To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt “Thank You”

To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt "Thank You"

Keeping on brand with my “Year of Change,” and after receiving a shocking 2-weeks notice from one of our 5 employees, I will be officially ‘retiring’ from my cushy state job as a forensic scientist today – March 8, 2019 – after 7.5 years on the job. And although my wife, coworkers, and (former) boss all have an issue with me using the word ‘retirement’ 😉 – the facts are that I’ll no longer be working where I’ve worked for over 7 years. I’ll not be collecting that ‘very nice’ paycheck with it’s ‘very nice’ benefits. And frankly – I’m both terrified and overjoyed…   This is the farewell email I sent to my coworkers earlier, and as you can tell – this place left a huge mark on my life.   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   …To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt “Thank You”     I’ll be […]

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Why I Write About Business and How YOU Benefit

Becoming a business owner was one of the most exciting and terrifying moments of my life. Here are the 5 resources that helped me most along the journey #business #personaldevelopment #goals

  Three years ago, my wife and I willingly jumped into the entrepreneurial deep end. And at that moment, effectively put our family under a near 7-figure sum of debt that we won’t shake loose from for a decade. Were we scared at times…? No – we were terrified, stressed, and on-edge for nearly 2 years. But looking back from the other side, I wouldn’t change those nerve-wracking years for anything. They’re what allowed us to pursue and fulfill our professional dream of becoming business owners.   Since we took that leap, our family and our business have been on a rollercoaster ride complete with tremendous highs and some… teachable moments. We earned 140 5-star reviews in our first year of business Grew by 8.7% in our first fiscal year Got blindsided with a 2-weeks notice from one of our most trusted employees Almost went bankrupt (and one of our proudest accomplishments) helped […]

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Introducing a New Series on MikedUp Blog!!

    (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Well, we had a great thing going there… For 41 Friday’s in a row, we shared with you 2 of the greatest and 2 of the worst moments from a generous writer’s life to this point in MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series.   There were debt payoffs, ejections from your kid’s little league games, diagnoses, hot takes, suicide attempts, and everything in between…   I started the Wins and Losses Series for 1 reason alone – to learn from other’s experiences so that we could all improve together. And reflecting from the other side of this series, I’d say we accomplished that mission.   But I feel the time has come to close the chapter on the series.   It’s been a great run, but honestly – I’ve got something shiny, new, and (hopefully you agree) exciting to take its place!! […]

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How to Minimize the Impact of Bad Reviews on your Business

Bad reviews can kill a young business, and the worst part - you can't prevent them 100% of the time. BUT - there's a lot you can do to help your business shine through! #badreviews #reviews #business

Close your eyes and come with me on a journey… It’s Saturday at noon. You and your sig-other are brainstorming new restaurants for dinner tonight. After much deliberation, probably some constructive back-and-forth, and a few “I’m not feeling Mexican tonight’s” you settle on your final two options. Knowing that Saturday night is a sacred thing – and to waste one would be treasonous, at best – making the right selection is critical. If you haven’t done this already, what’s the first thing you’ll do to help aid your decision…? Let’s all say it together: “Check out the restaurant’s good and bad reviews!!”    Thanks, all – I was thinking the same. (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   I could use the same illustration with moving to a new town and looking for a new set of doctors, child care facilities, neighborhoods, dry cleaners, etc… With about 90% of customers reading […]

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How to Increase your Business’ Profit Margin in Under One Year

From Broke to Ballin - Up Your Business' Profit the right way #smallbusiness #profit #reviews #entrepreneur #growth

  Increasing your business’ profit margin can be an incredibly difficult task – especially when you’re juggling bills, chasing down accounts payable, and working to develop your staff to their full potential. Well, we’ve had some time to experience the highs and lows of business ownership, and this post is our step-by-step guide to earning more while doing the work you love.   How to Increase your Business’ Profit Margin in Under One Year    But first – A MikedUp Blog Original:   “We’re on track to come up about $20k short…” As I said the words to my business partner, she was understandably irate.   “Excuse me? $20k… That’s a lot of k’s!!!”   You see, there are great advantages to being in business with your spouse, but explaining the fact that we are about to be broke and maybe not make payroll in three months – is not one of […]

