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.

How to Turn Your Crappiest Employees Around

If your small business is successful enough to start growing, you can count on one guarantee: some day you will have to contend with having a crappy employee. Or two. Or five. Of course, you can always fire crappy employees. And sometimes you should: if they Read More

How to Do Video If You’re a “Vidtrovert”

Nearly three-fourths of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2019, according to a new study by Cisco Systems.  That’s a 13-fold increase between now and 2019, proving once again that video is a juggernaut.  With so many of us gobbling up content on Read More

Cut Out So-So to Focus on the Good

I’m really good at many things. I also recognize that I’m really bad at other things. But I get into trouble when it involves the things between those two categories. I want to be really good at some of those things in the middle. But the Read More

Let’s Start Enchanting Customers Again

What do Cirque du Soleil™, Cracker Jack® and a jack-in-the-box toy have in common?  Their charm is based, not on product, price or solution, but on surprise.  Cirque du Soleil plays to sell-out crowds…over 90 million people have attended one of their shows. Cracker Jack has had Read More

Resource for Payment Processing and Security Information

Understanding and utilizing technology for payment processing and keeping your client’s information secure is part of being a small business owner. It can be a scary part for some entrepreneurs – but it doesn’t have to be. Here at Business Unplugged we strive to give you Read More

Expert Tips for Promoting a New Product or Service

So, you’ve got a great new product or service offering at your business…now, what? What’s the best way to get the word out and drive attention and buzz your way? Well, we have asked our contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs to Read More

Why You Should Succeed at Failure

Failure just doesn’t feel good. When you fail, do you feel encouraged? Hopeful? Inspired? Umm, no. I must confess I’ve always detested the word failure, but have recently decided to reconsider this. A story for you: Several years ago I became bored at work; I knew Read More

Pros and Cons of Starting a Small Business after Age 40

Having just hit the grand milestone of turning 50, I’ve thought a lot about where I’ve been and where I’m going professionally. For nearly 20 years, I worked in a corporate atmosphere, and I recall the exhilaration, the excitement, the fear, and the uncertainty when I Read More

What’s in a Name? Everything!

Whether you are starting a new business or rolling out a new product or service, one of the most important – but challenging – tasks you will face is deciding on a new name. But what do you need to think about as you are considering Read More

How to Make Money Even If You Suck

I am going to try to give some business owners the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they don’t actually know they suck? Maybe they have skills from some time past and haven’t kept up with changes in technology? Maybe it’s a matter of perspective and experience? Read More
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