Author Archives: Mike Michalowicz

About Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-KAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With no experience, no contacts and no savings he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar business. Then he did it again. And again. Now he is doing it for other entrepreneurs. Mike is the CEO of Provendus Group, a consulting firm that ignites explosive growth in companies that have plateaued; is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is MSNBC’s business make-over expert; is a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and is the author of the cult classic book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His newest book, The Pumpkin Plan has already been called “the next E-myth!”

Mondays with Mike: 6 Strategies for Keeping your Staff (and You!) on Track

There’s nothing better than a great day in the office – the kind of day when sales are great, everyone’s focused, collaborating, and producing great results, and work doesn’t feel like anything but a total pleasure.  When everything runs smoothly, working with other people is fantastic. But what about those days when you can’t even […]


Mondays with Mike: The Best Marketing You Don’t Have To Pay For

Whether you enjoy it or not, you have to deal with marketing your business.  You need new customers, and most of them aren’t going to walk through your door just because you exist.  You can try direct mail.  You can work up a series of emails designed to bring new clients in.  You can run […]


Mondays with Mike: When Should You Prepare For Year End? Right Now!

One of the biggest mistakes I see over and over is failing to adequately prepare your business for year end.  If you wait until December, you’re sunk.  In the flurry of holiday obligations, you’re practically guaranteed to miss important details that can help you end the year strong and be ready to attack the new […]


Mondays with Mike: Last Minute Speech? No Problem!

It’s happened to all of us.  A colleague is retiring, and someone asks you to say a few words.  Or you’re given an unexpected award, and the next thing you know people are banging on the table and demanding you give an impromptu speech.  Even though I’m a professional, seasoned public speaker, I still get […]


Mondays with Mike: 7 Tips For Flying Like A Pro

I fly a lot.  My speaking engagements all over the world mean that I log about 100,000 miles annually, and believe me – I’ve got it down to a science.  Here’s my top list of ways to make your travel much more pleasant. 1. Join a club.  If there’s one tip that’s an absolute must, […]


Mondays with Mike: 6 Steps To Discouraging Great Employees

It’s so disappointing when you make a great hire, and your new employee ends up being a lousy fit for your company.  Now sometimes things just don’t work out, and it may not be anyone’s fault, but from time to time we end up sabotaging our staff without even realizing it.  Improve your employee retention […]


Mondays with Mike: 7 Qualities of Adored Entrepreneurs

Some people just have it.  You know the ones – the restaurant owner who can trust her staff to run the place like it’s their own.  The accountant whose bookkeepers go above and beyond the call of duty for every client, just to make the boss proud.  We may stand in awe of the magnetic […]


Mondays with Mike: The 8 Indicators Of Lousy Decisions

My many years of being an entrepreneur have taught me that one of the most important roles we play is decision maker.  While every member of our staff may contribute to our success, when it comes down to making the tough calls, it’s all on our shoulders.  Here are some traits and motivators that I’ve learned […]


Mondays with Mike: Strategies For Getting Your Spouse To Support Your Business

I like to think of myself as a self-made man.  I’ve started and sold businesses for millions, and I’ve worked hard to get where I am today.  But if I’m being completely honest, I’ll admit I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife.  Though she hasn’t always agreed with every business decision […]



 
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