Carol Tice

Carol Tice

Carol Tice, a freelance writer, is chief executive of TiceWrites Inc. in Bainbridge Island, Wash. She blogs about freelance writing at Make a Living Writing. Email her at carol@caroltice.com.

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Reality TV Show May Hit Too Close to Home in Silicon Valley
Lifestyle

Reality TV Show May Hit Too Close to Home in Silicon Valley

A new Bravo show that follows startups through their growing pains is riling the high-tech hotbed. A look at what may be behind all the griping.
6 Low-Cost Ideas for an Interior-Design Makeover
Restaurant Center

6 Low-Cost Ideas for an Interior-Design Makeover

Does your restaurant or store need a face-lift? Consider these budget-minded tactics from a recent episode of 'Restaurant Impossible.'
Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team
Managing Employees

Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team

The celebrity chef knows how to rev up his staff to perform at their best. Here are seven lessons from the season premiere of Fox's 'MasterChef.'
7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains
Retail Center

7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains

The right design and displays can steer customers to more merchandise and keep them shopping longer.
The Barter Kings' Guide to Building a Business Without Cash
Money

The Barter Kings' Guide to Building a Business Without Cash

More business owners are looking to barter for what they need. Here are seven tips for negotiating favorable trades.
Financing

Shark Tank vs. KickStarter: How One Startup Used Both to Launch

When deals fall apart, it can often be for the best. For this business owner, the upside of losing angel funding was retaining equity and control over his company.
Zipcar: Two Moms, a Business Idea and $68 in the Bank
Success Stories

Zipcar: Two Moms, a Business Idea and $68 in the Bank

The story of the popular car-sharing service started by two moms in Massachusetts could be an inspiration for your new business.
Cupcake Wars, Cupcake Champions and the Magic of Brand Extensions
Branding

Cupcake Wars, Cupcake Champions and the Magic of Brand Extensions

TV spin-offs have something to teach business owners about getting more mileage out of their brands. Consider these five lessons from Cupcake Wars, Project Runway and other reality-TV favorites.
Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture
Managing Employees

Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture

The Bravo show about a brutally frank salon consultant has a lot to teach business owners from all fields.
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own
Angel Investors

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
Forget Reality TV.  Business Owners Benefit from Local Contests
Public Relations

Forget Reality TV. Business Owners Benefit from Local Contests

Local business competitions are growing more popular. Is it time for your company to enter one?
The American Pickers Guide to Negotiating
Legal Center

The American Pickers Guide to Negotiating

Hate to negotiate? Fans of the History Channel's hit reality show about a pair of likable antique dealers might learn to love it -- and get better at it.
An Inside Look at How Teams Create Great Business Ideas When Subway Meets 'Mad Men' in AMC's 'The Pitch'
Advertising

An Inside Look at How Teams Create Great Business Ideas When Subway Meets 'Mad Men' in AMC's 'The Pitch'

Subway takes a star turn in a reality TV series about ad agencies competing for a big account. Viewers get a peek at how creatives brainstorm and what makes big companies tick.
9 Ideas for Health-Care Reform
Compensation and Benefits

9 Ideas for Health-Care Reform

Our blogger says that the state discount pools for small businesses planned under the health-care reform seems like the most immediate way, among the myriad alternatives under consideration, to save b
Startup CEOs Crave Venture Capital, Not Crowdsourcing
Money Basics

Startup CEOs Crave Venture Capital, Not Crowdsourcing

Though the passage of the JOBS Act opened the doors for crowdfunding, many startups are still seeking funding from venture capital firms, according to a new study.
Can You Sell Your Customers in Zero Seconds?
Sales

Can You Sell Your Customers in Zero Seconds?

Two experts say getting right to the point can help boost sales.
Could You Charge 70% More With a Better Business Name?
Naming Your Business

Could You Charge 70% More With a Better Business Name?

Is your small business stuck charging low prices for your products or services? The problem might not be what you're selling. Here's how one business raised prices by changing its name.
Lessons in Influence from Stumptown Coffee's Duane Sorenson
Leadership

Lessons in Influence from Stumptown Coffee's Duane Sorenson

The founder of Stumptown Coffee Roasters made a list of the 30 most influential people in the beverage industry. Here's why.
5 Tips for Surviving Your Startup's First Year
Startup Basics

5 Tips for Surviving Your Startup's First Year

One of the riskiest times for any business is when it's just begun. Here are five key steps to take to make sure your startup survives that tough first year.
Are You Prepared for Your Small Business to Flatline?
Business Management

Are You Prepared for Your Small Business to Flatline?

Why did small businesses go bankrupt in this downturn? They didn't plan for catastrophe. Here's a guide to the risks your business should consider and plan for to thrive no matter what.
Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?
Financing

Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

If you found an investor for your business right now, would you know how to value a stake in your business? A recent 'Shark Tank' episode highlighted how important it is to be realistic about valuatio
Seven Tips for Coping with Customer Questions
Customer Loyalty and Retention

Seven Tips for Coping with Customer Questions

Customers always have questions, and often they are very bizarre. Here are tips on how to make sure you address them effectively.
How Partnerships Can Help Extend Your Small Marketing Budget
Growth Strategies

How Partnerships Can Help Extend Your Small Marketing Budget

One great way to stretch a small marketing budget is to find a marketing partner that can help you boost exposure for your products.
How to Stop Your Business From Sinking Like the Titanic
Business Management

How to Stop Your Business From Sinking Like the Titanic

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic's sinking. As a business owner, you want to avoid capsizing. Here are five lessons you can learn from Titanic's fate.
Could You Fix Your Failing Business With Just $10,000?
Growing Your Business

Could You Fix Your Failing Business With Just $10,000?

On 'Restaurant Impossible,' top chef Robert Irvine swoops into town with a $10,000 materials budget and remakes failing restaurants. Here's why sometimes, even this splash of TV publicity and a quick
The One Simple Task That Will Help Your Startup Succeed
Startup Basics

The One Simple Task That Will Help Your Startup Succeed

Many startups fail because their founders don't take the time to talk to potential customers before opening. Here are a few tips on getting feedback effectively.
Opening-Day Lessons from a Wendy's Restaurant
Sales Techniques

Opening-Day Lessons from a Wendy's Restaurant

Opening day should be a big event for any new restaurant or business. Here are some tips on how to make yours a good one.
Why Women Business Owners Feel More Successful
Women's Center

Why Women Business Owners Feel More Successful

An informal survey released this week suggests that women entrepreneurs are more confident about their business's success than their male counterparts and offers some clues as to why.
Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?
Inventing

Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

Inventors and entrepreneurs made their case on the debut episode of PBS's "Everyday Edisons" new season, but not all of them seemed quite ready to do so.
Seven Tech Tools for Fighting Retail Crime
Management & Operations

Seven Tech Tools for Fighting Retail Crime

Store owners can choose from a greater variety of tools to try to prevent theft by both shoplifters and employees.
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