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.

Three Numbers vs. One

Here are three numbers I want you to keep in mind: 292,037, 1,650, and 726. Now, I want you to think about how you make decisions. Who do you look to for guidance? Co-workers? Friends? Family? Do you also rely on tools to help you understand Read More

You Can’t Fix Your Boss

As an employee, you’re often expected to fix stuff. Fix a product, or a customer service problem, or a software system, or a marketing challenge, or….well, the list is endless. But there’s one thing you’re not going to fix. Your boss (or the rest of the Read More

Setting Goals to Skyrocket Your Success

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”  ~ Neil Armstrong These words were spoken on July 20, 1969 as three men – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins – landed a spacecraft on the moon for the first time. They had launched their mission Read More

3 Tips for Crowdfunding Success

Since it can be very difficult for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs to get any kind of financial backing from traditional investment channels nowadays, many businesses and individuals are turning to crowdfunding as a means to help raise the capital that they desperately need. And it’s Read More

5 Ways to Network for Your Small Business

If there’s one thing that can make or break a small business, it’s networking. Working with a group is almost always more powerful than working alone. But what’s the typical problem for most entrepreneurs and solopreneurs? Networking doesn’t always feel easy. How do you make new Read More

5 Tips to Make Your Business Plan More Effective

As a current or hopeful entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard a lot of “business planning tips.”  And there are a ton out there!  So, how do you know which ones to follow closely, which to keep in the back of your mind, and which to throw away? Read More

Cooper’s Hawk: How to Excel in Customer Service

When a restaurant goes the extra mile, it gets my attention. When it goes the extra 5 miles, it’s time for an article. Recently some friends and I went to Cooper’s Hawk in Naperville, IL – a popular, upscale restaurant/winery featuring a Napa Valley-like wine-tasting bar. Read More

Choose Your Friends Wisely

The saying goes that you become the average of the people that you spend the most time with. While the math may not be entirely correct, who you spend time with does have a big impact on you. The people that you surround yourself with can Read More

Playing Whack-A-Mole with Your Customers

I recently needed an auto part. Badly. Cold and wet, I stumbled into one store after another and asked for it. The universal answer? “Nope.” Gosh, I really need this part. Any idea where I can get it? “I dunno.” Well, what if you ordered one Read More

Resolutions? Try New Year’s Verbs.

I like the way Chris Brogan does his three words each year and posts them publicly. Resolutions always sounded kind of pompous and a bit like legalese to me. Let’s add in the fact that most people have broken their resolutions or not followed through by Read More
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