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About Ellen Rohr

Ellen Rohr The Business Makeover Expert® teaches the few things that make all the difference to your business success: Easy financial clean up, profitable pricing and powerful business planning. Ellen nearly sank her own family’s business. Then, she learned how to keep track of the money and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of business owners start, fix and grow their companies.
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The Frankenstein Factor

You can get too many voices in your head. You can get overwhelmed trying to stitch together multiple business strategies. I consider myself a life-long learner.  Every day, I aim to add to my experience and understanding. However, there is a tipping point where too many opinions just get confusing. How do you choose a [...]

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How Much is Enough?

How much is enough? How much property? House? Money? That question got my attention as I was running today. I've managed to expand my possessions over the years.  We live on 80 acres, with multiple buildings and vehicles.  It's beautiful and I love my life!  Still, as I look forward and ask [...]

How to Get What You Want as an Employee

I got my first job at 14.  I’ve had about 50 jobs since.  I got fired a few times.  Each experience taught me valuable lessons and skills.  At heart, I am still that trouble-making, fence-testing employee.  Much of my business advice comes from that perspective.  Most of the time I give advice to [...]

Has Drinking Become a Problem?

Craig was a rising star in the company.  He had so much energy.  He always had a big smile on his face, and loved to laugh.  And, he was skilled.  He had only been in the field a few months but he was showing great potential with his technical and sales skills. Then, one [...]

Save It For The Meeting

Have you ever walked into your office and been jumped by the bookkeeper? "What's this check for?  I can't read your writing.  And Jimmy hasn't filled out his time card all week."  When you aren't in financial manager mode, these questions can feel like an ambush. Have you ever interrupted your bookkeeper with [...]

Procedures UN-Complicated: Get Your Operating Manuals IN

Hmmm.  Which is worse... hitting your thumb with a fast-swinging hammer or writing your Operating Manuals? For me,  I'll take the swollen, broken thumb over writing procedures.  Ugh!  I've done it, and it is complicated, slow-going work.  However, I also know the power, the sanity and flat-out freedom that Operating Manuals can provide.  So let's explore the [...]

Ready to ROCK Your Business? Get Stuff DONE!

“She ROCKED my business.  She helped me take my company from deep in debt to humongous profits.  What could you learn from the lady who gets paid ridiculous money to turn companies around?  What could you learn from the lady who took a plumbing service company start up from Zero to $40 million in franchisee [...]

ZOOM DRAIN, You, Me…Let’s Meet at WWETT!

THE place to be in the drain, sewer, septic, and waste treatment industry is the WWETT Show.  If you are interested in these businesses, or considering a new, lucrative niche, you may want to join us next week in Indianapolis - February 23 - 26, 2017. On Wednesday the 23rd, I'll be presenting three seminars... [...]

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Projects UN-Complicated: Getting Stuff Done

My latest, favorite topic is getting stuff DONE. Leadership involves inspiration, information and implementation. Inspiration comes from asking and answering the big questions: What do I want? Why? It involves thought and journaling and meditation. Information, well, that's usually available isn't it?  Leadership involves shifting through information and deciding which voices to heed and [...]

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Where Did the Money Go?

Years ago, as The Plumber's Wife, I jumped into the family business.  I figured that my husband, Hotrod, would turn wrenches, I would answer the phone and pay bills, and we would get rich.  Easy peasy, right? Wrong. We dug a deep hole of debt and struggled to make payroll.  Of course, [...]