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.

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

New Year’s Business Resolutions for 2014

Yup, it’s 2014 already! And since sharing a resolution or goal with others often helps with the achievement of that goal, it’s now a tradition to ask our fantastic contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs to share their own New Year’s […] Read More

Small Business Owners Should Demand 1099 Rule Changes

Entrepreneurship in the United States has undergone a fundamental shift. Services have replaced manufacturing as our primary growth driver. On one hand, this has created a skills gap for many in the workforce. On the other hand, it has also created new self-employment opportunities, particularly through […] Read More

Coming from a Place of Abundance

Ah, the New Year is upon is and it’s pretty much a prerequisite that we take the time to reflect on the last year and plan for the year ahead.  If your last year was anything like mine, you may be tempted to focus on the […] Read More
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