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The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,239 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
"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 Roc ...more
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Published (first published September 30th 2008)
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Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur is a book written in a conversational and humorous tone on how to get started with your business, even in hard times. Mike Michalowicz takes a down to earth approach in explaining serious business concepts. Unlike most business books that advocate for a business plan as a cornerstone for any business, the book suggests that business plans may not be plausible after all.

Other topics covered include the three sheets of paper needed to effectively start and grow a succ
Viktor Zakharchenko
Михаловиц написал "еще одну" книгу для тех, кто только собирается открывать свое дело. Акцент, безусловно, сделан на технологичных компаниях, но много отсылов и к "физическому" предпринимательству. В книге есть хорошие системные вещи, но в целом - набор банальностей. Проходящая красной нитью цепь подсказок о том, как сэкономить, рассказывает вам про Skype и Google docs. Зато есть хорошие идеи как дешево купить мебель у съезжающих арендаторов. Еще одна находка - нетривиальное описание подхода к в ...more
Dave Ciancio
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoy reading "big thinking" books, as I like to call them. They stimulate my creative juices and desire to be successful at all things in life. This is the first one that really boils it down to important action items, not just concepts. In fact, reading this book made me feel like all the other books of this nature are just too vague or too big thinking and not enough hardcore advice. You can click my screen name, I don't write a lot of reviews but I felt incredibly compelled to sp ...more
Theresa Peoples
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take action in your business!

This is the second book that I have read by Mike michalowicz. I have found that his books are easy to read, very informative and offer Real World experience to be applied to your situation. I have read Profit First and was very impressed and I am as well impressed with the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. You need this book if you're just starting out or if you have a business already and want to define clear actions to move forward and be accountable. I highly recommend t
Bartosz Majewski
That's a book quite similar to Chris's Guillebeau's 100$ startup. Only poorly written. With less concrete information. And focused on offline businesses mostly. What's a strong side is managing profitability and actionable tips about managings scarce resources and cash. It's less than 200 pages but i've struggled a bit through it. Author was a founder of 3 businesses but now he doesn't run any business besides his podcast, books and speaking gigs. I should know better.
Dave Williams
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

If you're a first time entrepreneur then this is the book for you. It's no nonsense and has great advice and motivation for starting a business, especially if you have limited resources. A must read!
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-business
Не понравилась. Скучно(
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good -short to the point

I like it short - very relatable
The beginning sound very good - but get little boring at the end
William Beldham
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Good points. A strain to read.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this when it first came out. Wish I'd paid more attention. The information is pure gold.
Homero Lopez
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Buenos tips

Tiene muy buenos tips para empezar en la vida de emprendedor, algunos a fondo y otros por encima pero relevantes.
Matt Swisshelm
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely entertaining, funny, and insightful.

Loved the book. Can't wait to read the pumpkin plan. Loved profit first as well. Mike definitely knows his stuff.
Patrick Rauland
Overall this business book seemed to go all over the place. I thought it would mostly be about efficiency but it really covered everything. If it was the first business book I ever read I probably would have liked it more.

I did really like the part about immutable laws & daily metrics.

--- My notes from specific sections ---

We we have knowledge of abundance (lots of time or money) we think we have endless amounts of this resource. We don't check to make sure it isn't running out. We assume it
Kevin Cullis
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love all his books.
Alain Burrese
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: success
"The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: The tell-it-like-it-is guide to cleaning up in business, even if you are at the end of your roll" by Mike Michalowicz is not your everyday ordinary business book. It's far from it! First, let me warn you right here, if you can't take a little discussion about bodily functions that call for a roll of toilet paper, or if you are offended by a four letter word or two, maybe the advice from Michalowicz isn't for you. (Please note, these discussions and four letter wor ...more
Matt Wright
Reasonably good with a few gems in there too. I liked the idea of the profit-first account and some of the other ideas regarding equity and debt. Some of the "believe in yourself!" sections are a little clique, but acceptable.

I will be reading his Pumpkin Plan next. Hopefully it's not the same message rehashed in a different book.
Matteo Ortiz
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur is a noteworthy book by Mike Michalowicz which has a focus on Entrepreneurial spirit and mindset. The book The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur is a well written book with many new concepts for people who never got into "mindset" books like this one. The title of the story relates to the core concept of the story is that you don't need a large amount of money to begin something that gives you a lot of return. The story focuses on Michalowicz's story briefly throughout with ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Strong language and plain talk may be just the kick in the rear you need to get started!

Warning: This book contains cuss words. Not something you expect from a business book. Business people are supposed to be button-down, professional, projecting an image at all times. However, this book speaks plainly, using language most of us use, and leaves behind stuffy business jargon and concepts that business newbies probably wouldn't know. The result is a book that pulls no punches and challenges us to
Troy Swinehart
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tpm-books
I saw this one and just had to see about irreverent business leaders. So I am not going to count this against 24 for the year....just a filler for dropping the Cloud Bible book.

