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One of the most meaningful things for me when doing this project was how much I was able to learn about starting my own business. My dream would be to start my own clothing business and although it isn’t the same field as the person I interviewed (Jose Camarena) I am still able to take away tips that he stated for future and aspiring entrepreneurs. I will be more aware of how businesses actually work and that I shouldn’t give up on pursuing it because it may be a lot of work but I know that if I push myself I will be able to do it. He also discussed certain things in his business that he deals with or has dealt with like managing money, having good employees, and having confidence. Looking back on those specific things that he said these really stood out to me. I think that they are key factors of the making a business become successful. Taking these tips into consideration will help me in the future and motivate me to excel in my career. Another meaningful thing that I learned from doing this project was that it is definitely not an easy thing you can do overnight. I need to have confidence and determination in order to make my dream become a reality. My interview with Mr. Camarena taught me a lot about dealing with those challenges that I may face. He was able to start his own business after leaving a company that he had been with for years and he has made it work. Mr. Camarena has also influenced me by being completely honest in his interview and telling me the good and the bad I may face but that I as well as future entrepreneurs should not sweat the small stuff. Focusing on the positive when I decide to start this journey and taking this advice from him will help me out immensely.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 01:34:35

This project is meaningful to me because it gave me perspective from a childhood friend where he is achieving a successful business at an early age. I can learn from his mistakes and upbringings, also ask advice if I decide to purse business life aspect. In this BUSM66 course it gave me fresh look on ways to approach my style of business. Using the major keys in each chapter throughout this semester helps me prepare for the future. If I decide to make a business I could use some knowledge about the keys points in this interview. I’ve gained confidence down the future to start-up a business as a sole-proprietorship or even a partnership. By taking business classes will help succeed in my journey as a business man
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 01:27:11

Starting a business has probably crossed a lot of peoples mind, I know it’s crossed mine. This project shows how some people come into starting their own business. Some people knew that want to start their business and others just come across a talent they have and then starts a business for it. You don’t have to start a normal business like a restaurant or a fashion store, you can start whatever business you want. You don’t even need a store front to start one, you can just have a Facebook page with all of your work and contact information for people. This project allowed us to get inside on how they started their business and what maybe we should know before starting our own. They are able to tell you tips that maybe they wished they had when they were getting to their business but didn’t. They are really helpful with any questions regarding starting a business because they had to go through what you’re about to go through if you’re going to start a business. Granted every business is different is going to be different but this information can help you in different situations. I can relate to my entrepreneur because she never really thought about getting into this business, she just happened to be good at it, just like how I baked and it turned out that I’m pretty good at it. Now I want to open my own bakery or bakery truck something like that, and that’s why I am taking different business classes so that I can be prepared for opening my own business.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 01:15:56

The most meaningful parts of this project to me personally is the opportunity to hear of a business success from an individual who has lived through the entire process. Also important is the personal eye opener that came with that. Hearing from the business owner made me think of several things. The main thing is networking. In order to really thrive, it helps to have individuals or other businesses working with or helping you. Such as the chiropracting company using law firms to help them accumulate patients. I believe that in the future I should really consider positive ways to network with my business. To be honest before this report networking was not something I have really considered or put much thought to. Also, another eye opener was about generating my startup money for my business. I was dead set on depending on the bank for a loan to help me start up my business for I have never personally tried to get a loan, I just knew of them. After doing this project and hearing what the entrepreneur had to say about getting loans to start businesses I was glad it was brought to my attention sooner than later. Turns out banks are probably the worst source to depend on for a loan, unless it’s a different type of loan. The business owner I spoke with said “The bank does not want to give you money unless you don’t really need it”. After hearing him say that I immediately started to ponder of other ways to get startup money. This turned out to probably be the most beneficial advice I was given during this interview.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-26 18:16:36

The most meaningful topic about this project is that it gave us the opportunity to talk to individuals who once had similar dreams to ours and see how they slowly worked their up into the business world and made their dreams become reality. I found it very helpful to be able to take advantage of this project and be able to answer questions which could provide us with an insight into the business world and learn how individuals began their company and the steps they took. Furthermore, not only did it give us personal information but it also provided the opportunity to ask the interviewee other questions aside from the project helped me to obtain a certain mindset and think about other options which I had never thought of before. The interview also aided me to know how to start a painting business as it has been an idea I've had since I do have experience in that region as well as my family members. The opportunity given to be able to get information from rising individuals means a lot as they were once in my seat and its inspiring to know anything is possible if you work hard enough. The project provided helped me to get a better sense of how managing a business works and the intimidating fact that it will never be easy; however, not impossible. It helped me obtain a more in depth perspective of the business world and helped me understand that in order to succeed you must have passion as that will push you to succeed when in tough situations as they will cross your path sooner or later. Furthermore, the assignment also helped me to realize just how important keeping as well as making relationships with customers as they are the ones who keep your company moving forward besides our-self. Customers relations are extremely important when starting since they may refer you to other individuals which can eventually become clients making it very important to always satisfy existing customers. Ultimately, the most helpful resource was Marco as he illustrated his strategy to succeed and he also explained how taking risks may not always seem as the correct choice, but they may result in a better outcome than expected which really inspired me as starting your own business is always a risk.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-26 14:00:45

The most meaningful thing about this project was the one on one time with the Entrepreneur because I could tell she enjoyed telling her story. She was proud and enthusiastic about proving all this information on her business. It was a small way for her to brag. It was helpful to myself, learning from her experience and how she overcame obstacles. It made me realize how hard something can be yet rewarding, once the time and effort are put in. Yet it doesn’t end there you must continue to work and provide quality goods and services to your customers to keep them coming back.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-26 11:17:56

