This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Mike explains how he made over a million dollars and then lost it, from a form of bad thinking pervasive among small business owners. "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles", a.k.a. "GAAP", describe profit as 'what remains after expenses are subtracted from revenue'. A simple transposition, Mike suggests, extracting an owner's profit before paying expenses, can help entrepreneurs to avoid making the same mistakes.
Mike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-’kal-ō-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!”
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