Thursday, August 07, 2008

Could I Be A Toilet Paper Entrepreneur?

First things first, what's a Toilet Paper Entrepreneur? (From the Facebook group)

So, you ask... What the hell is a Toilet Paper Entrepreneur?

Have you ever been sitting on the toilet finishing your business, and then all of a suddenly you realize there are only three sheets of toilet paper left...but somehow you managed to make it work?

This is how a Toilet Paper Entrepreneur runs their business...they make do with what they have and make more and more with less and less.

It's all very inspiring stuff, and the man behind it - Mike Michalowicz is quite a character. He's about 80% positive energy coach, and 20% business consultant. (My kind of guy!)

I especially liked what he had to say because I'm already a big fan of Seth Godin's Small is the new big. That is, small businesses can do remarkable things without lots of cash and resources. Michalowicz takes this one step further in some ways and says that not having is actually a huge advantage. As he put it, nothing makes you fat and dumb like money.

If you're a small business, it's definitely worth following up on. I'm personally curious to see if there's more behind this than just a motivational message (which may actually be enough).

So, am I Toilet Paper Entrepreneur? From what I understand of the term, I think that's a resounding yes. Not only that, but I get to work with fellow TP Entrepreneurs on a daily basis through i2x - which as you would imagine is lots of fun.

Here's a video that tells you a bit more and gives you a great feel for the man behind on this.

Mike Michalowicz, Author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur - The 8 TPE Attributes - Website Video from Toilet Paper on Vimeo.


  1. Anonymous11:17 PM

    Hey Ben,

    I just saw your blog post (Google Alerts is f'ing amazing). Thanks so much for your post and kind words.

    And yes, from what you said, you clearly are one of the few, the proud, the Toilet Paper Entrepreneurs.

    Wishing you HUGE entrepreneurial success, nothing less.

    - Mike Michalowicz

  2. Anonymous1:18 PM

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the post! Love the way you talked about it!

    We are currently looking for officers to add to our group. Would you be interested in helping us with our facebook group?

    Please let me know by contacting me on facebook!

    Have an awesome day!

  3. Thanks Mike!

    To have *the* TPE visit my blog and cool ;-).

  4. Hey Scott,

    I'd love to get involved in the Facebook group. Thanks for the invite.

    See you on FB.