Finished it up and as you can tell by the hour of this posting (1:57 am) it has my wheels spinning. Mike Michalowicz is a a must read for anyone considering stepping out of the corporate mainstream and running their own show. Now, to be clear you are not going to set the world on fire with the information provid
Игорь Емельянов
«Стартап без бюджета» на самом деле называется «The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur» или, по-русски говоря, «Туалетнобумажный бизнесмен». Это книга о том как запустить (80% книги) и как развивать (оставшиеся 20%) свой собственный бизнес. Майк Микаловиц, очевидно, задался целью написать ее не только в простом (временами даже резковатом), но и в побуждающем тоне.

Суть метафоры про «туалетнобумажного бизнесмена» Майк объясняет следующим образом: каждый из нас попадал в такую ситуацию, что сидя на унитазе,
Eric Mueller
Wow, I wanted to like this book more-- I love "here's how I did it/how you can do it" books from scrappy entrepreneur types, and that's exactly what this is.

Unfortunately, this book suffers from two big problems:

1. A serious lack of concrete details. I want to know exactly what the author has done, how he was successful at it, etc. Instead, I can hardly tell you what his business(es) are or were. Lots of advice but not a lot of insight about how he came up with the advice. Any book like this is
Matthew Hogan
This is a nice book for the young entrepreneur (both in age and mind) looking for tips on how to get started with their business ASAP and become a Toilet Paper Entrepreneur (someone who takes action and gets started in the entrepreneurship world with limited resources but a creative mind).

Mike Michalowicz is a very down-to-earth author who has a very informal tone as he writes, which was a nice change for me. He really made the book feel more like a conversation with a successful entrepreneur a
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Супер-книга! Если не вестись на модное словечко "стартап", то книга - это краткое пошаговое руководство для малых предпринимателей, начинающих свой собственный бизнес "с нуля" (в т.ч. без денег :)). Очень актуально для нашей страны, чес-слово, я бы эту книгу рекомендовал в качестве школьного учебника для старшеклассников (или студентов)!

Книга очень правильная по бизнес-духу, по идеологии предпринимательства и психологическому настрою. В ней много правильной энергетики, юмора, а местами - и мудро
непоганська книжка, яка досатньо емоційна, щоб читач, спраглий до емоційної підтримки перед очима страху розпочати власну справу, отримав хорошого мотивувального копняка під зад. по-американськи розхристана, чітка й безпардонна, вона звертається до тебе зі знанням справи. тобі залишиться тільки уважно слухати і час від часу витирати бризки слини. я б назвав це радше діалогом-підбадьоренням (зі старшим братом і при умові, що ви обоє хлопці і, я б сказав відверто, в душі - шмаркачі), а не літерату ...more
Kim Maxwell
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I initially read this book because I knew the author in college, but once I started reading it, I was hooked. Mike uses very dollar conscious examples on ways to help your business grow and thrive when your bank account can't support a major financial investment.........from becomming a "test business" for a college class to thinking outside the box..........and sometimes.....way outside the box, Mike ties it all together and has you asking what's next when you have finished the book. He also ma ...more
Emily Fuentes
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I work for an organization, and don't plan on doing my own start-up, I enjoy books for entrepreneurs because they encourage me to reevaluate how I approach my current work. This book encourages the TPE to be passionate about what they do, practical in their spending and to be very focused on what they do well (then slowly expand after success). All are good things to remember and apply in my own work. Additionally, he offers some great free online resources, that established companies fee ...more
Dave Charbonneau
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of four books I recommend for moving projects from mind to market. Anyone who suggests scrapping a business plan, I'm a fan of. I've had the opportunity to work with the author and know him to be a guy who is both funny and gets things done. I feel the first pages of the book are a bit TOO basic for my tastes, but the brand-new entrepreneur might slap me if I recommended skipping them. The book is supported by the author's creativity as he wields his webcam and offers his spoils on YouTube a ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book, love this author's irreverent style. Mike has no time for the conventional approach to starting a business, but greatly simplifies the message into three key "sheets." After reading this book, and having the opening illustration literally burned into my psyche, I cannot enter a restroom (either public or my own bath room in my own home) without first checking to see if I have toilet paper before I take care of my "business." A great book for those who do not possess an MBA degree ...more
Joe Lopardo
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read for both an new aspiring entrepreneur or an individual with a few startups under his or her belt. Really enjoyed the actionable steps at the end of each chapter and the overall writing style. Not to mention I had the pleasure of meeting the author at at an event not to long ago and spend about an hour chatting.. he is the absolute man. Recommended read for anybody wanting to start a business.
Raul Rodriguez
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
No toilet paper? Use your socks! (Seriously)

This book is a humorous yet practical approach to entrepreneurship. It removes your excuses and really makes you think about what's really holding you back (hint: Yourself!). I wish I had read this book years ago. I really enjoyed the tips the author provided throughout the book as well. Overall great read. I already recommended this book to my younger brother and I highly recommend it for you as well!
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