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.
 

Tips for a Successful Business Blog

While having a blog can be a great way for businesses to get and keep customers interested, so many miss the mark. We’ve all seen them before- the blog that’s basically a series of advertisements for the company and their products, or the blog that’s a Read More

10 Attributes of an Exceptional Entrepreneur

What separates ordinary entrepreneurs from extraordinary ones? Here’s a checklist of attributes needed to hit it big. How do you stack up? 1. Energy. Building a business is not an 8-hour-a-day gig; it could be almost double that. You need physical and mental stamina to get Read More

The Crappy Way to Success

I have been fortunate enough to know a lot of fairly successful people: authors, musicians, business owners, and more. And with few exceptions, there is one common denominator to their success: they all began as crappy authors, musicians, and business owners. So much so that I Read More

Anatomy of a Proposal

I think I have an easier time with proposals than most small business owners because I was a proposal manager when I worked at Deloitte. I look at developing a proposal like working on a jigsaw puzzle. First, you find the edges, then look for the Read More

Waiting for the Mythical Mentor? Stop.

Carol recently wrote a post on entrepreneur.com on something that we all need as small business owners – mentoring. Carol says: For entrepreneurs, the concept of mentorship is one that can be both powerful and elusive. Mentors can help you perform better, point out shortcomings in Read More

Do Less, Get More

The Japanese have an enchanting and beautiful way of arranging flowers, an art form they call Ikebana. One of the key principles of Ikebana says: “It is the space between things that matters.” Placing a flower or an object, considering its color and effect is only Read More

4 Tips to Dress for Business Success

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to appropriate business attire, we live in a visual world where how we present ourselves can make or break a business opportunity. Like it or not, assumptions are made about you, your competence and the quality of work that you Read More

Be a Better Speaker: Tips from Carol and Catherine

It isn’t often that Carol and I post on the same topic around the same time on different blogs – but that is exactly what happened recently. I suspect that many of you are speaking, or are considering speaking to grow your business. Here on Business Read More

Facepalm Marketing Moves: Brands and Tragedy

There have been several facepalm marketing moments recently. Brands and tragedy just shouldn’t mix. On September 11 several brands displayed bad taste and worse judgment. And then there is the Urban Outfitters fiasco. Anybody who has ever worked for a big company – and I am Read More

IRS Needs to Acknowledge Freelance Economy

Carol’s recent post on the CNBC blog suggests that the IRS should revise employee and contractor definitions. She states: “As we look at ways to put people back to work and foster a pro-growth environment for small business, a simple definitional change in the tax code Read More
 
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