Eating Ramen: A Survival Guide for Tough Financial Times

My good friend Ellie Byrd just published her first book last week – Eating Ramen: A Survival Guide for Tough Financial Times. The book is part autobiography, part inspiration, and part personal finance. Some of my favorite takeaways from the book:

  • Czechoslovakian payment plan – don’t buy it unless you can pay cash for the whole thing
  • Don’t keep employees on the bench after an economic meltdown (Sept. 11, 2001) unless you have a couple years worth of cash on hand – and are willing to use it
  • Physical office space isn’t required to be successful – virtual companies are becoming more and more common
  • The best offense for becoming financially secure is a strong defense around spending money – especially things like lattes

The book is a quick read, has many funny stories, and is worthwhile for anyone who enjoys entrepreneurial stories, financial tips, and reading about the lives of others.

Head on over to or buy the book on

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