Book of the Week: Profit First for Minority Business Enterprises (Susanne Mariga)

In an effort to draw attention to quality self-published literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviewspublished on BIR’s site each week, including a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. This week’s pick:


Building your dream business is all well and good, but just growing your business isn’t enough. You need to be making money out of it, argues CPA and entrepreneur Susanne Mariga in this cogent, encouraging guide.

The book is an extension of the Profit First brand developed by Mike Michalowicz (who contributed the foreword), speaking directly to the needs of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). Mariga is a Profit First Professional, who trains others in this small business growth system based on the envelope approach: where money for different expenses (tax, OPEX, etc.) is stashed in different envelopes, similar to Dave Ramsay’s “pay yourself first” model.

Mariga started her own business while on maternity leave with her daughter. She wanted to get out of the corporate grind and to show her daughter a better way; she’d done the books for her father’s accounting firm when she was 14 and felt ready to forge her own path. When she started out, she was working insane hours with little profit to show for it; she was trying to be the impossible “cheapest and best option.” Her life was changed by the Profit First system, which helps entrepreneurs figure out how to build a framework for success…

Read full review here.

Susanne Mariga is a Certified Public Accountant. She started her career in the top accounting firms Arthur Andersen and KPMG. She then started her own business when she was on maternity leave with her first child. After realizing unsatisfactory financial gains, she developed the profit first system for minority business enterprises. She now works to help other MBE’s develop profit-driven results for their businesses.


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