Ep. 185: How Engineers, Developers and other IT Professionals Can Become Business Owners Without Starting From Scratch With Michael Frew

Interviews, strategy and advice for building your online business with your host Trudy Rankin. 




As an engineer, developer or other IT professional, are you sick of meetings and managers?   And you dream of starting your own business so you can escape your cubicle?

Michael Frew has a unique perspective – after 18 years working as an engineer and architect for top tech companies, he made a big shift to acquire online businesses instead of starting them. 

In this interview, he shares why IT professionals may be better suited to buy (instead of start) an online business, and takes us through his 8-step framework to find, finance and acquire successful online companies.

We also talked about:

  • Why it can be hard for IT professionals to make a career change due to “golden handcuffs”
  • Tips for building relationships with sellers when acquiring a business
  • How to finance an online business acquisition
  • Managing teams when transitioning from employee to business owner
  • Key steps in the online business acquisition framework

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Trudy Rankin is the host of the Online Business Launchpad Podcast, Director of West Island Digital and the founder of the Online Business Lift-Off program.

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The transcript for this episode can be found here.



Today's Guests

Michael Frew​

Michael Frew, a seasoned professional with two decades of experience, worked as an engineer and software architect for top corporations like Lockheed Martin, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, and FireEye/Mandiant.  He holds a diverse educational background with a B.S. and MBA in Business and Economics from international institutions, along with several postgraduate information security certifications.  Transitioning to Acquisition Entrepreneurship, he acquired multiple 6 and 7-figure software/SaaS companies, currently managing an 8-figure portfolio generating a 7-figure annual pre-tax income. His insights in digital business acquisitions and operations have been featured in various media outlets.


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Trudy Rankin

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