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.

Why I Hate the Phrase Small Business

We live in a world where, in order to make sense of things, people like to put others into categories or “boxes.”  We divide ourselves based on gender, race, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation and more. Even in business, we are categorized by number of employees and Read More

Motivation in Hiring and Achieving Goals

One of the issues that rears its head time and again with clients is the issue of motivation and how it factors into just about everything we do—from hiring people to getting things done.  It is an indisputable aspect of success and yet one of the Read More

12 Loathsome Employee Behaviors

“He’s such a control freak.” “She is always calling meetings!” “They promise raises … yeah, right.” Do these comments sound familiar? If you’re like most employees, you have no trouble recognizing bad boss behavior. You talk about it with your coworkers; you think about it at Read More

Networking & Knowledge for the Introverted, Social-Media Obsessed or Lazy

I was speaking at an event a few days ago when I shared that I hate going to conferences and events (ironic, I know).  I love the idea of them—the knowledge, the learning, the connections—but I hate actually attending. One reason is that I am logistically Read More

Going By the Book

What can a book convention teach you about your business? Plenty. One of the greatest perks of being a royalty-published author is that it allows me access to Book Expo America (BEA), the annual publishing industry conference. It is not open to the public, but for Read More

What Would Dad Do? 7 Simple Lessons for Better Business

With Father’s Day upon us, what better time to reflect back upon the lessons our dads taught us?  For many of us, our father was our first teacher and mentor, sharing wisdom and advice that becomes even more poignant once they’re gone. My father passed away Read More

The Best Trade Shows and Conferences for Businesses

Trade shows and conferences can be great catalysts for networking, marketing and getting new ideas for your own business. But since there are so many out there, I have asked the terrific contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs to list their own Read More

Give to Get in Business

Creating relationships with people by giving—when done authentically—is a great way to build a network to support your business.  My friend Bob Burg has a fantastic parable called The Go Giver that talks about just that. But there is another way to give to get in Read More

6 Kinds of Nightmare Clients

As a Book Yourself Solid Certified Coach (BYS), I try to follow BYS Author and mentor Michael Port’s “Red Velvet Rope Policy.”  The Red Velvet Rope Policy is essentially a “filtration” system to weed out the duds so you only work with your ideal clients. Obviously, Read More

You Can’t Afford to Start with a Business Model

In a way, great ideas are everywhere, right? If you’re an entrepreneur, the ideas are probably coming to you in your dreams. But it turns out that there’s an order, a way to follow through on the ideas that makes more sense than another. Venture capitalist Read More
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