Marie Leslie Media Entrepreneurship Survey
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. My goal is to have at least 1000 current or former entrepreneurs participate in this survey. I know you are busy, so as a thank you for completing the survey, I am holding periodic drawings for a $50 Amazon gift card. You'll find a spot to enter the drawing at the end of the survey.

I am studying entrepreneurship to learn about the challenges, dreams and motivations of entrepreneurs. Whether you are currently an entrepreneur, or you have been one in the past, your experiences are important to my research. I am looking for both those who were fulfilled by their dreams of entrepreneurship, who were able to start and grow successful companies, and by those who were not. Yes, if you were an entrepreneur with an unsuccessful venture, I would really like you to complete this survey too. Please know your experiences will be every bit as educational and valuable to my research as those who are or have been successful entrepreneurs.

I have included a section with demographic information at the end. Including your name or the name of your business is optional, but please complete the rest. I will be sharing what I learn through my website and eventually a book. If you are willing to be interviewed in more depth either for an entrepreneurship series I will be hosting on my blog, or for additional research as I begin writing, please note that in the demographic section at the end.

If you have any questions about my survey, please feel free to email marie@marieleslie.com

Again, thank you for helping me learn more about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

**If you take this survey, I will receive whatever personal information you choose to share. This information will be securely stored and used in accordance with the terms of this survey as outlined above. If you wish to have your responses removed, please email marie@marieleslie.com with "remove from survey results" in the subject line.**

1. Business Name
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2. What type of business do you run?
Please Describe Your Business--What do you Do?
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Do you outsource any of your work—if so, at what point did you start outsourcing?
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Does your business have employees?
How many years have you been in business?
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How old were you when you started your business?
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How did you get into this field?
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What equipment, supplies or resources did you need to start your business?
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What kind of research/preparation/training did you do before starting your business?
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Did you create a business plan before starting your business?
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If you didn't have a business plan at startup, did you create one later (and how much later if you did)?
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If you needed capital, how did you finance your business?
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If you answered yes to the previous question, at what point did you see financing for your business?
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At what stage was your business profitable?
Is your business your/your family's primary source of income?
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Do you make enough money to support yourself in the lifestyle you planned on?
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What is your biggest entrepreneurial challenge?
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Did your business turn out to be what you expected? Please explain.
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Do you feel you achieved your goals for this business?
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What do you wish you had known before you started?
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What would have made you more successful--or more successful more quickly?
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If there is anything you would do or would have done differently, please explain here.
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What advice would you give to someone who wants to own a business in your field who is just starting out today?
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What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own business (in any field)?
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Are you still running this business?
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If you answered no to the previous questions, how did it end?
Have you started more than one business?
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If you are willing to allow me to interview you in more depth or to be a featured entrepreneur on my website, please provide your contact information here (name & email are fine)
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Current Age
Gender
Current Country/State/Province
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Highest Education Level
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