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“I Have Accepted Another Job Offer – This is My 2-Weeks Notice”

"I Have Accepted Another Job Offer - This is My 2-Weeks Notice" #2-weeksnotice #resignation #business #employees #respect

  “Wait… What?!?!” Let me just say off the top that receiving our first version of the “2-weeks notice” flanked the $h_t out of me. I never saw it coming… Not even for a second. But after some time to reflect, process, and move forward – as they say, “Everything happens for a reason.” Now all that’s left to find out is whether that reason will set our family up for the next great step in life complete with increased happiness and wealth… or, if that reason is the start of the financial apocalypse as we know it…     (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   We’ll get back to the 2-weeks notice, but first – a MikedUp Blog original     Don’t know if you’ve heard, but my wife was pregnant with our second child and due back in early January (I don’t say: “we’re pregnant…”).     So […]

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2019 – My Goals, Dreams, and Aspirations for “The Year of Change”

2019 - My Goals, Dreams, and Aspirations for "The Year of Change" #growth #goals #2019 #personaldevelopment #dreams

2018 was busy… We moved our fledgling dental office, MikedUp Blog kinda-sorta exploded (positively), I worked 3 jobs for a while, got too stressed out, then rebounded again, we took on a ton of debt (willingly), our business grew, and (most importantly) – we found out that my wife is pregnant (with #2)!! Whew… I’m tired just from typing out that sentence. While all of those things are amazing (except for the stress – but that ended up being positive in the end), I knew that 2019 would need to be different if I plan to keep up at this pace. So in this post, I will introduce you to my goals, dreams, and aspirations for 2019 – “The Year of Change” (YOC).   Why am I branding 2019 as the Year of Change?   Well, because of a few things. Some big announcements and some smaller ones – some […]

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2018 – The Year and My Goals in Review

2018 - The Year and My Goals in Review #business #family #finance #dreams #goals #2018

Well, hot diggity… Time flies. Way back in January (2018) I was inspired by a fellow blogger’s post in which he outlined his goals for the year ahead. I had vague visions of what goals I hoped to accomplish this year, but in early January – these aspirations weren’t documented. So, in essence, they had a worse chance of becoming realized. With the winds of inspiration at my back, I set out to outline and describe my goals for 2018 (the title picture of this post is worth the click…). I even went so far as to create a spreadsheet for these goals, where I would record values, pass/fail marks, and leave notes about experiences had.   For the first 4-5 months of the year, I killed it with the goals, writing on the spreadsheet included. And over the summer, I published my mid-year recap of the 2018 goals with my […]

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The business of fitness – with Mighty Mick

Mighty Micks is not only a gym in my hometown, but it is also a place to gather, improve together, and better our fitness levels as one group, one community, and… dare I say, one family. This is the story of my entrance into Mighty Micks and the man that brought it all together.     Yeah, honey… I had a good workout   I was in the living room, on the ground, staring up at the rotating blades of the ceiling fan. My heart was beating through my ribs and sending percussion waves to the glass of water on the table next to me (slight exaggeration). It was in the low 90s outside with what felt like 100% humidity. That, for some reason, seemed irrelevant during my earlier decision making process. Oh, and I was coming out of a 5 day’er (sickness) that came complete with fever, aches, pains, […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Fred from Money With a Purpose – “Addicts are master manipulators”

Wins and Losses Series: Fred from Money With a Purpose - "Addicts are master manipulators" #adversity #addiction #family #heroin #overcomingadversity

Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future!   If you’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)   (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here     This week we have: Fred from Money With a Purpose!   Fred does not hold back with this story. I have some thoughts that I’ll share below, but for now – let me get out of his way…       My name is Fred Leamnson. I’m a financial advisor at Leamnson Capital, a firm I started in 2011 […]

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