Running My Business From A Shelter

| By Mike Michalowicz (Google+)

Running My Business From A Shelter

A picture from my “office” at the local town shelter. This is Day 7 with no power, heat, phone or beer at my house.  Damn you Hurricane Sandra. Damn you!

Posted in Entrepreneur Strategies, Failure, Management Strategies,

49 responses to “Running My Business From A Shelter”

  1. […] Tip:  For a recent real-life example of how cloud-based storage can save your business, see my article here on how Hurricane Sandy put me in a shelter, but my business hummed along: […]

  2. […] little anecdote to illustrate the frugality of the guy: Mike’s blog features a picture of him working from a shelter after Superstorm Sandy. I’m not surprised — Mike treats his cash like blood and, while his New Jersey home was […]

  3. Marcus Padulchick says:

    Glad to see you are safe. I love how you are a great example of how to adapt to a changing situation.

  4. Thapelo Maleke says:

    Hi Mike, South Africa is praying for all of you guys and this too shall pass. Stay blessed and keep up the good work!

  5. bluejayslanding says:

    New book? The Shelterpreneur
    So glad you and family are safe and getting closer to a normal life.
    Wishing you many blessings,

    Jan Blue
    BlueJays Landing

  6. sue says:

    I live in an tiny house in WV. I have room for one or two people to stay with me if they would like a warm house with electric, food, water and hot water. I will come and pick someone up if they need me to. I don’t understand why all NY families aren’t going to the sites and picking up people and taking them home… Americans, help your neighbors!
    Thanks and my prayers are with you all.

  7. Mike, So glad you and yours are safe. I just love the way your indomitable spirit shines through.

  8. Susan Newman says:

    Mike, I just got power late yesterday, it’s coming… if you need anything, let me know. Susan

  9. Kathi Browne says:

    Glad you’re okay and still able to work. Looks like you have lots of networking opportunity. LOL

  10. Liza says:

    Its going to get better soon……

  11. You called her Sandra – you and the storm must be close. lol Good going and good luck!!! I am impressed with your tenacity.

  12. ensteph says:

    Can’t let a little thing like the most powerful and destructive Hurricane to hit the east coast in a century get in the way of business. Love the art!

  13. Dawn Veselka says:

    Thinking of you all… glad you are safe. Hope you get power, etc SOON!!

  14. Ali Matthews says:

    HI Mike. Amazing to see that you are still working when you have been through such a harrowing experience. Maybe that is why you are so successful. Thinking of you and everyone else there with you. Hoping you will be back at home soon. Keep us posted. Ali

  15. Tracey Sanchez says:


    I thank God you and your family are safe and sound!

  16. Hang says:

    oh so sorry to hear that Mike. Hope your family are okey…God blesses you and God blesses them.

  17. Kendra Kroll says:

    hang in there Mr Pumpkin man… you will overcome as you have so many times. my thoughts are with you …

  18. jane says:

    mother nature any thing is possible thank God you are alive to share the testimony,you shall rebuild as long as you did not loose your life,our prayers for all those affected.

  19. Brooke. says:

    I had no idea you were in this situation.
    Thank you for letting us know what’s going on with you.
    I hope you and your family are all okay.

  20. Robin Gerhart says:

    Now you are a Shelter Rockstar! Think of the lives you are changing! Glad you are safe and warm, praying for all!

  21. So sorry Mike! Keeping everyone affected by this storm in our thoughts and prayers. We went through the same thing last year here in Minot and our home along w/4,000 others was destroyed by the flood. Crazy inconvenient and miserable…but we got through it and you will too! Best ~Norma

  22. OMG Mike I had no idea that your neighborhood got hit. So sorry to hear this. Thank God you and your family are okay. I live in Florida so I know too well what a hurricane is all about. You lose power,no warm water,your food goes bad,etc. It’s just awful to say the least. Glad you still keep your sense of humor and positive way of thinking. Glad you were able to find a computer even if it’s not at home. The most important thing is that you made it through Sandy. If it makes you feel better I am angry at Sandy too. 🙂 Take care Mike. Hope you get power back asap. Hang in there.

  23. Bijou Deng says:

    Poor you. At least your still have a computer and internet connection!

  24. Cheri Ruskus says:

    Hey Mike – Wishing you well … almost afraid to ask if the one nut guy is hanging there with you as well?! Imaging the simple pleasures just got a bit sweeter! My best my friend!

  25. Qunbee says:

    SANDRA!!! She was very very bad. Glad you and the fam are safe. Hope you are posting from your home soon.

  26. What, no beer? Seriously though I hope everyone is ok.

  27. Tracy Young says:

    This spirit is what make our country so great. Neither rain, nor snow…(opps that’s the post office). Stay sa (fe) or (ne). You choose.

  28. Susan M. Baker says:

    You’re the epitome of the entrepreneur – being able to work, no not only work, flourish in any environment with any challenges…good luck to you and your family, stay warm and safe and keep the posts comin’!

  29. Elisa Goodman says:

    Mike — I’d say hurl a giant pumpkin at that b****h! Thinking of you! My friend lent me her copy of your book and I am thoroughly enjoying it! Elisa Goodman

  30. Marian Vance says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.. Stay strong!

  31. Katy Tafoya says:

    Good for you that you can find the space and the ability to get some work done. I know it can’t be easy. My brother is still without power, heat and water as well.

  32. Lynette Hoy says:

    Whoo hoo! Bad Sandra, bad Sandra. Sit. Stay. Glad you blew away! Glad you will be back to your office soon and that all are safe and sound. Hope you voted!

  33. Mike: I have another perspective on Sandra: “Thank you Sandra for sparing my life and the lives of many others. I am grateful to have the ability to work via the computer and except for a few creature comforts I am well and happy. All is well. This too shall pass.”

  34. Sarah Shaw says:

    You rock Mike….. Love your spirit…….and the invite is still open any time

  35. If you hadn’t told me it was a shelter, I would’ve guessed Jury Duty.

  36. says:

    One of the positive things about Sandy (and I believe there are many) is that She is bringing people together … so many people are effected which absolutely brings the level of Compassion through the roof and a new profound sense of Respect for Mother Earth and her power. Trusting all is blessed in your world Dude … may you meet all the people you’re supposed to in your new communal hOMe!

  37. Yikes! And even with all the stuff you could be doing right now … you’re working. That’s passion baby!

  38. beckyblanton says:

    Damn….How do you get ANYTHING done?

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