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.

Possible is Different than Probable

I was speaking on a panel a few weeks back when I shared some of the downsides of crowdfunding during a capital raising question. Crowdfunding is often touted as the “second coming” of capital raising. However, the challenge of a crowdfunding model is the same challenge Read More

Are You Making This Time Management Mistake?

Many business owners are chasing improvements to their time management as a way to achieve more in less time, and achieve goals faster. Good idea you would think. Sadly, this is not so in many cases. Don’t get me wrong, being proactive about improving how we Read More

5 Tips For Hosting An Engaging Business Conference

There aren’t many phrases in life that sound more bland than “business conference.” These two words bring to mind images of serious professionals clustering in dull ballrooms or amphitheaters for lectures and presentations for entire weekends, with breaks only for sleep, fruit punch and prepackaged sandwiches. Read More

Two Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Sales Reps

A sales rep is a terrible thing to waste, and yet many small companies squander their sales talent because of poor training and management practices. Here are two techniques that have worked terrifically for me – perhaps you can make them work in your operation. 1. Read More

35 Business Phrases that You Wish Would Go Away

We’re all guilty of it. We roll our eyes when we hear someone else utter a cliché or over-used business phrase, but then suddenly, we realize that the very same phrase that made us roll our eyes is actually coming out of our own mouth! So, Read More

The Step Business Owners Skip That Spells Disaster

Is there anything more exciting than the moment you get an idea for a business? Suddenly, your head is buzzing with thoughts about how This Could Be Big. Often, in the excitement, an important step in launching your business gets skipped, though. And leaving out this Read More

Gone Fishing – Back Next Week

Greetings! Here at Business Unplugged we are taking the week off to enjoy the U.S. Independence Day holiday, and a little summer fun. We will be back next week but will be operating under “summer hours” for July and August, posting only on Tuesday and Thursday, and Read More

The Paper Formula: Organizing Your Papers!

“US employees waste more than two hours a week finding, sharing and storing documents.”Smart Business Magazine & “Everyday Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million.  That’s the equivalent of dumping 500,000 trees into a landfill every week.” Colorado.Edu A huge source of stress Read More

The Internet is Permanent, Control Your Footprint

Before people were snap-chatting and creating Vine videos on the go from their smartphones, students were poking each other on Facebook from their laptops in dorm rooms. Nearly a decade ago, I can still vividly remember signing up for “,” while a student at Marquette University.  Read More

Entrepreneurs: You Need a Mentor, Not a Friend

Most of the successful entrepreneurs I know have had or do have a mentor. It’s one of the most admired and sought after relationships in business (despite what they said on Seinfeld).  Now, this may seem like a funny question, but if you have a mentor, Read More
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