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Publisher's Summary

"Never started a company before? Struggling with little or no cash? Have no experience, no baseline to judge your progress against? Thank God! You've got a shot at making this work."
So says Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, a business book that is so uniquely useful, so raw and entertaining, it reads like the brainchild of Steve Jobs and Chris Rock.
The founder of three multimillion-dollar companies, including Obsidian Launch, a company that partners with first-time entrepreneurs to grow their concepts into industry leaders, Mike Michalowicz knows what it really takes to spin your great idea into pure gold.
Whether you're just starting out or have been at this for years, Mike's "get real" approach to business is a much-needed, swift kick in the pants. In this book, you'll discover:

Why a business plan is a total waste of your time
Why fulfilling your own needs is the first and last order of business
Which three sheets of paper you need to successfully launch, manage, and grow your business
How to get started in business with little or no money
How to find and exploit resources that no one else knows about
How to stop procrastinating and take action NOW!
©2008 Mike Michalowicz (P)2013 Mike Michalowicz
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3 out of 5 stars
By sop on 02-13-15

Read in reverse order

This is the first book in Mike's series of books and having listened to them in reverse order, the insights Mike provides in later books with regards to the context in which this book played out help put it into perspective.

A great performance with a good story but I would encourage everyone to read Mike's other books first.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Javier on 12-31-14

I am a TPE

What did you love best about The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur?

Ironically, I read this book last of all 3 of Mike's books. Still loved it. I am have had a company for almost 2 years and though much of the book still applies to me, I only wish I read it 2 years ago. I love that Mike brings it as he is, like it or not!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mike! As a young business owner I felt the chill in my spine and fire in my stomach when Mike mentioned he started at 24 years old; I am 24 now.

Any additional comments?

Having read all 3 of Mike's books I can honestly say they speak for themselves. Even if you don't like the accents and cheesy humor, you will eventually! If I ever have the pleasure of meeting Mike Michalowicz someday I only hope to buy him a beer! Cheers, Mike!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 03-06-18

energising and powerful

this is a honest no holds barred book that will give you the energy and motivation to just get on with it and try and Crush the fears that are stopping you and have been stopping you the last number of years Mike is a bit of a wacky American but it goes well with this book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joe Jones on 05-04-17

Really good

I listened to this book over the course of about a day. It was really well read - that's the advantage of the author reading it too you - but also well written, insightful and funny.

I can't speak for the efficacy of the advice, I haven't "taken action" yet. So that's the only problem - lots of little actions and tasks throughout the book, which are great, but I never get around to doing them when I listen to rather than read a book!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Econcleaning on 03-03-16

It's ok, has some good points

If your in a start up read it, if your running your business already put it to the back burn and read when you have time.

Over all it's a good business book but does go over a lot of the points that other business books do as, more for the start up side of business.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bachir El Khoury on 02-04-17

A must read for every startup

Every startup must read this. Whilst everyone is running to raise capital they don't need, I always think thy have to exhaust they're time and resources first. They have to become toilet entrepreneurs first! Loved it 5 stars

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