While most other high school kids were simply worried about passing math and physics or finding a job for the summer, Adam Gottlieb was also learning how to manage cash flow, market a business with a limited budget, work with temporary employees, and build real business relationships.
Beginning in high school and throughout his college years, our latest BizSugar Contributor of the Week was also busy running (that’s right running!) several businesses including a mini bike shop, a landscaping business, a painting business, and even a small cookie baking company he co-owned at one point.
“When I graduated college, I decided to avoid the hectic corporate world and instead stake it out on my own as a small business consultant,” Gottlieb recalls.
He spent years working with all kinds of businesses ranging from retail shops to restaurants to independent service providers and even a small mall, helping these companies to leverage their resources and relationships on many levels to become integral parts of their communities.
” I have always been particularly passionate about small businesses, since small companies tend to reveal the unique character and qualities of their owners,” Gottlieb explains. “It’s a feature that often gets lost in bigger businesses. Also, in a small business, those little changes can make a big difference.”
After leaving consulting on a full-time basis, Gottlieb’s next venture would again be inspired by a perceived real world need. He founded his Website, The Frugal Entrepreneur, after spending a few fruitless hours one day trying to find some business resources online, and the rest is history.
“I wanted to create a site where other frugal entrepreneurs and small business owners could find the tips, tools, and resources they need to help them run their businesses, and devote those long, frustrating hours of searching towards other, more productive endeavors,” he explains.
And since he was new to some of the ins and outs of online business, Gottlieb also needed a helping hand.
“I’m a late comer to blogging, and because of this, Bizsugar has been an invaluable tool, helping me to both amplify my content and stay on top of the latest trends affecting small business owners today,” he says.
So what’s next for this busy and frugal entrepreneur? So glad you asked! Gottlieb is working on a new Web resource, Growing Your Business, coming soon.
“One issue that I’ve seen over and over again is that many small businesses owners have a hard time handling those initial stages of growth and development, even if they were able to successfully start up a business,” Gottlieb says. “It’s a trend that is reflected in the often quoted SBA statistic that only half of small business will survive the first five years.”
His new site will be focused on resources that help small business owners create companies that not only survive but grow and thrive.
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