressure washing so I just figured I'd put it to good use with bikini pressure washing I can get a tan on while making money.yes you have to be careful because there are some weirdos and some pervert out there so you just have to be careful where you go.
Gresham Harkless Jr. Gresham Harkless Jr. from http://ceoblognation.com/2015/01/started-ceo-blog-nation/ wrote on May 5, 2015 at 12:05 am:
Saw an Unfulfilled Market
For me being an entrepreneur was something I now know I was before I completely understood what the word was. As I became older, I began to understand a little more about what it meant. It was more than just a word to me. It was an identity. I started many different types of “businesses” everything from selling potato chips to customized necklaces, music CD’s to starting a nonprofit organization with one of my friends from high school to an editing business. The list goes on and on. So, when I came across the word entrepreneur and really delved into understanding what it meant, I felt at “home”. I started to study it even more voraciously than anything I had in the past and even devoted my Capstone project for my Masters Degree to study Sports Entrepreneurs and specifically creating a program called EXECUTE: The Sports Entrepreneur Playbook. For this project, I interviewed entrepreneurs and business owners in the sports industry and I found 10 universal traits that made up sports entrepreneurs. From there, I developed a program that anyone could use to improve their entrepreneurial skills and become a sports entrepreneur. Little did I know this project probably laid the foundation for CEO Blog Nation.

After I graduated, I started doing freelance writing for Patch, specifically having a column called the Entrepreneur’s Spotlight where I interviewed entrepreneurs and business owners in the Lake Ridge, Virginia area and wrote their story. It was during this time where I felt even more alive. Hearing the guts and boldness of these entrepreneurs and business owners was nothing short of inspirational. As I wrote more and more, I began to see that these stories weren’t really being told. While there were resources on the internet, it just wasn’t enough. I also noticed that when I would send out the published stories to the entrepreneurs and business owners they were so happy to send it out to their friends, families and business colleagues. It was as if they were yearning for a voice.

Unfortunately or fortunately, I tore my achilles tendon while playing basketball and I was forced to spend extended time in bed and it was there that the first of the blogs was born–Hearpreneur. Being unable to move around and talk with entrepreneurs and business owners for my Patch posts, I leveraged technology like HARO, Social Media, and Skype and was still able to tell stories and grow the blog. It was also then that I began understanding that people didn’t come to sites for 1 specific reason, to just hear stories, they came for multiple reasons and felt connected because of things like location, industries, gender, race, and purpose. It was there that the foundation for CEO Blog Nation was born and the idea behind it.

We’ve been growing ever since and we will continue to because at our core we have the heart of an entrepreneur and while we chose the name CEO which people often use for large companies, most of the entrepreneurs and business owners we have spoken with have a drive and a goal to grow and build their business to not necessarily be on the Fortune 500 but to change the world, create jobs, and build something awesome. We hope to capture that on our sites and celebrate entrepreneurs, startups and business owners.
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