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 to Rev Up Your Productivity

When productivity is running high in your business, it’s like a well-oiled engine. But, when productivity starts to lag, it can cause your business to slow down or all-together seize up and grind to a halt. So, when your business engine is starting to show some […]
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Solo Business? You Still Need to Plan Like a Bigger Business.

Whether you’re a solo business owner or a freelancer, you will still need to remember that you’re running a business – at least if you want to stay in business. Like a bigger business, you will need to manage your cash flow efficiently, and plan for […]
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There’s More to Freelance Rates Than Getting What We’re Worth

Among freelancers, the most cherished business objective, as expressed on the internet, is to “get paid what I’m worth.” (Note that more than one third of the U.S. labor force is freelancing per Freelancers Union and Upwork, 2015, and freelancers are projected to be in the […]
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Opportunity Cost: Your Time Is Precious

As a small business owner, especially a new business owner, you may feel like you don’t have a lot of money – but you have plenty of time. This is a big mistake! Your time is also a precious resource that needs to be allocated appropriately […]
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Want More Personal Time? Try These Suggestions.

As a small business owner, it’s hard to separate you from your business. Not surprisingly, some of the best ways to get more personal time combine or leverage things you are already doing for your business. Carol’s latest post on the Nextiva blog, “5 Ways to […]
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Questions to Ask Before Committing to a New Social Media Platform

One of my clients called a couple of weeks ago in a panic.  He asked, “Why are we not on Snapchat, Instagram or Periscope?”  He commented that his company had established presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but then added, “Nobody uses those sites anymore!” I […]
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How Not To Network: The Worst Networking Mistakes

Networking is an essential aspect of almost all successful small businesses. But, what you shouldn’t do when networking can be just as important as what you should do. So that you can avoid these networking fails, we have asked the fantastic contributor network of business […]
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Don’t Make Your Customers Go Through Customs

Here I am at a local bookstore. Book in hand. Money in hand. Ready to trade one for the other. Simple, right? Not so much. Here is the conversation I ended up having: Me: Hi, I’d like to buy these books.Them: Can I have your phone […]
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How Small Business Could Drive Growth for Big Box Stores

Have you ever thought that big box stores and small business don’t mix? I’ll admit that I have been guilty of this. In a recent post on, “Entrepreneurs Are the Key to Success for Traditional Retailers,” Carol suggests otherwise – and that entrepreneurs might actually […]
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Carol’s Tips on How to Engage an Audience

This morning I am off to inspire some professionals with my “Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff” talk. It’s my signature talk in the career transition space, and I’m excited to be able to suggest people look at transition as a time of opportunity and possibility — even if […]
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