Like most entrepreneurs, Jim Muehlhausen has an eclectic background ranging from CPA, franchisee, attorney, business owner, consultant, franchisor, public speaker, university professor, and book author. While still attending the Indiana University School of Law, he became the youngest franchisee in Meineke Discount Muffler history (1987-1991). To help business owners share best practices and stop learning from the “School of Hard Knocks,” he wrote the well regarded book The 51 Fatal Business Errors and How to Avoid Them. In 2009, he founded the Business Model Institute which is devoted to the innovation and study of business models.
Jim writes several articles for the Institute each year as well as contributing to publications such as Inc., The Small Business Report, Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, and various business journals. He also speaks to associations, groups of business owners, and corporations about business model assessment and innovation.