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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4 Financial Mistakes That Actually Improved our Lives

4 Financial Mistakes That Actually Improved our Lives #personalfinance #family #saving #emergencyfund #home

  Today, I’m thrilled to welcome Jon back onto the site! We first heard from him a couple years ago when he discussed how he and his wife paid off $89,000 of student loans in just over a year, and while he’s written a few articles since… it’s been a minute. That’s why I’m stoked he’s here today to talk about some of the financial mistakes he’s made and how they may have actually benefited his family!   It’s not all $89,000 student loan payoffs, friends – we’ve all made some mistakes from time to time. But as you’ll see – it’s less about the mistakes themselves, and more about how you respond.       (Photo courtesy of MissFunctional Money)   Take it away, Jon!     4 Financial Mistakes That Actually Improved our Lives     If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to obsess about […]

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We Made the Sweet 16 in This Year’s Rockstar Rumble! (Can you Help One More Time??)

  Team!!!! (Beware: many exclamation points below)   We’ve made it into the Sweet 16 of this year’s Rockstar Rumble (which started with a whopping 128 bloggers)!!!   That’s 128 different bloggers from all over the globe who each cover their own niche within the online personal finance community.   Honestly, I was just happy to be invited this year (my first time), but to have made the sweet 16 is beyond a great blogging treat for me! And I really can’t believe it…   First off – thank you so much to all who have taken the time to read my post and the posts I’ve been up against. And also, thank you so much to all who have voted!!   Secondly – I’m asking for another big favor   Can you please take the 30 seconds to: Head over to the Rockstar Rumble – By Using This Link Scroll […]

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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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What You Should Know About Health Insurance in 2019

What You Should Know About Health Insurance in 2019

    (This is a sponsored post discussing what you should know about health insurance – please see my disclosure for more details.)   Open enrollment just ended and 2019 is in full swing! If you’ve recently enrolled in health insurance, hopefully, you know a thing or two about your new plan. But if you’ve worked at the same company and have received the same health insurance year after year, it’s easy to just click a few buttons without fully reading the fine print.   Are you up-to-date with the latest news?   Knowledge is power and we’re here to discuss some of the most important 2019 health insurance trends—so that you can confidently make an informed decision about your provider and their packages.     What You Should Know About Health Insurance in 2019   You’re No Longer Required to Have It   You probably recall when it became […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Riley from Young and the Invested – “It’s not what you buy, but what you pay”

Wins and Losses Series: Riley from Young and the Invested - "It’s not what you buy, but what you pay"

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 MissFunctional Money)   Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: Riley from Young and the Invested!   Take it away, Riley!     My name is Riley Adams and I blog at Young and the Invested, a site dedicated to growing an online community for young professionals looking to improve their financial literacy and develop strategies to reach financial independence.  I’m a senior financial analyst at […]

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Reviewing the New Release – “Financial Freedom” by Grant Sabatier

  This post is part 8 in Rockstar Finance’s latest “Traveling Book Review” where different bloggers each raise their hand to review a chapter in an upcoming book – this time: Financial Freedom. The idea is to start with the blogger reviewing Chapter 1 (Money is Freedom, in this case) and progress through to the end (Living a Richer Life – Chapter 14) – in order to get a good feel for what to expect in the new book.   This installment of the Traveling Book Review is centered around Grant Sabatier’s Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need.     Here’s a Financial Freedom chapter list to kick us off:   1- Money is Freedom 2- Time is More Valuable than Money 3- What is Your Number? 4- Where are you Now? 5- Next-Level Money 6- Is it Worth it? 7- The Only Budget […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Jon from Compounding Pennies – “My happiness came from impressing others”

Wins and Losses Series: Jon from Compounding Pennies - "My happiness came from impressing others"

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!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: Jon from Compounding Pennies!   Jon helps people improve their finances one day at a time at his blog Compounding Pennies. There he writes about his struggles and successes with money. By making small changes every day, you will see a massive change over time.   Take it away, Jon!   When I first read the Wins & Losses series, it […]

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