Who Am I?
My name is Adam Gottlieb, and I'll start off by saying that much of the inspiration for this site is due to my father. Growing up, I watched him spend countless hours after he'd come home from a day's work trying to conjure up the next big invention.
One memorable item was a clothes drying rack that you put on the trunk of your car. (It surprisingly came in handy whenever we'd go on family road trips.) He was a regular at the neighborhood yard sales and the local thrift shop, where he would acquire ample parts for all his "creations."
Though none of his ideas ever took off, it made an undeniable impression on me. I learned importance of thinking outside of the box, the value of hard work, and of making the most out of just about anything. Armed with these qualities, I started my first, humble business when I was ten years old: repairing and refurbishing bicycles.
Years later, I became a small business consultant with a focus on brick and mortar companies of usually no more than 25 employees. I helped these small businesses better manage their resources (both the human ones and the physical ones) by focusing on the relationship side of doing business-meaning the relationships business owners have with their workers, their customers, their business partners, their investors, and most importantly, themselves. I have always been particularly passionate about small businesses (a fact that I hope comes through on this site), since small companies tend to reveal the unique character and qualities of their owners. It's a feature that often gets lost in bigger businesses.
What is The Frugal Entrepreneur All About?
This site was born after I spent several frustrating hours one day searching for a few free online examples of some business documents that I needed. I found many examples, but most of it was unusable. I decided that I wanted to create a place where other frugal entrepreneurs and small business owners could find the small business tips, tools, and resources they need to help them run their businesses.
The truth is there's a lot of good content and resources available to small business owners these days, much of it for free or low-cost, but you really have to dig sometimes to get at it. With this site, I hope to bridge the gap between these resources and information and the businesses that need them so that business owners can devote those long, frustrating hours of searching towards other, more productive endeavors.
Where Should You Start?
free resources that small business owners have found helpful:
- The Frugal Entrepreneur's List of Free Business Tools
- The Best Free Online Courses and Training for Small Business Owners
- 20 Sites to Help You Get a microloan for Your Small Business or Start-up
- The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Good Virtual Assistant
- 10 Types of Alternative Financing Explained
- Frugal Business Travel Tips for the Thrifty Road Warrior
Now that you know a little bit about me and this site, welcome again. Have a look around. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please fill in the comments box below or send me an email to: adam[at]frugalentrepreneur[dot]com
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