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

Don’t Make Your Customers Go Through Customs

Written By: Rich Gallagher
Here I am at a local bookstore. Book in hand. Money in hand. Ready to trade one for the other. Simple,...

Managing Anxiety: The Small Business Edition

Written By: Rich Gallagher
Running a small business and anxiety often go hand-in-hand – particularly in those tense early days where money is tight, success...

How to Be a Brilliant Conversationalist

Written By: Rich Gallagher
Many years ago on a visit to Ireland, I kissed the fabled Blarney Stone, rumored to give you the gift of...

The 20% Rule

Written By: Rich Gallagher
Nearly a decade ago, I did something a little crazy. I went back to graduate school in my 50s to study...

Top Five Tips for Getting Referral Business

Written By: Rich Gallagher
I sometimes joke that my most successful marketing strategy is waiting for the phone to ring. Because, in point of fact,...

The Five Parts of A Successful Book Proposal

Written By: Rich Gallagher
Quick question: why are you here on Yes, she is a great small business strategist, a lovely person, and one...

50 at 50: My Secrets to Success

Written By: Rich Gallagher
This is my 50th blog for my good friend (and literary partner-in-crime) Carol Roth. To celebrate, I am going to share...

The Myth of Working Harder

Written By: Rich Gallagher
Decades ago, when I was an engineering student and my father was an engineering professor, I would go to him for...

Sell Like Your Doctor

Written By: Rich Gallagher
I noticed something interesting when I went in for my annual physical this year: my longtime family doctor is booked a...

When Your Customer Is a Jerk

Written By: Rich Gallagher
Rude. Demanding. Capricious. Unreasonable. High-maintenance. These are some of the words that come to mind when many small business owners think...