The most meaningful about this project is that I got to learned from a small business owner, that not everything is easy when it comes to opening a restaurant or a business . Also, learned that everything has it place. It can also be difficult because you may not have the experience to open up your own business and it can go down the drain either in 1 month or less then a year that’s you always got be on top of your business . Most of the experience was really good to know a different prospective of the business world. Hopefully one day I can open a business and enjoy what like doing because don’t want to open a business that’s not going make me money.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-26 04:36:05

Interviewing an entrepreneur provided a lot of insight in terms of the challenges that one can face and how rewarding it can be. Being an entrepreneur is not easy but it requires a lot of persistence and passion for whatever the goal may be. It is a choice that requires the dedication to explore and study the market. Being an entrepreneur and starting a business can mean working long hours, sometimes double shifts and working as well as learning every position of every department of your startup. This project provided a lot of meaning and allowed me to peer into the life of my interviewee and how she balances life with business. Although I would have thought that being a teen mom, going to college and working long hours at different jobs was tough, the way she talked to me about her magazine made it seem like it was nothing because she seemed personally fulfilled. For her, I felt it was more of her art being displayed as something that was way more rewarding. Another meaningful thing was the way my interviewee funded her business. Being in debt after graduating college and being turned down after asking her parents for a loan helped her pivot her way of thinking. She sought out ways to fund her magazine. In her case, it meant picking up an extra job and sacrificing certain things she might have enjoyed. She is running her business now, thinking about expanding and growing her magazine business in all kinds of ways while being debt free. Some of the things she spoke with me about sounded tough but her passion made it seem like it was not a big deal. Even though she had her ups and downs as well as adversaries she only saw an opportunity and viewed things with an open mind. I found her way of thinking to be admirable. I truly feel that it is a very good quality she possesses. Being sick also made her realize how much harm it also caused her business, which is why she is in the process of establishing a partnership. She says to have a lot of goals and a long way to go and is actively working to put some of those together as of this moment. My interviewee went to school for design because this was something she really enjoyed doing. After getting a position for the local city as an art director, she found her boss to be quite mean. Her boss made it difficult for her and brought her down to the point that she wanted to give up. She never stood up for herself, when she felt she should have. However, she is glad that she had him tell her she would never make it and that she was not good because now she is doing what she loves. Having such a terrible boss, helped her push herself to get the magazine running. The school she taught at had shut down and ultimately lost her job and she began to do some freelance work. She used her layoff as a time to focus on her magazine and make some new changes. Along the way, she has also made mistakes while on the job like having one too many drinks and forgetting her interview with singer Tyga.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-26 03:22:28

This project has been very meaningful to me for several reasons. It allowed me to pick the brain of a young entrepreneur, and has inspired and encouraged me that I can start my own business one day. Talking to this entrepreneur showed me that if you have a passion for something you could turn it into a business. I always enjoy listening to a company’s start up story. This project gave me perspective on how things go and how one person did it his way. I made a new friend along the way as well. We had a good time during the interview; a lot of laughs were shared. I see how his company is doing now and I hope him the best in the future. As for me, I now know a little better on what I should be doing and learning to start up my own business. I will take his advice and start practicing now so when my time comes I will already be ahead of the curve. Him giving me his three “Must Do’s” to thrive in a business is probably the best insight he gave me because he has done it already and knows that it must be done for your work to work. Trust is a major key in any business and it helps build relationships. I am going to try to build stronger relationships with people I meet in the future so if needed I can come back and ask them for help or support. And once my business gets off the ground I will be humble about it and let the service speak for itself instead of boasting or disgracing others. Reputation and self-image is important to your business because its how other people perceive you that attracts them to your business. Overall this project has given me another look and a better perspective on business.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-26 02:38:31

The most meaningful piece of information to me throughout this project was the amount of value that integrity within a business withholds. I took this important piece of information to the heart simply because my father too constantly encourages me to the same. I have worked alongside my father since the age of six. Although a mere child, I was able to observe my father's hard labor and competent customer service. My father and my family have done landscaping work for as long as I can remember. Every different job site I have visited throughout my life has taught me special skills that every entrepreneur should obtain. Being the first born, eldest, and bilingual sibling in my family I began to accumulate obligations that got me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to the real world. Since my father's English was not as fluent as mine at the time, he counted on me to translate between he and our clients. Luckily, I didn't have to much trouble communicating with professional individuals because many of them valued my intention of helping my father get the job. As time went on, we began to obtain several returning clients that would contact us for yearly or seasonal work. In every job sight that I have accompanied my father to, we have always left behind quality work. I know this because several of our clients have created a bond of trust towards not only my father but my entire family. Not many people tend to trust their gardeners or landscapers with ease of access to one's home, unless that person or team grasps on to integrity. We live in a world where, sad to say, deceit over rules the majority of trust embedded on society. I have learned from wise individuals such as my father, the entrepreneur interviewed, and many more people that owning up to one's mistakes and performing with the best of intentions is the ultimate strategy of not only obtaining clients but obtaining life long friendships with the utmost respect from appreciative customers. The success of an entrepreneur depends on the amount of passion that he or she positions into a business. He who speaks with the truth is likely to be considered for future reference, but he who fabricates will be immediately exiled for remark. Overall, this project was of great importance to me because it broadened my understanding of pathways to becoming a successful business owner.
Date Submitted: 2017-04-26 00:51:49

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