Welcome to Frugal Entrepreneur!

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?

If you are new to the site, then make sure you download my two FREE ebooks:

The Frugal Entrepreneur’s Small Business Start-up Guide and Start-up Checklist. This guide is ideal for start-ups and new companies working with a tight operational budget.

Business on a Shoestring Budget. Learn how you can start saving time and money in your business today with over 150 practical tips and resources.


Other free resources that small business owners have found helpful:

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: thefrugalentrepreneur[at]gmail[dot]com.

Adam Gottlieb
The Frugal Entrepreneur


Disclaimer: I’m not a certified legal or financial professional. “Frugality” does not mean you skimp in those areas where a qualified professional, such as an attorney or CPA should be consulted. The small business tips, small business resources, and other information on this site are for educational purposes; they are meant to get you started in the right direction; but it’s up to you to do the appropiate research.

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  1. Madeline Kammer says

    Dear Adam,

    I appreciate all the time and effort you have put into a site such as this! I have just started a small home business in which I will be creating devotional materials and your information here is greatly blessing me.

    However, I am still learning how to move through some of the suggestions posted. One question I have: (that is probably so obvious, I am going to be embarassed when you answer it!) How do I print the forms? When I go to the download tab, or print document in the menu, my computer does not respond to either demand. Am I supposed to go to another location to actually print the form after viewing it here?

    Again, I thank you for your ability and interest to help those who are searching for answers in this oftentimes overwhelming business world!

    Madeline Kammer

  2. The Frugal Entrepreneur says

    Hi Madeline,

    Thank you for sending your comment… I checked with DocStoc and it appears that they have just changed their set up. Now, people have to pay a fee to download anything from the site. I will be putting up free downloadable links later today.

    Good luck with your business!

  3. JP says

    Having problems downloading forms – Internet Explorer will not allow link. Diagnosis of connectivity did not yield a solution. Any suggestions – would really like to use these forms.

  4. Adam Gottlieb says

    That’s odd… Maybe try another browser. You can another browser via spoon.com without having to download it on to your computer. Let me know if you still have problems.

  5. says


    Good Sunday morning!

    I just came across one of your posts entitled “Why So Many Small Businesses Get Social Media Wrong & Some Ideas to Get It Right ” that you posted on LinkedIn which led me to your blog.

    I have enjoyed several other articles on your site and just wanted to say thanks for the great content.


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