Carol Roth Blog
This blog features Carol Roth's tough love on business and entrepreneurship, as well as insights from Carol's community of contributors.

International Expansion: One Billion Potential Customers

Many of you have small businesses that you’re happy to keep small. However, some of you may be dreaming very big dreams for your company. Carol’s recent post on shares tactics for how you can get your products in front of Chinese consumers via Alibaba Group. […]
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The Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Learning

If you want to be an entrepreneur, many paths can lead you there. Do you need a college degree? MBA? Engineering degree? For some types of businesses, formal education could be a great foundation. For others, it might not be necessary. Sometimes, on-the-job training makes the […]
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The PITA Principle

People my age remember a bestselling business book entitled The Peter Principle. Named after its author, the late Dr. Laurence J. Peter, its point was that people are promoted based on their past performance, not on their future potential – so people ultimately rise to a […]
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80 of the Best Entrepreneurship Quotes

As entrepreneurs and business owners, we can all use some words of wisdom to help guide us, inspire us and motivate us at various times throughout our business endeavors. So, we reached out to the insightful contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs […]
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5 Ways to Generate More Sales from Existing Customers

If you don’t have a strategy for maximizing the lifetime value of a customer, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to bring in revenue. Carol shares some great tips in a recent post on MasterCard.Biz, “Repeat Business: How to Sell More to the Customers Who […]
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Looking for VC Funding? Make Sure You Do These Things First.

As a “recovering” investment banker and billion-dollar dealmaker, Carol has helped a lot of companies get funding. She shares some of her best advice in this post, “5 Things Your Business Should Do Before Talking to Venture Capitalists,” on Bank of America’s Small Business Community site. […]
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What Every Small Business Should Have on Their Website

We live in a digital world and for small businesses, this means customers are looking for your business, information about your services and other resources that are related to your presence online. This holds true even if your business is primarily offline. However, far too many […]
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Intuition, Tinkering, Hacking and Problem Solving

I was with my web resource who is also involved in the Makerspace movement.  I was asking him about 3D printing and the whole Makerspace activity.  He made a point that the movement is not about “making” as much as it is about thinking. So, what […]
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Hiring: Why Smarts Alone Won’t Cut It

As a small business owner, you certainly want to hire people who are smart enough to do the job – but hiring for intelligence alone isn’t optimal. In Carol’s recent post on the Nextiva blog, “4 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need EQ as Much as IQ,” […]
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The Downside of the Tip Jar

Carol’s latest post on is something most of us have experienced almost daily: the tip jar near the cash register. Do you like it? Hate it? Most people have an opinion on it. In “Small Businesses That Encourage Tipping Are Killing Their Brand,” Carol shares […]
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