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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.

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IOM Partners IOM Partners from Houston wrote on April 17, 2018 at 4:42 am:
IOM Partners of Houston, TX is the top most Web Design Houston firm that is engaged in the designing of bespoke mobile responsive and UI/UX rich websites that have some of the finest navigable features. It is one of the leading web design companies in Texas that is into the exclusive arena of designing mobile friendly websites that have high page loading speed and adapts to all screen size and resolutions.
Larry Medcalf Larry Medcalf from Greenwood wrote on April 17, 2018 at 12:17 am:
I'm a health insurance broker and from time to time I would come across a customer that was a small business owner or wanted to start a business and I would discuss how their tax deductions would effect their AGI which in turn would effect their subsidy on the exchange. I would enroll these customers in a program that I was a member of. The program thought people how to get the biggest tax benefit of being self employed. It wasn't a bad program but most(if not all)of the information was easily available online for free. I decided that I could offer people this same information by linking to the various sources online and instead of just giving information I could offer benefits that my health insurance customers could really use. Things like 24/7 access to a doctor, Rx discounts and Medical Bill Discounting. Also for those that wanted to, they could join me in offering my new program to others and I would show these people online how to get the most out of being self employed.
The member dues ended up being less than half of what I and others were paying with the old company so it's been easy to sign customers up. It's a new experience too and that's been a whole lot of fun learning to market the site and bring on new vendors.
rd smith rd smith from chicago wrote on January 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm:
I had a friend in college 20 years ago who had a software company that made $250k.

I knew that technology and software would grow so I wanted to be a part of it.

I started my software company to address automation and marketing needs of small businesses.

Software ranges from press release writing, SEO, to keyword audits.
Seth Obetz Seth Obetz from Lancaster, PA wrote on December 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm:
We started Amerigreen Energy in 2005 in the infancy of the biodiesel market when we realized there wasn't any infrastructure to blend biodiesel with diesel fuel. We approached a petroleum pipeline terminal operator and pitched our idea to them. Their first response was "bio what?". In the end they agreed to build the first computerized, fully automated biodiesel blending system in the U.S. PA DEP and the EPA were instrumental in providing matching grants to fund the project. Biodiesel is green and it is red, white & blue so we brainstormed the name Amerigreen. We started marketing biodiesel blended with diesel fuel from that first terminal in PA and today we are one of the preeminent biodiesel marketers in the country.
Steven Becker, D.C. Steven Becker, D.C. from Los Angeles wrote on December 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm:
I started my business to help people with their health. I also wanted to be my own boss and be able to go anywhere I wanted to with my profession. You can't do that with a job or working for someone else.
Richard Liebespach Richard Liebespach from Valrico wrote on October 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm:
Self-Protection Essentials...
I am interested in the most importan 5 seconds of your life. The time you will need to get to safety when you are attacked.
I didn't always phrase it that way. I used to be in IT and when between jobs, while talking with people I would describe myself as a Computer Programmer by day, a Karate Instructor by night, every other weekend teaching Concealed Weapons Permits.... when talking with friends I would point out that if it wasn't a matter of money, I'd rather be teaching karate.
One night a couple friends asked me, "well, how do you get there from here?"
After some brainstorming It was proposed that I teach self-defense to women in the workplace. We looked at the business model and it seemed achievable. Three days later I realized I did not want to teach self-defense. I wanted to teach Self-Protection.
Self-defense is: Oh My God! I'm being attacked! Now what do I do?!?
Self-Protection is: Let's not go there in the first place, but if that is where you end up, it is having the tools you need to Get to Safety.
I have been teaching Self-Protection ever since.
I am a Speaker\Trainer. I am available for corporate presentations, team building and training on the topics listed on my website.
Crystal Batson Crystal Batson from Jefferson wrote on October 27, 2017 at 11:18 am:
I am a new business and I have started my business because i feel that I am one of the best in the Nation at what I do. I chose a very unique name for my Business because I wanted something DIFFERENT. But I am thinking it may have backfired as I have had much trouble getting up and going. I am one of only 4 Genetic Genealogist in the U.S. that I know of that are also Private Investigators.
Allison Gallagher Allison Gallagher from Hammonton wrote on October 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm:
Because I Couldn't Find What I Needed So I Created It!

I am a professional photographer and have been in business since 2005. In 2016 I realized I had become complacent in my work and business slowed. I then knew I needed a very specific Life organizer/ day planner. One that would push me in business, never let me rest on my laurels, kept my mom life organized, and empowered me as a woman entrepreneur. I was LITERALLY sitting in my hair stylist's chair on Jan 4th 2017 when I told her I couldn't get my hands on the exact planner I needed and she told me maybe I should create my own. That is exactly what I did! I worked for half of 2017 with a designer and created the Ladypreneur Life Organizer + Day Director. The day planner for the Lady Boss wanting to
maximize her hustle while living a balanced + inspired life! It has LITERALLY changed my life and now it is time to sell, sell, sell to change the lives of others <3
Denise Williams Denise Williams from High Desert, CA wrote on July 17, 2017 at 2:28 am:
I started my business because I couldn't afford child care cost.
After I had my 2nd child, I knew finding a sitter was going to be hard. It was already hard paying out of pocket for the first child and I had waited 5 years to have another; but when I found out I was pregnant again with baby number 3; I knew I wasn't going to be able to go back to work. Being a middle class family that does not qualify for public assistance; owns our own home[s] and assets, cars, and so on; we would not be able to get help. Starting something from home seemed like a no brainer and in no time I was up and running on eBay and similar sites selling whatever I could. Later I began to make and create custom hair extensions which then led me to my own site and which is also how I became a self made manufacturer. Handmaking my own items such as clip in hair and fusion hair; I knew there was a space in the online marketplace for me. Since then; I have been going almost 7 years strong working from home and I wouldn't have it any other way. There are lots of things you can do online and from home to make a living. I say give it a try and keep on striving for more and more. It's not a million dollar business but it allows me to stay at home with my children, take and pick them up from school and best of all; NO CHILD CARE EXPENSES!
Alexander Cooper Alexander Cooper from Collyweston wrote on July 7, 2017 at 7:35 am:
I always had a dream to make a film. After my father passed away, I later got fired from my job and couldn't find alternative employment. So I decided to just do it and started looking for a suitable script. It all snowballed from there really.
Naqi Naqi from Dubai wrote on May 28, 2017 at 9:34 am:
Starting a business has always been the most natural thing in the world for me. Since the early days, I just kept building businesses.

When I went to college, I was working as a freelance Web developer. 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 7 years, I have put my heart and soul into building businesses from I.T. industry.
William Chou William Chou wrote on November 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm:
I wanted to make a difference in the world. I wanted to do something grand. I always believed I had it in me when others did not and everyone I met did not have such ambitions.
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!
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