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.

What Every Small Business Should Have on Their Website

We live in a digital world and for small businesses, this means customers are looking for your business, information about your services and other resources that are related to your presence online. This holds true even if your business is primarily offline. However, far too many […]
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Intuition, Tinkering, Hacking and Problem Solving

I was with my web resource who is also involved in the Makerspace movement.  I was asking him about 3D printing and the whole Makerspace activity.  He made a point that the movement is not about “making” as much as it is about thinking. So, what […]
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Hiring: Why Smarts Alone Won’t Cut It

As a small business owner, you certainly want to hire people who are smart enough to do the job – but hiring for intelligence alone isn’t optimal. In Carol’s recent post on the Nextiva blog, “4 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need EQ as Much as IQ,” […]
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The Downside of the Tip Jar

Carol’s latest post on is something most of us have experienced almost daily: the tip jar near the cash register. Do you like it? Hate it? Most people have an opinion on it. In “Small Businesses That Encourage Tipping Are Killing Their Brand,” Carol shares […]
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5 Signs That You Are Being Too Smart

Being recognized as smart is a good thing, right? Maybe not! While you may think that you’re impressing people, what you could be doing is alienating them. Here are five ways that you can be too smart for your own good. Using big words for no […]
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If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, What’s a Great Picture Worth?

I do LinkedIn training for companies, associations, and even individuals. Training salespeople and business owners is my passion! The first thing I teach people is to “get dressed before you get busy.” This means doing the prep work that doesn’t directly drive business to you, but […]
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3 Tips to Deal With the Entrepreneurship Carnival

You think that you’re running a “normal” business, only to discover that your normal business is more like “Entrepreneurship-land”- a topsy-turvy carnival with a roller coaster ride or side-show attraction around every corner. One day, you’re climbing up the roller coaster at a slow clip, the […]
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Pins and Needles: Lessons of Success and Failure in Fashion Design

Here is the dream: I step out into the glimmering light after the last model has left the runway and the debut of my apparel line at New York Fashion Week has officially come to a close. I am met with a standing ovation and cheers […]
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Empowering Employees: One Way to Excel at Customer Service

Should we do more to empower the people who work for us? I thought a lot about this question a few weeks ago when I attended a conference. Before entering each session, organizers had staff scanning badges. The reason was two-fold: 1) to track attendance at […]
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The Law of Twice: Taking the Risk Out of Self-Employment

Congratulations! You are planning to leave the 9-to-5 and start your own business. Our genial host Carol Roth would be the first to tell you that being an entrepreneur is not an easy road. She should know: she is nationally known for judging people’s business plans, […]
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